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Global trade, capital markets, alternative finance and thunderstorms – what more do you want?

The GTR Trade and Treasury event in Singapore opened with a thunderous rain storm which soaked many of the delegates despite the excellent public transport system. Once safely inside the delegates had plenty to chew over -and not just the ever-excellent buffets! The good news is that over the past 18 months global trade – in physical goods and services – has increased slightly faster than global GDP. The bad? The potential for trade wars between the US and China to disrupt this progress remains very real. In addition, a selective emerging markets crisis in countries like Argentina, Turkey, Venezuela

One ticket to Asia please…

For the past three years September has been the time for the ACT to take the temperature of corporate treasury in Asia, specifically Singapore and Hong Kong. Your correspondent will again be presenting a treasury workshop at the GTR Trade and Treasury event in Singapore followed by the Asia Treasury Leaders’ Forum in Hong Kong. China will likely dominate the trade event with the ‘Belt and Road’ strategy continuing to take shape, although some commentators are suggesting a lessening of regional enthusiasm. There is as wide a range as ever of opinions on the Chinese economy, its political control and

360° treasury challenges

Until the global financial crisis in 2008, corporate treasurers were often considered solely the custodians of cash. In many cases – particularly in the ‘third sector’ – that’s the role ascribed to ‘the treasurer’ today. Of course, that wasn’t ever true in many leading businesses in the UK and internationally, but it’s taken time to address the stereotype. Indeed, in many developing markets the role remains less understood and practised. Most surveys of corporate treasury tend to focus on functional activities and product use but as a Chartered professional body, the ACT has bucked this trend with our annual research

The role of a Non-Executive Director

The Non Executive Director (NED) role is typically defined by the key pillars of: governance + strategy + finance + risk. Finance and risk should be a NED’s specialist subjects and one that they are comfortable in providing insight and direction. In reality this is not always the case and some boards of directors may be organised on the basis of individual NEDs having ‘responsibility’ for certain areas of corporate activity, rather than being an expert in all of the key areas. NEDs in action The day to day role of the NED is both challenging and critical, but only

ACT Middle East Treasury Summit: conference speaker Q&A

This year’s ACT Middle East Treasury Summit, 16-17 October in Dubai, will be your definitive technical update showcasing real treasury transformation case studies from senior leaders who have positioned their team as valuable, influential partners to the business. Here’s the latest Q&A with three of our conference speakers! Michael P. Grifferty, President, Gulf Bond & Sukuk Association How do you think treasury has evolved over the previous 10 years? From the point of view of funding, treasury in our region has advanced a lot. Treasurers have a much better feel for the various options as well as advantages offered by loan

ACT Diversity & Inclusion events

It was great to get together with members on 16 July 2018 for the fourth event on our ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, hosted by Mark Tweedie and Citi. Calendar is a series of events developed with the aim to provide an inclusive platform for all treasury professionals to share their experience on engaging and empowering underrepresented groups in corporate treasury. Gender matters, LGBT allies and mental health and wellbeing were our first three events in the calendar, and we felt the overarching theme of unconscious bias was a great topic for July. Unconscious bias impacts everyone’s decision making, and

ACT Assessment systems are changing!

Over the last few years, despite working with our suppliers to improve the service delivery and stability of the systems, we have not been able to get to the point where our students can take their exams stress-free and perform to the best of their ability. We have listened to all the feedback received from our students and at the start of 2018 we undertook a tender process to look at other eAssessment and remote invigilation systems, while also taking this opportunity to review whether remote invigilation is the right choice for us. This work was extremely positive and informative,

Mentoring techniques

A mentor/mentee relationship can be invaluable in providing an opportunity for you to consider and analyse the options available, get new information and identify any support that may be needed. There are some proven techniques to help both the mentor and mentee develop effective mentoring conversations. 1. Active Listening Mentors need good listening skills, but this can be easier said than done. The brain capacity to process information is four times the speed we can speak. This means the mind can easily wander off due to this spare brain capacity. Our ears never close, they are constantly taking in and


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