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SCF: You say tomato, I say tomato, let’s call the whole thing off?
SCF: You say tomato, I say tomato, let’s call the whole thing off?
Katharine Morton
20 November 2019

Is it time for supply chain finance to be rebranded? Looking 10 years out is a good way of focusing the mind. Even though there’s a big industry around SCF, will we still be looking at it in the same way in 2029? Katharine Morton looks at what may need to change.

Big questions surround future of mining in DRC
Big questions surround future of mining in DRC
Jonathan Bell
21 August 2019

Glencore’s decision to temporarily mothball the world’s largest cobalt mine in the DRC raises many questions about the state of mining in the central African country. Jonathan Bell examines the reasons behind the decision and assesses what the future could hold for both the country and Glencore.

Expert Briefing: The cash mirage for funding MNC supply chains
Expert Briefing: The cash mirage for funding MNC supply chains
David Gustin
14 August 2019

Large companies may actually lack the cash to fund their supply chains effectively, despite surveys saying they are flush with it, and SCF may be being hampered by the illusion of liquidity at seemingly cash rich companies, says David Gustin, chief strategy officer for The Interface Financial Group.

Expert briefing: Can tech help suppliers with the problem of portal proliferation?
Expert briefing: Can tech help suppliers with the problem of portal proliferation?
David Gustin
20 May 2019

What do companies do when they get asked by their customers to invoice them via their portal? Sounds good, sounds like digitisation is coming on apace, and e-invoicing has been a boon for digitisation. But it’s no fun when you have many thousands of customers, and they all want something different. What are the answers?

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.

Misys survey reveals trade lending under biggest threat from non-bank players
Misys survey reveals trade lending under biggest threat from non-bank players
Jonathan Bell
1 September 2015

Banks cite SME lending (68%) and supply chain finance (61%) facing the greatest pressure from non-bank players. However, many also see new opportunities in strategic partnerships. The results come from a recent survey carried out by Misys, the financial software company.

JB's weekly round up - 07 October 2014
JB's weekly round up - 07 October 2014
Jonathan Bell
7 October 2014

Sibos 2014, held at the mega spaceship which is the Boston Conference and Exhibition Center, apparently had somewhere in the region of 7,000 people attending over the course of the four days.