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The Morning Ledger: Corporate Cash Looks for New Home as Banks Hike Fees

Banks including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. are telling their largest customers, including large companies and hedge funds, that they will begin charging fees on accounts that have been free in the past, the WSJ reports. The moves are a result of new regulations that make it onerous… Read more »

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New rules, low rates push European companies into risky investments

European firms squeezed by low interest rates are having to consider new, riskier ways to manage trillions in corporate cash as they are snubbed by banks awash in new regulation that may also spell the demise of their go-to investment funds. In order to protect and grow their companies’ money and ensure it is easily… Read more »

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Big Banks Start Charging Clients for Euro Deposits

Anthony Carfang at Treasury Strategies, a Chicago-based consulting firm, said highly visible negative rates made such charges more palatable than they may have been in the past. “This looks like a pass-through,” he said. “That makes it a lot more acceptable in the customer’s mind.” Click here to view the full Wall Street Journal article.

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The New Normal

With transaction banks in a state of global change, what is the impact for corporates? The transaction banking market is in an ongoing state of flux, as new entrants join the market, some traditional players depart and the biggest global transaction banks completely restructure their operations. Driven by global banking market change-from continuous growth and… Read more »

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SEC Approves Tighter Money-Fund Rules

U.S. regulators approved rules intended to prevent a repeat of an investor exodus out of money-market mutual funds during the financial crisis, addressing one of the biggest unresolved issues from the 2008 meltdown. Cathy Gregg, a partner at Chicago-based Treasury Strategies, a consultant to institutional clients that use money funds, said she expects an initial… Read more »

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Treasury Strategies Testifies on “Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later” to the U.S. Congress

Anthony Carfang, Partner, Treasury Strategies, Inc. testified today at the U.S. House of Representatives on “Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later.” Treasury Strategies supports the House’s Financial Services Committee efforts to ensure the Volcker Rule is implemented in a manner that supports a stable and robust financial system. However, we feel… Read more »

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Opinion: The Devil of Main Street Is in the Volcker Rule

The following is an op-ed written by Tom Quaadman, vice president of the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This week, five federal regulators met Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s directive to finish the Volcker Rule (named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker) by the end of the year.  Lew… Read more »

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U.S. Corporate Cash Jumps to All-Time Record

Bolstered by one of its largest quarterly increases on record, cash held by corporations in the U.S. rose by over 6% in the third quarter.  Corporate cash now stands at $1.925 trillion, up from $1.811 trillion at the end of June. Treasury Strategies’ analysis of data released this week by the Federal Reserve showed that… Read more »

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Corporate Treasurers Gripe About Inefficient Onboarding: Survey

Basic aspects of dealing with banks – opening a new account, configuring a lockbox, structuring file delivery, and so on – are too painful, according to a survey of corporate treasurers and banks released on Monday. Corporate clients said they experienced problems like lack of a clear view into the implementation process, poor communication with… Read more »