ComplianceRisk Management
November 19, 2020

Right on Target: Tracking Companies’ Changing Risks

One member’s “risk radar” facilitates explaining evolving risks to audit committees. Corporate risk is no easy concept to convey, especially when risks are numerous and shifting in intensity over time. Equally challenging is explaining a risk’s evolving urgency to board members, who must concurrently digest reams of information. Responding to a query about how peers justify urgent audit-plan changes to audit committees, a member of NeuGroup’s Internal Auditors’ Peer Group described the “risk radar” he presents quarterly to illustrate dynamically the…
BankingLibor SOFRRisk Management
November 12, 2020

Mismatched Hedge Risk: Derivative Values May Change as Libor Ends

Standard Chartered, helping corporates prepare for risk-free rates, describes the potential risk of “valuation jump.”The replacement of Libor by risk-free rates (RFRs) like the secured overnight financing rate (SOFR) in the US and the sterling overnight indexed average (SONIA) in the UK has been a hot topic at NeuGroup fall meetings where banks, regulators and other experts have been helping members prepare for Libor’s planned demise at the end of 2021. At a second-half meeting of the Asia Treasurers’ Peer…
Investment ManagementRisk ManagementTechnology
November 5, 2020

Data-Driven Decisions Aided by Dashboards and Scorecards

A NeuGroup member describes his money market fund dashboard and investment manager scorecards.Dynamic dashboards that help corporates leverage data to make better decisions are becoming essential tools for finance teams committed to tapping technology to transform. Some companies in the NeuGroup Network are generating envy by using in-house tech talent skilled in programs such as Python to create dashboards, while other members are turning to Power BI or Tableau to ramp up.But a recent meeting of treasury investment managers underscored that…
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19Risk Management
November 5, 2020

Policies Resembling Guardrails That Withstand Trigger Events

Key takeaways from the Assistant Treasurers’ Leadership Group 2020 H2 meeting, sponsored by Chatham Financial.By Joseph NeuPolicy and procedures off the back burner.  The pandemic put a wide range of policy and procedure review projects on the back burner and more members are starting to refocus on them now as immediate liquidity concerns recede. A session on risk policy reviews, for instance, highlighted how valuable a review can be after an event trigger from a change in business, such as…
Investment ManagementPension and BenefitsRisk Management
November 3, 2020

Walk Before You Run: Using Derivatives in Pension Funds

The value of educating stakeholders on why using derivatives can make sense.During a recent NeuGroup for Pension and Benefits session sponsored by Insight Investment and BNY Mellon, a pair of members shared their knowledge and experience using derivatives in managing corporate pension plans. Two highlights: “Walk before you run” emerged as a key piece of advice to members, most of whom do not make extensive use of derivatives.Educating stakeholders including finance committees, C-Suite executives and accountants on derivatives and their…
BankingRegionalRisk Management
November 3, 2020

Preparing for More China-US Tension, New Current Account Rules in India

Key takeaways from the Asia Treasurers’ Peer Group fall meetings sponsored by Standard Chartered.By Joseph NeuIndia ties current accounts closer to credit relationships. Members wanted clarity on a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular released over the summer that seeks to restrict current accounts to banks with which companies have a local credit relationship—subject to thresholds. Standard Chartered’s presentation explained that going forward, banks cannot open a current account for a customer who has “availed” a cash credit or overdraft…
Capital MarketsESGRisk Management
October 27, 2020

The ESG Evolution: Finding Each Corporate’s Starting Point

Treasury’s role is critical as ratings agencies translate financial soundness into ESG readiness.Credit rating agencies face daunting challenges, not only with old-fashioned credit ratings, but also their efforts to gauge corporates’ environmental, social and governmental (ESG) status. In fact, corporate treasury’s approach to the former can significantly impact the agencies’ views on the latter, according to Karl Pettersen, managing director and chief sustainability officer and the head of ratings advisory at Societe Generale. ESG rating and scoring firms, some of…
BankingCash & Working CapitalRisk Management
October 20, 2020

How Corporates Are Measuring Counterparty Risk as Cash Builds

Companies reviewing limits amid Covid have varied approaches to calculating risk thresholds.The abundance of cash corporates have collected on their balance sheets to deal with pandemic-related volatility has prompted some to review their counterparty risk limits.Participants at a recent NeuGroup meeting of large-cap companies described a variety of approaches to the issue, which should remain especially relevant for treasury teams reducing the size of bank groups, a trend discussed in recent meetings.  A member explained that higher deposit rates at…
Accounting & DisclosureRisk ManagementTalking Shop
October 13, 2020

Talking Shop: How Well Does Quantum Manage Interest Rate Swap Accounting?

Member question: “For those who use Quantum as their TMS, do you also leverage Quantum for hedge accounting, and if you do, does Quantum (in your opinion) manage interest rate swap accounting well? “We have been using Reval for a while, but just wanted to know if people have been able to leverage Quantum V6+ for hedge accounting, including interest rate swaps.” Peer answer 1: “When we put our interest rate forward starting swaps in place a few years back, Quantum…
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19Risk Management
October 8, 2020

Retailers Assess Capital Structure Amid Signs of Rebound

As the economy revives, companies pay down revolvers, resume buybacks and assess counterparty risk. At a recent NeuGroup meeting of treasurers at retailers, sponsored by U.S. Bank, members discussed stock repurchase programs, paying down revolvers and monitoring the impact of capital structure changes on leverage ratios and credit ratings. Members discussed moving from preparing for worst case scenarios in April and May (by increasing liquidity, initiating new revolvers) to more recent moves made in anticipation of returning to more normal operations.…