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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.

Managing Cash by Managing the Supply Chain

Stanley Tan, DBS Bank | 28 July

Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09, there has been a renewed emphasis on the quality and sustainability of earnings. Beyond top-line revenue growth, management and investors alike have focused on the quality of free cash flows and internal efficiencies as a source of competitive advantage and value creation. In particular, working capital management and the ability to optimise cash conversion cycle (CCC) times have become increasingly important.

Leveraging an Effective Working Capital Strategy to Reduce the Cash Conversion Cycle

Greg Person , Kyriba | 25 July

As the global economy continues to recover following the 2008 financial crisis, the treasurer’s strategic value to the organisation is evolving toward efficiently managing working capital, to meet the growing liquidity needs of their expanding companies. The question ‘where’s my cash?’ was, of course, a top priority from chief financial officers (CFOs) to treasurers during the crisis. However, treasurers are now asked to not only safeguard cash, but also to become a more strategic business partner, to ensure corporate free cash flow and liquidity goals are realised.

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