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Get Happy? In protectionism there’s still opportunity, survey says
Get Happy? In protectionism there’s still opportunity, survey says
Katharine Morton
6 November 2019

It’s not often nowadays that trade financiers get a positive survey to chew upon. Stuart Nivison digests HSBC’s latest Navigator Survey with TXF. Is the remarkable degree of positivity in global corporates’ trade outlook pure Animal Spirits or something more canny in operation?

Expert briefing: Do you know where your money is?
Expert briefing: Do you know where your money is?
Ann Rutledge
28 October 2019

Ann Rutledge, CEO of CreditSpectrum, reflects on the graveyards of ABCP and looks at the dangers of the debt capital markets’ obsessive fixation on origination and whether what happens to capital after issuance has been totally lost in the minds of the financial markets. This has implications for financing trade too. A cradle to grave approach to curation is required.

Powering up for business in Iraq
Powering up for business in Iraq
Jonathan Bell
24 April 2019

The defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq can hopefully provide greater impetus to new business in Iraq. What is critical now is consolidation of security for the rebuilding of basic infrastructure – such as power generation and water. Jonathan Bell examines inroads being made by European ECAs to support this trade.

Expert Briefing: Finding the new Zen for trade assets
Expert Briefing: Finding the new Zen for trade assets
Ann Rutledge
16 April 2019

Capital is spilling all over the balance sheet nowadays. What should investors in alternate assets, particularly trade, be looking at? Ann Rutledge, CEO of CreditSpectrum asks how investors should kick the tyres and define the new landscape. Banks still have a crucial role to play as transformers of risk.

Trade as an asset class: A troublesome best friend?
Trade as an asset class: A troublesome best friend?
Katharine Morton
25 February 2019

What is stopping trade finance becoming an easy-to-buy-and-sell asset class? For all the hype, what continues to turn something that should be straightforward into something so complex? TXF investigates.