GTreasury Adds Executive Leadership Amid Surging Demand for Modern Technologies that Empower Treasurers and the Office of the CFO

26-01-2022 | treasuryXL | Gtreasury | LinkedIn |

Travis Arthur (Chief Marketing Officer) and Matthew Carey (Chief Revenue Officer) bring extensive experience scaling global businesses and driving growth for disruptive SaaS solutions



CHICAGO, Ill. – January 26, 2022 – GTreasury, a treasury and risk management platform provider, today announced two additions to its executive management team: Travis Arthur as Chief Marketing Officer and Matthew Carey as Chief Revenue Officer. The appointments come as GTreasury accelerates technological innovation, customer growth, and key strategic initiatives such as the recent acquisition of Hedge Trackers.

Arthur will guide the positioning and market strategy of GTreasury as the leader in digital treasury and risk management solutions for corporate treasurers, finance teams, and the office of the CFO. Carey will lead the global sales and go-to-market strategy and execution for GTreasury, which includes a focus on expanding GTreasury’s sales presence into new geographies.

Arthur joins GTreasury with particularly deep industry experience as a revenue-focused executive, bringing a proven record of planning and executing successful growth campaigns at fast-scaling SaaS businesses. He comes to GTreasury from Social Solutions, where he led go-to-market strategy, sales and marketing transformation, and demand generation as the Chief Growth Officer for the SaaS company. Previously, Arthur served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the digital banking software provider Q2, where he oversaw the strategy, development, and execution of the company’s market positioning and demand generation initiatives. Arthur has also held senior-level sales and marketing roles within Rackspace, ReachLocal, and Dell.

Carey brings GTreasury extensive experience leading global teams at companies ranging from hyper-growth startups to multi-billion-dollar global enterprises. He most recently served as the Vice President of Regulated Industries at SAP, where he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and operational activities for that vertical in the United States. Prior to SAP, Carey led global sales and channel operations for SnapApp, the cloud-based interactive marketing platform, and served a similar role for Bottomline Technologies, the cloud-based payment, cash management, cyber-fraud, and security solutions provider. Carey also has almost a decade of sales leadership at Oracle, where he led global teams selling big data, analytics, security, and cloud solutions.

 

The need for transformative treasury modernization has never been higher, as legacy systems continually erode the effectiveness of today’s corporate treasurer in an ever-faster world,” said Renaat Ver Eecke, CEO, GTreasury.

“As we continue to build new capabilities into our platform and integrate with more partner technologies, we anticipate even more demand than we are seeing right now. Travis and Matt are the leaders to steer this growth and ensure that our unique capabilities and differentiation are well-understood by current and prospective customers. On behalf of the GTreasury team, we welcome Travis and Matt and are excited for the next chapter of GTreasury’s growth.”

 

GTreasury is a rare combination of a well-established technology provider that continues to set the bar on innovation,” said Arthur.

“The GTreasury team has earned its reputation as being highly focused on delivering the digital treasury capabilities that its customers want, and it has always kept its eye on the future of the industry. We anticipate a strong year ahead as we expand and strengthen our teams to meet market demands.”

 

GTreasury enables treasury teams and the office of the CFO to focus resources on critical business initiatives without the manual and disconnected processes that hamper productivity,” said Carey.

“The cost efficiencies and streamlined operations that GTreasury enables are significant advantages to its global customer base, and I look forward to bringing the benefits of a modernized treasury to more organizations across the globe.”


About GTreasury

GTreasury is committed to connecting treasury and digital finance operations by providing a world-class SaaS treasury and risk management system 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.

CurrencyCast | Episode 1 – The 4 Expectations of FX Automation

26-01-2022 | treasuryXL | Kantox | LinkedIn |

It’s finally here! CurrencyCast, our new podcast, is live.  Every week, we’ll provide bite-sized tips and expert insights to help you better manage foreign currencies and optimize your P&L results.

Click on the image above to watch the first episode: The 4 expectations of FX automation


This week, we offer our view on the make-or-break FX challenges treasurers and CFOs will face in 2022. Last year was a highly unpredictable year in terms of currency volatility and this year looks to follow a similar pattern, especially with a sharp shift in interest rates.

