GTreasury Webinar – Modern Cash Management & Forecasting

23-01-2023 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

Cash flow and working capital are the lifeblood of your business. How are you protecting your cash positions and reducing risk in these times of increasing business volatility?

Source: GTreasury

Today’s digital cash visibility and forecasting solutions provide amazing opportunities for companies and their decision-making processes. In this webinar, we provide an in-depth look at how these modern solutions help you, your department, and your company reach your full potential.


Jake Fernandez, GTreasury – Product Manager, will discuss:

  • The pros and cons of common cash forecasting practices using spreadsheets and ERPs.
  • How a modern treasury management platform can provide immediate value for cash visibility and forecasting.
  • How you can benefit from these applications.

Is Your Foreign Currency Risk Out of Control? 5 FAQs

20-02-2023 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

When left unaddressed, foreign currency risk can wreak havoc on your bottom line. But it doesn’t have to be this way. To keep foreign currency fluctuations under control and drive predictability in financial statements, many companies turn to FX hedge programs.

Source: GTreasury

Here are 5 frequently asked questions about foreign currency risk and FX hedge programs.

#1. What is Foreign Currency Risk?

Foreign currency gains and losses occur when a company transacts in a currency other than their home currency.

A foreign currency transaction results in either a payment or receipt of that currency and the amount of U.S. dollars it will take to pay the payment or collect from the receipt changes with exchange rates.

When companies have hundreds or thousands of these types of transactions, the gains and losses due to the exchange rates can add up quickly.

#2. Are Gains from Foreign Currency Fluctuations a Good Thing?

Even though a large gain on your bottom line seems appealing – especially compared to a large loss – it also indicates instability in your financial statements month-over-month and year-over-year. Not to mention, the nature of fluctuating exchange rates means times of gains are temporary and large losses are inevitable.

More often than not, companies value predictability and stability in operations. And that’s what an FX hedge program provides.

#3. What is a Foreign Currency Hedge Program?

An FX hedge program protects the amount of home currency needed to make a foreign payment or receive from a foreign currency collection. In doing so, it eliminates a majority of the foreign currency gain and loss noise in financial statements you may have been experiencing. Large swings in either direction will no longer happen, which means you’re able to explain your true business results more effectively to your Board.

#4. Does a Hedge Program Create Zero FX Gain/Loss?

A hedge program doesn’t mean zero FX, but it does reduce a majority of the fluctuations. What’s left over can be explained by a handful of “buckets” – such as un-hedged currency impacts or under-hedging a currency amount.

#5. Can an FX Hedge Program be Implemented Quickly?

Yes! Starting a hedge program can be done quickly. Many times, a foreign currency risk problem can be fixed in just a few weeks or months – especially when you work with a partner that puts programs together every day. Supported by automation, your FX hedge program can get up and running fast – and continue to run seamlessly from there.


Companies operating internationally are exposed to currency risk – a risk to earnings driven by changes in currency exchange rates. The ones that hedge their currency risk have certain advantages over non-hedgers. For example, instead of just experiencing the changing exchange rate impacts, these companies are afforded predictable results and time to react to changes.

If you’re curious about implementing a hedge program or just got tasked by your Board to fix a problem Hedge Trackers can help – and fast.

The Top 5 Most Popular Articles of 2022 on treasuryXL!

02-01-2023 | treasuryXL | LinkedIn | Welcome to 2023! We are excited to present the Top 5 Most Popular Articles of the year on treasuryXL!

Q&A with German Karaivanov | GTreasury Report

22-12-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

GTreasury has compiled a market report in conjunction with PNC in order to provide actionable insights for mid-to-large companies with multinational operations and small treasury teams. The report finds that CFOs and Treasurers remain optimistic, and focus on reducing inefficiencies and streamlining operations.

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What will be the road ahead for CFOs and Treasurers? treasuryXL wanted to know more and held a Q&A with GTreasury’s VP of Product Management: German Karaivanov. Read below for German’s takeaways and thoughts on the report.

Q&A with German Karaivanov


At a high level, what are the three biggest takeaways corporate treasurers should glean from this report?

The new Pressure Points, Payments & Plans for Automation: The Road Ahead for CFOs and Treasurers survey report—conducted by Topline Strategy and commissioned by GTreasury and PNC Bank—finds corporate treasurers and CFOs are acutely focusing on three transformation goals right now. The first focus is fueling growth: treasurers and CFOs are eager to reduce costs wherever they can, but still need to be able to spur growth by improving risk management practices and getting more granular (and predictive) with their cash visibility, among other initiatives on this front.

