Tech innovation catch-up tops CFO to-do list in 2019

This article was written by Amanda Iacone from Bloomberg Tax. It appeared first on the Bloomberg Terminal. Innovations like data analytics and automation aren’t reaching corporate finance as quickly as CFOs and controllers would like, prompting them to make a big tech push in 2019. Just 13 percent of controllers and chief financial officers say their teams use robotics process automation. An even smaller group—10 percent—say they have the right skills on their teams to adopt and use emerging technologies, according to a recent joint survey by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and Oracle Corp. The Institute of

Cyber Advice for Corporate Treasurers

How treasurers can stay safe in the face of sophisticated cyber-crime. The most popular mechanisms for cyber-attacks consist of phishing, whaling and CEO fraud. Treasurers have many systems in place to combat these and their IT departments will provide basic technological protection measures to combat known threats, but it is worth considering these attacks and their impact in more detail. Zero day Zero day is the term used when a unique cyber attack first manifests itself and has no known defence. It is vital in the event of a zero day attack that the information around the attack is shared

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

From Brussels to New York (via Dubai)

It has been a busy few weeks with work travel, and I wanted to share with you a few of the key insights that I have gained from the many conversations I have been having. Mid-March saw me participate in the European ACT’s Treasury Summit in Brussels – which brought together corporate treasurers from across Europe. A great event, and thanks in particular to those ACT members who participated in the sessions. A key focus was FinTech, and we also talked about Brexit, leadership/development, innovation and diversity, and. sustainable finance. Key insight: treasurers are going to have to innovate in

#SMARTCASH18: Bandhu Das, HM Treasury

Conferences often fail to get across real learning and relevant lessons you can take back to the office. That’s why for this year’s ACT Smart Cash Management Conference on the 14-15 March, we have recruited four influential, experienced personalities to dive into the content and ensure the audience is provided with fresh thinking in a new format which will regularly meet during the conference: the cashback panel. Conferences often fail to get across real learning and relevant lessons you can take back to the office. That’s why for this year’s ACT Smart Cash Management Conference on 14-15 March in London, we have put together a programme

Rolling on

Dusseldorf, March 2017 At the start of last year’s ACT Europe Conference, we asked delegates about Brexit. Overwhelmingly they wanted the UK to stay in and didn’t want anyone else to think about leaving. Well, like the Rhein that inexorably flows through this city on its way to the North Sea, a lot of water has passed under quite a few bridges since then! Treasurers though must be prepared to help their businesses prosper in all circumstances and for that they need to understand the issues that really matter. @PeterMatza testing the level of optimism. Everyone is slightly equivocal after

Under sunny skies!

The Autumn conference season for the ACT has been in full swing around our network from the UK to Hong Kong and today we opened in Dubai for our 8th year, this time billed as the ACT Middle East Annual Summit. Fashions in conference names seem to go in cycles from forums (should that be fora?), summits and exchanges, to roundtables, seminars and retreats all the way back to, well, conferences! I am sure there is research somewhere that tells us what delegates think of the name but in truth, it’s the experience that counts and today has been one

East and east again, part 2!

The second leg of my Asian double header brought me and the ACT team back to one of our favourite conferences, this year renamed as the Asian Treasury Leaders’ Forum. Since we moved to a full day format 3 years ago, the event has gone from strength to strength on several different levels. There’s the backing we get from the local treasury bodies, the positive endorsement of other local and regional professional bodies and trade associations and, of course, the support of the HKMA, Hong Kong’s central bank. Most of all the enthusiasm from the treasury community locally and further