But how can you protect your business and profit margins from such instability and uncertainty? Our FX expert and writer, Agustin Mackinlay, outlines his expectations for shifting interest rate differentials across currencies, ongoing profit margin pressure due to rising costs and more during this episode.

He’ll provide insights on how to handle each issue so you can make more informed decisions for your FX risk strategy in 2022.


Head to your preferred channel and catch episode two, where we look at the: 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐅𝐗 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐲 𝐢𝐧 2022. 


The Social CFO: Communicate or Evaporate

25-01-2022 | Ernie Humphrey | treasuryXL | LinkedIn |

As the CFO role continues to evolve in many areas the focus on accounting and reporting is still important, but there are additional expectations for today’s CFOs, including the ability to communicate with impact to deliver the story behind the numbers and build better relationships with their fellow leaders across the enterprise. CFO success in today’s world means impacting performance across the enterprise.


Collaborating effectively requires a CFO need to communicate effectively. Communication skills do not come naturally for most CFOs.

Five pillars of effective communication are:

  1. Listening
  2. Authenticity & Honesty
  3. Being Proactive vs. Reactive
  4. Aligning Perceptions and Reality
  5. Having Deliberative Discussions vs. Arguing

Listening

The best communicators are the best listeners. Listening is a skill that any CFO would do to invest in developing. I found a great blog from Skillsyouneed.com that shares 10 tips to leverage in listening effectively, The 10 Principles of Listening. The 10 principles are as follows:

  1. Stop Talking
  2. Prepare Yourself to Listen
  3. Put your Counterparty at Ease
  4. Remove Distractions
  5. Empathize
  6. Be Patient
  7. Avoid Personal Prejudice
  8. Listen to the Tone
  9. Listen for Ideas not Just Words
  10. Watch for Non-Verbal Communication

Authenticity & Honesty

Most finance leaders will need to go out of their comfort zones in communicating as often as they need to, with the people they need to, to build trust and collaborate. It is important to remain to your personality in communication. If you are not a comedian, do not try and become one. If you are not a high energy personality, do not drink give cups of coffee each morning to be more energetic when speaking with people.

Honesty is the best policy, even in business. You can be honest and deliver information that the person you are speaking with might not like. It is all about the tone of your messaging. Tone in how you say what you say and the volume at which you say it

Being Proactive vs. Reactive

If you see an issue coming or an opportunity for collaboration communicate proactively. Do not wait for an issue to arise to deal with an impending problem, and do not let an opportunity go by the wayside because you wait to long to pursue it.

If you make a mistake own it and reach out to those who may be impacted by it before it does. That will build trust and inspire others to trust you enough to share their mistakes with you and help you mitigate the consequences from it. We are all human, be human, and allow others to do the same.

Aligning Perceptions and Reality

Many careers have been derailed when perceptions that are not true become reality to colleagues that can impact their job success and/or their job status. It is important to pay attention to how others perceive you and that is done through effective listening and honest communication.

If you have invested in building trust with colleagues, then you will “get wind” of how you are perceived before these perceptions impact your job performance and your career. This means that you must be willing to accept honest communication from others.

Deliberative Discussions vs. Arguing

Growth and innovation require friction. An effective leader has difficult conversations up and down the company org chart and knows how to unlock the value of disagreements.
Arguing involves emotion. Keeping emotion out of a conversation allows you to have difficult conversations and make decisions that ignite changes that impact company success without causing a fire from the sparks that emotion beings conversations that inherently involve friction

The career of any CFO who is not able to communicate effectively will evaporate in today’s world. CFOs need to invest in soft skills

Collaboration requires effective communication. I will explore the art and science of collaboration in a future blog.


Thank for reading!

 

Ernie Humphrey
Seasoned Treasury Expert
& CEO Treasury Webinars

 

WEBINAR ALERT | Bringing Cash Management Solutions to the Benelux

treasuryXL | Nomentia |

Date & time: January 27, 2022 at 12:00-12:45 PM CET/ 13:00-13:45 EET | Duration 45 minutes

Nomentia has been the market-leading solution provider in the Nordics for global payment and cash flow forecasting solutions. Finally, our solutions are now available for you in the Benelux in French and Dutch besides English.

