Hedging Future Cash Flows in an Uncertain Interest Rate Environment
In this uncertain interest rate environment, companies of all sizes have exposure to interest rate fluctuations. From a future bond issuance to fixing cash flows on a bank loan, hedging with interest rate swaps can lock in a degree of certainty. However, managing interest rate risk using derivative contracts can be complex as there are accounting, economic, regulatory and operational factors to consider. In this session, learn about using interest rate swaps as a key alternative and tool to manage interest rate exposure that for both large and small companies.
Robert Baer, Head Hedge Accounting, Derivative Path
The Future of Integrity and Data Analytics in Foreign Exchange
The growing presence of technology, specifically automation and data analytics, has resulted in a change in the financial industry and foreign exchange services. Banks make use of automation to determine FX Costs, while data analytics gives clients the ability to understand costs and even monitor prices received by banks. This session covers how these two very different yet impactful uses of technology are leading the way to a revolution in foreign exchange businesses. Learn how automation and data analytics combined will be responsible for the gradual, but inevitable driving down in FX Costs.
Bob Blades, President, Blades International, Inc.
Jack Borland, Managing Director of FX Advisory, Blades International, Inc.
Exploring Permissioned Blockchains and Assessing the Risks
Research and consulting firms continue to predict growing blockchain adoption across several business sectors, with financial services at the head of the pack. Business leaders need to know about the capabilities and the risks of blockchain to determine if it is the right tool for their use case. In this session, explore what makes blockchain different from legacy systems. The panelists discuss what questions risk management, audit, and payment professionals can ask to better understand and assess permissioned blockchain systems. They also preview what standards are under development to help with these questions.
Angela Lawson, Senior Payment Consultant, Minneapolis Federal Reserve
The Technology Buffet: Have Your Cake and Integrate It Too!
One of the key functions in treasury is managing foreign currency risk. Until recently, exposure gathering, trading, hedge accounting, and reporting have been cobbled together through either a manual process or through all-in-one solutions which tend to have limited flexibility and significant switching costs. Today’s technologies allow companies to easily integrate best-of-breed solutions into an overall digital ecosystem. In this session, find out how companies utilize API technology to manage their global hedge programs. Learn how to decrease low-value activities and boost analysis and business decision making for your team.
Sandra Koch, Director, Client Services, Hedge Trackers LLC
Recognizing the New Faces of Fraud: Insights from Your Peers and the FBI
This session features a panel discussion of practitioners, law enforcement, and cybersecurity experts discussing the types, impacts, and mitigation techniques for the constantly evolving fraud landscape. Technological shifts ensure attacks will occur within your organization and that they can come from anywhere. In this session, hear lessons learned the hard way about various fraud threats that pose a risk to your organization such as the cyber payment fraud scheme of choice, and Online Account Takeover (ATO) and how to mitigate your risk. Learn best practices to identify fraud and protect your organization.
Chad Dickson, SVP, Strategist, Wells Fargo
Christopher Smith, Owner/Operator, McDonald's (FRSCO Corporation )
Effectively Deploying A.I and Machine Learning in Treasury
Machine and A.I. tools are becoming an indispensable component of successful Treasury and payment management. This panel reviews how businesses and financial institutions are leveraging A.I. and machine-learning tools to more effectively assess fraud mitigation and optimize straight-through payments. The growth of data intelligence is rapidly enhancing the end-to-end Treasury process. Explore each step of this process and learn how practitioners have integrated and deployed these tools and what the impact has been on business success, including positive impact on supply chain finance and capital optimization.
Steven Bernstein, US and Global ACH Business Development Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase