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New Direct Entry route to qualification

Are you someone who has worked in treasury for a number of years, but have not had the chance or opportunity to study for ACT qualifications? If so, and you wish to gain one of our top-level qualifications with the highly desirable membership letters, AMCT or FCT, we may have a route in for you called the Direct Entry route. The ACT direct entry route to qualifying and becoming either an AMCT member or FCT member recognises experience. It offers an opportunity for senior practitioners to demonstrate their experience in order to gain exemption from either the Certificate in Treasury

Meeting members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

The last few weeks have been a real global experience for me – meeting members from Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland as well as colleagues from other National Treasury Associations. First up were meetings of the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) and the international equivalent group, IGTA – of which I am now Deputy Chair.  Sharing developments in the payments space, LIBOR replacement and recent research carried out on treasury teams, we spent a good couple of days together. Then the ACT held its annual Asia Treasury Leaders’ forum, in Hong King, which had 220 attendees – the largest

Winds of Change

The Asia Treasury Leaders’ Forum, 19 September 2018 As Typhoon Manghut blew through East Asia causing all kinds of disruption and damage, the ACT events team flew into Hong Kong for our 10th year of events. More than 220 treasury professionals turned up on a lovely, sunny and very warm day to debate the future of treasury excellence. The format this year was dominated by shorter, punchy sessions on all the issues that a contemporary treasurer has to contend with. The US$ 500bn question that dominates the region currently is the game being played out between China and the US

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! Gary Slawther, Treasury Director, Arabtec Holding How do you think treasury has evolved over the previous 10 years? It has undoubtedly become a more strategic role, being seen as a key member of the CFO’s senior team and often presenting directly to the Board. This has been driven by two things: i. the

 

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