In this webinar, we will introduce our Payment module for global, centralized management of B2B payments, the anomaly detection add-on for tackling fraud and errors, cash forecasting & visibility, as well as bank connectivity as a service.

Join the webinar to learn more about: 

  • Why do you need a centralized payment tool?
  • Why would you switch from a legacy local multi-EB system to a new SaaS Multi-Bank system?
  • How our customers benefit from using Nomentia Payments?
  • How to tackle fraud and manual errors with automated anomaly detection?
  • Why should you switch from spreadsheets to a liquidity management solution?
  • How does Nomentia cash forecasting work in practice?
  • Nomentia’s hyper modular bank connectivity as a service:
    • How does this work?
    • How can you benefit from it?

At the end of the webinar, we’ll have time for a short Q&A session to answer your questions.

Click on the banner for registration.

Meet the speakers

Huub Wevers

Huub Wevers

Senior Sales Manager
Nomentia

Tapani Oksala

Solutions Manager
Nomentia

 

 

Digital Payments Transformation for 2022

24-01-2022 | treasuryXL | Kyriba | LinkedIn |

By Bob Stark, Global Head of Market Strategy

Instant payments, payments fraud, and pandemic-led digital payments transformation projects have changed the B2B payments journey for CFOs and CIOs. IT teams recognize that new connectivity methods, such as APIs, are required to integrate their ERP platforms with banks, neobanks, and non-bank payment channels while finance departments are seeing the value of new options for instant payment delivery, including Venmo, SEPAInst, and The Clearing House’s Real-Time Payment network.

While the way payments are transmitted from ERP and treasury systems to beneficiaries is clearly modernizing, internal audit and governance teams are instructing finance and IT counterparts that their legacy payment processes are introducing operational risk. Combined with real-time payment settlements, older payment workflows are increasing the possibility of irrevocable mistakes, or worse, fraud. Payments transformation is the answer.

As with any payments project, the first question to be answered is: what is the desired business outcome? What measurable value can be quantified? Generally, for payments transformation initiatives there are three value drivers:

  1. Reduced bank and transaction costs
  2. Improved efficiency
  3. Reduced likelihood of mistakes and fraud

Reduced Bank and Transaction Costs

For many organizations, a digital payments transformation means they can reduce the reliance on expensive payment methods. Checks are a perfect example, where the total cost of ownership is reduced by 50% or more because of the immense internal processing and reconciliation times to send and receive checks.

Same Day ACH – fueled by recent increases in transaction limits – and real-time payments are becoming less expensive alternatives to wire payments, driving down the cost to remit faster payments. Further, payment-on-behalf-of (POBO) models allow for payment in local currencies, reducing currency translation costs, while also introducing the opportunity to net multiple payments to like suppliers and consolidate multiple payment systems into a single payment hub.

Most importantly, bank connectivity can be fully outsourced, which extracts immense cost from IT budgets, where ERPs and other internal systems were connected through hard-coded FTP scripts or reliant on expensive internal SWIFT infrastructures. Whether banks support APIs, FTP, regional networks, or SWIFT, payment connectors from ERPs and treasury to bank are pre-developed with tens of thousands of bank payment formats built into the product to eliminate any custom development to current platforms or when migrating ERPs to the cloud.

Certainly, reducing IT’s role in bank connectivity will save hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, especially when considering the banking industry’s harmonization of bank formats to XML ISO 20022. This initiative, alongside banks’ movement to APIs, would mean years of redevelopment by IT teams to rebuild protocols and formats from ERP to the bank. Payment hubs make this a non-issue, slashing costs while simultaneously eliminating time to market bottlenecks.

Improved Efficiency

Efficiency takes many forms, but the most obvious is the automation of manual processes. Legacy processes require unnecessary time to initiate, approve, review, validate documentation, confirm the authenticity of payment requests, screen for additional compliance requirements (e.g., OFAC screening), and log in to multiple systems to send, confirm, and reconcile payments. For smaller organizations, this can be dozens of hours per week; for larger organizations, the productivity improvements are valued in the $100,000s.

