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Finding the sweet spot on trade digitisation and working capital management
Finding the sweet spot on trade digitisation and working capital management
Katharine Morton
4 November 2019

Are corporate treasuries, fintechs and banks missing a trick on cross border working capital optimisation and what will the next five years hold? TXF's roundtable discussion of digitisation and international trade hosted in London by DBS highlights where the sweet spots will lie.

Berne Union: Challenging environment for trade in H1 2019
24 October 2019

SACE SIMEST: ECA excellence despite domestic uncertainty
SACE SIMEST: ECA excellence despite domestic uncertainty
Elsa Fucile
20 September 2019

Ahead of TXF Italy next month, TXF talks to Alessandro Terzulli, chief economist of SACE, about the uncertainties of the economic scenario in which SACE SIMEST currently operates and the initiatives it is pursuing to boost exporter confidence.

Looking behind the mask on trade finance at ITFA
Looking behind the mask on trade finance at ITFA
Katharine Morton
18 September 2019

Katharine Morton ponders the opacities of financing trade, and what lies beneath, revealed at ITFA’s celebration of a mysterious dance of hide and seek

Expert briefing: Writing a new chapter in digital trade
Expert briefing: Writing a new chapter in digital trade
Sriram Muthukrishnan
16 September 2019

For thousands of years, goods and services have been exchanged between different trading partners. But as supply chains have scaled, the $23 trillion world of global trade has only grown in complexity, writes DBS.

Tradeteq’s credit scoring system goes live on Singapore’s NTP
12 September 2019

Lack of trade finance continues to hit SMEs badly
Lack of trade finance continues to hit SMEs badly
Jonathan Bell
4 September 2019

Latest reports indicate that the global trade finance gap stands at $1.5 trillion. Jonathan Bell reviews the scene and questions why so much more isn’t being done to improve the situation.

Gallagher: Emerging market risk falls despite rising geopolitical tensions
2 September 2019

Etihad Credit Insurance takes flight
Etihad Credit Insurance takes flight
Max Thompson
2 September 2019

Massimo Falcioni, CEO at Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI) talks to TXF about how the UAE’s new ECA has been made operational in record time, and how its plans for the future are being lifted by digitisation and partnership.

Commodity report for H1 2019 shows drastic drop in volumes
Commodity report for H1 2019 shows drastic drop in volumes
Jonathan Bell
28 August 2019

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 whether it is simply a portrait of volatile commodities and market trends or more far-reaching influences impacting global business.

Old processes – new tools
Old processes – new tools
Sunita Mehta
5 August 2019

Does technology hold the solution to more accessible financing and cheaper cost of debt for SMEs? Sunita Mehta, vice president of FI & Trade at Stern International Bank, and Sam Permutt, director at Stern International Bank, see a digital future for what is still a largely analogue trade finance industry.

Scoping the potential for Islamic International Factoring
Scoping the potential for Islamic International Factoring
Yuce Uyanik
30 July 2019

Shariah-compliant international factoring can work well within the wider context of a burgeoning global Islamic finance market. Yuce Uyanik, who is on the legal committee of FCI, the industry body for international factoring, explores the potential.

Risky business: China trade turns inward
Risky business: China trade turns inward
Katharine Morton
23 July 2019

In the third of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about how it’s not all about trade wars for China trade, but it doesn’t help.

Mind the gaps: On trillions, trade and financing women-owned and run businesses
Mind the gaps: On trillions, trade and financing women-owned and run businesses
Katharine Morton
17 July 2019

TXF talks to Makiko Toyoda and Jessica Schnabel, the women who are spearheading the development of IFC’s latest initiative to raise access to trade finance for women-owned businesses, revealing ambitious goals and the practical steps to help fulfil them.

Talking tomorrow’s trade finance with SWIFT: Blurring the lines
Talking tomorrow’s trade finance with SWIFT: Blurring the lines
Katharine Morton
8 July 2019

TXF sat down with industry experts to look at how changes in corporate trade and supply chain and digitisation are blurring the lines between cash management and financing international trade sustainably. This wide-ranging discussion was hosted by SWIFT in London.

Visa takes on larger cross-border payments: No cards involved
Visa takes on larger cross-border payments: No cards involved
Katharine Morton
5 July 2019

In mid-June, Visa made the bold call that it was taking on SWIFT on facilitating direct, bank to bank transactions and going head on in the cross-border payments space for larger corporate payments. TXF asked Kevin Phalen, head of global business solutions at Visa, to go into more detail about Visa B2B Connect. It’s very much not about cards.

