The Treasury Update Podcast

Strategic Treasurer

The Treasury Update Podcast is your source for interesting treasury news, in your car, at the gym, or wherever you decide to tune in!

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On this episode of the Stories from the Front series, The Treasury Update Podcast Host Craig Jeffery sits down with Doug King, Payments Risk Expert at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on payments. Topics of discussion center around consumer behavior, fraud tactics and trends, and response measures to mitigate and recover data breaches. Listen in to this candid conversation to find out more. Read the Take on Payments blog here.

Sep 19

48 min

What is mobile device management? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook catches up with Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Partner Craig Jeffery to discuss the foundational elements of mobile device management. They share insights on how it can be positively leveraged and why it’s important to treasury. Listen in to this bitesize conversation to learn more.

Sep 17

8 min

On this episode of the Stories from the Front series, Host Craig Jeffery joins Lena Pennington, Director of Sales Engineering at Bellin and Lee-Ann Perkins, Assistant Treasurer at ION Geophysical to discuss how they successfully managed through the onset of the COVID-19 disruption. They share valuable insights and effective strategies around working from home, relationship management, liquidity planning, technology solutions and more. Listen in to find out how you and your organization can stay resilient and seize opportunities on the path to recovery.

Sep 12

28 min

On this episode of the Becoming a Treasurer series, Craig Jeffery continues the Learning from Literature sub-series showcasing Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. This illustration covers leadership principles and tactics on how to properly set your destination by taking purposeful action in the short and long view. Listen in to learn how to successfully set and reach your destination.

Sep 5

19 min

Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer reveal this months results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. This new release shines a positive light on economic and health viewpoints. Top headlines include end-of-year job situations by industry, AR changes, outlook on liquidity positions, economic recovery estimates, and more. Listen in to find out how finance and treasury organizations are weighing in on the global state of recovery.    

Sep 3

11 min

Tune in as Alexa Cook sits down with Stephanie Villatoro to continue the discussion on Payments. What are Global & Emerging Payment Types? Listen in to learn more!

Sep 3

13 min

The Treasury Update Podcast host Craig Jeffery kicks off a new series featuring interviews with treasury and finance leaders exploring: challenging situations; fresh ideas, innovative approaches, case studies and recommendations from senior treasury practitioners. These stories from the front provide a transparent look at various industries and challenging situations that provide insights and wisdom to help guide the profession into a proper mindset and approach as we continue the path of recovery.   On this first episode of the Stories from the Front series, he interviews LeeAnn Perkins, Assistant Treasurer at ION Geophysical to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the oil and gas industry at large and her story of how they are navigating this disruptive event. Listen in to this conversation and learn some valuable lessons and useful insights.  

Aug 29

36 min

 What can Winnie-the-Pooh teach us about treasury? On this episode of the Becoming a Treasurer series, Host Craig Jeffery continues the Learning from Literature subseries showcasing English author A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh character. This thinking and analysis session covers concrete examples of persevering, focusing and being thoughtful while overcoming the bumps on your journey. Listen in to this engaging conversation to find out some tools for success on becoming a treasurer.  

Aug 22

22 min

What is a treasurer? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook talks with colleague Melody Hart, Senior Consultant at Strategic Treasurer to discuss the profession of a treasurer. Learn what is common for treasurer’s to do, some pathways to become a treasurer and more around their important role. Listen in and learn a little bit about treasurers.  

Aug 20

16 min

On this episode of the Becoming a Treasurer Series, Managing Partner Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer kicks off a sub-series called “Learning From Literature”. He showcases Robert Frost's poem The Door in the Dark as a metaphor to discuss the lessons of risks. Listen in as he shares how treasury professionals can increase visibility as disruptive events arise on their way to success.

