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ICC Incoterms 2020 in plain language, of Bob Ronai
12 July 2019

ICC Banking Commission unveils new eRules on electronic documents use
11 July 2019

Hydrocarbons sector remains a lynchpin of bank financing
Hydrocarbons sector remains a lynchpin of bank financing
Jonathan Bell
10 July 2019

Despite some of the legal challenges taking place in the US, financiers can be expected to remain committed to the huge volume of hydrocarbons financing which will take place over the next couple of decades. Jonathan Bell examines the scene.

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.

ICC Incoterms 2020: The rules are changing
26 June 2019

ICC Trade Register: 2018 report confirms trade finance relatively low risk for decade
11 June 2019

ICC: Over-regulation making $1.5trn trade finance gap worse
29 May 2019

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.

Pulling the plug on TSU and the wiring of trade finance: What next for BPO?
Pulling the plug on TSU and the wiring of trade finance: What next for BPO?
Katharine Morton
1 May 2019

Now that SWIFT’s Trade Services Utility (TSU), the matching application that underpinned the Bank Payment Obligation, is on its way out, the wiring of trade finance needs looking at. Katharine Morton warns that it can feel like explaining how electricity works.

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.

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.

Tapping fingers on the table for China trade at the ICC
Tapping fingers on the table for China trade at the ICC
Katharine Morton
17 April 2019

TXF joined the ICC Banking Commission in Beijing as it celebrates a century of the institution whose founders were dubbed the ‘merchants of peace’. Katharine Morton contemplates the role of peace merchants amid the ‘warriors’ of trade and how China fits into the mix.

Standard Bank working with ICC to build global best practice in sustainable trade finance
10 April 2019

Export finance – looking back at some of the best crystal ball gazers in the business
Export finance – looking back at some of the best crystal ball gazers in the business
Jonathan Bell
3 April 2019

Back in 2014 TXF hosted an export finance filmed webinar with participants assessing both the state of the industry then and how it might be in 2019. Jonathan Bell examines what was said about the industry then and how the predictions stack up in today’s landscape.

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

CRD IV strikes again with new provisioning calendars for export credits
CRD IV strikes again with new provisioning calendars for export credits
Max Thompson
29 March 2019

Banks have got to follow the calendar of provisioning for non-performing exposures under Article 47 of CRD IV, that much was clear according to Basel Committee regulations announced at the end of last year. But what’s been less obvious is the real impact on ECAs and the wider export finance community itself.

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?

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.

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.

ICC UK unveils trade finance partnership with The London Institute of Banking & Finance
19 February 2019

David Hennah to join iGTB from Finastra
11 January 2019

Wearing sustainability in export finance, the latest TXF podcast
Wearing sustainability in export finance, the latest TXF podcast
Dan Sheriff
7 January 2019

TXF’s first podcast of 2019 focuses on sustainability in export finance, as the community looks for commercial opportunities as the market steers away from traditional Oil & Gas and Power sectors.

ICC: Banks in Middle East optimistic over paperless trade finance
7 January 2019

The view from Asia: Preparing for globalisation mark two
The view from Asia: Preparing for globalisation mark two
Katharine Morton
1 November 2018

Farooq Siddiqi, global head of trade and Samuel Mathew, global head of documentary trade at Standard Chartered talk to TXF in Singapore about the big picture of protectionism and the wider march of technology in trade. The message is, don’t fixate on digital ‘islands’ as going more deeply into local markets could be the answer.

What to expect in the coming trade tech revolution
What to expect in the coming trade tech revolution
Oliver O'Connell
22 October 2018

With Sibos 2018 underway, Nancy Amert, director of CGI’s Trade Innovation Lab, and Rory Kaplan, director and offering manager of trade and supply chain at CGI, share their thoughts on how technology is impacting trade finance.

PCR signs ECA-backed financing for Del Bicentenario I and II wind
18 October 2018

ICC Banking Commission sets up Global Supply Chain Finance Forum headed by Christian Hausherr
12 October 2018

ICC unveils program to support multilateral trade reform
12 October 2018

ICC Banking Commission signs Trade Register partnership with Global Credit Data
9 October 2018

Breathing new life into insuring trade with Toredo
Breathing new life into insuring trade with Toredo
Katharine Morton
8 October 2018

When it takes the same amount of time to underwrite the risks of a power station as a letter of credit, something had to give. Chris Hall, Senior Underwriter, Liberty Specialty Markets discusses Toredo, a web-based platform which moves trade credit insurance underwriting into the digital era

Once more unto the breach: Surviving a cyber-attack in trade
Once more unto the breach: Surviving a cyber-attack in trade
Katharine Morton
17 September 2018

Cyber security is not just an IT problem. It’s a business continuity one that can hit business and finance across the board. TXF’s Katharine Morton spoke to industry players about what it takes to survive a cyber attack in trade.

 Turkey leverages the power of now in trade
Turkey leverages the power of now in trade
Katharine Morton
3 September 2018

Turkish banks and corporates have a good reputation for using technology to improve trade process and efficiency. In a discussion hosted by BNY Mellon in Istanbul in July, and moderated by TXF, banks and corporates discuss how SWIFT gpi technology could help with trade and also how Bank Payment Obligations (BPOs) – which Turkey was an early adopter – could be best used, if it isn’t overlooked.

