Just what issues and challenges are likely to impact corporate treasurers in 2012? The folks at tech giant Sungard have identified the top treasury trends for the coming year. Among them:
1. An increased focus on assessing risk holistically. Several drivers are behind this trend, says Paul Bramwell, Sungard’s senior vice president of treasury solutions. One is simply an increased awareness of the risks – FX, interest rate, credit, among others – to which their organizations are vulnerable. Of course, the global financial crisis highlighted the need to focus on risk over the past few years. In addition, ongoing questions about the viability of the euro, as well as fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, are adding to the uncertain environment. Treasurers want to know where their cash will be today, tomorrow and in the future, in order to make sure that they've planned adequately for any upcoming debt repayments or business flows they need to accommodate, Bramwell says.