If only executives spoke as parents do to their children: Mom, can I…? No. Why not? Because you did not eat your vegetables. Or, the infamous, because I said no. At least you’d know there is or isn’t a chance to change their view and what action is required…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
There are now many tech products that rely on foreign exchange data for accurate pricing and financial tools and for exchange rate conversions between currencies from around the globe that are updated in real-time.
The need among tech startups to optimize their FX management is clear, and to do so necessitates the access to, and correct use of, powerful, reliable data.
A high amount of SMEs with considerable operations in foreign currencies don't protect themselves against FX risk. These companies, many of which record revenues of around $200 million per year, simply don't approach FX management as there is no specialist in-house FX risk manager. Instead, they expose themselves to the whims of the currency market.
A raft of new geopolitical events, like, among other things, the U.S. tax law reform, a NAFTA exodus, and a Brexit reboot in Europe, could be a taxation game-changer for companies doing business overseas. That's especially the case as a new year beckons.
Overall, the global corporate tax landscape has changed dramatically in the aftermath of U.S. tax reform passed and signed into law at the end of 2017, and as its enactment creates ripples across the globe, even in late 2018.
With NAFTA on the way out after months of intense negotiations, the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade agreement is coming to fruition soon in advance of a country-by-country vote in a few weeks.
In this article, we focus on the key takeaways for CFOs to get up to speed on the economic impacts for consumers and businesses, the major financial points, and geopolitical implications of the new USMCA agreement.
Treasury departments preparing for 2019 can learn from some key lessons by looking back at 2018 currency movements and wider economic developments.
In this article, we focus on six separate focus areas to help your treasury department hit the ground running in 2019 with a value-added foreign exchange and currency analytics strategy in place.