Aug 15

16 min

Host Craig Jeffery catches up with Mike Richards, Managing Director at The Treasury Recruitment Company and Founder & Host of The Treasury Career Corner. They discuss treasury career changes amid COVID-19 and bring to light the current situation on treasury positions across the globe. Topics of discussion include the changing dimensions of work, career mobility and the work from home environment, the outlook on job recruitment, and key findings and trends from the ongoing global treasury salary survey. Listen in to this informative and engaging conversation to find out more.

Aug 8

44 min

On this episode of the Global Recovery Monitor Series, Host Meredith Zonsius joins Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer on the thirteenth period results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. This new iteration of the micro-survey reflects how respondents feel about their organization’s outlook on health and economic positions during today’s global state of recovery. They reveal exclusive data on top concerns around work from home challenges, views on revenue levels, organizational outlook on liquidity positions, time estimates for health and financial normalcy, and more. Listen in to this brief discussion to find out how treasury and finance organizations are being impacted and what to expect next.

Aug 6

12 min

What are Alternative Payment Types? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook catches up with Stephanie Villatoro, Senior Consultant at Strategic Treasurer, to discuss Alternative Payment Types.  They discuss the what some different types of Alternative Payments are, how alternative payment types have evolved and how some alternative payment types are being used.  Listen in and learn a little bit about Alternative Payment Types.

Aug 6

9 min

Compliance and security matters are escalating in today’s business environment. Host Craig Jeffery talks with Scott Lambert, Treasury Managing Director of Cigna on updating treasury organizations to reflect the new reality of analytics and compliance. Topics of discussion center around payment hub as a leading practice, compliance role in treasury, improving payment security, data management and more. Listen into this insightful discussion to find out how to take your treasury group to the next level of success in today’s business environment.  

Aug 1

32 min

On this episode of the Becoming a Treasurer series, Special Host Meredith Zonsius has a timely conversation with Craig Jeffery about the vital component of the treasurer’s responsibility over payment security. They kick off the discussion with an explanation of payment security and cover various elements including the role of the treasurer across different types of security platforms, payment processes, security training, system audits, banking frameworks and more. Listen in as they explore successful methods to help equip the new treasurer on their ongoing journey.

Jul 25

31 min

On this special edition of the podcast, Host Craig Jeffery interviews coauthor Kevin Coldiron on the book, The Rise of Carry: The Dangerous Consequences of Volatility Suppression and the New Financial Order of Decaying Growth and Recurring Crisis. Coldiron provides examples of and arguments that explain how the use of carry trades and the impact that excessive financial backstopping of natural volatility invariably creates greater volatility for all market participants and the global economy. This rapid growth of carry trades will inevitably lead to faster and deeper corrections that reflect an increasingly distorted market. Listen in as they discuss the concept of carry and its historical and looming consequences.

Jul 18

43 min

What are KPIs? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook catches up with Melody Hart, Senior Consultant at Strategic Treasurer, to discuss key performance indicators. They dive into the meaning and elements of KPIs and how they are typically used across organizations today. Listen in and learn a little bit about KPIs.

Jul 16

11 min

Host Craig Jeffery has a crucial conversation with Royston Da Costa of Ferguson plc on how cybersecurity has escalated in importance over the past few years as criminals have become more automated, persistent and patient with larger financial payouts for their crimes. They debate questions such as: Does technology make us more or less susceptible to fraud? Should companies make treasury responsible for payment processes? How should we view security in light of escalating attacks amid COVID-19 and today’s work from home environment? Listen in to this insightful and timely dialog on cybersecurity.

Jul 11

39 min

On this episode of the Global Recovery Monitor Podcast Series, Host Meredith Zonsius catches up with Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer on the 12th period results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. Top headlines include significant challenges in the work from home environment, vendor payments slowing down, organizational outlook on liquidity positions, economic improvements, and health and financial normalcy. Listen in to this brief update as key findings are revealed on today’s global state of recovery.

