Category Archives: Thought Leadership

By | June 27, 2024

Implementing sustainable investment policy: a checklist for treasurers

Treasurers understand the importance of SLY (security, liquidity and then yield) when considering what to do with their surplus cash. However, there is increasing pressure to add ESG considerations into investment decisions and treasurers need to work out how...

By | March 26, 2024

Falling rates: expert views from around the world

In an uncertain global economy one prediction on which market participants are in unanimous agreement is the prospect of rate cuts in developed markets. Money market funds provide a valuable resource to investors throughout economic cycles, ensuring preservation of...

By | December 11, 2023

2023 – the year in review

This time last year, we noted the disruption and uncertainty markets faced throughout 2022, as a decade-long, low-interest rate policy regime ended abruptly and fears of a recession loomed. Fast forward, and 2023 has been no less ‘interesting’ a...

By | November 3, 2023

The ‘how and why to’ guide to investment manager selection: it looks like a duck, but does it quack?

How does one select a money market fund manager? Is it who offers the best rates, a manager linked to a relationship bank, a manager NOT linked to a relationship bank or the one with the easiest onboarding process?...

By | September 26, 2023

Bank credit: expert analysis is crucial to mitigate risk

Bank collapses in March 2023 brought the importance of credit analysis into sharp focus. Here, learn the fundamentals of bank credit analysis, which – when combined with investment guidelines – will offer a best-practice approach to mitigating credit risk...

By | July 7, 2023

Understanding liquidity and credit risk in a financial crisis

Recent turmoil in the banking sector, with the collapse of several banks in the US and Europe, has shone a spotlight on two key areas of risk for treasurers – liquidity and credit risk. Why?  Investments in short-term credit...

By | July 1, 2022

Ultra Short Duration Bond Funds: The importance of credit

With the appropriate credit strategy, an Ultra Short Duration Bond Fund (USBF) can provide investors additional yield potential and diversification opportunities with relatively low level of additional volatility. Following on from the introductory article in the USBF series, this...

By | April 1, 2022

Regulators’ review of money market fund regulation (as of April 2022)

Regulators and other bodies in a number of markets – most notably in Europe and the United States – are in the process of reviewing the rules under which money market funds (MMFs) operate. In Europe, this is part...

By | March 2, 2022

Ultra Short Duration Bond Funds: Seeking the right balance between risk and return

When treasurers are able to look down the credit quality spectrum and further out in terms of maturity, Ultra Short Duration Bond Funds may present a viable solution. USBF strategies provide investors additional yield potential, with relatively low level...

By | December 16, 2022

2022 year end roundup

Jonathan Curry reviews what 2022 has meant to treasurers in terms of sustainability, markets and regulation, and looks ahead to what 2023 has in store.