In addition to manual payment initiation and processing, internal collaboration between payments and treasury teams adds complexity that can be better managed. Too many organizations leave excess cash in bank accounts as they lack real-time visibility into payment amounts. This inefficiency is magnified as payments are remitted faster (or even in real-time), meaning cash managers can no longer fund payments the next day. Payables, receivables, and treasury teams must have complete data unification to minimize the amount of cash allocated for working capital. One client, HCSC, reported reducing working capital from $4.0 billion to $25 million by automating internal and external cash visibility.

Fraud Prevention

With 90% of CFOs reporting in 2021 that fraud was the same or worse than it was in 2020, CIOs are collaborating with CFO counterparts to build increased resilience to payments fraud. The initiative goes by different names – payments compliance, payments governance, fraud prevention – the effect is the same. Organizations need to transform their processes to “catch up” to real-time payments. There are four critical tenets that form the base of every payments governance and compliance program:

  • Standardization – The key to eliminating unauthorized payments – even if accidental in nature – is to ensure a standardized set of controls that prevail without exception. Controls could include payment approval scenarios, extra layers of authentication, procedures if approvers are remote and/or unavailable, and specific actions if modifications to the payment are required. The organization’s payment policy should be digitized and enforced by the payment hub software to ensure these controls are consistently applied.
  • Real-Time Payment Screening – Many organizations require payments to be screened against sanctions lists and bank account validation databases prior to sending those instructions to the bank. A simple exercise to verify that the bank account belongs to the intended payee should be part of every payment journey.
  • Digitized Payment Policy – The organization’s payment policy should be digitized for real-time compliance checks. Examples could include payments being made outside of approved countries, the first payment to a new bank account, irregular payment amounts, etc. Every payment should be screened in real-time so that any non-compliant or suspicious payments can be stopped and quarantined in real-time to be reviewed by authorized approvers. As payments continue to diversify across multiple channels (e.g. wires, ACH, checks, real-time) and become more real-time, organizations cannot rely on treasury staff scanning every payment in real-time; nor can they expect their banks to be the last line of defense.
  • Artificial Intelligence – Machine learning is perfectly suited to provide an additional layer of protection by instantly determining if a payment is an anomaly against historical payment patterns. Machine learning algorithms are easily trained using structured payment data from an existing treasury system, ERP, or payment hub to find irregular payments that should be further reviewed. This can be done individually or within payment batches to minimize the impact on the settlement of payment runs.

Additional reading: 15 Minute Guide to Payment Hubs

While fraud prevention is oftentimes the leading requirement driving payments transformation projects, other benefits including outsourced connectivity, enterprise liquidity visibility, process standardization, and multiple cost reductions should not be overlooked as these features will likely pay for the payments project with a lightning-quick ROI. And fortunately, transforming payments can be a large, collaborative project or select capabilities can be implemented incrementally, increasing the value and risk protection within weeks.

Enigma Consulting guides FinMaster’s PSD2 application (Dutch Item)

20-01-2022 | treasuryXL | Enigma Consulting | LinkedIn |

Boekhoudsoftwareleverancier FinMaster heeft een PSD2-vergunning verkregen voor het verlenen van rekeninginformatiediensten. Het traject werd begeleid door Enigma Consulting.

Het Noord-Hollandse FinMaster levert boekhoudsoftware aan mkb-bedrijven en ondernemers in uiteenlopende branches. Met de cloudapplicatie van het bedrijf kunnen gebruikers hun financiële en verkoopadministratie bijhouden. Accountantskantoren gebruiken de tool om met hun klanten samen te werken.

Met de zogeheten ‘dienst 8’-vergunning van De Nederlandsche Bank biedt FinMaster de mogelijkheid toegang te krijgen tot het uitlezen van betaaltransacties van klanten, zowel consumenten als bedrijven. Hiermee kan het bedrijf zijn dienstverlening optimaliseren en besparen klanten veel tijd.

Krista de Rooi, bestuurder bij FinMaster, legt uit waarom het bedrijf een PSD2-vergunningsaanvraag indiende. “Als innovatieve boekhoudapplicatie ben je altijd op zoek naar ontwikkelingen om het administratieproces voor klanten zo eenvoudig en snel mogelijk te maken.”

