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Bitcoin, Blockchain & Distributed Ledgers: Caught Between Promise & Reality

Blockchain’s genesis in Bitcoin: in October 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto proposed a combined digital asset and peer- to-peer payments system in his paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. The first Bitcoin was minted on January 4th 2009, the first payment occurred on January 11th, and the software was released as open source on the 15th, enabling anyone with the required technical skills to get involved.

How has South32 streamlined its payments process?

The Australian mining giant has utilised SAP’s In-house Cash module to drive efficiency and reduce costs.

South32 is a globally diversified metals and mining company, with operations mining and producing bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. The focus of the company’s operations is in the Southern Hemisphere, with a head office in Perth and regional hubs in Perth and Johannesburg

Insights CFO Sentiment | Edition 3

Confidence amongst CFOs continues to improve alongside the positive fortunes of the global economy.
That doesn’t mean that uncertainty doesn’t continue to prevail, but Australia’s most senior finance executives remain comfortable in the face of the challenges it presents. Risk appetite is up, innovation and technology – from blockchain to automation – remain keys to productivity improvements, and workforce wellness has emerged as an important focus.

What did Australia’s most senior finance executives make of the first half of 2017?

IFRS 9

Good things come to those who wait, Nik Tandy, Head of Thought Leadership - Asia Pacific Global Markets HSBC writes, IFRS 9 / AASB 9 finally becomes mandatory in Australia in 2018. Initial proposals for the new Standard were first made public back in 2009, but it took until July 2014 before a comprehensive Standard was issued.

Striving for the Summits of Treasury with BNP Paribas – EACT – PwC - SAP Fintechs, Blockchain, Big Data: What’s in it for Corporates? What do we know? Real-time payments: How fast is fast in the world of treasury? Can technology alone put an end to cyber threat?
The ‘virtual reality’ of treasury

PwC is proud to present the latest edition of there global Treasury Benchmark survey for 2017.

Before zooming in on the findings, I’d like to thank the 220 corporate respondents for the time and effort...

10 MINUTES WITH JOHN MESSENT CFTP
Group Treasurer
Australian Gas Networks


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I have been in my current role for 18 months and have previously worked with a number of organisations, including Ernst & Young, ANZ and Peoples’ Choice Credit Union.  Whilst my core background has been through treasury and finance related functions

WOE is XVA? 

If you’re wondering what the title means, it stands for “What on Earth is X Valuation Adjustments”?  This month Colin Sharpe from NAB presented to the technical committee on the rapidly changing world of derivative valuations and pricing.  The reason for the “X” in XVA, is because there are now so many valuation adjustments for uncollateralised derivative transactions, that the acronym simply has an X as a placeholder for the numerous adjustments that are now applied by banks when pricing derivatives.