Jul 9

11 min

Wirecard made financial and international news recently. Through an audit, it was uncovered that 1.9B Euro ($2.1B USD) was missing and then determined to have never existed. Special Host Meredith Zonsius interviews the author of The Strategic Treasurer:  A Partnership for Corporate Growth Craig Jeffery on the Wirecard scandal. They discuss what led to this event, the early warning signs, and what treasury groups and C-Suite executives should learn from this situation. Listen in to this critical conversation to learn how to protect yourself and your organization against financial scrutiny.

Jul 4

17 min

What are common payment types? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook talks with Stephanie Villatoro, Senior Consultant at Strategic Treasurer to discuss the foundational elements of common payment types. They cover how these payment types have changed over the last few decades, the various shifts taking place across the corporate’s use of them today, and more. Tune in to this bitesize conversation to learn more.

Jul 2

9 min

The need for continuous learning remains critically important for treasury and finance leaders today. Host Craig Jeffery interviews Ernie Humphrey of Treasury Webinars on how virtual learning and networking is shifting in an era of social distancing with view to COVID-19. They explore what works the same, what works better and where are the gaps. Listen in to find out more on the latest developments in the virtual event space and the upcoming virtual forum, Treasury & Finance in the Next Normal.

Jun 27

22 min

Series Host Meredith Zonsius talks with Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer on the 11th period results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. This refreshing update focuses on signs of improvement with view to getting back to work. Topics of discussion also cover how treasury and finance professionals feel about their organization’s outlook on liquidity positions, economic improvements, time estimates for health and financial normalcy, and more. Listen in on this informative discussion on the global recovery and stay tuned in the weeks ahead.

Jun 25

11 min

On this episode of the Becoming a Treasurer series, Special Host Meredith Zonsius catches up with Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner of Strategic Treasurer, on both the conceptual and technical side to risk management. They explore key concepts and principles that will help organize your approach and actions to better protect your organization and its cash flow and assets. Listen in to this insightful discussion to learn more.

Jun 20

22 min

What is debt compliance? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook meets up with Senior Consultant Melody Hart of Strategic Treasurer Senior Consultant to discuss the foundational elements of debt compliance. They describe what debt compliance means in various terms and cover compliance ratios and compliance reporting. Listen in and learn a little bit about debt compliance.

Jun 18

11 min

Host Craig Jeffery catches up with Todd Yoder, Global Director of Treasury at Fluor Corporation to discuss the experimentation and perspectives on newer technology. They take a closer look at how artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies including RPA, machine learning, and other applications are being leveraged to add profitable value to treasury today. Listen in to this insightful discussion to find out more.

Jun 13

24 min

Series Host Meredith Zonsius talks with Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer on the 10th period results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. They cover insightful results from the micro-survey revealing signs of improvements with view to organizational liquidity, AR, orders, and economic shifts around the globe. Listen in to the discussion to find out what’s happening with recovery today and the weeks ahead.

Jun 11

12 min

On this 100th episode of the podcast, Host Craig Jeffery joins Jon Paquette, Sr. Financial Solutions Expert at Treasury Intelligence Solutions (TIS) to discuss the concept and imperative nature around foundational visibility in disruptive times. They share valuable insights on cashflow requirements, cash visibility, eliminating blind spots, good corporate conduct and more. Listen to this timely conversation to see why visibility is the driver in any good decision making in treasury today.

Jun 6

28 min

Our Coffee Break Session Host, Alexa Cook, catches up with Craig Jeffery to discuss what treasury executives need to know about blobs. They also talk through the differences between a blob and other forms of data storage.  Listen in and learn a little bit about blobs!

Jun 4

10 min

Technology is a key tool in all areas of finance - treasury is no exception. On this episode of the Becoming a Treasurer series, Special host Meredith Zonsius talks with Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner of Strategic Treasurer on being intentional with technology. They discuss what technology matters in today’s environment for existing and new treasurers, key disciplines to keep current on the latest developments, how to position yourself for success and more. Listen in as they explore some perspectives and actions you will want to understand and undertake as you continue your journey to becoming a treasurer.

May 30

23 min

Series Host Meredith Zonsius meets up with Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer on the ninth period’s results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. As the world transitions out of crisis to recovery, they provide rapid exploration and response reporting on major factors impacting treasury and finance organizations today. Listen in and learn about the significant economic improvements and new developments with view to staffing, finance projects, liquidity positions and more. Tune in biweekly as we continue to monitor the situation so that together we can best support our industry.

May 28

13 min

Host Craig Jeffery joins Lee-Ann Perkins, Assistant Treasurer at ION Geophysical to discuss what treasury professionals can do to prepare and manage through challenging times. They share profitable insights on how to design a “treasurer map”, a robust and tested plan to help navigate through uncharted waters while staying the course to meet fixed deliverables. Listen in to the discussion to find out how to plan the work and work the plan.

May 23

33 min

What are debt instruments? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook catches up with Strategic Treasurer’s Senior Consultant, Melody Hart to discuss a high-level overview of debt instruments. They define debt instruments, its counterparties and different considerations for debt. Tune in and learn a little bit about debt instruments.

May 21

11 min

On part 7 of the #GoStrategic series, special host Meredith Zonsius speaks with Managing Partner Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer on staying radically focused with a cadence and structure around planning and accomplishment. They explore leading  practices for long-term planning, understanding cycles (similar to sprints for those indoctrinated in Agile), discipline methodologies for development and growth, having an intentional mindset to successfully manage projects during a crisis, and more. Listen in to find out how to help move yourself and your organization to the next level of accomplishment and focus.  

May 16

20 min

Episode Host Alexa Cook checks in with Craig Jeffery on the eighth week’s results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. They discuss the shift from crisis to recovery. Listen in to find out how treasury and finance professionals are making this transition.

May 14

12 min

Treasury Update Podcast host Craig Jeffery talks with Maria D'Alessandro, Executive VP and CFO at Hospitality Ventures Management on the hospitality industry in light of the COVID-19 shutdown. They discuss the rapidity of how this disruption unfolded and impacted the business in days. The crisis immediately altered all of the key results and measurements in the hotel business and forced many changes that were both hard and necessary to ensure the organization could survive and recover when the crisis passed. The conversation touches on financial statements, employee impacts, new risks, regulation changes and even opportunities. Listen in to this frank discussion to gain insights for managing risks and responding to immediate threats whatever industry you are in.

May 9

33 min

Series Host Meredith Zonsius checks in with Alexa Cook and Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer on the seventh week’s results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. They discuss an improved economic outlook, continued concerns around health, and how organizations are shifting their priorities. Listen in to find out how treasury and finance professionals are weighing in as the situation unfolds.

May 7

9 min

What is a business continuity plan? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook joins co-consultant Melody Hart to cover this topic in a bitesize conversation. They define what it is and why it’s important to have them in a number of scenarios. Listen in and learn a little bit about business continuity plans.

May 7

10 min

On part 6 of the #GoStrategic series, Host Craig Jeffery catches up with Debbi Denison, Senior Consultant at Strategic Treasurer on going strategic with external relationships. This engaging discussion covers key external relationships that treasury needs to care about, how relationships vary across different types of organizations, and what is required for relationship management to be strategic. Listen in on the discussion and enjoy the entire series.

May 2

41 min

Series Host Meredith Zonsius checks in with Alexa Cook and Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer on the sixth week’s results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. These new results cover the new shifts on economic and health issues, what’s happening with finance projects involving tech firms and banks, the mindset on liquidity positions, and more. Listen in to this brief discussion as treasury and finance professionals weigh in during these shifting times.

