Risk Management

FX Budget Rates: Confident Becomes You

FX Budget Rates: Confident Becomes You

Treasurers and risk managers who’ve been around the block recognize that fluctuating market rates rapidly affect their ability to capture that rate.

This article focuses on how you can set budget rates and align your FX strategy to increase confidence that your company will convert its forecast exposures at the budgeted conversion rate.

A Dose of Reality: Rethinking FX Budget Rates

A Dose of Reality: Rethinking FX Budget Rates

We all daydream of winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. A cushion of $25,000 per month would go a long way to pay bills, save money for rainy days, and build a retirement nest egg. Alas, the probability of such a stroke of luck is miniscule. 

Put Confidence in Your FX Strategy

Put Confidence in Your FX Strategy

Remember the story of the three little pigs? If you’ve ever leaned against a brick wall, you know the unsung hero of the story was mortar – the cement that connects every brick so the wall stays intact, and serves its purpose.

Our title, Put Confidence in Your FX Strategy, asserts that the way to build a strategy is to include confidence among the materials used, like the mortar in a brick house.

Measuring FX Risk: Crises with Confidence

Measuring FX Risk: Crises with Confidence

Corporate treasurers do more than ever before to identify and mitigate risk and to position their companies to weather market crises with confidence. According to Deloitte, 85% of companies are measuring their sensitivity to market risk, but a much smaller portion regularly assess the probability of their risk.

How to Use Probability to Manage FX Risk

How to Use Probability to Manage FX Risk

In our last article, we identified a clear risk management objective: certainty. Risk management is really about understanding and managing uncertainty to create more certainty.

They say, “what gets measured gets managed.” So, if you’re not measuring your FX risk, you might not be managing it – even if you think you are.

FX Risk Management Objectives

FX Risk Management Objectives

This article kicks off a new series of posts that will help treasury professionals understand conventional FX risk management practices and how they fit into a successful strategy.

There’s no better way to begin than to ask ourselves, “why do companies bother to use any of these conventional practices?”

How Populism Impacts Exchange Rates: What Your Company Needs to Know

How Populism Impacts Exchange Rates: What Your Company Needs to Know

The increasing global shift to populist-led governments has generated upheaval for currency markets. 

Populist governments are now in place in the United States, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, Hungary and Poland. Mexico recently ushered in a new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who ran on a leftist, anti-establishment platform.

The Biggest Currency Risk Management Mistakes Companies Make

The Biggest Currency Risk Management Mistakes Companies Make

Corporate financial history is replete with examples of currency risk and trading management decisions that have backfired on companies.

Consider Toshihide Iguchi, a Japanese banking executive who turned a $70,000 in U.S. debt into a substantially larger debt of $1.1 billion, after making a bet on the U.S. fixed income market in 1983.

Year End Review: The Top 5 Volatile Currencies for 2018

Year End Review: The Top 5 Volatile Currencies for 2018

Currency volatility around the globe is stabilizing in late 2018, and that's good news for corporate financial officers who've been beset by excessive risk in the currency market during the first nine months of the year.

Geopolitical events and economic strife had steered currency risk upward in the first half of 2018, so a downward trend is welcome news for currency market participants.

Exchange Rates Don’t have to Hurt the Bottom Line

Exchange Rates Don’t have to Hurt the Bottom Line

For businesses with cross-border payments, ignoring the currency markets can be incredibly costly. Many business owners and executives are unaware if their company has any foreign currency risk at all. From hidden costs to currency management, we cover how to protect your bottom line when completing transactions across borders.

FX Risk Management Best Practices: Cross-Border Payments for SMBs

FX Risk Management Best Practices: Cross-Border Payments for SMBs

In the last article of our series on "The impact of foreign exchange on small to mid-sized companies", we look at how to profitably execute cross border payments.

What CFOs Need to Know to Master Foreign Exchange

What CFOs Need to Know to Master Foreign Exchange

No global company can escape currency volatility risk and every company needs an effective currency risk strategy. We look at five of the best foreign exchange management practices for CFOs.

Have Cash, Will Travel: For Smaller Companies, FX Markets Offer Risk and Opportunity

Have Cash, Will Travel: For Smaller Companies, FX Markets Offer Risk and Opportunity

In the first installation of our new series on “The impact of foreign exchange on small to mid-sized companies" we look at how these sized businesses can effectively manage FX volatility.

Protect your Profits with Cash Flow Visibility & Risk Management

Protect your Profits with Cash Flow Visibility & Risk Management

FX volatility can negatively impact corporate earnings, leave the bottom line of a business in bad shape, and ultimately diminish shareholder value. How can corporates mitigate the problems caused volatility and turn it into opportunity?

U.K. Tax Reform: Five Things Businesses Need To Know

U.K. Tax Reform: Five Things Businesses Need To Know

The heat is on for corporates doing business in the U.K. to get a firm grip on the changing corporate tax environment in a post-Brexit England. Here are the 5 things finance professionals need to know.