Liquidity management: Staying afloat in turbulent times
4 April 2016
Liquidity management has recently begun to assume increasing importance as four key external forces create turmoil in a historically placid section of corporate treasury.
The most significant regulation affecting liquidity management is Basel III, along with others such as money market fund reform. Taken together, they’re changing the way banks structure their balance sheets and the relationship between business customers and their banking partners.
On the economic front, businesses of all sizes continue to seek opportunities abroad. Combined with an environment of negative interest rates in several countries, this is making management of liquidity distributed across markets, currencies, and business units that much more complex and increasingly challenging.
Industry initiatives such as expanded use of ISO 20022 XML and real-time payments provide both opportunities and challenges for cash and liquidity management, and as the speed of transactions accelerates, so does the need for even more timely information.
Technology evolution has facilitated a move toward centralisation, which in turn is accelerating the adoption of more advanced cash and liquidity management capabilities to support the modern day treasury function.
With external forces causing substantive and permanent shifts in available options, corporations need to have the technology infrastructure in place to manage their liquidity and investments with tighter risk governance. As discussed in the new Celent report “Staying Afloat: External Forces Impacting Corporate Liquidity Management,” no one can predict what lies around the next bend in the river, but robust strategic preparation can equip treasurers to ride out the next stretch of liquidity management turmoil.