“Met deze licentie kunnen we onze klanten helpen door rechtstreeks vanuit hun eigen zakelijke betaalrekening mutaties in onze applicatie te administreren. Vanzelfsprekend alleen met toestemming van de klant.”

Om de aanvraag in goede banen te leiden – het aanvragen van een PSD2-vergunning is een omvangrijk en gecompliceerd traject – schakelde FinMaster de kennis in van Enigma Consulting.

Paul Jans, managing director van Enigma Consulting, over het behalen van de vergunning: “FinMaster laat zien dat niet alleen de grote spelers in de boekhoudsoftware de merites van een PSD2-vergunning omarmen. FinMaster is de uitdaging aangegaan en heeft dit met verve gedaan, wat blijkt uit de verlening van de vergunning.”

Volgens Jans mag FinMaster zich tot de voorlopers onder de boekhoudsoftwarepartijen rekenen, omdat het de automatische boekhoudkoppeling beschikbaar stelt voor alle soorten klanten, waaronder bv’s.

“We zien dat slechts een selecte club aan boekhoudpakketten met een PSD2-vergunning het aandurft om de rekeninginformatiedienst ook voor grotere klanten beschikbaar te stellen, met name vanwege de verscherpte KYC-eisen”, legt hij uit. “FinMaster heeft hiervoor passende processen ingericht waardoor ook mkb-ondernemingen met meerdere administraties kunnen profiteren van de automatische bankkoppeling.”

Open betaalmarkt

Met de PSD2-regelgeving wil de Europese Commissie innovatie en concurrentie stimuleren in de Europese betaalmarkt en ook de veiligheid van het betaalverkeer verbeteren.

Enigma Consulting is een specialist in het domain. Zo begeleidde het adviesbedrijf eerder ook de PSD2-aanvragen van MoneyMonkWolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting en Flow Your Money. Ook adviseert het financiële instellingen over hun PSD2 en open banking strategie.

CurrencyCast | A podcast by Kantox

20-01-2022 | treasuryXL | Kantox | LinkedIn |

Introducing our new weekly FX podcast, CurrencyCast! A no-holds-barred series on the urgent foreign exchange challenges facing treasurers and CFOs today.


Introducing our new weekly FX podcast, CurrencyCast! A no-holds-barred series on the urgent foreign exchange challenges facing treasurers and CFOs today.

Every week, FX writer Agustin Mackinlay gets candid about what finance departments are doing wrong when managing their currencies and risk. He’ll provide bite-sized insights to help you better understand your FXrisk and push your treasury to the next level.

It’s an FX masterclass, all in under 10 minutes!

Mark your calendar for January 26th at 10am (CET) and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be one of the first to access our new series.

Subscribe now for the CurrencyCast!


Main blockchain and crypto trends in 2022: unexpected expectations

18-01-2022 | Carlo de Meijer | treasuryXL | LinkedIn |

For me it is becoming a sort of tradition. Writing a blog about the upcoming trends in the Blockchain and crypto arena for the next year and beyond.

 

A year ago I concluded with the sentence: “always expect the unexpected”.

 

And unexpected was the upcoming of the DeFi market, as well that of NFT. But also a growing number of traditional banks entering the crypto scene, increasingly believing crypto is here to stay. What may bring this year? This will be described in the following 15 trends.

 

1. New third and fourth generation blockchain solutions

A first trend we will observe is de-acceleration in the development of new third and fourth-generation solutions aimed at removing the speed and scalability challenges. Third-generation blockchain platforms like Aion, Cardano, and EOS, introduced technology such as sharding to tackle scaling issues in order to cut down on cost and speed of transactions. These platforms also matured the distributed application capabilities of blockchain.

And there are fourth-generation blockchains aimed to resolve prior challenges and enable trust in easy-to-consume ways, accelerating the formation, operation, and reconfiguration of business networks. In addition to greater ease of onboarding, these lower cost, and highly scalable platforms are built to make pragmatic trade-offs such as recognizing that not all transactions are created equal using variable consensus mechanisms. Interesting fourth-generation blockchain platforms like Insolar and Aergo, are enabling business networks to be easier to use through business-oriented interfaces that hide the complexity of the underlying blockchain technology.

