Liquidity management debate: Liquidity management in an age of anxiety
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Liquidity management debate: Liquidity management in an age of anxiety

The eurozone crisis has prompted increasing concerns about risk among clients seeking liquidity management. But Euromoney’s debate suggests that bankers feel they have the mechanisms in place to meet customer needs for reassurance and safety.


• With the eurozone crisis, corporates are more exercised by risk, putting security and liquidity well ahead of yield. They are demanding systems best suited to forestall upcoming market events

• In addition, clients want to know where their money is at all times, with counterparty risk a prominent concern

• Counterparty risk is a factor of intense concern, with clients looking at multiple components of it that previously did not much bother them

• Clients are demanding the capacity to achieve greater access to their own liquidity

• Cash forecasting is of growing importance to clients because of its contribution to visibility

Debate participants
What impact has the eurozone crisis had on corporate attitudes towards liquidity management?

David Manson (DM) is global head of liquidity management at Barclays

DM, Barclays The corporate market is still in robust health – it’s just trying to find the right way to react to the political and sovereign issues. For 20 years clients have been sweeping funds south to north across Europe. The political risk has made them focus on that a little more sharply. We saw it in individual countries that experienced problems; there was a sudden recognition of bank counterparty risk, which prompted a move towards safety.

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