BankingCash & Working CapitalNGI
February 27, 2020

A Treasurer Grows Frustrated with a Top US Lender and Takes It down a Notch

Seeking a bigger return on its capital as rules tighten, the bank wanted a larger share of wallet. One of the largest US commercial lenders is aggressively seeking more return—share of wallet—for the credit it provides corporates, prompting at least one borrower to say “enough” and downgrade the bank’s rank in its loan syndicate. That takeaway emerged at a recent NeuGroup meeting where members exchanged insights about syndicated loan market trends and discussed which banks are eager to extend credit…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTechnology
February 13, 2020

Making Bank on Receivables

Founder’s Edition by Joseph Neu Investor demand for receivables-backed securities presents opportunities for banks that harness data, technology. Last week, I noted how supply chain finance (reverse factoring et al) was raising concerns with accountants, rating agencies and regulators because it allows unscrupulous firms to potentially extend payables to fund their working capital without considering it to be debt. This week I focus on the positive sides of trade finance and, especially, supply chain finance: Thinking about receivables plus data…
BankingTechnologyUncategorized
December 10, 2019

Back to the Future: Making Banks a Source for Innovative Solutions Again

Founder’s Edition, by Joseph Neu Working to reverse the notion that banks are no longer a source for innovative solutions. One of the trends we’ve seen in interacting with NeuGroup members recently is their concern that banks are no longer the source for innovation or solutions that tap the most innovative technology and digital thinking. And banks seem to be hearing this message, prompting them to respond to counter that perception. Unfortunately, some banks find it easier to respond with…
Banking
October 17, 2019

Another Reason to Keep on Top of Bank Fees

Only treasury is positioned to fully evaluate bank fees, so ensure your team does not provide reasons for other groups like procurement to intervene. As organizations look to reduce spending on vendors and drive organizational savings, it is critical that treasury provide proper bank fee analysis to prevent other internal functions from viewing bank spend as a lever to hit savings goals. That key takeaway emerged at a recent NeuGroup meeting of cash managers. One NeuGroup member present said he’s…
BankingInsights NewsletterUncategorized
October 9, 2019

CECL to Reshape Credit Products

As new rules on how banks account for credit losses approach at the start of next year, corporate borrowers may want to start asking their lenders how their loans and other credits may be affected. The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard, which becomes effective Jan. 1, requires banks to recognize on day one the losses expected over the life of their credit products. Several banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Discover Bank and Synchrony Financial have…
BankingCompliance
May 2, 2019

Bloomberg Exits KYC and the Market Moves On

Bloomberg Entity Exchange is closing up shop soon, but there are plenty of players out there. Bloomberg confirmed in early April that it plans to shut down Entity Exchange, a know-your-customer (KYC) solution that was supported by Citibank and adopted by multinational corporations including Coca-Cola. Industry insiders say an internal management change led to a review of Bloomberg's product portfolio, with Entity Exchange and the company's sell-side execution and order management solutions businesses getting cut. Bloomberg, they say, was looking…
BankingCapital AllocationCapital MarketsRegionalTreasury Management
January 23, 2019

The Five Cash Management Initiatives Treasurers Should Consider

When it comes to cash management, treasurers must keep their focus on ways to make it more efficient and cost effective. Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on iTreasurer.com on October 09, 2014. The year 2014 has been one focused on efficiency and innovation as treasurers consider outside-the-box strategies for unlocking working capital and improving the tactical aspects of treasury. Major initiatives including SEPA and the internationalization of the renminbi (RMB) have proven to be catalysts for greater global…
BankingInvestment Management
January 22, 2019

Beware Zero-Based Floors

Chatham: Banks embedding zero-based floors in the fine-print on some floating debt. With rates going negative around the world, banks are embedding zero-based floors into the floating-rate loans they provide, and while on the surface that seems like a plus, they can end up carrying a big price. That was one of several insights on today’s uncertain financial markets that Kennett Square, PA-headquartered Chatham Financial provided in a recent market update titled. “Global uncertainty packs a local punch.” Zero-based floors…
BankingCapital MarketsComplianceRisk Management
December 17, 2010

Checklist: What You Should Know About ISDAs

Understanding the standard document used to govern over-the-counter derivatives transactions.Based on many discussions with practitioners in NeuGroup peer groups, here is a checklist of things to consider when implementing ISDA Master Agreements (ISDAs). One of the first considerations is whether it is worth bothering to set up an ISDA with every counterparty. Only value-add banks, please. With limited trading capacity to spread around—as well as treasury bandwidth—practitioners agreed that firms should focus on the banks that are able to add…