The Grey Swan has Arrived – Risk Visualisation in an Uncertain World

September 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM GMT

The Grey Swan has Arrived – Risk Visualisation in an Uncertain World

Nowadays, the strength of a corporate treasurer is no longer judged on centralised processing prowess. In a world riddled with geopolitical uncertainty, treasurers need to be futurists who don’t operate in black or white options. Those who sit at the top of commodity-intensive industries know there’s a grey area between the white swan world of well planned and executed corporate strategies and the unpredictable devastation of a black swan event.

Unknown, volatile and potentially devastating events could come at any time and as anyone who works in a commodity or currency reliant industry can attest, there is no such thing as a non-volatile year. Somewhere in between the calm and the chaotic are the grey swans, those disruptive events that are likely to occur. Black swans are the wildly improbable events such as the 2008 financial crash, or the impact felt by the decoupling of the Swiss Franc in 2015. While unpredictable, some events are probable, which is why today’s treasurers need to look out for those grey swans as risk management becomes an integral part of operations.

Today’s corporate treasurers are providing a more strategic role in their organisation, and becoming more sophisticated in how they are managing their treasury functions. They have taken on broader responsibilities including the monitoring and management of risk exposure across the firm and identifying opportunities for optimisation of liquidity and funding.

Join Mark O’Toole, Vice President of Treasury & Commodities Solutions at Openlink and the Treasury Today Group as they discuss the challenges corporates are facing in the marketplace today.

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Mark O'Toole

Vice President, Commodities and Treasury Solutions, Openlink

Mark O'Toole joined Openlink in 2006, and helped establish the Commodity Intensive Corporates (CIC) business providing integrated treasury and commodities solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in fintech across sales, business development, product marketing, product management and implementation in commodities, energy and capital markets. He previously worked at Dow Jones, SunGard Energy (formerly Caminus) and RiskMetrics Group (now MSCI).

John Nicholas

Research Director, Treasury Today Group

John Nicholas is Research Director at Treasury Today Group and has been with the company for nine years. Prior to joining Treasury Today Group he spent his career at HSBC in a variety of project, product management and marketing roles within global transaction banking.





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