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Learning environments lay foundations for future business landscapes

So these days we use the internet for EVERYTHING from booking a train ticket, shopping or even for some, finding a love match. Specialised systems play vital roles in simplifying work processes. You could say in every way technology has had a significant social and economic impact. Not only that, but, every time something changes or something new is introduced we find ourselves having to master new skills to use operating systems and their updates… The infinity of our ability to adapt and adopt changes is nothing short of amazing. Technology doesn’t just have a role in the workplace, it

FinTech Storm

What alignment of the sun, moon and stars is causing FinTech Storm to descend on the finance industry? Is this just about bitcoin or the technology behind it – Distributed Consensus Ledger? Is this just happening in the retail finance space and connected with new banks like Atom Bank and Starling Bank? Or can corporate treasurers expect new and relevant services to be offered to them in the areas causing pain (that is real pain, and not ISO20022 payment initiation messaging)? It is a confusing and, one suspects, hyped-up picture but governments and regulator are seriously interested in opening up
Tennis Ball on the Court as the Sun sets

Are you sitting comfortably?

The beginning of July, and we’re still waiting for the sun. Wimbledon is here of course, but in the post Brexit vote era it seems everything is under covers. The weather is stuck in a rut and the recent El Niño political fallout after “the vote” seems likely to cloud the remainder of the summer skies. But in all this gloom there are bright spots. Surely? The financial markets functioned effectively. Just as well that the roof has been fixed since the last financial storm. New political leaders will emerge and financial markets will eventually respond, to hopefully, a new sense
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The Mexit

As some of you will have noticed – and the rest will now – I have changed (and drastically reduced) my role at the ACT. From July 1st I shall be the Speakers’ Chair, chairing selected ACT events (including the Asia Treasury Leaders’ Forum 2016 and ACT Middle East Annual Summit 2016) and supporting events and programme content development. So, although not a valedictory (plenty of those around at the moment!) I thought I would, with your indulgence, make an observation or two on the state of treasury management and the profession. I was at a business conference the other
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6 things you need to know about personal brand

To get the best out of your relationships with colleagues and employers you have to be authentic and believable. With all the different formats available to represent you – from your CV to Facebook and LinkedIn – if you are not consistent in your message about who you are then you won’t go far! This was the key message from our Career Skills Series: Personal brand evening on 9 June, where Newleaf career coach Susan Binnersley presented on the importance of developing and maintaining your personal brand. Understanding what messages you transmit and whether others accurately receive clear and consistent
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Brexit Update – check the covenants!

We are on the run in to the referendum. The polls have switched from Remain to Leave but scepticism of their reliability remains from the last General Election and with the random effect of uncertain levels of turn out. What we do have and what we can expect, more of is market volatility, particularly if the vote is to exit. A reminder to treasurers, not that of course it should be needed, is to consider the covenant calculations and particularly for those who have a half-year or year-end at 30 June, in the white heat of uncertainty. The “point-of-time” volatility
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To MCT or MBA? That’s the question…

Students at the more senior end of their careers often ask me whether they should continue on from their AMCT to the MCT Advanced Diploma or whether to undertake an MBA. The answer, of course, is that it depends on where you see your career going! Prior to joining the ACT, I worked as interim CEO of the Association of MBAs, which accredits the top MBA programmes in the world. In this article, I hope I can share with you some of my knowledge on both MBAs and the MCT qualification to help you make an informed decision on your
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ACTAC 2016 Day Three

First of all, rumours circulating about members of the ACT team and their relationship with alcoholic beverages after the gala evening can be completely denied. At least until the tabloids get the pictures! For those of us with a more, ahem, sober disposition, Friday-day three-offered yet more great evidence of the widening scope of treasury responsibility. For the past couple of years Friday sessions have been aimed at particular aspects of doing the job. However, don’t be fooled into thinking these are dry, technical or even too narrowly focussed. A management development session produced great audience interaction, although one delegate


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