Risk ManagementThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
February 28, 2024

Balancing Act: A Former Auditor’s Perspective on Financial Risk

A Bristol Myers Squibb risk manager shares how a balanced approach to controls can optimize treasury efficiency. The multifaceted job of financial risk management within corporate treasury includes the effective use of controls to mitigate all sorts of potential threats to a company’s financial stability. But don’t let controls get out of control—implementing too many of them to manage financial risks can inadvertently create operational risks. That’s a key takeaway from a recent NeuGroup conversation with Bill Brewer, associate director of financial risk…
BankingCash & Working CapitalThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
February 28, 2024

C2FO’s CEO: Early Payment Proponent, Financial Friction Foe

The views of Sandy Kemper—entrepreneur, rancher and former bank CEO—on the Strategic Finance Lab podcast. C2FO CEO Sandy Kemper, in a Strategic Finance Lab podcast interview you can listen to now on Apple and Spotify, describes how the fintech he founded in 2008 provides fast, flexible access to low-cost working capital to suppliers, some of whom struggle to get bank loans. C2FO’s platform enables large corporations to pay their suppliers early in exchange for a discount set by the supplier. Mr. Kemper says early…
BankingTalking Shop
February 28, 2024

Talking Shop: Bank Criteria for Granting Deposit Rate Premiums

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected]. Context: The Federal Reserve’s 11 increases in the fed funds rate since March 2022 have changed bank deposit dynamics. NeuGroup senior executive advisor Jerry Olivo, a former banker who leads NeuGroup for Regional Bank Treasurers, says the higher rate environment means institutions now have to compete for so-called sticky deposits as customers move money elsewhere.…
BankingCapital MarketsD&I
February 21, 2024

Shifting Tides: The Role of DEI Firms in Capital Markets

New NeuGroup Peer Research shows DEI firms enjoy support among corporates but face headwinds in the current ESG climate. A new NeuGroup survey reveals that 66% of corporate treasuries include diverse-owned firms in their capital markets deals, including bond underwriting, commercial paper (CP) and open market repurchase (OMR) programs. The survey, conducted in collaboration with Sustainable Fitch and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) in December 2023, explored the level of engagement between treasury and diverse-owned firms.Shifting winds. NeuGroup members who responded to the survey cited…
BankingTechnology
February 21, 2024

Seeking Solutions, Pushing Banks for Change on Signer Management

As NeuGroup members unite to lobby banks, digital signer portals from Citi and J.P. Morgan create buzz. Frustration with the inefficiencies of tracking and updating signers on bank accounts has pushed some members of NeuGroup for Global Cash and Banking to form a subgroup to present a united front in asking banks for digital solutions and standards that will provide real-time visibility to signer data (Step 1) and, ideally, make it possible for that data to flow directly into treasury management systems…
FP&ATechnologyTreasury Management
February 14, 2024

Sharpening Treasury’s Strategic Profile Means More Collaboration

Members share the rewards and obstacles of collaborations with FP&A, tech, tax and other functions.Top treasurers are growing into more strategic roles and playing a greater part in decision-making at companies where finance is valued as true partner of the business. The function’s broader profile means treasury teams need to collaborate effectively and frequently with a variety of other functions within the enterprise. Doing that well ultimately pays off, but isn’t always easy. In a recent session of NeuGroup for High Potentials, treasury…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnologyThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
February 14, 2024

Battling Bias To Boost Small Businesses: C2FO CEO Sandy Kemper

The CEO of a working capital platform says early payments can level the field for minority- and women-owned businesses. A slowing US economy and elevated interest rates are putting renewed focus on working capital management and the obstacles faced by many minority- and women-owned small businesses in obtaining bank loans in the current regulatory environment. One way around the problem: early payments that allow vendors to get paid faster and offer buyers a discount. In a NeuGroup video you can watch by…
Talking Shop
February 14, 2024

Talking Shop: Limits in Treasury for Approving Funds Transfers

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected]. Context: Setting limits on the size of funds transfers that individuals on a treasury team can approve is a basic part of effective risk management, good governance and sensible treasury policies. The question is how to determine the dollar amounts. For context on the issue, NeuGroup Insights reached out to members with longtime…
Technology
February 7, 2024

Taking Advantage of the Cloud Stall

Smart treasuries are building and testing solutions to drive transformation, not waiting for cloud-based ERP implementations.By Joseph Neu NeuGroup’s 2024 Treasury and Finance Agenda Survey provides a backdrop that helps illuminate how smart treasuries are not letting what I have dubbed the “cloud stall” impede their progress toward digital transformation. The stall occurs when treasury waits for an enterprise to implement a cloud-based ERP—and the treasury functionality ERP vendors are developing—to drive technological advancement. By contrast, smart treasuries are taking advantage…
RegionalThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
February 7, 2024

Fitch Economist Olu Sonola Sees Mixed Bag for Corporates in 2024

Companies face cooling inflation but elevated wage growth amid a slowing economy with recession unlikely. In a Strategic Finance Lab podcast you can listen to on Apple and Spotify, Fitch Ratings’ head of US Regional Economics Olu Sonola paints a relatively positive picture of the economic outlook in 2024, thanks in large part to the strength of the US consumer and declining inflation. “The balance sheet of the US consumer is very, very strong,” he tells NeuGroup Peer Group leader Andy Podolsky in the podcast recorded in December 2023…