2. Towards more blockchain standardisation and interoperability

Another trend we will see in 2022 is an acceleration in the creation of standards and interoperability possibilities. These should enable multiple blockchains to communicate. The number of blockchain and distributed ledger networks are firmly growing. Most blockchain networks operate on isolated ecosystems as they try to resolve a unique set of needs. Interconnecting these new chains is becoming a necessity as more people continue to take note of the emerging technology and its capabilities.

Standards are an important key to success for any developing technology, and blockchain is no exception. The right standards, set at the right time in a technology’s development, can ensure interoperability, generate trust in and help ensure ease of use of the technology. In this way, they support its development and create a pathway to mass adoption.

The rapid development of blockchain is set to give rise to many different kinds of chains. One such technology that is becoming increasingly evident is cross-chain technology, an emerging technology that seeks to allow the transmission of value and information between different blockchain networks. This technology is increasingly becoming a hot topic of discussion seen as the ultimate solution for enhancing interoperability between blockchains.

3. Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) solutions

BaaS has emerged as a boosting adoption across business companies due to many developments in this atmosphere of blockchain. The demand for Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS), a third-party creation and management of cloud-based networks for companies in the business of creating blockchain applications, among companies is firmly growing and that will continue in 2022. Main players in this space include Microsoft, Amazon and R3.

BaaS facilitates its clients to leverage the solutions to build hosts, based on the cloud and enable them to operate related functions on the blockchain and their applications, without having to overcome technical difficulties or operational overhead and without the need to invest in more infrastructure developments as well as lack of skills. BaaS operators help the clients to focus only on their core job and blockchain functions

4. Great demand for blockchain and crypto skills

The year 2022 will see a greater demand for blockchain and crypto skills. The potential for growth in the blockchain industry and the increasing dominance of blockchain across various sectors serve as a prominent reason for the increased demand for these skills. The promises of blockchain technology for enterprises in terms of cost efficiency and performance improvement and the booming development of the crypto markets translate directly into the rise in demand for blockchain professionals.

A report by LinkedIn has placed blockchain as one of the most in-demand skills for 2021 and beyond. Enterprises therefore need blockchain professionals with the skills to help them leverage most of blockchain technology for driving their business objectives. 

5. Blockchain-IOT-G5 integration 

This year we experienced a growing trend of blockchain being integrated with other technologies such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence amongst others. There is also growing attention of corporates to use blockchain for IoT or Internet of Things applications.

The IoT market is increasing drastically and this is expected to continue in 2022 in an accelerated way triggered by the recent uptake of the 5G network. The expected potential of the 5G IoT market today is however limited by an extremely fragmented IoT ecosystem.

Blockchain technology appears as potentially the most suitable and efficient way to the various 5G IoT challenges. It can potentially help to solve many problems around security as well as scalability due to the automated encrypted and immutable nature of blockchain. It is expected to hear about more pilot projects and initial use cases in this field during 2022.

6. Blockchain and the Metaverse

Blockchain applications in Metaverse are another top blockchain trend in 2002. Metaverse is the emerging universe of the formerly known Facebook where there will be ‘immersive’ experiences with new technologies like blockchain, augmented reality, virtual reality etc. Without blockchain technology the Metaverse would be incomplete because everything would be stored in the centralised network.

Blockchain will enable the upcoming of a new wave of social networks that could be bigger and even better than the existing ones such as the former Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube that are now synonymous with the word social media.

Blockchain in 2022 is expected to run multiple platforms on Metaverse with NFTs and cryptocurrencies. Digital assets like NFTs will thereby define ownership on the Metaverse and cryptocurrencies will power the new digital economy. Moreover, also Twitter, with its vast user base of 192 million daily active users, is now planning to integrate cryptocurrencies into the platform with things like Bitcoin tipping for creators.

7. Blockchain and governments

Governments are also starting to enter the blockchain market. Blockchain provides new ways for governments to organize processes and handle information in a more efficient way. Over the past few years, governments in several countries have been experimenting with the application of this novel technology to a wide variety of functions and services, including land registration, educational credentialing, health care, procurement, food supply chains, and identity management.

