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Unlocking cash efficiency in the supply chain

Historically low interest rates mean that parking surplus cash balances in bank accounts is no longer an attractive proposition for companies. This is pushing treasurers to be more creative with their cash. The opportunities for achieving better returns lie within the supply chain itself. How can you unlock this potential?

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Basel III: Highlights and Potential Responses by Corporates

The Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) capital requirements for banks, also known as Basel III, impact on a wide variety of stakeholders.  It's not only the banks that are keen to take note of the additions to the Basel II Accord, but their corporate clients also want to understand the implications. This article examines the various effects on corporates and their treasury departments, and also provides some suggestions on how to cope with the consequences of the Basel III capital adequacy regime.

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An opportunity for treasury

Successful financial supply chain management (FSCM) is based on collaboration

The importance of the supply chain has grown in such a way that competition in some industries is now viewed more as “supply chain vs. supply chain” rather than “company vs. company”. Fundamental drivers behind this trend are increasing globalization and specialization. Current developments in the interlinks of the physical and financial supply chain represent an opportunity for treasury to capitalize on its core competences and drive the organizational change needed to shape tomorrow’s supply chains.

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“Bankruptcy of a financial institution should not be a taboo”

As personal adviser to Wim Duisenberg, the first president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Dr. Lex Hoogduin played a key role in the introduction of the euro. He is professor of monetary economics and financial institutions at Robeco and since 1980 has worked in different roles at the Dutch Central Bank, including executive director to the governing board from 2009 till 2011. In this interview Dr. Hoogduin gives his views on the origins of the financial crisis, Basel III and the tension between micro- and macro-economics.

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New terms for a marriage of convenience

Impact of Basel III on corporate banking relationship

While Basel III may restore the health of the financial markets and the banking industry in the long run, it will also have an impact on the real economy and business in the mean time. The economic impact of Basel III is often mentioned, but seldom analyzed in detail. This article assesses the potential impact of Basel III on companies and outlines some options that corporate treasurers and bankers can explore in order to minimize the effects.

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