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Introduction to Managing Risk

Risk management is the discipline of managing financial risks to allow the company to meet its financial obligations and ensure predictable business performance.

Life is full of surprises and business is no exception. Using the ISO 31000 definition, risk is the effect of uncertainty on objectives, whether positive or negative. Although risk by definition can produce either a positive or negative impact, in practice treasurers are more often worried about the negative effects of risk i.e. the possibility that an event could cause a loss.


Key Topics:

1. Risk Management
Manage financial risks and measure the uncertainty on objectives

2. Risk Management Approach
Identify - Measure - Manage - Verify

3. Liquidity Risk
Short-term and long-term liquidity solutions

4. Currency Risk
Manage currency risk - hedge different forms of currency risk

5. Interest Rate Risk
Exposure to movements in interest rates

6. Commodity Risk
Long-term sales - Commodity futures - OTC hedges

7. Credit Risk
The risk of loss when a counterparty is unable to pay what it owes


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Helen Sanders

Treasury Management International


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Helen Sanders: 

Former Director of Education for the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Helen also worked for SunGard and treasury departments in the energy and IT sectors. She is now Editor of Treasury Management International (TMI).

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