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08 January 2019

Trade finance funds: Confidence dips on Shinhan retreat

Shinhan Capital’s recent redemptions and BAF Capital’s winding down of BLTFF have focused attention on inefficiencies in the trade finance fund market. The extent of the...

20 December 2018

Is the new US development finance agency taking a knife to a gunfight?

The IDFC — which could eventually incorporate US Exim — will see the US try to take on the Chinese development banks at their own game. TXF asks how that will play out...

18 December 2018
Power, Renewables, Waste and water

Shop talk: GE China, spreading the ECA umbrella

TXF spoke with Charles Xu, managing director of commercial finance & capital markets at GE China, to discuss the benefits of directly sourcing Chinese financings in a...

14 December 2018

BAML's Brady looks at trade with fresh eyes

A wave of new trade hires has provided Bank of America Merrill Lynch with an opportunity to focus on its strengths and leverage inherent advantages over competitors. TXF...

13 December 2018

Shop talk: How far away is mandatory ESG reporting in Asia?

TXF spoke with Juliette Macresy, head of Greater China and South-East Asia for ESG research and ratings firm Vigeo Eiris, to discuss tracking green loan proceeds against...

10 December 2018

Right problem – wrong solution: The threat to the multilateral official finance system

Often priced at well below accepted market rates, Chinese official finance is a major hurdle to fair competition in the global export market. A growing number of...

03 December 2018

S&W breakfast briefing: Insurance and finance case law update

In the latest edition of law firm Sullivan & Worcester’s Trade Finance Breakfast Seminar, partners Marian Boyle and Sam Fowler-Holmes highlight the importance of...

29 November 2018
Infrastructure, Oil & gas, Power, Telecoms and Communications, Transport

Shop talk: Kexim raises risk appetite amid pricing squeeze

From Asia to the US, Kexim has a number of large-scale oil and gas projects in the pipeline. But after years of cancelled projects, as the liquid Korean ECA flexes its...

21 November 2018

Rethinking the rules of development financing

A new report on competition within export, ECA-backed and development financing and how some of these practices are distorting the multilateral finance system has just...

20 November 2018
Agri/Soft Commodities, Infrastructure, Manufacturing & equipment, Metals and Mining, Oil & gas, Power, Renewables, Telecoms and Communications, Transport, Waste and water

Top takeaways from TXF Asia 2018

From China’s open-ended Belt Road Initiative (BRI) to Asia’s $1.7 trillion infrastructure need per year by 2023, commercial and local banks, ECA/DFIs and institutional...

19 November 2018

Sakaka: Cash in sand

Saudi Arabia has reached financial close on its first solar utility-scale project – the 300MW Sakaka solar PV plant. The soft miniperm financing is being put forward as a...

07 November 2018
Agri/Soft Commodities, Infrastructure, Metals and Mining, Oil & gas, Power, Renewables, Telecoms and Communications, Transport, Waste and water

China at a crossroads of international openness

China is hosting the world’s first international import expo. Jonathan Bell examines the development in what could be the start of a new era of trade focus for the...

06 November 2018

Shop talk: SMEs drive intra-African trade growth

SMEs are the engine behind Africa’s trade growth – but funding is scarce. Kofi Adomakoh, head of bank guarantees and special finance at Afreximbank, outlines the bank’s...

31 October 2018

Blockchain’s big opportunity: rebooting trade finance

Will blockchain be able to learn the lessons of previous failures in attempts to digitise global trade? Sen Ganesh, partner with Bain & Company’s Financial Services...

30 October 2018

S&W breakfast briefing: Leveraging fintech in trade finance

In the latest edition of law firm Sullivan & Worcester’s Trade Finance Breakfast Seminar, partners Joel Telpner and Geoffrey Wynne outline the benefits of blockchain as...

29 October 2018

Shop talk: Are ECAs stepping on the toes of the private market?

TXF spoke with Rachael Anstock, head of UK credit & political risks at Zurich, to discuss the insurer’s product innovations, and to find out whether the private market is...

18 October 2018

Room2Run: Untapping multilateral capital to full effect

A ground-breaking $1 billion synthetic securitisation by the AfDB could serve as the template for unlocking trillions of dollars of investment for emerging markets...

18 October 2018

Insurance underwriter perspective: Is the world becoming a riskier place?

Does an uptick in arms trade imports and exports and a rise in rhetorical weaponised language around trade point to a riskier trade credit insurance environment in...

12 October 2018

Exporters’ Choice Awards: EDC nails it – others snail it

According to 167 capital equipment exporters surveyed by TXF and Clevis Research, EDC was top performing ECA In 2017. But much of the competition was poor, with many ECAs...

12 October 2018

Shop talk: Trade credit insurance where it's due, eventually

Potential changes to PRA regulations, IFRS accounting standards and sovereign risk exposures, mean the trade credit insurance landscape will have to evolve. Gary Lowe,...