February 2, 2021

Carbon Credits 101: Introduction to Voluntary Emissions Reduction

BNP Paribas shares a guide for corporates looking into carbon emission markets.A NeuGroup member at a large technology company recently asked peers on an online forum, “Does anyone have experience in purchasing carbon credits in voluntary markets?” For guidance, NeuGroup Insights reached out to BNP Paribas, which has a long-standing presence in this area and is committed to developing origination capabilities in carbon offset markets.The bank shared a presentation to help clients better understand the dynamics of the voluntary emission…
BankingFXRisk Management
February 2, 2021

Under the Hood: How Banks Price FX Swaps With Corporates

Wells Fargo explains credit and capital charges for corporate counterparties on derivative transactions.Corporates that are using or considering using long-dated hedges such as five-year FX forwards or swaps can benefit from understanding the way banks price derivatives using a combination of credit and capital charges. That idea surfaced during a recent meeting sponsored by Wells Fargo for NeuGroup members who manage foreign exchange risk. Credit and capital costs can impact unwinds and restructurings as well as new transactions, Wells Fargo…
NeuGroup News
January 29, 2021

NeuGroup Members Stay In The Loop With Interim Meetings

Formerly known as office hours, monthly interim meetings make the NeuGroup Process year-round. In just the last two weeks, NeuGroup’s many peer groups have held 15 sessions connecting knowledge sharing NeuGroup members to one another and subject matter experts. The meetings, once known as office hours, occur between meeting cycles, and this-January’s helped get the year started off right. Only last week, there were a dozen of these interim meetings, covering timely topics from the incoming Libor transition to the…
January 28, 2021

Unpleasant Surprise Post-Brexit: A New Bank Fee for SEPA Payments

NeuGroup members confront a fee for payments from UK to EU accounts that lands on beneficiaries.Treasurers are still learning the full impact of the UK’s recent Brexit deal, and several who attended a recent NeuGroup European Treasury meeting shared their reaction to a banking fee that took some of them by surprise. Some corporates making SEPA (single euro payments area) payments from accounts in the UK to the EU are now experiencing an additional fee for receipt, as some banks…
ComplianceRisk Management
January 28, 2021

Documentation Overload: Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

A survey of financial executives includes complaints of excessive documentation required by external auditors.Finance executives at large US companies are finding it increasingly difficult to document internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) to the satisfaction of their internal and external auditors, according to a study recently published by the Financial Executives International’s research arm. Several of the most difficult controls to design, implement and operate are common in corporate treasury. Pain points. Controls around non-routine transactions—bond issuances, significant one-off payments…
BankingLibor SOFR
January 28, 2021

Cutting the Cord: When Banks Plan to Stop Making Libor Loans

A NeuGroup survey shows SOFR is the replacement rate for most banks, and many accounting systems aren’t yet ready.The opportunity to give feedback on a plan announced in December to allow legacy USD Libor contracts to stretch to June 30, 2023—18 months beyond the initial deadline—ended Monday. Almost everyone expects Libor’s administrator to make it official and is planning accordingly. At a recent meeting of the Bank Treasurers’ Peer Group, NeuGroup members reviewed the results of a survey on their…
Cyber riskTalking Shop
January 28, 2021

Talking Shop: Which Area of Your Company Owns Fraud Risk and Training?

Member question 1: “Which area of your company ‘owns’ fraud risk? “I am interested in benchmarking ownership of fraud risk management, from policy setting to training and compliance monitoring. The scope of the fraud risk management is broad and includes data security, wire transfers, general theft, IP protection, etc.“Do you have one owner or is it co-owned by multiple departments (treasury, legal, auditing, etc.)?” Peer answer: “For us, it is owned by different groups based on the source of the fraud.…
Pension and BenefitsRisk Management
January 26, 2021

Pension Endgames: Insights for Managers Mulling Moves

A session sponsored by Insight Investment probes pros, cons and timing of transferring liabilities to insurers.A key consideration for corporates with traditional defined benefit plans is whether to transfer pension liabilities to insurance companies as funding deficits narrow or plans go into surplus. The primary benefits of risk transfer are eliminating PBGC fees, which have escalated substantially in the last few years, and removing all risk from the company’s balance sheet—both interest rate and longevity risk. Half of the members…
Accounting & DisclosureLibor SOFRRisk Management
January 26, 2021

Libor Transition Puzzle: FASB Provides Clarity, Relief to Corporates

Guidance from FASB clarifies accounting for all hedges impacted by the discounting transition.The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) started 2021 by clarifying accounting guidance aimed at facilitating the transition of corporate floating-rate transactions away from the Libor reference rate. The standard setter is also expected to resume progress this year on issues it had set aside to address the Libor transition. Background. On Jan. 7, FASB issued ASU 2021-01, an accounting standards update that clarifies issues stemming from Topic 848, titled…
Cash & Working CapitalTalking Shop
January 26, 2021

Talking Shop: What is Your Cash Flow Coverage Target?

Member question: “Looking to take a quick pulse of the group. What is your cash flow coverage target for your current fiscal year period? Coverage can be defined as hedges placed vs. earnings exposure estimate or maximum hedge accounting capacity. “Our cash flow hedges are currently covering ~70% of our entire estimated earnings exposure (which closely aligns with our max hedge accounting capacity). This is up significantly from two years ago and is the culmination of a huge effort. Wanting…