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23: What Is Open Treasury?

What is open treasury? Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook catches up with Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Partner Craig Jeffery to discuss the foundational elements of open treasury. They explore the purpose behind it, how it can be leveraged, and why it is important.

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22: What Is Mobile Device Management?

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.

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15: Back Towards Happiness

Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer reveal period fourteen’s results from the Global Recovery Monitor. 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.

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20: What Is a Treasurer?

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.

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#109 – Treasury Career Changes with Mike Richards

Host Craig Jeffery catches up with Mike Richards, Managing Director at The Treasury Recruitment Company and Founder & Host of The Treasury Career Corner, on treasury career changes amid COVID-19 and the current situation on treasury positions across the globe.

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14: Are You Sitting Down?

Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook cover the 13th period results from the Global Recovery Monitor. They go over how respondents feel about the outlook on health and economic positions, top concerns around work from home challenges, revenue level predictions, and more.

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#108 – The New Reality of Analytics and Compliance

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.

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#106 – The Rise and Fall of Carry: Author Interview 2020

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. Listen in as they discuss the concept of carry and its historical and looming consequences.

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18: What Are KPIs?

Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook catches up with Senior Consultant Melody Hart to discuss key performance indicators. They dive into the meaning and elements of KPIs and how they are typically used across organizations today.

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#105 – A Dialog on Cybersecurity

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.

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13: Work from Home Challenges

Craig Jeffery and Alexa Cook cover the 12th period results from the Global Recovery Monitor. 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.

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#104 – Wirecard: What Treasury Groups Must Learn

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.

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17: What are Common Payment Types?

Coffee Break Session Host Alexa Cook talks with Stephanie Villatoro, Senior Consultant at Strategic Treasurer, to discuss how common payment types have changed over the last few decades, the various shifts taking place across the corporate’s use of them today, and more.

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#101 – Technology: Experimentation and Perspectives

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 are being leveraged to add profitable value to treasury today.

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15: What is a Blob?

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.

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10: Staff Safety Concerns Rise

Episode Host Alexa Cook checks in with Craig Jeffery on the eighth week’s results from the Global Crisis Monitor. They discuss the shift from crisis to recovery. Listen in to find out how treasury and finance professionals are making this transition.

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09: Transitioning Out of Crisis

Episode Host Alexa Cook checks in with Craig Jeffery on the eighth week’s results from the Global Crisis Monitor. They discuss the shift from crisis to recovery. Listen in to find out how treasury and finance professionals are making this transition.

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#96 – Tales from the Front: COVID-19 Impact on the Hospitality Industry

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.

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08: Improving Situation

Alexa Cook and Craig Jeffery cover 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.

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07: More Daylight but Health Issue Extends

Alexa Cook and Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer review 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.

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#94 – Being a Treasury Learner with Focus and Humility

Host Craig Jeffery interviews Todd Yoder of 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.

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06: Still Stormy with Signs of Daylight

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.

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#92 – Making AR Undisruptible

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.

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#91 – Architecting Modern Treasury Technology

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.

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#88 – Protecting Against Fraud

Host Craig Jeffery joins Chris Gerda, Risk and Fraud Prevention Officer of Bottomline Technologies to discuss the results and strategies from the 2020 Treasury Fraud & Controls Survey. Topics of discussion center corporate fraud concerns, security spend, hacking tactics, criminal innovation and more key findings.

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#84 – LIBOR Replacement: AFP Action and Advice

LIBOR will sunset after 2021 as the most widely used base rate across the world. Host Craig Jeffery joins Tom Hunt, CTP Director of Treasury Services at the Association for Financial Professionals to discuss their action and advice on LIBOR replacement. They share valuable insights on how this change is having a massive impact on companies around the globe. Listen into the discussion to learn how AFP is helping companies know what is happening, when that impacts them, and how to successfully prepare.

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#80 – Trends in Treasury

Kyriba VP of Sales Steve Bullock meets up with Host Craig Jeffery to discuss trends in treasury. With a focus on financial services and insurance companies, they share profitable insights into these businesses and what other industries can learn from them in both domestic and global markets. Topics of discussion center around technology expectations, data accessibility, software solutions and more. Listen into this engaging conversation to learn more.

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What It Means to Go Strategic

Managing Partner Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer kicks off the new #GoStrategic series with part one on what it means to go strategic. He provides an overview on why this series is relevant to treasurers and treasury leaders in 2020 and beyond.

