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$1.84 trillion in Cash: A Rational Response to Challenging Economic Circumstances

The Federal Reserve today reported corporate cash is still hovering at record high levels of $1.84 trillion – almost identical to last quarter. However, cash remains 29% higher than it was just 18 months ago. These cash levels are a rational response to challenging economic circumstances according to Treasury Strategies, a global treasury consultancy, which… Read more »

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America’s Corporate Cash Cushion

The Federal Reserve put out its quarterly  report  on fund flows today, which shows corporate balance sheets more or less flat at $1.845 trillion,compared to $1.847 trillion in the first quarter of 2010. Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal

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Moody’s moves to improve ratings differentiation

Moody’s last week proposed changes to its methodology for rating money market funds aimed at providing investors with greater transparency regarding fund characteristics and a better picture of both market and liquidity risks.The new methodology stems from the difficulties money funds experienced during the credit crisis, with at least three dozen US prime money market… Read more »

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Reg Q Wipeout

Richard Gamble / Treasury & Risk

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Repeal of Regulation Q Puts $21 Billion…

Following passage of the Dodd-Frank reform, Treasury Strategies surveyed 12 of the 24 largest U.S. banks about their strategies to address the repeal of Regulation Q, which makes it possible for banks to pay interest on demand deposits. Banks are concerned about profitability and competitive response in the wake of this repeal, according to Treasury… Read more »

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Interest on Business Checking Moves Closer…

A provision was approved by the U.S. House and Senate financial reform conferees yesterday, which allows banks to pay interest on business demand deposit accounts for the first time since the Great Depression. Treasury Strategies RegQ_2010.pdf

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Reform Bill Throws Commercial Banking…

The sweeping financial reform bill passed yesterday by the U.S. Senate threatens to fundamentally change the economics of the commercial banking business and unravel a complex, interconnected system developed over 80 years since the Great Depression, according to Treasury Strategies, Inc. Treasury Strategies TSI_RegulatoryChaos.pdf

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Corporations Pouring Money into Banks…

A desire for safety and liquidity led corporations to direct nearly $1.3 trillion into bank deposit and sweep vehicles in 2010, an 8.9% increase over last year, according to the 20th annual U.S. Deposit & Sweep Survey conducted by Treasury Strategies, Inc. Treasury Strategies Deposit&Sweep2010.pdf

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