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01 June 2023
Agri/Soft Commodities, Metals and Mining, Oil & gas

TXF Amsterdam 2023: Top Takeaways

The TXF Global Commodity Finance and Sustainable Natural Resources event has returned to Amsterdam for another year, this time accompanied by the Industry Awards Dinner....

06 September 2022
Oil & gas

Where's the bank balance in commodity trader lending?

The divide between access to bank liquidity and cost of debt for first and lower tier traders is widening and becoming an existential problem for the latter. If market...

11 May 2022

One step beyond: New UK trade digitisation legislation on track

Trade digitisation has taken a big step forward globally with the announcement that the UK’s Electronic Trade Documents Bill is on its way to becoming law. What’s the...

06 May 2022

Opinion: Is disruption the norm in the world of commodities?

Jean Francois Lambert, founder and managing partner at Lambert Commodities, asks whether commodity markets were ever steering in calm seas. More crucially, how long will...

19 January 2022

Getting on with it: Financing international trade in 2022

What will be the key words for financing trade this year? If last year was all about resilience and pivoting will this year be picking yourself up, dusting yourself off,...

17 December 2021

The year that was – the year that will be

As the end of 2021 nears, TXF takes a look at current trends and challenges in commodity trade finance and their implications for 2022.

14 June 2021

Commodity finance: The weighty consequences of compliance

With the events of 2020 having further complicated an industry issue which was already considered to be a hurdle, bank compliance is in danger of leaving SMEs and the...

10 June 2021
Chemicals/Petrochemicals, Oil & gas, Power, Renewables, Transport

Not charged up and plenty of places to go!

Crude oil producers got a sharp wake-up call with the recent Dutch court ruling against Shell. In a fast changing world many of the big oil producers need a wake up to...

19 May 2021

Charging up: The bittersweet copper price rally

Copper prices have surged to a decade-long high off the back of demand from a global green industrial revolution. But with the potential of new supply masked by...

08 February 2021
Agri/Soft Commodities, Metals and Mining, Oil & gas, Power, Renewables

Commodities supercycle or surge?

Commodity prices reaching bullish levels as the world prepares to move out of the Covid crisis and into a green industrial revolution has sparked some excitement around...

13 January 2021

Reasons to be cheerful (in trade, treasury and risk in 2021), part one

It’s easy to be gloomy, but a new year is a good point to look to the bright side. Here are some thoughts about why staying in bed for the whole of 2021 will not be the...

22 December 2020

Commodity trade finance: 2020 year-end review

In what has been one of the most eventful years for commodity trade finance, we take a long hard look at some of the major happenings and assess what these mean for the...

28 August 2019

Commodity report for H1 2019 shows drastic drop in volumes

Overall volumes of global commodity trade financing fell by almost 30% according to the TXF H1 2019 Commodity Report. Jonathan Bell reviews this drastic drop and assesses...

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...

28 November 2018

Finding sense and sensibility in global commodities

Making sense of the bigger picture of the state of the global commodity markets is no easy task. But here, Jonathan Bell meets up with a long-time friend and real...

08 August 2018
Agri/Soft Commodities, Chemicals/Petrochemicals, Infrastructure, Manufacturing & equipment, Metals and Mining, Oil & gas, Power, Renewables, Telecoms and Communications, Transport, Waste and water

China-US trade punches

Last week's announcement that China plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of US goods points to a heating up of the trade war between the two countries....

07 August 2018
Oil & gas

Oil trading: The wrong kind of slick investment?

Rising oil prices dampened trader’s profits last year as the market moved from contango to backwardation, and many of the larger houses are already starting to diversify...

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

Trade wars: Cash for traders in a stormy climate?

Jean-Francois Lambert, founder of Lambert Commodities, outlines the potential impact of trade wars and protectionism on commodity trading houses, and how the current...

20 April 2018

Kia Motors: Low gear – low ECA margin

Kia Motors’ ECA-backed facility to finance the construction a new manufacturing plant in India – its first project financing in India and only its third ever ECA-backed...

20 February 2018
Metals and Mining, Power

Dragged over the coals

Despite the endless stream of PR statements about banks exiting coal-related lending, none can actually track where the proceeds of loans to commodity traders go. When...