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How to unlock the full potential of an insurer’s treasury

Life for the group treasurer of an insurance firm has probably never been as hectic as it is today. With an overwhelming regulatory burden (including IFRS 9 and 17, GDPR, and IBOR’s discontinuity), new digital technologies, an ever-demanding customer-centric approach in the social media era and rigid internal KPIs, it can be difficult to keep track of these various demands.

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Payment Hubs & Bank Connectivity Seminar

On 24 September, Zanders hosted the Payment Hubs & Bank Connectivity Seminar in collaboration with the Dutch Association of Corporate Treasurers (DACT) and Enigma Consulting. The event offered corporate treasurers the unique opportunity to be updated on developments in bank connectivity and compare nine payment solution vendors: Cobase, Exalog, FIS, Omikron, OpusCapita, Pelican, PowertoPay, Serrala and TIS. Product demonstrations were supported by client co-speakers sharing practical insights and key learnings. The program was complemented with interesting sessions on trends and best practices in the area of corporate payments and bank connectivity. The large number of participants showed that payments and bank connectivity are high on the agenda of corporate treasurers.

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Global optimization

As trailblazers of growth, many Asian Tigers’s corporate treasuries have had to grow and learn to react to business complexities and changes in their environments very quickly. Over the past decades, many of these treasuries have been able to rapidly develop their levels of maturity and integration in a relatively short time during recent periods of economic growth and prosperity. In recent years, however, a number of drivers have caused treasurers in the region to adopt a more strategic role – such as the increased volatility in both the financial and commodity markets, the legacy of the global financial crisis, regulatory changes and new innovative business models. Even within Asia, priorities may differ according to the level of treasury maturity of a particular country. For example, treasuries in Singapore or Hong Kong tend to be mature and highly integrated with their business, because they have experienced international growth for a longer period.

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Zanders Annual Treasury & Risk Seminar 2019, Belgium

The Annual Zanders Belgium Treasury and Risk Seminar was held on Tuesday the 17th of September. Over 40 treasury professionals gathered in the beautiful Port of Antwerp to discuss treasury trends and the future state of the treasury function. This year the focus was on payment innovation.

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Cash Pooling at Insurance Companies

The cash management trend of pooling and centralizing excess cash has been a focus area for most treasury departments over the past decade. The are many benefits to this approach, including gaining a centralized visibility of cash, an improved utilization of funds and the optimization of bank account structures. With this centralization, the aim is to ensure the best utilization of the organization’s cash, typically either paying off credit lines or by making short- or medium-term investments at better rates.

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