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The relevance of the yield curve

Creating a future stress scenario for the yield curve is not easily done. Above all, it is something that has to be done carefully, because it can have negative repercussions for a financial institution. The yield curve provides an indication of the interest rate at which governments can borrow money for different maturity periods.

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IBOR reform in the euro area – progress in an ocean of uncertainty

To respond to the concerns about the reliability and robustness of the IBOR benchmarks, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) recommended the development of an alternative (nearly) risk-free reference rate (RFR) in its report in July 2014.

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Incubating innovation

Thanks to exponential technological developments, the world is becoming increasingly connected and accessible, in the broadest sense of the word. This is why running nearly any type of business has become more complex and requires a deeper expertise than ever before. Irrespective of its core business, companies need more expertise in the areas of finance, legal, tax, marketing, IT, as well as treasury and risk. This is all the more reason for Zanders to continuously develop new innovative services and solutions with which we can lend companies a helping hand.

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Challenges with the replacement of IBOR benchmark interest rates

Benchmark interest rates are an essential part of financial markets. These interest rates are used for numerous financial products, such as bonds, loans and derivatives, and in the construction of discount curves. This has applications in fair value calculations, hedge strategies, sensitivity analysis, treasury and risk management systems, and much more.

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FX risk identification – Why does it matter? Why now?

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.

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