S/4 HANA – An Opportunity for Change

SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) support will be phased out in 2027, so corporates currently using SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software are now planning their upgrade strategy to the replacement product – S/4 HANA.

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Unavoidable trends for any resilient treasury plan

Last year, the world had to cope with the first impact of the pandemic. COVID-19 is a confirmation of the grim reality that black swan events continue to have an enormous impact on our lives. But is there a way to be better prepared for the unforeseeable? In this article, we look forward to the coming months and share the most relevant treasury trends for 2021 with you. What needs to be at the center of your company’s treasury plan to optimize resilience?

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The impact of COVID-19 on deposit interest rate risk at banks

The coronavirus (COVID-19) hit Europe around February 2020, impacting the health of millions of people, leading to thousands of deaths. Businesses in many industries were hit and experienced lower outputs, while the stock markets plunged. Banks are affected not only by increased credit risk on loans to customers, but also by stressed deposit inflows or outflows. This has consequences from both an interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB) and liquidity risk perspective.

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Model Risk Management

Financial institutions rely on complex quantitative models, processes and systems for business steering, risk management, financial reporting and to comply with regulation.
The risk of errors in these models due to incorrect development, implementation or use is therefore of primary concern to internal and external stakeholders. At the same time, new technologies such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are rapidly introducing new challenges on the use, explainability or potential biases in applying such techniques.

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The Future of Corporate Treasury

Corporate treasury is skilled at dealing with change. A large part of its job is managing the risk associated with cyclical trends, global regulatory initiatives, and geopolitical and macroeconomic events.

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