FXRegionalRisk Management
July 1, 2021

The Option to Use Options: Hedging FX Risk in Emerging Markets

FX risk managers rely on flexibility at a multinational that wants to participate in beneficial currency moves. The ability to use options is essential for an FX risk manager at one NeuGroup member whose company wants to participate in favorable currency moves when hedging exposures in emerging markets. He described the company’s approach at a spring meeting sponsored by HSBC. The bank cited research showing that “the incentive to hedge EM risk has increased over the past 10 years” and “bouts…
CryptoRisk Management
July 1, 2021

In Creeps Crypto

While most companies aren’t directly involved in crypto yet, members expect questions and are looking for answers. In a twist providing insight into an increasingly important issue, assistant treasurers at a recent NeuGroup meeting pointed to a discussion about cryptocurrencies as one of their takeaways while saying digital currencies have not yet had an impact on their treasury departments.   Members of NeuGroup for Large-Cap Assistant Treasurers agreed that corporate higher-ups would almost certainly inquire soon about digital currencies and assets—one…
CryptoRegionalTechnology
June 24, 2021

China and Beyond: Understanding Central Bank Digital Currencies

Insights from HSBC on CBDCs, as China’s tests of a government-backed digital currency, dubbed e-CNY, grow larger.Most multinationals in the NeuGroup Network do business in China, just one reason finance teams need to stay on top of the country’s expanding tests of a digital version of the yuan known as the e-CNY, a so-called central bank digital currency or CBDC. HSBC’s global head of FX research, Paul Mackel, spoke at a NeuGroup virtual interactive session sponsored by the bank this…
COVID-19Treasury Management
June 24, 2021

Hot Desks, Hybrids and Introverts: Managing Post-Pandemic Work 

Takeaways on talent management as 100% remote work gives way to hybrid models and new hiring challenges.The transition from completely remote work to whatever comes next—back to the office, work at home, a bit of both—is in full swing across companies in the NeuGroup Network. The topic is generating lots of interest at meetings as finance teams plot a course for post-pandemic work that will in many cases be unlike what work life resembled pre-pandemic.NeuGroup founder and CEO Joseph Neu…
BankingCryptoTechnology
June 24, 2021

Early Innings in the Fintech Disruption Game

A partner at VC firm Canapi Ventures says regional banks can play by helping developing the digital infrastructure. Blockchain-technology firms may be among the best-known disruptors of traditional banking services, thanks in part to the extreme volatility of the cryptocurrencies the technology supports, like Bitcoin. But fintechs take many forms, and the real disruption is still to come. That takeaway surfaced at a recent NeuGroup meeting of bank treasurers that included insights from Jeffrey Reitman, a partner at Canapi Ventures, which…
FXTalking Shop
June 24, 2021

Talking Shop: Allocating Transaction FX Impacts

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: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “As it relates to the reporting of transaction FX impacts (revaluation of non-functional currency monetary assets and liabilities—cash, AR, AP, etc.), does your company allocate these impacts to the business or is that impact kept at corporate?”Peer answer: “We’ve discussed this a lot recently. Historically, the FX gain/loss is kept…
CryptoInvestment ManagementTechnology
June 17, 2021

All Aboard? The Crypto Train Has Left the Station

Finance teams need to look beyond Bitcoin to broader opportunities offered by blockchain technology and digital assets. Don’t let all noise blaring from bitcoin drown out the broader implications of blockchain technology and the need for finance teams to understand the potential opportunities offered by cryptocurrency and other digital assets including tokenized securities. That bottom-line takeaway emerged at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Cash Investment 2 sponsored by State Street, where representatives from Deloitte as well as cryptocurrency fintechs Lukka…
NeuGroup News
June 17, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth, Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Juneteenth is a day to commemorate and celebrate the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the United States after the Civil War. It has taken on additional meaning for many Americans in the wake of the social unrest following the murder of George Floyd, as the nation reckons with social injustice and a historical lack of respect for Black lives. NeuGroup and a growing list of companies now recognize Juneteenth (June 19) as a holiday. This week, President Biden signed a…
Capital MarketsRisk Management
June 17, 2021

How to Float the Interest Rate Boat When Fixed Rates Are So Low

Treasury teams making the case for floating-rate debt see commercial paper as a flexible tool to gain exposure. One of corporate treasury’s perennial challenges is determining the best ratio of fixed- to floating-rate debt, and that conundrum has been heightened by factors including record low interest rates and the significant debt companies took on last year. An assistant treasurer in a recent NeuGroup Assistant Treasurers’ Leadership Group (ATLG) meeting noted that efficient-frontier analysis suggests companies should hold a minimum 30% to…
TechnologyTreasury Management
June 17, 2021

Treasury Help Wanted: Junior Members With Skills Beyond Finance

Members of NeuGroup for High Potentials also discuss the value of the Certified Treasury Professional Designation. At a meeting this spring, NeuGroup’s High Potentials group discussed critical skills and career management that included observations on the value of the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation and current hiring challenges facing treasury teams. Following are takeaways from NeuGroup’s Andy Podolsky, who moderated the session. A skills checklist. The meeting included a survey about what skills members believe every treasury professional should possess. Highlights: FX…