by Steve Lethaby, Senior Sales Manager, GSF Sales/Relationship Management– UK, Ireland, South Africa and the Americas, Clearstream
While investing surplus cash has always been a challenging process for corporate treasurers in order to manage counterparty risk, maintain access to liquidity and generate above-inflation returns, decisions over the choice of investment product have typically been more straightforward. Treasurers’ cash investment mandate is generally conservative, with deposits and to some extent money market funds (MMFs) predominating, together with instruments such as certificates of deposit (CDs) and commercial paper (CP) amongst those with larger cash balances. Today, however, a range of market, regulatory and internal factors are forcing treasurers to rethink the choice of investment solutions in which they invest. The difficulty for treasurers, therefore, is to find instruments that continue to meet the corporation’s liquidity, risk and yield objectives within this new environment. Increasingly, tri-party repos are proving an attractive choice.