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#78 – Preparing for LIBOR Replacement

Host Craig Jeffery kicks off the new year interviewing Jacqui Drew, Head of Sales and Account Management of ION Treasury on preparing for LIBOR replacement. They take an in-depth look at LIBOR and explore the background and situation that led to it. They also discuss replacement rates, the global impact on the market and more. Listen into the discussion to know what organizations should be thinking about and how to successfully prepare.

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#77 – What Did Treasury Achieve in 2019?

Meredith Zonsius, co-host of the Treasury Update Podcast, interviews Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner of Strategic Treasurer on the 2019 year in review. As the new year begins, they take a look back on the hottest treasury topics and discuss what’s next in 2020. They cover an array of topics encompassing what treasury has been working on, thinking about and acting on in 2019. Also, they discuss how that influences the mindset and plans of treasurers as they look forward to 2020. Listen into this insightful discussion.

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#76 – The Future of Treasury Technology: Fintech Hotseat Discussions

On this special episode, Strategic Treasurer shares highlights from its 2019 Fintech Hotseat Panel Discussion at the AFP Conference in Boston. Moderator Dave Robertson, Managing Director of Deluxe Payment Advisory Solutions joins Rick Burke, Head of Corporate Products and Services of TD Bank, Brian Greehan, VP of Bottomline Technologies, Ajith Thekadath, VP of Global Head B2B Connect Network at Visa, and Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner of Strategic Treasurer. Listen in as they discuss significant increases in payment volume, sustainability, real-time payments, complexity of payments and more. Enjoy the discussion.

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#75 – How AI and Machine Learning are being used in Treasury

Host Craig Jeffery leads an overseas interview with Viola Hechl-Schmied, Product Owner for Machine Learning at ION Treasury and Product Manager for ION’s Treasury Product ITS. They discuss insightful plans and a case study where treasury and treasury technology providers explore the use of machine learning. Listen into the discussion to find out what’s next for machine learning.

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#74 – 2020 Treasury Fraud and Controls

Host Craig Jeffery interviews Chris Gerda, Risk and Fraud Prevention Officer of Bottomline Technologies on the current and projected impact of fraud on the finance and treasury environment. Topics of discussion center around corporate fraud concerns, security spend, hacking tactics, recent events, and the significant value of the 2020 Treasury Fraud & Controls Survey. Listen in to find out how you can better protect yourself and your organization against attacks.

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#73 – Real-Time Payments: Learning from the Customer

Live at the 2019 AFP Conference in Boston, Host Craig Jeffery joins special guests Jennifer Stanley, MUFG’s VP and Senior Product Manager of Real Time Payments, and Mark McCarthy, Managing Director of Energy & Power Transaction Banking, to discuss real-time payments with view to learning from the customer. Listen in as they explore this brand-new payment rail and the transformative value it’s bringing to business-to-consumer applications with a focus on the utility industry.

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#72 – Free-Range Check-In

Host Craig Jeffery checks in with Kyriba’s VP of Strategy Bob Stark in a wide-range session covering numerous topics. They engage in a colorful conversation on the impact of technology on jobs, the implications of the movement to the cloud by ERP systems, changes in digital currency dynamics, increasing standards on payment security, and real-time treasury – from faster payments to faster information. Listen in on this free-range discussion.

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#71 – Coffee Break Sessions: A New Show

Host Craig Jeffery meets up with Treasury Consultant Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer to discuss the launch of Coffee Break Sessions, a new show featured on The Treasury Update Podcast. She shares her personal journey in treasury, the purpose and importance of the show, and why it’s relevant to treasury, finance and the business world. Listen in to find out more about this exciting new show released every first and third Thursday of the month.

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#70 – Know Your Customer Solutions

Banks and corporate treasury groups agree on the top compliance pain – KYC. On this episode of the Treasury Update Podcast, Host Craig Jeffery talks with Marie-Charlotte Henseval, Head of KYC Compliance Services at SWIFT on Know Your Customer Solutions. Topics of discussion center around the history of SWIFT, KYC principles, and the adoption and experience of banks and corporate treasury groups. Listen in to the discussion to find out more.

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01: What is Cash?

Special Host and Treasury Consultant Alexa Cook of Strategic Treasurer kicks off the new show interviewing Managing Partner Craig Jeffery on how businesses define and view cash and why “Cash is King.”

