Cutting Your Last Check: Creative Alternatives to Traditional Payment Methods
Governments are continuing to shift away from traditional payment methods like cash and check, and are searching for alternatives for customers for both receivables and payables. As organizations continue to search for ways to minimize internal paperwork and utilize modern payment and receipt methods, governments need to be aware of the infrastructure and policy considerations. This session will dive deeper into digital alternatives to traditional receivables and payables options available to the public sector, the policies and procedures necessary to implement them, and explore creative payment alternatives on the horizon for the public sector.
Date and Time: July 14, 11 a.m. (Eastern)
Leveraging Technology to Help with Essential Treasury Functions
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many governments to address their technology needs and look for alternatives to existing in person or paper based approaches for managing the treasury function. Citizens, vendors, and the government itself can benefit from online technology resources for making and receiving payments. This session will discuss GFOA best practice recommendations, technology options available to governments from both a payables and receivables perspective, and lessons learned from practitioners who have worked to implement new technologies in the treasury department.
Date and Time: July 19, 11 a.m. (Eastern)
Where to Find Your LIBOR and What to do About It
When LIBOR ceases to exist, state and local governments need to be sure that their exposure to the reference rate is also gone. Where can you find your exposure? And when you find it, what should you do about it? This panel will discuss the tax and accounting methods to address eliminating LIBOR in your financial contracts and other places that LIBOR may currently be used.
Date and Time: July 19, 11:45 a.m. (Eastern)
Should We Just Put the Money Under the Mattress? Investment Strategies for Today and Tomorrow
While the low interest rate environment is a tremendous help to many participants in the macro economy, government investment programs have suffered with very low returns on their public funds. While the return on investment is not the leading principle for government investment, it is important for governments to utilize relevant investment strategies for this continuing low rate environment. In this session, market experts will provide an outlook for government investing and discuss strategies that may suit a government’s varying investment goals now and into the future.
Date and Time: July 20, 11 a.m. (Eastern)
Who's Who in Public Investing: Understanding The Role of External Advisors
Governments use a variety of external advisors and providers to help manage aspects of their investment program. In this session, speakers will discuss how to determine whether a government may need an investment adviser to assist with planning and portfolio management, how to use broker/dealers to buy and sell investments, and work with banks and other parties to purchase investment products. In this session governments will gain insights on the roles of these professionals and how, alongside finance officers, an entity’s investment program can be well managed.
Date and Time: July 23, 2 p.m. (Eastern)