Cash & Liquidity Management
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The End of Cash Pooling?

The End of Cash Pooling?

by Helen Sanders, Editor

Cash pooling, particularly cash concentration (physical pooling) is well-established as a fundamental technique for treasurers to manage corporate liquidity, both domestically and cross-border (figure 1). However, given some of the recent regulatory and technology changes that have emerged in recent years, to what extent do treasurers really need cash pooling any more, particularly in regions such as Europe? As Chris Paton, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says,

“The basics of liquidity management have not changed: corporations still need to balance security, liquidity and yield, irrespective of the interest rate environment and degree of FX volatility at a particular time. What is changing, however, is the regulatory environment in which treasurers manage their cash, with Basel III and the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), SEPA, liberalisation in China and changes to regulations in local markets all impacting on the opportunities to centralise liquidity.”