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The Rise of the MINT Countries

Nilly Essaides, Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) | 1 August

In the process of learning to love emerging markets (EMs) as an investment class the initial focus was on those that could offer the best performance. Until quite recently these were the so-called ‘BRIC countries’ (Brazil, Russia, India and China) or what people considered the “crème de la crème” of emerging economies. The sheer size and influence of their economies - both on a regional and global basis - means that it isn’t possible to ignore these four countries. However, just as investors originally accepted EM as an asset class they are now willing to look beyond the BRICs.

Slow Samba, Fast Tequila

Florent Michel, Latina Finance & Co | 31 July

Latin American unity might be a true political concept - given the sharing of historical fights for independence as well as military regimes followed by liberation movements - but certainly not economically. Intra-regional trade flows are still quite low at around 24%, against 55% in Asia and 74% in Europe. Meanwhile, the fortunes of the region’s two main economies are increasingly divergent.

Cash Management: Back Office Processing

Kelvin Walton, TreasuryWise | 31 July

gtnews’ series of articles on the practical application of technology in corporate treasury continues with this analysis of treasury management system (TMS) support for back office processes. Written from the perspective of a treasury still supported by manual and spreadsheet processes and evaluating a new technology investment, it reviews the various administrative and workflow management issues in corporate treasury that can be improved through technology.

Feds Join the Cash Flow Chorus, but the Song Remains the Same

Drew Hofler, Ariba | 30 July

Taking a page from the successful playbook of the private sector in the United States, the federal government has jumped on the cash management bandwagon and is encouraging large US companies to pay their smaller suppliers earlier. Dubbed SupplierPay, the initiative is a welcome new voice calling for improved access to cash for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). By many accounts, SMEs are driving the majority of the country’s economic growth.