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Providing possible technical solutions for CLS in SAP Treasury

Continuous Linked Settlement (CLS) is an established global system to mitigate settlement risks for FX trades, improving corporate cash and liquidity management among other benefits. The CLS system was established back in 2002 and since then, the FX market has grown significantly. Therefore, there is a high demand from corporates to leverage CLS to improve corporate treasury efficiency.

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Payment flow security at Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland has been on a journey to optimize their cash management processes. With a complex landscape consisting of two SAP systems and several banks, the choice was made to implement SWIFT’s Alliance Lite 2 functionality.

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SAP Advanced Payment Management

S/4 HANA Advanced Payment Management (APM) is SAP’s new solution for centralized payment hubs. Released in 2019, this solution operates as a centralized payment channel, consolidating payment flows from multiple payment sources. This article will serve to introduce its functionality and benefits.

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Sourcing Market Data

The provision of market data to support not only an organization’s treasury function but the wider business functions can become a time-consuming and potentially complex exercise. It is no longer just about the source of market data, questions such as integration, validation, storage, consistency and distribution within an organization need to be considered. In this article we will look at some of the considerations when deciding on how to source market data and how in-built applications can reduce risk and cost while improving automation.

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The KYC burden on corporates

A centralized approach to manage KYC

It is mandatory for financial institutions to investigate whether cash is being used for money laundering, financing terrorists and criminal activity. Criminals exploit any situation to pursue their damaging activities and the recent increase of cybercrime shows that the COVID-19 situation is no exception. The purpose of KYC (Know Your Customer) is to protect the global financial system from being used for fraudulent activities. Banks play a key role in identifying suspicious transactions. To determine whether a transaction is suspicious, banks need to know their clients and their possible changed activities. The flip side, however, is that the KYC burden on corporates has already increased since the previous (financial) crisis. Will the KYC burden further increase or are there ways to release the burden?

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