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  • When Should You Start a Hedge Program?

    A popular Chinese proverb says “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” This is equally true in the world of hedging.

  • Hedging with Helen: 2 Things That Can Sabotage a Hedge Program

    Today we’re going to talk about things that can sabotage your hedge program.

  • Basics of Interest Rates: Analyzing LIBOR vs SOFR Rates

    Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about interest rates and what’s going on and what’s happening and what some of these words and terms mean and what they’re going to mean to you. It’s going to be pretty elementary.

  • Hedging with Helen: Future Issuance of Fixed-Rate Debt

    Today, we’re going to be talking about the future issuance of fixed rate debt.

  • Hedging with Helen: Currency Cash Flow Hedging & Quarterly Hedge Periods

    Welcome back to Hedging with Helen. Today we’re going to be talking about currency cash flow hedging and the quarterly hedge period.

  • Hedging with Helen: Identifying Exposure Tenor

    Welcome. Today, we’re going to be talking about identifying the tenor of your exposure. Where does it begin and where does it end?

  • Hedging with Helen: Balance Sheet Performance Reporting

    Welcome back to Hedging with Helen. Today we’re going to talk about currency balance sheet hedging, and, specifically, we’re going to talk about the performance reporting around balance sheet hedging.

  • Hedging with Helen: Blend & Extend Transactions

    Welcome back to Hedging with Helen. Today, we’re going to be talking a little bit about interest rate cash flow hedging. I specifically want to talk about a blend and extend.

  • Hedging with Helen: How to Set a Budget Rate

    Today, I’d like to talk to you about the use of a budget rate and how to set the budget rate.

  • Hedging with Helen: Setting FX Risk Management Objectives

    Today, I’m going to be talking about objective setting. And when we’re talking about FX policies, a lot of times – almost universally, I guess – I see the objective in the policies to mitigate FX risk, and it’s not really clear what it is we’re communicating to the board of directors who is the […]

  • SOFR Readiness Checklist: Time to Act

    With the transition from LIBOR in full swing, the time to act is now. New transactions starting in January 2022 will not be based on LIBOR. Some financial institutions are using SOFR, but there are other reference rates being used, causing market confusion and changing risk profiles. 

  • Hedge Risk with Derivatives: 3 Benefits for Credit Unions

    Thanks to changes in accounting rules and the NCUA’s derivatives rule, more and more credit unions are empowered to use derivatives to hedge interest rate risk. In this blog, we discuss three reasons why you should include hedging in your interest rate risk management strategy.

  • IR Risk Management for Credit Unions: Leveraging Derivatives

    Credit unions: Have you considered using derivatives to manage your interest rate risk? Many have generally shied away from this strategy—until now. In this blog, we highlight the benefits and discuss how to get started with this helpful interest rate risk management tool.

  • US Markets Building Liquidity in the SOFR Market

    On Friday, the CME announced they will start publishing Term SOFR Rates for 1-month, 3-month and 6-month tenors.

  • FCA, IBA & ISDA Announcement About LIBOR Discontinuance

    Friday, March 5, 2021, the official groundwork was laid to discontinue LIBOR by the FCA, IBA and ISDA.