Treasury optimization in Asia, Part IV
Compared to their Western counterparts, Asian corporate treasuries have had to grow and learn to react to business complexities and changes in their environments very quickly. Western corporations have had the ‘luxury’ of adapting over a longer period, while Asian treasuries have worked hard to catch up and match their levels of maturity and integration. In this fourth and final part of our series on treasury optimization in Asia, we look at global optimization.
The importance of FX risk management has grown significantly in recent years on the back of market volatility, increased geopolitical risk, and also regulatory and accounting changes. International expansion associated with geopolitical risk increases cash flow at risk due to FX exposures. This has meant that corporate treasurers face greater pressure to capture all FX exposures in a timely and accurate manner to achieve the best hedging strategy and results, thereby adding value for the corporate and at the same time reducing P&L and balance sheet impacts.
Geopolitical instability has always had an impact on foreign exchange (FX) markets, increasing the volatility of FX rates. More recently, the rising tensions between the US and North Korea, as well as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, have combined to create instability, making FX risk a top priority for financial professionals. Effective FX risk management strengthens corporates and makes them more versatile, so CFOs and treasurers have been looking for solutions to put in place sophisticated and accurate responses to currency pair movements.