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NeuGroup News
December 22, 2023

A Season of Connections

🌟On behalf of NeuGroup, we wish all our members, sponsor partners, alumni and friends a happy holiday season 🎄and a new year 🥳 that connects you further.🤝When we are connected, we have a framework supporting us to help reach our full (and hidden) potential (h/t Adam Grant). At NeuGroup this year, we’ve seen the value of such a support framework revalidated, especially via our in-person exchanges with professionals who are peers, colleagues or problem solvers, connections new and old, who…
Capital MarketsInvestment Management
October 19, 2023

Reverse Repo: A Safe Haven for Cash Amid Financial Turbulence

Attractive yields and safety are two reasons some corporates are investing directly in reverse repos. Turmoil in the banking sector earlier this year sent shockwaves through corporate treasuries, triggering widespread reviews of credit risk policies and changes in how cash investment managers think about counterparty limits for unsecured exposure to banks. As these managers continue to seek both safety and healthy yields, reverse repurchase agreements, also known as reverse repos, are drawing increased attention globally. And no wonder: they offer corporates an additional layer…
D&IInvestment Management
February 9, 2023

Investing in Diversity: D&I Performance Metrics in Action

A NeuGroup survey shows treasury prioritizes risk management and performance against a benchmark when evaluating diverse-owned firms.Eighty-six percent of respondents to NeuGroup’s D&I Financing and Asset Management Survey do not have a formal D&I policy, but 54% work within informal guidelines. Regardless of approach, the overall investment policy requires that treasury apply performance metrics when it selects external managers for investment of cash and evaluates their success over time. The survey reveals treasury applies the same performance measures to diverse-owned investment…
NeuGroup News
December 8, 2022

Culture, Cocktails and Creole Cooking: NeuGroup Convenes in New Orleans 

This past week, NeuGroup celebrated the end of the year by taking a quick yet impactful trip to New Orleans. Staff came together to celebrate key goals achieved in 2022, build relationships with employees old and new and venture out into the glorious city of New Orleans with a number of memorable activities.  Once settled in at the Nopsi Hotel on Sunday, December 4th, the team took a stroll to New Orleans Drink Lab for a Mixology class that consisted…
BankingTalking Shop
November 3, 2022

Talking Shop: Verifying Payment Instructions for Vendors

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: â€śWhat does your company do to verify payment instructions for new vendors and changes in instructions for an existing vendor?” Peer answer 1: â€śOur organization spends a significant amount of time validating changing or new banking information via phone calls. We are in the process of rolling out a service offered through…
Cash & Working Capital
October 27, 2022

Crunch Time: A Rising Emphasis on Cash Forecasting Accuracy

Management is putting greater focus on cash forecasting accuracy. Some in treasury wonder whether the extra work is worth it. After a decade of cheap money, liquidity is once again at a premium. Because it costs more to borrow, and pays more to invest, treasuries are under pressure to improve cash forecasting accuracy. In this environment, “treasury has three important mandates: don’t run out of cash, don’t run out of cash and don’t run out of cash,” one member said. “From…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
August 11, 2022

Better Accuracy, Smarter Insights: Digging Into NeuGroup’s Cash Forecasting Survey

Members benchmark and share approaches to making forecasts more accurate and more valuable. A recent debriefing session analyzing the results of NeuGroup’s May 2022 Cash Forecasting Survey made clear that beyond discussions of methodology, accuracy, technology and the effort required, lies this fact: Treasury needs to clearly define the purpose of a cash forecast and identify the audience who will use it to make decisions that help meet strategic goals. In other words, if the information in a forecast is…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
July 14, 2022

Cash Never Lies—but Data May Not Tell the Whole Truth

More than two-thirds of respondents to a NeuGroup survey ranked the difficulty of producing the cash flow forecast at 6 or above on a scale of 1-10. Rising rates and a slower economy present treasury with a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is safeguarding the company’s liquidity. The opportunity is investing excess cash to earn higher yields. In both cases, treasury teams must have a line of sight into how much cash is on hand, and how much more…
Accounting & DisclosureTalking Shop
June 2, 2022

Talking Shop: FBAR Annual Reporting Requirements

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: â€śDo you know if companies need to report all ‘signers’ of foreign bank accounts or all ‘payment approvers’ to the IRS each year for FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) purposes?” Peer answer 1: â€śWe interpret the FBAR authorized individual to be any employee known to the bank that can direct the…
ESGThe NeuGroup Insights Interview
May 20, 2022

NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab Podcast, Episode 4: ESG Investing: An Interview with Marina Severinovsky of Schroders

Step into a lab where innovation and digital transformation empower senior finance executives to become true strategic partners. Investors who don’t acknowledge that countries and companies are decarbonizing as they commit to net-zero emission goals will find themselves on the “wrong end of a massive flow of capital.” That pragmatic approach to sustainable investing is among the insights you’ll hear in this podcast featuring Marina Severinovsky, Head of Sustainability for North America at Schroders. In an interview with Nilly Essaides,…