Visa’s bold game on taking on larger cross-border payments
Visa’s bold game on taking on larger cross-border payments
Katharine Morton
4 July 2019

In mid-June, Visa made the bold call that it was taking on SWIFT on facilitating direct, bank to bank transactions and going head on in the cross-border payments space for larger corporate payments. TXF asked Kevin Phalen, head of global business solutions at Visa, to go into more detail about Visa B2B Connect. It’s very much not about cards.

Equinix and GIC form $1bn data centre joint venture
2 July 2019

Tasting multilateralism in China trade
Tasting multilateralism in China trade
Katharine Morton
1 July 2019

In advance of the ICC World Banking Commission annual meeting in Beijing, TXF gathered China financial experts and corporates to talk about financing China trade. Multilateralism was the watchword as the country manages expansion against a slowing growth backdrop.

TXF's Export Finance Industry Choice Awards: The winners
TXF's Export Finance Industry Choice Awards: The winners
Max Thompson
25 June 2019

This month, TXF were proud to announce the winners of the Export Finance Industry Choice Award at TXF Global 2019: Export, Agency & Project Finance event in Berlin. Click here to see the winners.

Identity crisis (and the SWIFT way out?)
Identity crisis (and the SWIFT way out?)
Katharine Morton
19 June 2019

Just who are you? TXF contemplates trust in trade and the bumblebee in KYC. Some commercial KYC solutions are struggling, but SWIFT is coming into the game for corporate KYC alongside its bank registry. If banks and corporates are going to trust SWIFT for the KYC Registry, why would they need to embrace other technologies such as blockchain for trade?

ECA debt: A financing tool to scale the delivery of SDGs
ECA debt: A financing tool to scale the delivery of SDGs
Hussein Sefian
29 May 2019

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the talk of the export finance community - and beyond. But ECAs and banks need to align their SDGs to help fill the sector's $2.5 trillion a year financing gap in emerging markets.

Norwegian agencies step-up to support reborn shipbuilding sector
Norwegian agencies step-up to support reborn shipbuilding sector
Jonathan Bell
15 May 2019

As the shipbuilding industry in Norway transitions, so the government support appears well-placed to back new developments. However, in the case of finance for a krill-fishing vessel just how sustainable is this backing from the agencies?

BNP Paribas, Natixis, SocGen commit to Finastra’s Fusion LenderComm
14 May 2019

The shape of commodity ESG to come?
The shape of commodity ESG to come?
Oliver Gordon
29 April 2019

The credibility and policing of ESG-linked loans, which are currently enjoying growing popularity with commodity traders, could be markedly improved via the adoption of blockchain. But in the commodity space, that technological leap appears very distant – for now.

ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
Katharine Morton
26 April 2019

TXF spoke with Steven Beck, head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to find out more about the development bank’s year-on-year growth in supported trade, as well as its latest initiative to create a standardised approach to the reporting of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) by banks to regulators.

ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
Katharine Morton
26 April 2019

TXF spoke with Steven Beck, head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to find out more about the development bank’s year-on-year growth in supported trade, as well as its latest initiative to create a standardised approach to the reporting of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) by banks to regulators.

Coriolis and Intix form trade finance data alliance
11 April 2019

Buoying the black stuff
Buoying the black stuff
Sean Keating
10 April 2019

A statement on March 28 by Japan’s Environment Minister signals a potential change in the government’s pro coal-fired power policy. But domestic energy security issues and valuable export markets for Japan's ‘clean-coal’ technology mean any real change will take decades rather than years.

Corporate Perspectives: Talking digital Asia trade and treasury with GE
Corporate Perspectives: Talking digital Asia trade and treasury with GE
Katharine Morton
10 April 2019

Manu Taneja, director of regional cash & banking, APAC at GE Corporate Treasury in Singapore sees a role for traditional trade finance in Asia, but digitisation will be core to the future – as will the role of treasury itself.

Expert Briefing: Excess of Loss trade credit insurance set to support trade finance growth
Expert Briefing: Excess of Loss trade credit insurance set to support trade finance growth
Jonny Carruthers
1 April 2019

How can Excess of Loss (XoL) credit insurance, which offers up to 100% cover as well as potential capital relief under the Basel regulatory framework, help banks grow their trade receivables portfolios? Jonny Carruthers, assistant director at BPL Global explains.

Fourteen Banks and FIs launch trade finance distribution initiative
1 April 2019

Playing by the book: Learning lessons from the attack on Norsk Hydro cyber security
Playing by the book: Learning lessons from the attack on Norsk Hydro cyber security
Katharine Morton
27 March 2019

A week in the life of a cyber security crisis for the aluminium company Norsk Hydro raises interesting questions. Following a cyber-playbook type approach in terms of communications appears to work well at the first instance. How will it play out when it comes to insurance?