Deploying more modernized treasury technology was also reported as essential to navigating market uncertainty—opening the door to more data-backed opportunities that can directly tie into business goals.

Also among the top-line takeaways: treasurers and CFOs are clearly ready to enter a new phase of automation for treasury functions (and across their organization’s broader financial groups). While early automation efforts had more of an ERP focus, respondents signaled that they are increasingly prepared to adopt more mature automation into their systems and apply it strategically to meet modern treasury and finance needs. 

What were the demographics of the survey?

The report surveyed 93 finance executives and corporate treasurers from more than 20 industries. Participants represented large and mid-sized enterprises in both the United States and abroad. We purposely wanted to ensure a cross-section sample that wasn’t over-pinned to any one geography or industry.

CFOs and treasurers seemed to have differing opinions in a few areas covered in the report. Was this surprising?

CFOs and treasurers are on the same page in that they’re both pressing to make treasury practices more automated, more accurate, and more efficient. But CFOs in the survey show a clear preference for prioritizing cost efficiency. Corporate treasurers, on the other hand, tend to champion improved treasury functions and operational efficiency—and that proved especially so when it comes to achieving real-time insight into cash positions. There was a clear divide here, but I don’t think it was all that surprising. More CFOs need to understand that they can have it both ways. Adding more treasury functionality, integrations, and automation will make treasury operations more efficient, both with treasury technology budgeting and with the bandwidth it frees up for treasury teams to focus on the most urgent and critical business-growth initiatives.

But even for their differences, both CFOs and treasurers do plan to leverage new banking and treasury systems to achieve their goals. Strategic technology implementations that offer process modernization and automation will reduce costs by eliminating inefficiencies and provide treasurers with optimal tooling—checking boxes for CFOs and treasurers alike.

Technology modernization is certainly a theme of the survey. In what areas do treasurers and CFOs seem especially excited about transformation?

82% of survey respondents reported payment automation as a very or extremely important focus area for their planned software projects. It was clearly the highest automation priority. CFOs and treasurers view payment automation as delivering higher staff productivity, process efficiencies, improved cash visibility, enhanced fraud protection, compliance assurance, and modernized processes aligned with the demands of the digital economy. It seems clear that payment automation will come a long way in 2023. Other high-priority focuses for software modernization projects included accounts receivable, billing, and financial planning and analysis. 

I found the results around digital transformation concerning: more than half of survey respondents said they didn’t yet have a formalized digital transformation plan even though there was a clear (and increasing) interest in making technology investments. Organizations either sticking with outdated, legacy systems are increasingly at risk as their competition advances. There’s also the internal experience: it’s easier for CFOs to hire and retain top treasury talent if their organization is using technology that makes treasurers’ jobs smoother and more efficient.

But when it comes to digital transformation, there is good news. Given the current volatile market, organizations that start their digital transformation now will likely be able to realize the benefits of their initiatives particularly quickly.

The report was conducted by a third-party, but backed by GTreasury and PNC Bank—one of the biggest banks in the United States. What is GTreasury’s relationship with PNC Bank?

GTreasury’s partnership with PNC Bank is a strategic alliance, one that enables us to bring a range of cash and FX risk management products to the market as part of PNC’s extensive digital channels and services.


Thank you for reading!


How Treasurers Can (Still) Get Ahead During Uncertain Times

08-11-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

Victoria Blake, the Chief Product Officer at GTreasury, recently ran through four trends that corporate treasurers ought to be paying careful attention to—particularly as ongoing economic uncertainty heads into 2023.

Blake argues that “treasurers without a connected treasury are left playing an ever-widening game of catch-up.” She offers specific advice for how treasurers can approach FX rate visibility, cash forecasting, bank fee analysis, and API connectivity. This is a must-read treasurer as they plan their treasury technology strategies for 2023.

Amid Ongoing Economic and Geopolitical Uncertainty, Treasurers Must Turn to Data and Technology

12-10-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

Helen Kane, the Risk and Exposure Fellow at Hedge Trackers (a GTreasury company) recently sat down with The Global Treasurer to discuss how treasury teams can approach yet more global uncertainty.

Kane, along with the global head of corporate cash management at Deutsche Bank, lends expertise to the current state of deglobalization, the supply chain, and more—as they relate to treasury operations.

“Treasury strategies and skill sets that drove success in the 1990s were different from those in the 2020s. My advice for all treasurers is to be open to change, be open to learning, and be ready to flex, all while maintaining those historical controls and implementing new ones to safeguard your assets,” says Kane. 