What is holding back various governments up till now is the factor of trust. The World Bank therefore proposes a “Three Layer” design and implementation framework, to prevent potential glitches between the technology and its intended application. Their framework comprises the social layer, data layer, and technical layer. The social layer constitutes human actors and social aspects such as incentives and motivation among others.

The data layer is the ledger itself and what it provides in terms of usability, security, authenticity, and reliability. The technical layer comprises DLT protocols, data storage, and consensus mechanisms among others.

8. More projects on CBDCs

With 80% of the world’s central banks now exploring Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) projects during 2021, according to the Bank of International Settlement, the year 2022 will see a further breakthrough. Governments worldwide realise that cryptocurrencies are here to stay and the majority of CBDCs are being introduced to ensure their monetary system stays relevant to consumer demands and not necessarily to eradicate the use of Bitcoin and other private cryptocurrencies.

Despite most central banks are still planning their frameworks for what a CBDC might look like, there are already CBDCs that have gone live. These however are limited to a few small countries including the Bahamas, Cambodia, the Eastern Caribbean States and most recently followed by Nigeria.

In terms of developed nations, China and Sweden (e-krona) are the most advanced with extensive pilots having already taken place. China is expecting to further test its CBDC – digital yuan – during the Winter Olympics in early 2022. This will certainly trigger other central banks including those of the UK, the US, Russia, Japan and the European Central Bank, to follow suit.

9. The DeFi market will further boom ….

DeFi, or decentralised finance is quickly emerging as a transparent and permissionless way for users to interact directly with each other. This year the value of assets in DeFi reached more than $180 bn and expectations are that this will further rise in 2022. As there is an increasing need to replicate physical items properties like uniqueness, ownership proof, we will see further uptake of the DeFi market as well as the arrival of more dedicated DeFi applications. Upcoming regulation, as well as the growing acceptance that crypto is here to stay, may in the longer term lead to more convergence between traditional or centralised finance (CeFi) and decentralised finance (DeFi).

10. ….. as well as NFTs

The remarkable growth of the NFT market in 2021 is expected to continue in 2022. As almost everything is becoming digital, there is an increasing need to replicate physical items properties like more uniqueness, ownership proof and scarcity. The Metaverse concept that was earlier described will bring plenty of new opportunities for innovative NFT use cases.

Various new use cases including gaming, music, ticketing, post on social media etc. are entering the NFT market attracted by the various benefits and the profits that can be made.

But the risks and challenges this market is confronted with will ask for regulatory intervention. This raises the importance of having an international regulatory body of non-fungible tokens for its better regulation and legalization. The outcome could have a great impact and will be decisive for the future of NTFs. It is however still uncertain how that will proceed.

11. Large banks are entering the DeFi market

The attitude of traditional banks, especially the larger ones towards crypto and DeFi is changing. . With central banks around the world beginning to embrace the concept of CDBCs and stablecoins, the principles underlying the DeFi industry will gain more and more acceptance amongst traditional firms. The banking industry is beginning to see DeFi’s potential to overhaul the inflexibility of present processes and are reacting. More and more established banks, pushed by the demands of their clients and shareholders, are now exploring how they might engage with DeFi and the crypto markets. While this year some big names entered the DeFi space in order to meet their customers’ demand for crypto thereby delivering a number of DeFi based applications, this number will further increase in 2022 thereby seeking greater exposure to the DeFi space.

12. We will see more DAOs

To meet the upcoming governance issues at DeFi organisations we will see the arrival of more decentralised autonomous organisations or DAOs in 2022 and beyond.

The decision-making, or governance, at DeFi organizations (from the fees they charge users to the products they offer) is often meant to be decentralized. In the initial stage of DeFi a single person or a small group of people might be driving a decentralized application at inception. But as the DeFi project gains momentum they often seek to step away, thereby handing over control to the community that uses it.

That transition is expected to be increasingly in the form of a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). They have their rules and regulations embedded in programming code via smart contracts and may issue governance tokens, which give holders of those coins a say in decisions.