Trade funds: Understand your risk buckets better
Trade funds: Understand your risk buckets better
Katharine Morton
23 August 2018

Getting banks, regulators and investors to understand trade funds better is key to trade evolving as an investible asset class. Aidan Applegarth, owner and managing director of Bankingwise, a trade services consultancy is perturbed by the lack of support from the banks and the fact that the market has potential to grow as long as it’s not viewed as one-size-fits-all.

In for the long haul: Basel III’s impact on export finance
In for the long haul: Basel III’s impact on export finance
Henri d'Ambrieres
22 August 2018

From new rules for sovereign risk exposures to leverage ratio requirements, Henri d’Ambrières, head of advisory services in trade, export and project finance at HDA Conseil, outlines the potential impact of Basel III on provisions linked to export credits.

Nourishing green shoots in Greek trade
Nourishing green shoots in Greek trade
Katharine Morton
20 August 2018

The four systemically important banks in Greece met with TXF at a roundtable hosted by BNY Mellon in Athens and discussed the future of Greek exports. How are the banks helping to nourish and finance green shoots of recovery?

Reverse factoring: Too little regulation and open to too much abuse
Reverse factoring: Too little regulation and open to too much abuse
Oliver Gordon
31 July 2018

Reverse factoring has been implicated in the demise of two of Europe’s largest corporations – Abengoa and Carillion. Can the holes in reverse factoring accounting regulation be filled to prevent potential large corporation abuse of SMEs in the supply chain finance system?

Private wealth: Bridging the infrastructure and trade gaps?
Private wealth: Bridging the infrastructure and trade gaps?
Paul Golden
26 June 2018

On paper the demand should be there – a mix of low default short tenor and long tenor assets make trade and infrastructure a logical mix for private wealth investors. But both markets still present significant problems to entry for non-institutional investors, even via sector specific fund managers.

 Why trade finance is soaring at ADB
Why trade finance is soaring at ADB
Katharine Morton
11 June 2018

Trade finance business is booming at the Asian Development Bank. Katharine Morton spoke to Steven Beck, the ADB’s head of trade and supply chain finance, at the ICC Banking Commission annual meeting in Miami about the reasons underpinning the growth and whether derisking is having an impact.

Change of clothing: Can ECAs become champions of sustainability?
Change of clothing: Can ECAs become champions of sustainability?
Oliver Gordon
5 June 2018

The ICC has established a working group aimed at fostering a greater sustainable development agenda in export finance. Is it just tinkering? And does it have any chance of making real change?

Beyond the wild west in factoring
Beyond the wild west in factoring
Katharine Morton
31 May 2018

Peter Mulroy, Secretary General of FCI spoke to Katharine Morton at the ICC banking commission annual meeting in Miami about how trust is helping factoring move beyond the ‘wild west syndrome’ and how transparency is vital for building trust in the future of reverse factoring

Expert briefing: Turning BAD into good?
Expert briefing: Turning BAD into good?
Alvin Shen
25 May 2018

Have you ever wondered how Chinese companies finance domestic trade? Alvin Shen, CEO and managing partner of Broader Way Group, explains what at first glance may seem an opaque tool, Banker Acceptance Drafts (BADs), and how they are evolving.

ICC Global Survey: Compliance and regulation stifling future trade finance
24 May 2018

ICC survey finds tech solutions not yet boosting efficiency of banks
23 May 2018

Trade risk: Two measures in one
Trade risk: Two measures in one
Katharine Morton
23 May 2018

TXF’s Katharine Morton caught up with Daniel Schmand, chair of the ICC Banking Commission and global head of trade finance at Deutsche Bank, at the ICC Annual Meeting in Miami to talk about his outlook for trade and trade finance, and how non-financial risk in trade should be measured before making bold statements about how risky trade finance is.

Beyond the wild west in factoring (24 mins)
Beyond the wild west in factoring (24 mins)
Henry Nichol
18 May 2018

Peter Mulroy, Secretary General of FCI spoke to Katharine Morton at the ICC banking commission annual meeting in Miami about how trust is helping factoring move beyond the ‘wild west syndrome’ and how transparency is vital for building trust in the future of reverse factoring.

Pricing dip: TXF-ICC Global Export Finance Survey 2018
Pricing dip: TXF-ICC Global Export Finance Survey 2018
Max Thompson
11 May 2018

The TXF-ICC Global Export Finance Survey 2018 incorporates the pricing and liquidity views of 65 senior export finance practitioners at leading banks, ECAs, exporters and importers. The findings are familiar.

The dog that didn’t bark: Is derisking over?
The dog that didn’t bark: Is derisking over?
Katharine Morton
9 May 2018

The hush that has fallen over the banking markets about derisking correspondent banking relations could be read as meaning derisking is the dog that didn’t bark. Is derisking over? Or has the dog been muzzled?

Another confusing link to the blockchain
Another confusing link to the blockchain
Oliver Gordon
8 May 2018

As a growing number of blockchain initiatives start live testing, albeit in controlled environments, trade tech is moving to an even more confusing level – a plethora of rival product claims backed by proofs of concept. Choice of tech and provider is about to get even more complicated.