Tom Alford

Articles

Connectivity Means Continuity

Calastone Connect Forum 2020 Calastone’s Connect Forum 2020 brought together a quartet of treasury professionals to discuss the role of technology in enabling more...

Never a Dull Day

My Life in Treasury with Jeannot Jonas, Assistant Treasurer, Cash & Capital Markets at Carrier Global Corporation Carrier Global Corporation is an $18.6bn S&P 500...

Recipe for Success: Building a New World-class Treasury during Lockdown

When Patrick Kunz, Interim Treasury & Finance Consultant, started at...

A Ringside Seat on Change

My Life in Treasury with Anthony J. Carfang, Managing Director, The Carfang Group Anthony Carfang has a distinguished background in consulting, writing, speaking, thought...

Is it Time to Appoint a Chief Liquidity Officer?

In the current trading environment, where companies really need to have both acute visibility over their financial assets, and...

Paper Cuts: Rio Tinto Leverages Blockchain for Trade

With the first fully digital, blockchain-secured end-to-end letter of credit transaction between Nanjing Iron & Steel and...

ION Treasury: Creating Real-World Opportunities for a Digital Future

Treasurers have much to gain from a co-ordinated programme of digitalisation. With...

FX Hedging Strategies for 2021 and Beyond

As new processes and technologies are called upon to help businesses navigate turbulent waters post Covid-19, foreign exchange...

Flying Start: Taming SITA’s Vast and Complex Payments Set-up

As a specialist in air transport communications and information technology, SITA is present in just about every country on the...

Inbound Payments Tracking: A Game-Changer in the Making

With SWIFT’s cross-border inbound tracking service for gpi becoming the latest addition to the treasurer’s toolkit, Nicolas...

Blog

Revenue Indices Could Save Airlines (and Other Sectors) Billions

The airline industry, currently subject to an extraordinarily challenging trading environment, could be about to save billions of dollars every year in financing costs if a...

Banking-as-a-Service 101

If you’ve not heard of Banking-as-a-service (BaaS) yet, do not be alarmed. It’s a relatively new concept that is still mostly concerned with retail banking. But its application for transaction banking is beginning to create waves. TMI wrote about Goldman...

Why Banking Has to Shape Up or Ship Out

EY’s recent report on the state of the corporate, commercial, and SME banking market points to a number of problems in the sector, before providing several solutions. Treasurers interested in moulding the future with...

How to Innovate – and be Successful

Innovation comes with no guarantees of success. Is there a way to increase the odds? We ask Annerie Vreugdenhil, Chief Innovation Officer, ING , to describe the processes she employs with her team. In the treasury world, ‘innovation’ may be interpretated...

The Potential of Quantum Computing in Trade Finance

The financial mechanisms underpinning global trade are undergoing significant change. Tradeteq CEO Christoph Gugelmann explains how quantum computing has the potential to transform this trillion-dollar industry over...

BIS: Cyber-attacks on Financial Sector Never Been Greater

The connected nature of business today means it has never been more important for treasurers to recognise and respond to the risks impacting their partner ecosystem. In particular, given the agenda for digitalisation,...

Remote Control: Can Treasury Break Free From the Office for Good?

With the pandemic forcing many to work remotely, the idea has gained traction among professionals that this is not such a bad thing after all. To what extent can treasurers...

Adopt Me: Why Innovations Must Be Humanised

As book titles go ‘Technology Is Dead’ is likely to pique the interest of more than a few treasurers, given that the profession is frequently bombarded with messages to the contrary. TMI spoke to its author, Chris...

McKinsey Review: Banks Active Actors in

McKinsey’s Global Banking Annual Review 2020 is out and, despite the obvious challenges of this year, positivity is in the air. But more work is needed. TMI talks to one of the report’s authors, McKinsey Senior...

Time to Sleep, Perchance to Dream? Not in the World of Payments…

The pace of change in the payments space is not conducive to restful slumber. Standard Chartered’s Regulatory Readiness Series for Corporates aims to soothe the fevered...

Port of Rotterdam: Taking Sustainable Finance to the Next Level

Ports are a vital part of the global economy – so when one of the biggest in the world is striving to counter climate change, its actions should be watched closely. TMI...

Specialist Treasury Technology: A Breed Apart?

The idea that best-of-breed selection, as opposed to a traditional ‘full stack’ TMS, is the way forward gets the TIS ‘Executive Briefing’ treatment in its latest paper. But are treasurers ready to abandon their...

Are APIs Really Delivering the Goods?

The noise around APIs is particularly raucous in the financial services world, but are they delivering on the promise to bring a host of new products and services to end-users? TMI asks Sindhu Vadakath, Head of Global Digital Channels and Asia Payments Product...

Digital RFPs: No More Pain, Many More Opportunities

It seems that change is in the air for many corporates. Indeed, a recent Treasury Dragons event demonstrated that there is a healthy appetite amongst corporates to move to another core system or banking provider. With...

Disruptive Treasury Tech: Perspectives from BofA

Technological disruption is the name of the game in financial services these days. With Bank of America’s Head of Cross-Product Solutions, Ayeesha Sachedina, speaking on a SIBOS panel later this week on the impact of...