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Work Examples

A few recent examples of features published in the treasury and technology press can be seen here, with other work examples further down the page. Freelance and ghost written material is available upon request.

Treasury and Technology Press Examples

Indesit Interview: Scanning the Horizon for Risk
gtnews - 2012

Mustafa Kilic, head of regional treasury, and group risk and insurance manager at the home appliances manufacturer Indesit, spoke to Neil Ainger at gtnews recently about why he is constantly scanning the horizon for risk, the need for better, more comprehensive risk assessments, and the lessons he has learned during his 20-year career. Full Story Here


IT2 Treasury Solutions Sold to Wall Street Systems
gtnews - 2013


IT2 Treasury Solutions (IT2), which is owned by private investor CapMan Technology, has been sold to Wall Street Systems for an undisclosed sum that gtnews understands is likely to be in region of £60-75m. Full Story Here

TradeTech Europe Report: Day 2 - Running to Stand Still
bobsguide - 2013

In among all the thousands of runners registering for this weekend's London Marathon, the second full day of the TradeTech Europe 2013 show got underway on Thursday 18 April at London's Excel Arena, writes Neil Ainger, with the arguments about high frequency trading (HFT) still dominating. There was also much discussion about emerging markets, data centres, and if latency is still as central as ever to a trading venue's appeal, or if firms are merely now running to stand still. Full Story Here


SEPA Compliance Gap Highlighted by gtnews Payments Survey
gtnews - 2013
According to the latest gtnews Payments Survey, there are still a significant number of corporates that have yet to begin a migration programme for the single euro payments area (SEPA) ahead of the 1 February 2014 migration deadline, with 37% of the 284 corporate treasury readers questioned in October and November of last year, admitting that they do not yet have SEPA services in place. News promo link | Full story.
Show Report: London FP&A Club Hears About How to Improve Forecasting
gtnews - 2013

It's awful. Why did no-one see it coming? This was the British Monarch's response to the credit crunch when briefed about the full long-term impacts of the financial crash on 5 November 2008. It was cited by Steve Morlidge during his speech on business forecasting at the third London financial planning and analysis (FP&A) Club, held last night at the Montcalm Hotel in the City of London, as a key example of being wise after the fact: what seems obvious afterwards isn't always spotted as a problem at the time. The FP&A professionals gathered at the networking event listened attentively to how they could improve their own forecasting and to plans for a forthcoming FP&A certification.


The Tech Year in Review and Numbers (see online for links in story)
bobsguide - 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, minds naturally turn towards the most significant technology and finance events of the year and the standout stories and numbers of the year, such as the prevalence of cyber-security attacks and countermeasures, discussions about if big data is a big deal and if the cloud is going to rain on your parade as an internal IT manager decimating staff or be a true external support network. In this spirit of yuletide reflection, bobsguide's Neil Ainger looks back on some of the big stories, trends and figures of the past 12 months.

As the geese start getting fat, the lords-a-leaping, and partridges take to living in a pear tree - if the old English carol is to be believed - then it can mean only one thing: the end of the year is upon us and Christmas is around the corner. It is an appropriate time, therefore, to reflect upon the big stories and numbers of 2013. Full Story Here.

The Year in Review and Numbers
gtnews - 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, minds naturally turn towards the most significant treasury and finance events of the year and its standout stories and numbers, such as the on-going eurozone crisis and the growth in cash reserves. In this spirit of yuletide reflection, gtnews looks back on some of the stories and figures of the past 12 months. Full story here with live links.

Other Work Examples

Bloomberg Tech Summit Predicts a Fall in IT Spending for 2012
Banking Technology - Dec 2011 / Jan 2012

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Tiffany Interview: International Growth & Coping with the Consequences
gtnews - June 2012
When Michael Connolly, VP & Treasurer at Tiffany & Co, first joined the jeweller in 1989 it only had three locations outside of the US. It now has 247 stores in 22 countries and revenues of $3.7bn. As Connolly explained to gtnews, that places a burden on treasury in terms of managing currency exposures, not to mention managing diamond and precious metal suppliers from around the world. Full Story Here


TMS Buyer's Guid

TMS Buyer's Guide
gtnews - 2013
The acquisition of IT2 by Wallstreet Systems is the standout deal so far in a gathering consolidation trend evident in the treasury management system (TMS) technology sector. This 42-page guide examines the consequences of consolidation for treasuries; alongside features on the long shelf-life of Excel spreadsheets; a TMS implementation article; one examining the cloud computing options; and a vox pop expert panel of corporate treasurers who share their experiences of installing or updating a TMS. Full Story Here

GT news awards 2012

gtnews Awards 2012 and Global Treasury Briefing
gtnews - 2012
Click on the highlighted text to see the gtnews Awards 2012 Winners Book: Case Studies & gtnews Global Treasury Briefing (GTB) title introduced by Neil Ainger.


Sibos 2013 reports

Sibos 2013 Daily Show Reports, BAML CIO Interview & SWIFT CIO & World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Report 2014
bobsguide - 2013, 2014

Click on the highlighted text for links to the bobsguide Sibos 2013 Daily Show Reports, Interviews & News, BAML CIO Interview and SWIFT CIO & World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Report 2014.

Vox Pop: Stopping the Rogues

Vox Pop: Stopping the Rogues
Banking Technology - October 2011
The nefarious rogue trading activities of Kweku Adoboli have cost UBS $2.3bn so far and brought to mind the actions of previous rogues such as Jérôme Kerviel at Société Générale and Nick Leeson at Barings. How to prevent repeat occurrences was much discussed at Sibos 2011 and subsequently, finds Neil Ainger. Full Story Here + News Link Here

Interview: The Future of Payments

Interview: The Future of Payments
Banking Technology - October 2011
With the rollout of NFC technology, Visa's P2P mobile payment offering and what's been billed as the first contactless Olympic Games, Neil Ainger caught up with Visa Europe's svp of innovation, new product and channel development, Sandra Alzetta, to discuss the future of payments. Full Story Here

Hands Up to Join the Social Club

Hands Up to Join the Social Club
Banking Technology - September 2011
Humans have always been social creatures and now we've got Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ and other social networking tools the way that financial institutions do business, organise themselves, talk to their customers and vice versa is set to change, writes Neil Ainger. Full Story Here
Virtual Reality at Your Fingertips Virtual Reality at Your Fingertips
Banking Technology - May 2011
Virtualisation has been hidden from many users as it's happened at the server level in the data centre but this could be changing, writes Neil Ainger, as desktop virtualisation comes to banks, and users notice their hard drive is no longer next to them but instead in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Full Story Here

One World, One Love, One Banking Device?

Mobile Tech in FS: Special Report - One World, One Love, One Banking Device?
Banking Technology - March 2011
Neil Ainger investigates how the mobile phone is taking over the delivery of financial services from customer-facing retail bank applications, to payments, including contactless ones, to services for the 'unbanked', remittances and corporate banking end uses, highlighting the opportunities, and the integration and standardisation challenges that still remain in the way of this transformative technology. Full Story Here
Special Report - Start Your Engines Data Centres: Special Report - Start Your Engines
Banking Technology - January 2011
If financial services truly is a data business, as many have asserted, then where you keep that data is a key consideration. The data centre should be the engine that drives your business. Neil Ainger introduces this special report on data centres, examining the various merits of co-location and proximity hosting, the pros and cons of outsourcing versus self-builds, the best technologies to maximise efficiency and other key trends, such as the impact of carbon tax schemes on the sector and regulation. Full Story Here
Feature: The Dark Side

Feature: The Dark Side
Financial Sector Technology (FSTech) - May-June 2008
A 'dark pool of liquidity' might sound like a Texan oilman's dream of striking it rich while drilling but in the financial services sector it refers to undisclosed trades. Neil Ainger looks at the rising popularity of these hidden pools in the US and wonders if they are set to take off in Europe after the arrival of the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) last year and of various new execution venues that offer 'dark' services. Full Story Here

Sibos 2007 Preview Sibos 2007 Preview & Lazaro Campos Profile - Gaining Momentum with SWIFT Action
Financial Sector Technology (FSTech) - July-Aug 2007
Some of the world's senior financial professionals will be gathering at the Sibos 2007 show in Boston, USA, on 1-5 October to discuss the pressing issues facing the industry, including the Single Euro Payments Areas (SEPA), how to serve corporates better and how to enhance standards-based interoperability and efficiency. Neil Ainger previews the event and profiles SWIFT CEO Lazaro Campos. Full Story Here
Shifting World Trade Profile: Shifting World Trade
Financial Sector Technology (FSTech) - Nov-Dec 2008
Neal Livingston is the global head of client access for the transaction banking division of Standard Chartered bank and as such is ideally placed to witness the major changes going on in cash products, securities servicing and trade finance, where the aim is increasingly to try and integrate the physical and financial supply chains. With his bank's principal markets being in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, he is also well placed to comment on the shift in economic power from West to East. Neil Ainger caught up with him at the recent Sibos 2008 show in Vienna, Austria. Full Story Here
FST Awards Report FST Awards Report - A Golden Awards Night
Financial Sector Technology (FSTech) - March 2010
The FST Awards celebrated its tenth anniversary on 25 March at the Lancaster London Hotel in Bayswater. The milestone was marked by some indoor fireworks, flames, bright lights, confetti and the usual gong giving; all rounded off by a casino, disco and much partying late into the night. Neil Ainger looks back on an enjoyable evening Full Story Here