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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.

Analysing Liquidity using the Cash Conversion Cycle

Gil Gadot , Fundtech | 24 July

The global financial crisis of 2008-09 triggered a radical reshaping of the corporate treasury landscape. While moving cash around a company as efficiently and effectively as possible is an age-old problem for treasurers, its successful management has become even more challenging in the post-crisis era.

Bank Payment Obligation: A Tortoise in the Race?

Oliver Spitz, UniCredit | 17 July

Bank Payment Obligations (BPOs), are becoming a popular alternative to both letters of credit (LCs) and open accounts, with their use predicted to catch up with LCs by 2020. This article outlines the benefits and also explains why until now take-up has been fairly subdued.

AR Purchase: A Financial Supply Chain Tool for Treasurers

Samuel Moore, Fifth Third Bank | 21 April

Corporate treasurers work diligently to arrange the tools needed to manage and fund their firms’ activities. Liquidity sits among the core points on which they focus, yet opportunities may exist to accelerate liquidity that lies dormant. Selling your receivables can accelerate cash conversion and address risks of concentration and foreign account debtors.

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