Apr 30

9 min

Host Craig Jeffery interviews Todd Yoder, Global Treasury Head of Derivatives & Hedging Capital Management & Technology Strategy at Fluor Corporation on being a treasury learner. With the approach of focus and humility as a way to deepen knowledge, they share effective learning techniques and tactical ways to achieve success as a treasurer in today’s shifting environment. Listen in to the discussion to learn more. To learn more about Todd Yoder’s career background, please tune-in to the Treasury Career Corner Podcast:  https://podcast.app/forging-ahead-in-treasury-with-todd-yoder-e82426613/

Apr 25

22 min

Series Host Meredith Zonsius catches up with Alexa Cook and Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer on the fifth week’s results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. This new iteration of the micro-survey focuses on reopening the economy and lifting the lockdown from a health, medical and economic standpoint. Listen in on this week’s results from treasury and finance professionals as we continue to monitor the situation.

Apr 23

9 min

On this episode of the 2020 Outlook series, Craig Jeffery talks with Tom Leitch, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Ian McNaughton, Head of Product UK, at TreasuryXpress to discuss how the COVID crisis is reshaping and accelerating regulations and compliance. This wide-range discussion covers the top regulatory challenges with a focus on open banking, KYC solutions, corporate initiatives, LIBOR replacement, the impact of COVID-19 and more. Listen in to find out how rapid changes are driving innovations and how tech must rise to the challenge for the greater good in turbulent times.

Apr 18

34 min

Special Host Meredith Zonsius talks with Managing Partner Craig Jeffery and Consultant Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer on the fourth week of results from the COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. This new wave of responses from treasury and finance professionals reveal major issues impacting our industry this week around changes to investing allocations, hedging activities with view to exposure to foreign currency, economic outlook and more. Listen in to this concise discussion to understand how our industry is responding in turbulent times amid the pandemic.

Apr 16

9 min

What is a data lake? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook joins a Zoom meeting with Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Partner Craig Jeffery to discuss data lakes. They provide an overview of data lakes and describe its different uses. Tune in and learn a little bit about data lakes.

Apr 16

16 min

From the grounding of planes during 9-11 to hurricanes and snowstorms to COVID-19, major issues wreak havoc on AR processes and disrupt vital cashflow and impacts a corporation’s relationship with their customers. Host Craig Jeffery joins Managing Director Dave Robertson and Product Manager Beth Bourgoin of Deluxe Corporation to discuss the reasons for and concepts around making accounts receivable undisruptible. They share valuable insights on major issues disrupting AR processes today and technology-enabled solutions to position companies for success. Listen in to the discussion to find out more.  

Apr 11

39 min

Special Host Meredith Zonsius catches up with Alexa Cook and Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer on the third wave of results from the weekly COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. This new iteration of the micro-survey reveals how respondents feel about their organization’s outlook on liquidity positions, the timing for paying vendors and suppliers compared to typical times, and the biggest hurdle to overcome in order to maintain treasury processes amid the pandemic. Listen to this brief discussion on how treasury and finance organizations are being impacted during these unprecedented times.

Apr 9

11 min

Host Craig Jeffery joins Pete Srejovic, Chief Technology Officer at GTreasury, to discuss modern treasury technology. Topics of discussion center around market changes and expectations, new treasury requirements, the move to simpler and flexible models, security applications and more. Listen in to discover simple treasury solutions to better position your company for success.

Apr 4

27 min

Share your voice here: https://treasurycoalition.com/ Special Host Meredith Zonsius maintains social distancing by joining a web meeting with Managing Partner Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer to explore the second wave of survey results from the weekly COVID-19 Impact & Response Survey. Topics of discussion center around participant’s outlook on the economy across three time domains, changes in the sentiment with regard to liquidity, movement of staff working locations and key activities treasury is focusing on. Listen in on this brief discussion that covers current information on factors impacting treasury and finance organizations amid this pandemic.

Apr 2

10 min

What is Simple Treasury? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook speaks with Greg Parma, a Vice President of Finance, to discuss the foundational elements of simple treasury. They define the term and provide insightful recommendations on how to simplify a treasury. Tune in to this brief session to learn more. To contact Greg about his services, visit his LinkedIn Page.

Apr 2

8 min

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