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#69 – The Power of ION: Part 2 – Breadth, Depth, Scale and Innovation

Host Craig Jeffery continues his talk with CEO Rich Grossi of ION Treasury on the Power of ION. They dive into an in-depth discussion on behind the scenes elements on the technology front. Topics of discussion center around cloud innovation, market feedback, product expectations and more. Listen in to Part 2 of the Power of ION – Breadth, Depth, Scale and Innovation.

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#68 – The Power of ION – Breadth, Depth, Scale and Innovation

On this episode of the podcast, Host Craig Jeffery sits down with CEO Rich Grossi of ION Treasury to discuss their new and improved strategy and corporate vision. They share valuable insights into how the largest provider of treasury and risk management solutions is driving value for customers and what’s next in their journey. Listen in to the discussion on the Power of ION.

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#67 – Seismic Shifts in Corporate Treasury Series: Focus on Investments

The broader macro-economic shifts combined with reactive changes at central banks adds sufficient background noise to any discussion on investments. On this episode of the Seismic Shifts in Corporate Treasury Series, Craig Jeffery sits down with Managing Director Fred McMullen and Executive Director Rick Wilkinson of Morgan Stanley to discuss major shifts impacting investments today. Listen in to find out more.

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#61 – Understanding the Pain of Payments

Companies are facing a significant amount of payments pain as they grow and expand their global footprint. On this episode, host Craig Jeffery leads the discussion with Roger Comins, Senior Product Manager at GTreasury, on understanding these challenges and finding ways to address them, both internally and externally. Listen in to learn what is changing, why it matters and how it’s impacting organizations, treasury professionals and the end-to-end customer experience.

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#60 – How to Get Stuff Done: Networking, Noise, Niceties & Nurturing Your Career

This episode details the journey of a busy treasurer juggling career navigation, skill-set maintenance, goal achievement, professional development, work/life balance and more. How does one person handle all these tasks (along with many others!), while also moving up the financial practitioner maturity model? For answers and advice, tune in to hear Lee-Ann Perkins, Assistant Treasurer at ION Geophysical, share her inspiring story and useful insights with Craig Jeffery, our podcast host and company founder. As they explore a variety of methodical and meaningful approaches to making every moment count—both in the office AND at home—be sure to follow along and learn how to better position yourself for success and fulfillment in the years to come.

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#58 – 2019 Global Payments Survey Key Findings

Companies are feeling the pressure to adapt to new payment requirements and achieve results. Host Craig Jeffery sits down with Bob Stark, VP of Strategy at Kyriba, to discuss key findings from their 2019 Global Payments Survey. This research provides a comprehensive view of the global payments environment—with a focus on the treasury function—and identifies the technologies and processes that are top-of-mind now and will continue to be important in the coming years. Listen in to find out more.

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#57 – FAQs in Treasury: Round 3

On this episode of The Treasury Update Podcast, Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Director, Craig Jeffery, shares valuable insights into the most frequently asked industry questions on accounting, hedging, working capital and more.

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#55 – Examining Data – Seismic Shifts in Corporate Treasury Series

This new episode of the Treasury Update Podcast is part of our exciting Seismic Shifts in Corporate Treasury series. From technology and payments innovations to compliance and operational shifts, major changes are occurring in today’s industry, with some already making formative impacts and others still in the “tremor” stage, signaling future hits. Listen in as Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Partner, Craig Jeffery, reveals insights into how regular data, tagged data and big data are major contributors to these seismic events creating tectonic transitions and deep-seated shock waves throughout the treasury industry.

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#54 – FAQs in Treasury: Round 2

On this episode of The Treasury Update podcast, Managing Director Craig Jeffery of Strategic Treasurer answers some of the most frequently asked questions in treasury on APIs, working capital, robotic process automation and more.

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#51 – Becoming a Treasurer, Part 6: Securing the Resources You Need

Modern treasurers often face serious resource overwhelm—growing responsibilities, increased payments complexities, inadequate staffing, lack of access to up-to-date software and more. In this 6th episode of the Becoming a Treasurer podcast series, Craig Jeffery shares valuable insights on securing everything you need to become successful in a treasury environment, from people and technology, to productivity and best practices. Listen in to learn more.

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#50 – Solving for Payment Challenges by Taking the End-to-End View

Expectations around payment methods are changing—customer experience is now a major driver, as well as cost efficiency concerns in insurance companies. Host Craig Jeffery sits down with Karen Molloy, VP & Treasurer of Northwestern Mutual, to discuss solving payment challenges by taking an end-to-end view. This approach provides maximum value for treasury and many other payment-intensive entities. Listen in and enjoy the discussion.

