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As if you needed reminding, there have been some momentous socio-political events from all corners of the globe in the last 12 months; Brexit and the subsequent reaction from the EU, the election of President Trump and the rise of the populist-Right on the continent continue to mould the zeitgeist. Gauging the impact of these events on the world of business and finance is, to say the least, tricky. Some corporates might be able to cite hard facts of the impact from these geopolitical events. Others perhaps remain tight-lipped and refrain from drawing conclusions until more time has passed and
Day two of the ACT Annual Conference 2017 saw us off to a flyer in a busy talkingtreasury session but the 8am start might have defeated a few people! It was just a taster of what was to come. Anyone who thought that they were in for a couple of quiet days out of the office will have found themselves sorely tested. But then that’s the point: you can’t ever have too many interesting topics, too many knowledgeable speakers and too many bacon rolls. Well, perhaps one too many bacon rolls! Our opening keynote, Alex Tatham from Westcoast, challenged treasurers
They call it a marathon, not a sprint. No, not the Premier League, but the first day of the ACT Annual Conference! From a charismatic opening by Lord Michael Dobbs, creator of House of Cards, and his optimistic view on the health of the western economies all the way to the highly opinionated and highly experienced businessman and executive mentor, Andrew Garner, today’s delegates packed in as much work as some of us do in a week! Mr Garner’s view of the Brexit referendum as being an unspeakable disaster was at the very least forthright – if not the bitterest
It wouldn’t be Manchester if it wasn’t raining and true to form we’re having our fair share today before the ACT Annual Conference 2017! That won’t dampen our spirits though and I am privileged once again to be the Chair and to work with so many talented treasury professionals. I can’t remember a conference time when so much stuff was happening to impact the corporate world. Brexit, President DJ Trump (on the decks?!), difficult elections across the EU in France, Germany and Austria and continuing conflicts in the Middle East and tensions in north Asia. Not to mention the drip-drip of financial
There is a common theme which emerges as I meet more and more treasurers, and more and more of our external stakeholders, inside and outside the UK… a lack of understanding of the role of treasury. This is particularly true in those organisations who are not large enough to have a full-blown treasury function, or who have grown and never really understood the need for specific treasury expertise. In the UK it seems a challenge for SMEs, and where I recently visited, in the Middle East, it is a potential issue for the many family-owned businesses. This may be nothing
Cyber security is one of the key themes running throughout the ACT Annual Conference on 16-17 May at Manchester Central. Read why you can’t afford to miss this essential update and join over 1,000 professionals who are doing exactly that! Why treasury professionals need to up their cyber security game The continuing increase in fraud and cybercrime incidents in non-financial companies has raised the bar for cyber security within corporates. With its responsibility for controlling payments – one of the most vulnerable processes to fraud – the corporate treasury is at the very heart of it. It’s not only the
As a member of the Future Leaders working group I wanted to look at some of the member benefits offered and understand how relevant/ useful they were to me. I’ve written a diary of my month using the ACT Career Hub – I hope it inspires you to take a look at this member benefit. As an AMCT who attends events and reads The Treasurer, I was keen to see what added value there was in accessing the career hub. I’m not looking for a new job, so I didn’t want to use the CV aspects of the career hub,
He was one of a generation on whose shoulders and intellectual foresight the ACT of today is founded.” Paul Rose The Association of Corporate Treasurers was formed in 1979 and it wasn’t long before Derek become one of a small group of pathfinders who really invented the profession of treasury. These trailblazers built a formidable library of theory and practise which was both academic and highly practical in a way which had not been done before. The world of finance does not look the same from the perspective of a bank as it does form a corporate treasury. Derek was