As the implementation date for the new European Money Market Fund (MMF) rules approaches, it is time to dispel some of the common misconceptions about the new rules and explain what treasurers really need to consider when it comes to short-term investment options.
With 2019 firmly underway, Jim Fuell, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, tackles some of the most important strategic challenges facing corporate treasurers over the coming months, including regulatory reform, the outlook for cash investors and rising interest rates.
Up until recently, Money Market Fund reform was a prospect that many treasurers were reluctant to embrace. However, in this new regulatory era it is in the investor's interest to take advantage of the products that are emerging from reregulation, such as the fixed-term fund.
The extremely low interest rate environment and uncertainty around future interest rate cuts are posing a growing challenge for treasurers sitting on relatively large cash piles. However, if treasurers are prepared to consider an ultra-short-duration strategy, investors can potentially garner returns above those offered by MMFs, while remaining in a low-risk solution.
Just as European corporate treasurers were starting to prepare for the entry into force of the EU Money Market Fund (MMF) regulation, a new obstacle has emerged that might put into question some of the fundamental aspects of the regulation.
The J.P. Morgan Global Liquidity Investment PeerView survey allows treasurers to compare cash investment practices with their global counterparts, offering insight into current short-term investment trends both regionally and worldwide.