When Should You Start a Hedge Program?

23-08-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

A popular Chinese proverb says “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” This is equally true in the world of hedging.

Source: Hedge Trackers, a GTreasury Company

We’ve seen volatility in currency markets, with the EUR falling 9 percent between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. We’ve seen volatility in commodities, with some commodity prices doubling and tripling and oil prices approaching 10-year highs. And short-term interest rates may quadruple in a year.

Companies that have well-run hedge programs have time to prepare and adjust to these forces. But what if you’ve been waiting for “the best time” or “the right time” to hedge?

Two years ago, we were surprised with a global pandemic – when everything settles down, will it be a good time to start a hedge program? Before we even have a chance to assimilate that, we are now faced with war in Europe. Sanctions, which will almost certainly be followed by more sanctions and more volatility, and which will be followed by what? Are you feeling like you’ve missed the opportunity to start hedging?

It’s never too late to set up a hedge program.

Now, just like last week, last year, and five years ago, the steps are the same.

  • Determine what your objective is. As our own Helen Kane says, “I believe that most hedge programs should take a deep breath, step back and determine what is really the objective…. Are they trying to protect margins? Are they trying to lock in budgeted earnings? Are they smoothing the year-over-year impact of currency into their financials?”
  • Once you know your objective, identify and quantify your exposuresInvestigate the start of the exposure (often not easy to identify) and its end. The answers will be different depending on your hedge objective, and that’s why it’s critical to get that objective determined first. It is expected that you would have different objectives for different exposures.
  • You’re ready to start working on your policy, detailing what exposures will be managed with what strategies/derivatives over what time frame. You may want to consider some flexibility in the policy to systematically take advantage (or not), with clear guidelines generational rate movements – allowing more or less (but not zero) hedging in those times when rates hit 5- or 10-year highs or lows. This provides a framework to contemplate those things that we thought were so rare that we wouldn’t see them in our lifetime. Remember those days?
  • There are other documents that will be necessary. If not addressed directly in your policy, you’ll want a guideline for accounting and an appropriate control structure. You’ll also need to make sure that inception documentation supporting any special hedge accounting is compliant.
  • You’ll need to set up a process for collecting exposures at different stages (anticipated, recognized, impacting earnings, settled).
  • Make sure that you have a good working relationship and legal framework (ISDA) with your counterparties and that you set up a good process for trading and competitive bidding.
  • Of course, trade management and special hedge accounting should not be left to spreadsheets. We’d be happy to introduce you to CapellaFX, which not only is a trade repository but also accumulates your exposure data (existing and anticipated), applies hedge decisions, designates and documents exposures, drives your hedge accounting and provides effectiveness tests. Most importantly, it is user-friendly for both Treasury and Accounting and doesn’t require a derivative specialist to use or implement.


Does all of this seem daunting? It doesn’t have to be. Hedge Trackers can help you with every step. We have the people and the systems to assist your team, or you can offload some or all of the process to us.

Returning to our original question on the best time to plant the tree – or start a hedging program. If you haven’t already done so, recall that the next best time to start is right now.

Treasurers Get Strategic About Hedging Programs as Interest Rates Keep Rising

02-08-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

The current interest rate landscape (read: rates going up for the foreseeable future) is spurring treasurers and the office of the CFO to implement rate hedging strategies at a faster clip. For many organizations, hedge programs are a new initiative—and it can take some understanding to know what they do and what to look for from companies that offer them.

Farah Lotia, the Director of Interest Rate and Quantitative Analytics at Hedge Trackers (a GTreasury company), discusses what interest rate hedge programs are, the ROI benefit they deliver treasures, how to get started with them, and why there has never been a more advantageous time to implement them.

Zeroing in on 4 Specific Ways Treasurers’ Can Improve Cash Forecasting

21-07-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |

Particularly with continued financial headwinds, accurate-as-possible cash forecasting and visibility are more critical than ever. But, according to a recent survey of hundreds of global treasurers, the process of generating forecasts has been either “somewhat difficult” or “extremely difficult.”

Jo Stevens, a senior product manager at GTreasury, wrote for Treasury & Risk on four specific best practices around how treasurers can improve cash forecasting and optimize their use of sophisticated forecasting technologies. Jo discusses how to capture more accurate data, how to best process that data with machine learning, how to approach cash visibility, and, crucially, how to continually adapt to meet ongoing forecasting challenges.

