Capital MarketsTechnology
November 5, 2020

A Technology Tool to Help Corporate Bond Issuers

BondCliQ’s solution can give companies more insight into which dealers are supporting secondary trading. A lack of liquidity in the secondary market for investment-grade corporate bonds remains a source of frustration for many corporates that have issued record amounts of debt in the wake of the financial crisis and, more recently, during the pandemic. A key reason for the liquidity problem is that broker dealers, including underwriters, have reduced their inventories of investment-grade corporate debt, in part because of regulations mandating…
October 22, 2020

Digital Signatures Deliver Relief and a Few Frustrations Amid Pandemic

Corporates report success using DocuSign with many banks, but Latin America presents challenges.“Has anyone successfully used DocuSign with banks?” one NeuGroup member asked at a recent virtual meeting. “Yes” was the resounding answer from peers—more evidence that the pandemic has accelerated automation and digitization in finance. And one goal for many treasury teams is to make “wet” signatures a thing of the past. The member who posed the question wants to use DocuSign’s electronic signature solution internally and externally—for intercompany…
Capital MarketsESGTechnology
October 22, 2020

A Homegrown ESG Dashboard in Search of Better Data

A tech company builds its own tool to get a holistic view of ESG ratings but bemoans social data quality. Many companies in the NeuGroup Network are devoting significant resources to better address environmental, social and governmental (ESG) issues that are increasingly critical to how investors and other stakeholders view corporates. But not many treasury teams have access to an ESG dashboard, something one member who works at a large technology company described to peers at a recent meeting of…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTechnology
October 20, 2020

Helping Treasury See Beneath the Payment Iceberg

TIS makes the case for treasury as gatekeeper of payment processes.Nearly half the members at a recent meeting of NeuGroup’s Global Cash and Banking Group (GCBG) said treasury at their companies is responsible for treasury payments only—not for, say, accounts payable (AP) or payroll. Just 15% of those surveyed said treasury completely owns payment processes and tools. Treasury Intelligence Solutions (TIS), sponsor of the meeting, made a case for making treasury the overall “gatekeeper” of all payment processes—with the help…
Cyber riskTechnology
October 15, 2020

Taking A Second Look: Corporates Reconsider Cryptocurrencies

Members share their curiosity about embracing cryptocurrency amid more regulation.Efforts by central banks and finance ministers to block the widespread use of digital currencies until strong regulation is in place—along with the emergence of new types of currencies—are leading some corporates to reconsider earlier decisions to avoid accepting cryptocurrencies as payment. That is among the takeaways from a discussion at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Retail Treasury, sponsored by U.S. Bank, during which one member said her company, encouraged…
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…
COVID-19TechnologyTreasury Management
October 8, 2020

Tonic for Zoom Fatigue: Shorter Meetings—and a Day Without Them

NeuGroup Members discussed their approaches to making WFH situations more palatable.“Six hours on Zoom is like 10 hours in the office,” one treasurer of a mega-cap company said during a recent NeuGroup meeting (yes, a Zoom meeting), quantifying a feeling about the side effects of virtual meetings. Almost everyone who has been working from home for seven months knows what she means. At the same meeting, another treasurer said he is encouraging his team “not to book 30-minute calls, to…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
October 6, 2020

Transforming Treasury: The Power of a Data Warehouse and BI Tool

How one tech company is making use of better centralized data to improve forecasting. Better data makes for better forecasts, reporting and data analysis. At a recent NeuGroup meeting, one member of a large technology company’s treasury team described the results of a two-year project to create a global treasury data warehouse to raise its data game. The company’s vision: a centralized data repository with BI reporting that integrates and organizes bank statement, market, ERP and forecasting data.The benefits of warehouses: data…
October 1, 2020

Sharing a Bloomberg Terminal From Home: How Long Will It Last?

Treasury teams relying on Bloomberg’s Disaster Recovery services face uncertainty. During the pandemic, many treasury teams accustomed to sharing a Bloomberg Terminal in the office have made the most of Bloomberg’s so-called Disaster Recovery services (DRS), which has allowed multiple users, working from home, to access a Terminal subscription from different computers.  The value of that access has some NeuGroup members worrying about the expiration of their company’s ability to activate DRS as some workers—but not all—return to offices. One member at a recent meeting of risk managers said using…
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…