No going back to the old normal before trade wars in Asia
No going back to the old normal before trade wars in Asia
Katharine Morton
20 March 2019

Corporate supply chains are now accommodating trade wars, but things will not go back to where they were once peace breaks out. Katharine Morton takes the Asian perspective on the new normal.

Global telecoms tussle taken into a dark web
Global telecoms tussle taken into a dark web
Jonathan Bell
14 March 2019

The race to be a global leader in certain cutting-edge technologies will always be a hard fought one. But in the case of China’s Huawei, the company has unfortunately been wrongly dragged into the whole US-China trade wars saga. Jonathan Bell examines the scene.

Originate-and-distribute trade finance model "can close $1.5trn gap"
7 March 2019

LC LITE work: Streamlining LCs on blockchain
LC LITE work: Streamlining LCs on blockchain
Ross Crear
5 March 2019

The Letter of Credit (LC) market accounts for $2.3 trillion and has always been dominated by banks. But now, LC LITE has rolled out technological alternatives to LCs by putting loan documentation flow on its new blockchain-based platform, with one major commodity trader already on-board.

AIIB: Shaping a different DFI offering
AIIB: Shaping a different DFI offering
Tom Nelthorpe
18 February 2019

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has released a downbeat report on the prospects for private infrastructure investment in Asia. But, says Joachim von Amsberg, AIIB vice-president for policy and strategy, the bank can drive improvements where other DFIs have struggled.

StanChart signs China supply chain finance MoU with Linklogis
12 February 2019

Interesting catch: Why MUFG is taking on GE Capital’s TPS
Interesting catch: Why MUFG is taking on GE Capital’s TPS
Katharine Morton
6 February 2019

Taking on an active corporate supply chain finance programme can be a daunting prospect. When that one is the size of GE Capital’s Trade Payables Services, it changes the dimension of the challenge. TXF spoke to Maureen Sullivan, Managing Director and Head of MUFG’s Supply Chain Finance Group for the Americas about why the bank has made such a move, and what her plans are for TPS.

China and US battle for African infrastructure
8 January 2019

Pedro Novo promoted as Bpifrance continues its march
Pedro Novo promoted as Bpifrance continues its march
Eavie Burnett
17 December 2018

TXF speaks to Pedro Novo about his promotion to Bpifrance's new Executive Department for Export and how this will encourage local entrepreneurship.

Rethinking the rules of development financing
Rethinking the rules of development financing
Jonathan Bell
21 November 2018

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 been released. Jonathan Bell assesses the report and suggests that policy makers need to act now.

Expert briefing: Corporates not yet feeling the full benefit of SWIFT gpi
Expert briefing: Corporates not yet feeling the full benefit of SWIFT gpi
David Blair
14 November 2018

SWIFT gpi featured highly at SIBOS in Sydney, but the full benefits for corporates of tracking inbound payments are still not always manifest. David Blair, managing director of Acarate Consulting, reflects on what needs to be done by banks and by SWIFT for treasurers to benefit in full.

Blockchain’s big opportunity: rebooting trade finance
Blockchain’s big opportunity: rebooting trade finance
Sen Ganesh
31 October 2018

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 practice and Joshua Kroeker, director and blockchain lead at HSBC Commercial Banking argue there’s a good chance, and that blockchain could even boost uptake of documentary credits if players follow certain maxims: think big, start small, grow fast.

Post-Brexit infra investment: Taking the blindfold off
Post-Brexit infra investment: Taking the blindfold off
Paul Nicholson
26 October 2018

With UK politicians seemingly blindly following the result of the referendum, those at the forefront of infra finance in the country discuss the reality of Brexit and what it will mean for future project development in the UK.

Post-Brexit infra investment: Taking the blindfold off
Post-Brexit infra investment: Taking the blindfold off
Paul Nicholson
26 October 2018

With UK politicians seemingly blindly following the result of the referendum, those at the forefront of infra finance in the country discuss the reality of Brexit and what it will mean for future project development in the UK.

Commodity debt: How green is an ESG-linked greenback?
Commodity debt: How green is an ESG-linked greenback?
Daniel Pembrey
25 October 2018

Gunvor and ECOM have returned to the market with debut sustainability performance-linked loans – but how sustainable are these structures and how are they policed in a global commodity market notorious for opaqueness?

Increased connectivity drives Asia’s regional and global trade growth
Increased connectivity drives Asia’s regional and global trade growth
Jonathan Bell
24 October 2018

Global connectivity is driving the development of urban networks. But, stresses Jonathan Bell, it is cooperation and increasing economic integration which will lead to increased trade growth and development of projects.

Berne Union credit and investment insurers continue to pay high claims
17 October 2018