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A Structured Approach towards a Best in Class Financial Risk Management Framework

The increased volatility in the commodity and foreign exchange markets, augmented counterparty risk and the low interest rate environment have led to an increased focus on financial risk management (FRM) for multinational corporations (MNCs).

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Bracing for Brexit

At the end of February 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Britain would have a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to vote on whether it will remain in the European Union (EU). The referendum will be a simple “Leave” or “Remain” vote and the announcement came after the finalization of negotiations on Britain’s relationship with EU, in which Cameron secured a number of key concessions considered a pre-requisite for the government to support a “Remain” campaign.

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The corporate road to credit portfolio management

According to Intrum Justitia, bad debts of more than € 350 billion were written off in Europe in 2013, which is around three percent of all outstanding transactions. Internal research into Dutch companies with debtor portfolios in excess of € 250 million reveals that some companies have had to write off up to 10 percent of their net result on their customers. According to some estimates, around 25 percent of companies actually go bankrupt due to bad debt losses alone. It is with good reason that many annual reports state that credit risks are often the biggest threat to business continuity. In this article, we explain our approach to credit risk management for corporates.

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Integration between treasury and business

Column Laurens Tijdhof

Integration between treasury and the wider business is a prerequisite for an effective and efficient treasury organization. The remit of the treasury function has changed in recent years so that treasury is now expected to be a much more proactive advisor to the company.

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Treasury as a strategic business partner

“I've heard a lot about making sure treasury is a strategic partner to the business. Can you clarify what steps treasurers can take to achieve this and what are the benefits?”

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