GTreasury Launches New Connectivity Suite for Treasurers

12-07-2022 | treasuryXL | GTreasury | LinkedIn |


Workflow Brings in Third-Party Banking, Payments, and Financial Data

ClearConnect ensures the fidelity of data essential to treasurers and CFOs

CHICAGO, Ill. – July 12, 2022 – GTreasury, a treasury and risk management platform provider, today announced the launch of ClearConnect. Featuring more than 80 API calls in a dozen key categories, ClearConnect offers the most robust connectivity suite available to treasury teams and the office of the CFO. The solution provides immediate access to the comprehensive data required for confident and actionable treasury insights, and ensures the fidelity and security of that data through purpose-built connections bolstered by GTreasury’s support.

While “API” is becoming a buzzword often associated with data connectivity solutions, the terms are not synonymous. API connections are only as powerful as the underlying workflows that support them. Activating an out-of-the-box API is not an instant panacea for an organization’s data needs. Without the right underlying workflows, APIs not attuned to a business’s specific requirements will drop or fail to capture all the data sets necessary to power effective analytics and data lakes. Given the complexity of treasury and risk management, those missing insights can result in significant consequences for treasury teams and CFOs.

ClearConnect provides both the powerful underlying workflows and the multifaceted purpose-built API-enabled connectivity to ensure that data capture is consistently done correctly and thoroughly—providing all the analytics an organization needs from a particular connection. The solution creates certainty, security, and seamless connections by integrating all data from business systems and financial institutions, and is capable of combining connection types for uniquely complete data sets and data fidelity.

Specifically, ClearConnect creates value for treasury teams and the office of the CFO by delivering:

  • Secure connectivity across the financial value chain
  • Extensions to corporate treasury workflows
  • Access to specialist solutions within the integrated platform
  • Lower bank fee costs through seamless connectivity
  • Access to multiple innovative FinTech products and services

ClearConnect’s market-leading API catalog features over 80 API calls, augmented by host-to-host connectivity wherever needed to bolster capabilities. The solution enables robust functionality across a dozen categories, including payment approval rules, payment workflows, payments and templates, balances and transactions, general ledgers, deal management, bank accounts, bank account management, legal entities, forecasts, operators, and data extracts. ClearConnect’s flexible connectivity architecture uses best-in-class API-enabled connections to ensure fidelity and continuity of customers’ most vital data. Connectivity into Swift, Fides, and others provides a single source of truth and visibility into an organization’s cash and financial risk, and delivers transparent workflows for payments, bank file monitoring, and more.

GTreasury’s always-expanding partnerships with leading global financial institutions and market data partners ensure seamless bank and ERP connectivity, domestic and international transactions, and access to market insights. As client needs change, GTreasury’s active collaborations with product partners further ensure the creation and delivery of modernized products and services, securing ClearConnect’s place as a market-leading solution always aligned with customers’ current data requirements.

From risk management capabilities powered by Moody’s Analytics and KYOS, to market data provided by Refinitiv and Fenics MD, to banking, ERP, investments, and payments partners, ClearConnect now enables customers to wield the full power of the GTreasury ecosystem even more easily and completely.

“ClearConnect doesn’t just offer a significantly greater breadth of connectivity options than anything else available, it also underwrites those capabilities with foundational workflows for data integrity and ease of use,” said Pete Srejovic, Chief Technology Officer at GTreasury. “Investing in API technology only to realize that you are dropping crucial data is a nightmare that has come true for many CFOs and treasury teams. With today’s launch of ClearConnect, we’re proud to offer not only the largest and most powerful API connectivity solution on the market, but one that customers can entrust to deliver absolute data integrity along with the comprehensive and future-proof solutions of the GTreasury ecosystem.”


About GTreasury

GTreasury believes there is opportunity in complexity. We connect treasury and finance teams with industry-leading experts, technology solutions and untapped possibility. By simplifying complexity, teams can unleash their organization’s potential to gain strategic advantages and grow. GTreasury helps organizations reach that potential by connecting treasury and digital finance operations through a world-class SaaS treasury and risk management platform and integrated ecosystem where cash, debt, investments, and exposures are seamlessly managed within the office of the CFO. GTreasury delivers intelligent insights, while connecting financial value chains and extending workflows to third-party systems, exchanges, portals, and services. Headquartered in Chicago, with locations serving EMEA (London) and APAC (Sydney and Manila), GTreasury’s global community includes more than 800 customers and 30+ industries reaching 160+ countries worldwide. Visit