Cyber riskRisk Management
December 1, 2021

Cyber Insurance Reality Check: Stress Testing to Set Coverage Goals

One company got help doing stress tests to report to senior management what cyber coverage it needed and why. Corporations scrambling to cope with the rising threat of data breaches and ransomware attacks face the additional, unpleasant reality of soaring premiums (see chart) and shrinking capacity in the cyber insurance market. That’s putting more pressure on finance teams to weigh the potential risks of forgoing or reducing coverage against the high price of having protection. At a recent meeting of NeuGroup…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
November 10, 2021

Talking Shop: Reporting Specific Risks to the Board

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] Member question: “Do any members report specific risks or risk categories to the board? For example—technological risk, cyber, system implementation, environmental or carbon, weather risks, etc.”Peer answer 1: “Yes, we just presented to our board this week and included the top five risks in our report. Of the five, I’d say two…
CryptoRisk Management
October 7, 2021

Cryptocurrency Challenges: A Risk Manager Prepares with Peers

Insights and observations on the intersection of treasury and crypto in a video interview with Medtronic’s Tim Husnik.Medtronic senior treasury director Tim Husnik loves a challenge. So it’s no surprise that he’s giving lots of thought to what his FX risk management team and other treasury groups will need to do, and how to do it, if Medtronic customers start asking to pay for products with cryptocurrency. “There will be an intersection with treasury at some point in the future,”…
ESGRisk Management
September 30, 2021

Environmental Scrutiny: Internal Audit Takes Stock of ESG Goals

As ESG initiatives grow, audit teams work to ensure companies meet their publicized targets. At recent NeuGroup meetings, internal audit heads discussed taking the first steps at integrating ESG into their audit plans, conducting tests to ensure alignment with public statements on environmental goals. Though only a handful of members currently have ESG in their audit plan, others recognized the need and are kickstarting the process to get out ahead.ESG goals “can become a sales pitch,” one member said, adding he…
Risk ManagementTechnology
September 16, 2021

Financial Risk Reporting: A Spectrum of Committees and Dashboards

Chatham Financial and members of NeuGroup for Life Sciences Treasurers discuss varying ways to report on risk.One size does not fit all when it comes to how, why and when treasury teams at multinationals interact with financial risk committees of the board of directors—assuming a corporate has a financial risk committee. A fair number don’t. That subject and the risk management dashboards treasurers need, want and use to report to financial risk committees, audit committees and the CFO were part…
FXRisk ManagementTalking Shop
September 9, 2021

Talking Shop: Measuring Counterparty Exposure on Outstanding Trades

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] Member question: “For companies that trade derivatives on a non-collateralized basis, how do you measure your exposure to counterparties on outstanding trades (e.g., impact from one standard deviation movement?) and how is this factored into your overall counterparty risk assessment? “We are currently looking to move away from collateral postings on our…
ESGRisk Management
July 22, 2021

Hot Topic: How and When Corporates Respond to Climate Change Risks

Willis Towers Watson offers insights on how companies should assess the financial and economic risks of rising temperatures. At a recent NeuGroup virtual interactive session, Willis Towers Watson’s Climate and Resilience Hub experts, led by Irem Yerdelen, detailed the long-term risks of ignoring the causes of climate change and other environmental threats, and members discussed what steps, if any, treasurers can take to incorporate this risk into their ESG and risk management strategies. “There is an extraordinary depth and breadth…
ESGRisk Management
July 22, 2021

Reading the Tale of the Tape on Energy Transition

Economist Ed Hirs shared his perspective on the energy transition with NeuGroup Oil & Gas treasurers.By Joseph Neu“There is nothing you can do to fight the tape,” University of Houston Energy Fellow and Zero Carbon Cycle LLC co-founder Ed Hirs said recently. Energy transition is here, with more than 75% of the public now wanting to reduce carbon emissions, he noted. But the tape, or market trend, also points to the need for energy to support economic and population growth—in developing markets…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
July 22, 2021

Talking Shop: Interviewing Management to Uncover Risks

Member question: “Has anyone, recently or in the past, conducted broad wide-scale open-ended (i.e., not scripted Q&A) risk interviews of top management and leaders as the primary means to collect risk-identification inputs? “I am looking to share thoughts and experiences regarding the effectiveness, as well as methods to summarize, quantify and present the key findings.“I have interviewed board members, executive staff, management VPs+, totaling in the range of 75-100 one-on-one discussions. I am seeking recommendations on the process.” Peer answer…
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…