​​San Francisco Treasury Management Association (SFTMA)

Building bridges between treasury professionals

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"2014 Market Perspectives"

Presenter:  Brett Wander, SVP Fixed Income, Charles Schwab Investment Management
An informative market review focusing on the economy, fed policy, and financial markets.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Starting a Foreign Exchange Program from Scratch"
Presenters:  *Sunita Parasuraman, Treasury Manager, Facebook and JoAnne Tillemans, President, Avalon International Strategies, Inc.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
"Creating and Managing an Effective Counter-party Analysis Framework"
Presenter:  Chris Brechbuhler, Senior Portfolio Manager, Clearwater Advisors
Do you trust your bank ratings? A discussion centered on the framework and components practitioners have available to grade the quality and magnitude of their aggregate current banking relationships. The goal will be to support practitioners in developing or augmenting a transparent and repeatable process to ensure proper risk control.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"Optimizing your Payables Mix: A Guide to Maximizing Automation & Financial Return in AP"
Presenter:  Kristin Alexander, Regional Director Paymode-X
Organizations today can elect to pay their vendors using various AP tools and technologies. Checks. ACH, cards and wireseach have their own use cases and benefits, and can be deployed in-house or in conjunction with a bank or technology partner. With all the choices available, leveraging the combination and “flavors” of payment types that will maximize AP success can be challenging.  The reality is that a “one size fits all” approach does not exist—the right mix of payment vehicles can differ for each organization.  There are steps you and your AP department can take to create and implement your optimized payables strategy and ensure you aren’t missing opportunities for efficiency, savings or even rebates.  Attending this session led by Kristin Alexander a payment expert from Bottomline will provide you with 5 key take-aways:
1. An overview of payments industry data and common use cases for each payment type.
2. Tips for base-lining your current payables processes.
3. A checklist to help you clearly articulate your AP goals.
4. Insight into how unique vendor relationships or characteristics can impact your ability to drive adoption of certain payment types.
5. Considerations for developing and implementing your optimized payables strategy, including stories that demonstrate other organizations’ success.

HOLD THE DATE:  Friday, May 16, 2014
          **********The 25th Annual San Francisco Treasury Symposium**********
For more information, go to:  www.sftreasurysymposium.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
"Strategies for Today's Cash Markets"
Presenter:  Andrew Goodale, State Street Global Advisors

After remaining relatively static in the "lower for longer" rate environment, the investment environment for cash will be undergoing dramatic change over the next several years.  Join us as Andrew Goodale discusses cash markets, investment vehicles and best practices for cash managers. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"Payment Trends: Fraud, Risk Management & EMV"
Presenter:  Matt Davies, AAP, CTP, Payments Outreach Officer, Federal Reserve of Dallas
This presentation will discuss recent trends in payments fraud and risk management, as well as the progress of the adoption of the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) standard for processing credit card transactions in the U.S. Among the highlights will be a review of some of the corporate account takeover ("CATO") cases that have gone to court; the audience will hear about the circumstances of those cases and how things have turned out for the banks and the corporates involved. The presentation will also cover best practices for banks and corporates to mitigate payments fraud and CATO.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 "Demystifying Credit Ratings"
Presenter:  Julie Ford, Director of Client Business Management, Standard & Poor'
A primer on credit ratings: 
What they are and how they are used and the framework of the criteria and process to obtain a credit rating.                                       

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
*******2014 Bay Area Joint TMA Dinner*******
Details to follow, join our mailing list HERE to get updates!
For more information, go to:  www.sftreasurysymposium

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"Lower for Longer?  Rate Expections for the Coming Year(s)               
Presenter:  Colin Robertson, EVP, Managing Director, Fixed Income Group, Northern Trust, Asset Management
The Federal Reserve once again sent analyst and pundits back to the drawing board to figure out that they and Chairman Yellen may do next with interest rates.  Colin Roberson, Managing Director, Fixed Income at Northern Trust Asset Management, will provide commentary of the Feds recent actvity and what his expectations are for the coming year on rates, the economy and the global fixed income markets.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Expanding the Scope of Short Term Investing:
Floating-Rate Loans as a Source of Income and Risk Management for Treasury and Cash Managers"
Presenter:  Christopher J. Remington, VP, Institutional Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance Management
The combination of limited investment options, zero rate environment and regulatory pressures, short term investors are actively seeking alternatives for their core cash positions. Floating rate loans has been gaining investor attention. Although the floating-rate loan market experienced a one-way ride, a normalization that has continued throughout the last few years. With fundamentals broadly in check, loans have remained in focus due to their near-par valuations, zero-like duration and floating income streams. As investors seek income alternatives at attractive price points, the run-up in credit markets has many analysts focused on rethinking traditional solutions to the income puzzle. With yields grinding lower and the market trading near par, does the attractiveness of loans remain? How does the risk/return proposition of loans compare to other market segments today?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
"2014 Holiday HAPPY HOUR Cocktail Celebration"
@ One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, CA  94105
(4:30 - 6:00 p.m.)

2014 Calendar & events