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…
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…
Capital MarketsESGRisk Management
January 14, 2021

Green Hedges: What You Need to Know About ESG Derivatives

Standard Chartered explains the potential value of “use of proceeds” and performance-linked ESG derivatives.The flood of money pouring into ESG finance—everything from green bonds to sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities—has washed up on the shores of derivatives markets. At a recent NeuGroup meeting of European treasurers, sponsor Standard Chartered dove beneath the surface to reveal what value ESG derivatives may offer. The bank described two types: “Use of proceeds” ESG derivatives that hedge FX or interest rate risks arising from ESG…
ComplianceRisk Management
January 12, 2021

Why Internal Audit Needs to Blow Its Own Horn

Like other functions, internal audit needs to publicize its value to senior executives and the broader corporation.After the completion of a lengthy process audit at a multinational company, the chief audit executive (CAE) reported results to the owner of that process. After a cursory review, the process owner, also a senior executive, asked, “What else have you done?” The CAE was somewhat taken aback. The audit took several months and ate up lots of FTE hours. But since it only…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
January 5, 2021

Talking Shop: Remittance Verification Options for Treasury Payments

Member question: “How do others handle remittance instruction verification for treasury payments? Callback? Third-party service? Any ML or technology? “We are reviewing our verification process for remittance instructions for payments processed through treasury. Today, we require it to be on the bene’s letterhead, or bank letter, or imbedded in the contract, but have not implemented a callback. Who does the verification in your organization? Are you looking at any third-party services or ML-type models for additional controls?” Peer answer 1:…
FXRisk Management
December 17, 2020

Laddering: FX Risk Management with Less Work, Fewer Transactions

Wells Fargo explains an alternative to layering for corporates hedging cash flow exposures. Who doesn’t want to get more for less? As in less work, more efficiency and fewer transactions, all while still meeting risk management goals. To take advantage, though, you have to be willing to look closer at the shortcomings of the very common cash flow hedging approach known as layering. During a recent interim meeting of NeuGroup’s two FX managers’ peer groups, the quantitative solutions team at Wells…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
December 17, 2020

Talking Shop: Net Investment Hedging When There Is No Underlying Income

Member question: “Do you hedge net investments where there is no underlying operating income or cash flows? “Curious what philosophy or triggers companies have around net investment hedging—and if any companies do NIH where they don’t have an underlying positive cash flow or plans to liquidate? For example, a region where you may have a lot of fixed assets but no material underlying revenues.” Peer answer 1: “At our company, we have to raise debt regularly, so our NIH program is…
ComplianceRisk ManagementTechnology
December 10, 2020

How to Engineer Complicated Engineering Audits

Recruiting engineers to join audit teams bolsters accuracy as well as credibility.Highly technical engineering audits can be among the most challenging for internal auditors. A member of NeuGroup’s Internal Auditors’ Peer Group (IAPG) queried fellow internal auditors in a recent meeting about what parts of engineering they audit and the makeup of those auditing teams. Expertise in short supply. A peer said engineering takes up more than 30% of his team’s 100-audit plan, and one of the challenges is finding sufficient…
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,…