The financial crisis and the recession that followed put considerable strain on U.S. businesses and elevated the strategic role of corporate treasuries.
The sluggish economy continues to underscore the strategic nature of treasury activities. Although the economy seems to be slowly picking up steam, cash and cash-flow forecasting remain critical concerns, according to the senior finance executives who responded to Treasury & Risk’s 2012 Strategic Treasury Survey.
Focus on cash
More than a fifth (21%) of the senior finance executives who responded to the survey say cash-flow forecasting was the area most relevant to making their job more strategic over the past year, up from 14% in 2011. Only 5% of respondents cited cash management, down from 15% last year.
Treasury’s evolving relationships
Being strategic can involve new activities and relationships for treasurers, and according to the survey respondents, that often means working more closely with the company’s CFO and controller.
Majority say treasury work is ‘stimulating’
The majority of executives seem to enjoy their work, with the number that describe their job as “stimulating,” rather than “frustrating,” increasing since last year's survey.