“The primary role of liquidity-risk management is to (1) prospectively assess the need for funds to meet obligations and (2) ensure the availability of cash or collateral to fulfill those needs at the appropriate time by coordinating the various sources of funds available to the institution under normal and stressed conditions.” - The Federal Reserve
Most management teams understand the importance of maintaining healthy liquidity. However, developing control and an accurate understanding of liquidity is a complex, ever-changing challenge, and liquidity management has a real impact, especially in the continuing aftermath of COVID-19. Does your company measure up? How are you handling liquidity risk management?
What happens when a company faces a liquidity shortfall? A severe liquidity deficiency can cause a myriad of difficulties, from a fundamental inability to expand into new markets to a downward spiral of unpaid debts, denied credit, emergency sales of needed assets, and the worst-case-scenario: insolvency.
Cash flow is extremely dynamic and is used for wages, vendor payments, and other short-term obligations. If a company finds itself short on the necessary cash to meet these payments, the business' growth can not only be stalled, but it can fail. Unpaid vendors and employees will turn elsewhere, while banks may call loans or refuse to extend needed credit. The ripple effect, if not contained, could sink the entire organization.
In a healthy, relatively stable market, liquidity is more easily monitored and maintained. But in a depressed or volatile market, healthy and sufficient liquidity becomes an absolute imperative for survival.
As businesses work through the COVID-19 crisis, volatility is looking like the new normal. Across the globe, companies and individuals bounce back and forth between running on all cylinders and just scraping by. With a high level of volatility and no end in sight, it's more important than ever to manage liquidity risk as effectively and efficiently as possible. Business leaders must find solutions to address and mitigate liquidity shortfalls.
The bedrock of risk management is having a clear understanding and ability to manage cash flow down to the dollar.
A company's liquidity is typically spread across multiple accounts and assets, meaning various account statements and overviews have to be analyzed to develop a full picture of cash health. This is further complicated by the fact that, for most businesses, multiple agents and departments are responsible for expenditures and inflow.
Due to the lengthy and manual nature of cash analysis, standard practice is to assume that even the best models and projections will lack precision.
However, new technological advances are allowing businesses to manage cash flow in an increasingly granular yet accessible way. With every account and transaction monitored, all data normalized, and instant up-to-the-minute reports, there's every reason to take an aggressive approach to monitoring liquidity risk.
To do this, business leaders in today's economy should build responsive frameworks for liquidity risk management. These frameworks should include:
At the forefront of automated cash management, Trovata is helping businesses better understand and analyze their liquidity. By integrating directly with financial institutions' API infrastructure, Trovata can automate manual cash-related workflows. This not only saves time and resources, but it assures that these crucial reports are accurate and delivered quickly. Trovata's intuitive and innovative solution makes it possible to:
In times of financial crisis, leaders need to take the reins confidently. Trovata is here to make that possible, with granular, accurate, real-time data at your fingertips.
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