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#49 – Treasury Success in Today’s World: Relationships & Technology

On this episode of The Treasury Update podcast, Craig Jeffery speaks with Ernie Humphrey, CEO of Treasury Webinars, about treasury success in today’s rapidly shifting financial world. Focusing on both relationships and technology, they explore evolving treasury roles and key success factors essential to the modern industry professional. Listen in to find out more.

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#48 – Transforming Treasury: A Dose of Realism

How do treasurers effectively drive change across an organization? On this episode of the podcast, Craig Jeffery talks with Todd Picken, Treasurer at MassMutual to discuss the joys and opportunities of treasury transformation and how both need to be tempered with a dose of reality. From treasury operations to customer experience, they share valuable insights to help navigate real change across treasury environments. Topics of discussion center around achieving success through paying for transformation, moving the culture forward and getting technology to work. Listen in to find out more.

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#47 – Owning the Cash Conversion Cycle: Relationships & Technology

With a focus on both relationships and technology, Craig Jeffery and Ernie Humphrey, CEO of Treasury Webinars, explore how treasury, accounts payable and accounts receivable can best partner to optimize the cash convergence cycle and align KPI’s to support the overall success of organizations. Listen in to the discussion to find out more.

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#44 – Global Trends in Treasury Talent

Curious about treasury talent trends and how they may impact your career? Craig Jeffery interviews Treasury Talent Founder and Director Simon Lynch on shifting landscapes across the industry on a global scale. Topics of discussion cover the rise of treasury roles among non-bank lenders, the executive demand for relational soft skills in a data-driven world, and the predictions you need for a successful future in treasury.

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#43 – Bank Fee Management

Does managing bank fees seem like a daunting endeavor? Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Partner Craig Jeffery sits down with Senior Treasury Consultant Stephanie Villatoro to discuss the necessity of regular management review, the importance of fee differentiation, and the value of market awareness on both an international and domestic level. Listen in to find out how to maintain proper bank fee oversight.

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#40 – 2019 Outlook: Q2 Corporate Investment Outlook

On this episode of the 2019 Outlook series, Craig Jeffery sits down with Executive Director Bob Leggett and Senior Portfolio Manager Mike Cha of Morgan Stanley to take a deeper look at the major shifts in short-term investing, the use of various instruments, and a number of macro shifts continuing to take place this year and beyond.

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#23 – Working Capital Solutions

On this episode, Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner of Strategic Treasurer, and Edi Poloniato, Global Head of Working Capital Solutions of Kyriba discuss leading practices for corporate treasury to optimize working capital with an eye to both liquidity and profit.

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#20 – Faster and Better Payments

On this episode, Strategic Treasurer’s Managing Partner, Craig Jeffery, and TD Bank’s Head of Corporate Products and Services, Rick Burke, discuss the convergence of changes taking place in developing technology and its applications for treasury.

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#18 – Empowering the Treasury Community

On this episode, Host Craig Jeffery and ION Treasury’s Global Head of Corporate Development Alex Triplett share valuable insights on empowering the treasury community through operational best practices, machine learning techniques, and using data science to inform optimal decision making.

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#5 – Expanding the Use of Tax Credits

This podcast introduces the fundamentals of Tax Equity Investing for corporations with a focus on tax credits. Tax equity investing aligns the interest of state and federal government (housing, energy, economic growth) and business (support for ESG and increased economic value). In this session, Craig Jeffery the managing partner of Strategic Treasurer interviews George Strobel the head of Monarch Private Capital to explore the motivations of government and corporate participants and mechanics of tax equity investments.

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#3 – Treasury Fraud and Controls Survey 2018

In 2018, Strategic Treasurer & Bottomline Technologies released the results from their 3rd annual Treasury Fraud & Controls Survey, which provided a comprehensive view of the current state to which fraud is impacting the financial environment. In this episode, Isaac Zaubi interviews Craig Jeffery, Managing Partner of Strategic Treasurer, regarding some of the key findings from this survey. Discussion centers around topics including corporate fraud concerns and security spend, criminal innovation and common tactics used, and overall treasury fraud experience.

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#1 – Treasury Fraud: What You Should Know

Crime pays better now than before since criminals find more ways to steal and wreak havoc. Treasury and IT must be prepared to confront the massive and growing threat. Hear what the criminals are doing and what your organization must do to change the calculus.

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