Oct 17

Behind the Scenes of BELLIN: Nancy Bredin: The Perfect Treasury Line-up

The financial sector is often reputed to be a bit dull and matter-of-fact. The reality, however, can be very different! Many are surprised when they find out how many financial disciplines there are and how different for example trading is from wealth management, or how little investment banking and corporate finance have to do with each other. When BELLIN’s Senior Consultant Nancy Bredin graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Finance, it was the world of corporate finance that spoke to her above all other financial disciplines. “Behind the Scenes” of BELLIN retraces her steps.

Corporate finance is concerned with the financial dealings of businesses and focuses on how corporations fund their daily operations, manage...

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Sep 17

Understanding Project Management Standards: “There is no standard but…”

Project management has featured prominently in our Treasury Matters blog in recent months. Today, we will be taking a closer look at how it is best implemented. BELLIN being a globally active company with clients and partners all over the world and offices in Germany, Canada and the UK, we’ve been involved in project management activities in various different countries. Today we talk to three of our consultants about what they think makes for effective project management: Nancy Bredin, who is based in Canada, Katja Franz, based in Germany, and Lena Pennington from the UK.

The different stages of project management

What does project management entail? In corporate treasury, it generally covers three stages: the pre-project/sales phase, the...

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Sep 17

Putting a Figure on it – How Corporate Treasury Helps Boost the Profitability of Businesses | Part 3: Intercompany Netting as a Value Driver

Treasurers use a number of instruments to manage their company’s cash flows with maximum efficiency, ensuring obligations can be met at all times. In two previous blog posts, I set out to highlight that this work directly benefits a company. Taking the examples of FX risk management and interest management, I was able to demonstrate the concrete monetary value treasury management creates. Today, I will be taking a closer look at intercompany netting, which can potentially be a particularly powerful tool depending on a company’s treasury profile.

The more complex and the more decentralized the exchange of goods and services in a group, the more value can be added by engaging in intercompany netting. The volume of intercompany payments is another important factor to determine...

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Sep 17

On Liquidity Planning: How to transform the seemingly impossible into the definitely possible

Got Liquidity?

Liquidity is as vital for a company as breath is for a living being. Without it, both will falter almost instantly. Even eminently profitable businesses might struggle to meet their obligations in times of crisis if they don’t have a sustained and dynamic liquidity management strategy in place. Hence the latter should be the supreme priority on a treasurer’s agenda.

Several years ago, Martin Bellin published an article in Treasury Magazine, titled “The (Im)possibility of Liquidity Planning”. With its negative prefix in parentheses, the headline neatly sums up the predicament of many a treasurer: even though liquidity management is potentially possible, there are various perceived and actual obstacles that need to be overcome.

  Keep the plan rolling…


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Sep 17

BELLIN on Tour: International Trade Shows 2017

From Iceland to South Africa and from Canada to Japan: BELLIN is a global player. We have clients worldwide, and this fall we will also be on trade show tour around the globe. Join us at any of the following events:

September 13 at SWISS TREASURY SUMMIT in Zug (Switzerland)

October 4-6 at EuroFinance in Barcelona (Spain) and at Alpbach Finance Symposium in Alpach (Austria)

October 14-17 at AFP in San Diego, CA (USA)

October 16-19 at SIBOS in Toronto (Canada)

October 24 at SWIFT for Corporates Day in Salzburg (Austria)

November 8-9 at Structured Finance in Stuttgart (Germany)

November 23-24 at DACT  in Noordwijk (Netherlands)

You can witness live demonstrations of the BELLIN solutions and our experts will be on hand to answer all...

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