Integration of ESG in treasury

Responsible investing is widely known as the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes and decision-making. ESG factors cover a wide spectrum of topics that traditionally are not part of financial analysis yet may have financial relevance. Environmental factors relate to a company’s role in climate change, its use of natural resources, its pollution and waste, and the environmental opportunities it pursues. Social factors cover topics concerning human capital, product liability, stakeholder opposition and social opportunities. Governance factors include aspects regarding the corporate governance and behavior of a company.

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Today’s crucial role of a collateral management strategy

Collateral management solutions have evolved over the past decades, from spreadsheet calculations to cloud-based solutions. The most important driver for this evolution is the continuous change and the complexity of the requirements in this space. Not only have the solutions for collateral management evolved, the scope of companies that need to manage their collateral has widened too. Today, the COVID-19 related market stress has highlighted how crucial it is to adopt a collateral management strategy.

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Can you automate SAP for free?

Even though ERP systems automate most of the handling of accounting and financial activities, many of us still have the drive to seek even further for automation. Even the shortest routines that need to be carried out daily can become irritating and become source of avoidable errors. Wouldn’t it be nice to limit repetitive clicking and typing to the minimum and have more time to focus on what really matters? When looking into automating activities in SAP, the first idea might be to simply ’write a program’ to take care of executing the task at hand. But how can you automate SAP safely, successfully and for free?

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Kyriba partnership growing from strength to strength

At Zanders, we believe that to add meaningful value in our interactions with the treasury community we must strive to develop in-depth knowledge in all areas of treasury. One of the key enablers for treasury functions in this digital era are treasury management systems (TMS), and for that reason we entered into a partnership with Kyriba, a cloud-cased treasury management solution provider, in 2018.

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The curse of the UFR-drag

Roll risk management for pension funds

For the valuation of pension liabilities, pension funds in the Netherlands use the so-called interest rate term structure (IRTS) with the ultimate forward rate (UFR). This curve basically allows pension funds to apply a higher rate to value their liabilities – the UFR is currently at 1.9% – than interest rates observed in financial markets. Now pension funds are suffering from the so-called UFR-drag.

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