13. The number of challenger banks and crypto banks will further grow

A new trend we will see in the years to come is the rising number of challenger and crypto banks, aimed at meeting the needs of millennials and the Gen Z generation. Both are increasingly looking to new ways money is being managed. This has led to the emergence of challenger banks that are making finance fully digital. But even this is not enough for the 25-year-olds and under, Gen Z. Saving, making money work, and being in control of finances is a key difference between millennials and Gen Z and this is where cryptocurrency starts to enter the discussion. This will intensify the upcoming of crypto banks.

14. Crypto currency rates to more realistic levels

Notwithstanding there is a growing demand for cryptocurrencies not only from consumers but also from institutional investors as well as large financial institutions, 2022 will see the end of the cryptocurrency hype, a further correction in crypto rates and the return to more realistic levels, triggered by the upcoming regulations worldwide (see trend 15).

Notwithstanding the growing importance of the DeFi and NFT markets, the year 2022 may see crypto currencies lose some of their magic. Investors are greatly overestimating the speed with which the related blockchain technology will see a broad-based adoption. This may retrace trading euphoria in a bigger way in the cryptocurrency space.

15. Regulators are making up their mind

And finally, but most important, a growing number of regulators around the world – long-time struggling how to deal with the various crypto issues – will intensify their work and come up with regulatory measures, both individually and collectively. Aim is to meet the various risks and challenges of the crypto industry, including cryptocurrencies, crypto assets, stable coins, DeFi, NFT etc. on one hand, but without frustrating or harming technology developments.

While some countries have banned cryptocurrency entirely, there is a growing trend that regulators believe cryptocurrencies are here to stay and try to partially control their flow in the economy. International institutions like BIS, IMF, World Bank and others however are messaging that international regulatory collaboration and a cohesive regulatory framework is urgently needed.



Promising 2022

Dear followers. All these trends are based on a number of premisses. Thereby older trends play an important role in making these forecasts. If all these predictions come through, 2022 will be a great year for blockchain and the crypto industry. But as I also concluded in my blog on the trends of 2021: always expect the unexpected. Curious to experience.

 

Carlo de Meijer

Economist and researcher

 

 

 

 

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treasuryXL announces partnership with CashAnalytics to strengthen dissemination of the latest corporate treasury trends

13-01-2022 | treasuryXL | CashAnalytics

 

VENLO, The Netherlands, January 13, 2022 – treasuryXL, the community platform for everyone who is professionally active in the world of treasury, and CashAnalytics, an award-winning cash forecasting, reporting and liquidity planning software for multinational organizations, today announced the signature of a premium partnership.



The partnership brings a new knowledge stream to the treasuryXL community by offering treasurers, CFOs, and controllers a continuous flow of in-depth and timely content to help them do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. This partnership includes:

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Treasury management is currently experiencing a revolution as digital transformation accelerates globally and across industries. With this partnership, treasuryXL and CashAnalytics are striving to make sure that treasurers and members of the CFO team are always up to date with the latest news, best practices, and events in their field.

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treasuryXL brings the treasury function to a higher level, both for the inner circle: corporate treasurers, bankers & consultants, as well as others that might benefit; CFO’s, business owners, other people from the CFO Team and educators.

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About CashAnalytics

CashAnalytics is a market-leading software company focused on changing the way companies analyse, forecast, and ultimately manage cash flow daily. By automating the administrative tasks that cause cash and liquidity forecasting to take unnecessary time and effort, CashAnalytics enables finance teams to focus on adding real value to the business.

The cloud-based cash forecasting platform provides a complete view of a company’s current and future cash flow by simplifying and automating the process of cash forecasting and liquidity planning. The CashAnalytics software helps them take control over their working capital and assists them to achieve clear visibility of their cash situation.

 

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Research Report: Intercompany Netting – Insights that Warrant a Response

12-01-2022 | treasuryXL | Coprocess |

 

Download your copy of the Netting Report to understand more about the benefits of netting solutions, adoption rates and types of companies using netting, and more.



If your organization regularly processes payments between your subsidiaries, it could make sense to implement a structured intercompany netting solution to streamline processes and save on FX trades and transaction fees. But how do you know if it makes sense or when the time has come to take that next step for processing intercompany payments?

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