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…
BankingInvestment ManagementTalking Shop
July 15, 2021

Talking Shop: Investing in Collateralized Loan Obligations

Member question: “Have any members considered/evaluated adding to their investment portfolio in the current environment? “While we’ve had CLOs in the portfolio in the past, it’s something that hasn’t been actively pursued in recent years and we are dusting it off for evaluation.” Peer answer 1: “We have been investing in CLOs since Q2, almost exclusively in the AAA space, but we have authorization to do AA. Spreads are tight, but they are a good option to park cash and…
FXTalking Shop
June 24, 2021

Talking Shop: Allocating Transaction FX Impacts

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: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “As it relates to the reporting of transaction FX impacts (revaluation of non-functional currency monetary assets and liabilities—cash, AR, AP, etc.), does your company allocate these impacts to the business or is that impact kept at corporate?”Peer answer: “We’ve discussed this a lot recently. Historically, the FX gain/loss is kept…
RegionalTalking Shop
June 10, 2021

Talking Shop: Reducing Impact of Negative Interest Rates in Europe

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: insights@neugroup.com. Member Question: “What solutions are available to reduce the impact of negative interest rates in the eurozone? “Our bank there charges 1% on euro deposits. We have cash pooling, but converting to USD daily seems like a pain.” Peer answer 1: “Our global bank charges us 0.5% at the moment, but…
FXTalking Shop
May 27, 2021

Talking Shop: The Calendar, the Clock and FX Accounting Rates

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: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “When do you set your monthly accounting FX rates? Our fiscal month always ends on Friday, end of day. We set our month-end rates on Thursday at 5 p.m. EST. Alternatives include: “Setting FX rates on Friday morning, but intraday historical data is limited in time, which limits auditability.“Setting FX…
Risk ManagementTalking Shop
May 13, 2021

Talking Shop: Cash Exposure in Counterparty Risk Assessment

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities give members another forum to find answers to their questions. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “In counterparty risk assessment models, related to cash in bank accounts, do teams typically manage cash exposure using a percentage of the total or fixed dollar limits (or both)? If dollar-based, how are limits defined (and how much flexibility is employed)?”Peer answer 1: “We set deposit limits with our…
Cash & Working CapitalRegionalTalking Shop
May 6, 2021

Talking Shop: Processing Fees for a Domestic Cash Pool in China

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities give members another forum to find answers to their questions. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “Has anybody set up a China domestic cash pool? I would like to understand market practice on the bank’s processing fee for this. “ is charging us a 0.1% processing fee on the outstanding borrowed balance in the domestic cash pool. Can someone give me a benchmark for this?” Peer answer:…
BankingRegionalTalking Shop
April 29, 2021

Talking Shop: Use a Non-Canadian Bank for Cash Management in Canada?

Editor’s note: NeuGroup brings members together to answer questions and help each other in a variety of forums, including online communities—one of many benefits of membership. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these members-only exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “Has anyone successfully used a non-Canadian bank for its primary cash management bank in Canada? If so, who? If not, why, and which Canadian bank are you using? “Our understanding is we need to have a Canadian bank,…
Accounting & DisclosureTalking Shop
April 22, 2021

Talking Shop: SOX Entity-Level Control for Shared Service Centers?

Editor’s note: The NeuGroup Process brings members together to solve problems and answer each other’s questions in a variety of forums, including online communities for specific groups—one of many benefits of membership. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these members-only exchanges, anonymously. We welcome your responses—and any questions you want answered: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “Does your company have a finance/accounting shared service center? “If yes, do you have a SOX entity-level control (ELC) related to monitoring the shared services center activities, e.g., error rates,…
BankingNeugroupTalking ShopTreasury Management
April 8, 2021

Talking Shop: Who Is Allowed to Open Bank Accounts at Your Company?

Editor’s note: The NeuGroup Process brings members together to solve problems and answer each other’s questions in a variety of forums, including online communities for specific groups—one of many benefits of membership. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these members-only exchanges (anonymously) with all members and NeuGroup Insights readers. We welcome your responses—and any questions you want answered: insights@neugroup.com. Member question: “We are trying to do some benchmarking: Do your board resolutions allow the treasurer (and others?) to open bank…