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TXF Stages for Change 2020: Top takeaways and actions
TXF Stages for Change 2020: Top takeaways and actions
Eavie Burnett
5 August 2020

On 17 July, TXF gathered a diverse group of trade finance professionals to celebrate our female and minority leaders. TXF’s Eavie Burnett highlights a few of the conclusions that were reached.

TXF TV: The Libor transition
TXF TV: The Libor transition
Max Thompson
28 July 2020

TXF’s co-founder Dominik Kloiber is joined by Ashley Mcdermott, a partner at Mayer Brown, and Aida Topcagic, VP for global export finance at JP Morgan to outline the complicated issues surrounding the Libor transition set for 2021, and to raise awareness around future Libor replacements.

Don’t put the brake on Europe-Africa trade relations
Don’t put the brake on Europe-Africa trade relations
Jeff Fallon
23 July 2020

Jeff Fallon, head of client coverage at British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB), explains why keeping Europe-Africa trade relations on course could reap considerable reward for both regions as they emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.

DBS to provide digital trade financing for Infor members
22 July 2020

TXF-ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance 2019
TXF-ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance 2019
Max Thompson
22 July 2020

The 11th edition of the ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance incorporates the views of 346 respondents in 85 countries - from international banks to regional and local banks. And this year, a supplementary survey helped to shed some light on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on trade flows and trade finance.

S&P examines shift in trade credit since COVID-19 outbreak
15 July 2020

Singapore trade blockchain integrates Shuttle One solution
2 July 2020

Stages for Change: Diversifying management in trade & export finance
Stages for Change: Diversifying management in trade & export finance
Eavie Burnett
1 July 2020

From entry-level hiring and management promotion to ECA and DFI mandates, TXF’s Stages for Change series examines the role the trade and export finance industries must play in challenging racism, sexism, and social injustice.

How much of the $1.5trn trade finance gap can tech bridge?
How much of the $1.5trn trade finance gap can tech bridge?
Max Thompson
29 June 2020

The $1.5 trillion trade finance gap is a heavy burden for SMEs in emerging markets, one which financial institutions have long sought to ease. In partnership with Comarch, TXF hosted a webinar to consider the extent to which technology can bridge this gap.

TXF Global 2020 Export Finance: Virtual event report
TXF Global 2020 Export Finance: Virtual event report
Max Thompson
11 June 2020

As the dust settles after last week’s TXF Global 2020 Export Finance: Virtual event, the findings from the bespoke survey put to e-delegates will continue to surprise and inform the ECA community as much as the conference itself.

Working capital: The current challenge faced by the shipping industry - what, why, and what's next?
Working capital: The current challenge faced by the shipping industry - what, why, and what's next?
Simon Ring
22 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reminded the trade community how paramount the maritime industry is to keeping global supply chains flowing. But will digitisation help lower the significant associated costs with the manual paper-based sector?

Top takeaways from TXF Africa Virtual
Top takeaways from TXF Africa Virtual
Eavie Burnett
6 May 2020

Last week TXF welcomed 700 export and project finance practitioners to our first fully virtual event – TXF Africa 2020, as Covid-19 changes how the trade community engages beyond recognition. But TXF is determined to keep business flowing – and contribute to digitisation in trade.

ICC unveils 2019 trade report with warning about impact of COVID-19
6 May 2020

COVID-19 trade credit losses up to $46bn, says Morgan Stanley
6 May 2020

Africa: Going cold turkey from Chinese infra finance addiction?
Africa: Going cold turkey from Chinese infra finance addiction?
Max Thompson
29 April 2020

China’s president, Xi Jinping, pledged $60 billion in 2018 for African development over the next three years. But will the Covid-19 pandemic and global economic downturn light an early fuse on the time bomb of ‘addictive’ Chinese-style financings in Africa, especially for commodity-linked project debt as commodity prices tumble? Or are critics just out for China again.

Covid-19 Export Finance Survey 2020: Help us, to help you
Covid-19 Export Finance Survey 2020: Help us, to help you
Tom Parkman
8 April 2020

TXF is sounding out bankers and borrowers, importers and exporters, for its Export Finance survey 2020, to garner market sentiment on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis on ECA finance.

