FXRisk ManagementTalking Shop
December 10, 2020

Talking Shop: What Did Your Transition Plan to Hedge Accounting Look Like?

Member question: “What did your transition plan to hedge accounting look like? “We are planning to adopt hedge accounting in the future. In terms of transitioning a book of hedges to designated hedges, we will close all existing undesignated hedges and put on a new book that is designated at inception.“We are curious how others have put on these new hedges. How long did you take to put on hedges? Did you trade all at once, daily, weekly, etc.? Also,…
FXRisk ManagementTechnology
December 8, 2020

An Early Warning System to Flag Excessive Counterparty Credit Risk

One corporate’s proactive approach to measuring and managing FX and other counterparty exposures.Using credit ratings from S&P, Moody’s and Fitch is one way corporates establish maximum credit limits with counterparties. But at a meeting of FX risk managers sponsored by Wells Fargo this fall, one company described some shortcomings of that “classic approach” and explained an alternate method that enables it to take action before exposures reach unacceptable levels.Proactive vs. reactive The company’s director of liquidity and investment management said…
BankingFXTalking Shop
December 1, 2020

Talking Shop: Whom Do You Pay Using Your Offshore Renminbi Account?

Member question: “Has anyone opened a CNH (offshore renminbi) account? And if so, what do you use it for? Do you: a) pay onshore China vendors, b) offshore vendors?”Peer answer: “Yes, we have a CNH account in Singapore. We bill to our local distribution entities in local currency and we use the account for intercompany receivables before converting to USD. We make FX settlement payments from the account.” For more insights on trends in Asia from NeuGroup Members, read founder…
FXTalking Shop
November 5, 2020

Talking Shop: Taking the Pulse on Forward Points in Balance Sheet Hedging Programs

Member question: “How do those with balance sheet hedging programs account for forward points—are they included in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), below the line, etc.? “We are considering implementing a balance sheet hedging program for net liabilities that are not part of our cash flow hedging program. ​Forward points are a concern since i) they work against us and ii) they may introduce volatility if the hedge is not valued at spot while the underlying exposure is. Any insight…
BankingCapital MarketsFX
October 27, 2020

Looking Into the Capital Markets Crystal Ball: Trump vs. Biden

Uncertainty over the outcome after election day means more volatility, potential opportunities. Whether it’s Donald Trump or Joe Biden sitting in the Oval Office next year, many capital markets prognosticators expect the US economic recovery to remain on track and the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low—relatively good news for investment-grade companies selling more debt, but troublesome for treasury investment managers searching for yield. Beyond that, things get more complicated. A European bank that recently sponsored a NeuGroup meeting of…
October 8, 2020

Taking the Right Steps on the Road to Robotic Process Automation

A risk manager warns that RPA should not be used a Band-aid.One NeuGroup member recently described to peers the benefits and challenges of using robotic process automation (RPA) and robotic desktop automation (RDA), a form of RPA that requires humans to trigger an action performed by a bot. The member adopted automation to document trades his team previously input manually into its treasury management system (TMS), a time-consuming task that also introduces the possibility of human error. The new process, using software from UiPath, has…
September 24, 2020

Transforming Data Reporting and Analytics With a BI Tool

Qlik Sense has made one treasury risk manager’s team more efficient and nimble.A financial risk manager at a manufacturer with a decentralized global treasury told peers at a recent NeuGroup meeting that the self-service BI analytics platform Qlik Sense has transformed the company’s data reporting and analysis. A comprehensive report that used to take the member’s team several days to prepare can now be done in a matter of hours with Qlik Sense.“ impacts recommendations to leadership for currencies and…
BankingFXTalking Shop
September 24, 2020

Talking Shop: Methods for Pulling Cross Rates From Central Bank Published Rates

Question: How does your company pull cross rates that are required to be pulled from central banks’ published rates?  “Looking for some teams to benchmark on how you all pull the cross rates that are legally required to be pulled from central bank published rates. Pulling these rates from central banks’ websites is inefficient and we wanted to know how others are doing this.”  Peer Answer 1: “We use Bloomberg’s data license program to get the rates via a file and upload them automatically to our enterprise…
September 21, 2020

Risk Managers Face an Inflection Point Without a Clear Direction

Key takeaways from the FX Managers’ Peer Group 2 2020 H2 Meeting, sponsored by Societe Generale.   By Joseph Neu  NeuGroup’s second-half meeting season got off to a great start with the FX Managers’ Peer Group 2 last week. Here are some key takeaways:We are at an inflection point, but to what? It feels like we are at an inflection point that requires MNCs to adjust their FX hedging. The reasons include the economic impact of Covid-19 on business, early crisis concerns about liquidity pushing out liabilities, unprecedented monetary intervention…
Accounting & DisclosureFX
September 15, 2020

Talking Shop: Disclosing Option Premium Expenses in Revenues

Context: In 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-12, which simplified and expanded the eligible hedging strategies for financial and nonfinancial risks. The update goes into effect for all corporates this year, and some NeuGroup Members recently collaborated to share their approach to updated guidance on disclosing option premium expenses in their revenues. Question: “Does anyone disclose option premium expense in their revenues due to ASU 2017-12?” “As a consequence of the revised accounting for hedge costs under ASU 2017-12, our company is reviewing our typical…