Corporate treasurers play a vital role in improving and maintaining the financial standing of a wide range of companies. They are often responsible for determining financial strategy and policy, advising on what businesses to invest in, arranging the appropriate funding and managing financial risks in the organisation.
This is a varied and responsible role that ensures a company has the cash and liquidity to meet its obligations, involving raising funds from banks, as well as debt and equity markets and, in some companies, actively trading in the foreign exchange, commodity and money markets. Other activities may involve dealing with property, taxation, insurance and pensions.
The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) defines five core treasury functions, which are also areas in which treasury professionals may specialise. These are capital markets and funding; cash and liquidity management; corporate financial management; risk management; and treasury operations and controls.
Within these functions typical work activities may involve:
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