Case study: Maire Tecnimont/KuAzot seals Volgafert urea fertilizer project financing
6 April 2020

Expert briefing: Financial education - train hard to fight easy
Expert briefing: Financial education - train hard to fight easy
Dominic Broom
3 April 2020

Financial services staff and systems are already facing intense pressure amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but no-one knows what the economic effects of locking-down economies for an extended period will be. So what are trade finance banks and businesses throughout global supply chains doing to prepare, train and educate within the market?

EMEA syndicated lending hit hard by COVID-19 crisis
2 April 2020

On financial triage: In viro veritas 3
On financial triage: In viro veritas 3
Katharine Morton
1 April 2020

TXF’s ‘in viro veritas’ series looks at the effects of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic on trade and export finance. The first in the series was an early stage call to action, the second showed ECAs picking up their activities and this, the third, looks at more a coordinated response from institutions.

Shop talk: Covid-19 – the new ECA and private insurance stress test
Shop talk: Covid-19 – the new ECA and private insurance stress test
Jonathan Bell
29 March 2020

TXF spoke with Valentino Gallo, founding partner at Javalyn Partners, an independent structured asset management firm that specialises in infrastructure and trade finance, to discuss the real impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the trade and export finance market.

Commodity finance report 2019: Structured deal volume drops by nearly half
Commodity finance report 2019: Structured deal volume drops by nearly half
Max Thompson
25 March 2020

Overall volumes of global commodity finance fell by 16% in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the full-year TXF 2019 Commodity Finance Report, while structured commodity finance plummeted to nearly half the volume of the previous year. Max Thompson reviews the drivers behind these low figures, as well as the most active regions and sectors across the commodity finance space.

Trade finance expected to take big volume hit
11 March 2020

Women investing in women: A diverse ecosystem for trade
Women investing in women: A diverse ecosystem for trade
Eavie Burnett
11 March 2020

On 8 March, men and women across the world celebrated International Women’s Day. This week, TXF’s Eavie Burnett takes a closer look at the vital role women and other minority groups play in the sphere of global trade.

Expert briefing: Has the US-China trade war found peace?
Expert briefing: Has the US-China trade war found peace?
James Burgess
9 March 2020

James Burgess, head of commercial for London and UK South East region at Atradius takes a look at the latest developments in the tit-for-tat US-China trade war, and asks whether 2020 will mark the end of trade war fears?

Coronavirus and global trade: In viro veritas?
Coronavirus and global trade: In viro veritas?
Katharine Morton
26 February 2020

The new coronavirus, Covid-19, is shining a light on just how connected global trade is to the world’s second largest economy. TXF takes a look at how China will officially support its trade and we ask whether global ECAs need to be taking note. ‘Think Global, Act Local’ may be apt for world trade and the response to the disease.

S&P releases European offshore wind report
20 February 2020

S&P releases European offshore wind report
20 February 2020

Commodity finance: Traders stir up the funding mix
Commodity finance: Traders stir up the funding mix
Aife Howse
18 February 2020

The commodity trade finance funding mix is evolving. Growing regulation, the rise of alternative funds and all things ESG have contributed to the decline in deal volume in 2019. But are traders being transparent enough about their deals? And will bank-fund hybrid loans form a happy marriage?

MUFG closes first transaction on komgo
13 January 2020

EMEA syndicated lending dips to $984bn in 2019
6 January 2020

Drawing better straws? Pricing sustainability into supply chains
Drawing better straws? Pricing sustainability into supply chains
Katharine Morton
4 December 2019

Correctly pricing sustainability into corporate supply chains shouldn’t just be a matter of ticking boxes (or drawing straws). Companies are going to have to use their judgement to incorporate material climate risk of their supply chains into their financial statements better. Here’s a look at what some companies are doing, and how some are building sustainability into financing programmes.

Keynotes: In depth with Langlois on the evolution of trade distribution
Keynotes: In depth with Langlois on the evolution of trade distribution
Katharine Morton
28 November 2019

Nicolas Langlois, Standard Chartered’s global head of trade distribution talks to Katharine Morton about the bank’s recent $1 billion risk-sharing with the IFC to boost trade finance in emerging markets and how it is to stay on track. Will the seeds be spread effectively? Langlois shares his path to being head of trade distribution, the evolution of the bank’s distribution strategy and how he sees trade distribution developing.

Saudi Aramco order book hits over $19bn so far
22 November 2019

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.