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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

Key trends revealed in TXF’s H1 2019 export finance report
Key trends revealed in TXF’s H1 2019 export finance report
Jonathan Bell
14 August 2019

The TXF half-year 2019 export finance report shows a bullish start to the year in the power sector, Japan’s JBIC coming in as top direct lender and the US and Australia being the two top destination markets. Jonathan Bell provides some teasers.

Risky business: Can Europe trade its way out of crisis?
Risky business: Can Europe trade its way out of crisis?
Katharine Morton
7 August 2019

In the fourth of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about how the internal challenges of the EU continue to pull at the union. Is trade the way out of its problems?

Pit bull or pit bear?
Pit bull or pit bear?
Sean Keating
31 July 2019

The problems at the Oyu Tolgoi mining project in Mongolia mean the sponsors, Rio Tinto via its ownership of Turquoise Hill Resources, will have to raise $1 billion-plus more debt for the scheme. But is additional debt or a full refinancing the more likely outcome?

China’s Cofco ups the ante with sustainability-linked loan
China’s Cofco ups the ante with sustainability-linked loan
Jonathan Bell
24 July 2019

Cofco has signed the largest loan for an agri trading company yet which is linked to sustainability elements. Jonathan Bell examines this growing trend within agri-finance and importantly, how the Chinese trader is helping to push for increased traceability of soy beans.

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.

Risky business: Examining Exim and trade wars in the US
Risky business: Examining Exim and trade wars in the US
Katharine Morton
18 July 2019

In the second of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton in more depth about the effects trade wars are having on US trade, and what the impact will be of US Exim getting back its mandate.

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.

Risky business: Tech-tonic shifts in trade wars
Risky business: Tech-tonic shifts in trade wars
Katharine Morton
11 July 2019

In the first of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about where we are now with trade weaponization and the effect that trade wars are having on the key power relationships and physical supply chains globally, with technology at the forefront.

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.

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.

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?

A tastier dish for investors in trade assets: Will HSBC and AllianzGI make for a better spread?
A tastier dish for investors in trade assets: Will HSBC and AllianzGI make for a better spread?
Katharine Morton
5 June 2019

When the self-styled biggest global provider of trade finance teams up with a large European asset manager to wrap European trade finance assets and lend to institutional investors, it should be a winning combination. But how can HSBC and Allianz Global Investors avoid the pitfalls of the past? TXF spoke to HSBC’s Surath Sengupta and AllianzGI’s David Newman to find out.

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.

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.

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?

A sigh of relief for trade insurance market as PRA time bomb defused
A sigh of relief for trade insurance market as PRA time bomb defused
Katharine Morton
20 March 2019

Successful lobbying by trade finance insurers, lawyers, banks and industry bodies has helped the sector dodge the danger of a PRA consultation paper that could have nearly shut down trade credit insurance as we know it. Will the industry get a taste for acting together?

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.

Changing horses mid race: When SCF programmes switch owners
Changing horses mid race: When SCF programmes switch owners
Katharine Morton
13 March 2019

The proposed move of GE Capital’s SCF programme to MUFG raises many questions. How does 'porting' SCF from one provider work (or not), and what makes a corporate choose a bank over a non-bank provider (or otherwise)? What happens to the long tail? TXF spoke to banks and platform providers to gauge their views.

TXF FIT MasterZone to launch in Singapore on 9 May
TXF FIT MasterZone to launch in Singapore on 9 May
Katharine Morton
13 March 2019

TXF's Financing International Trade (FIT) MasterZone will have its inaugural outing in what is fast becoming the most dynamic and exciting hub for trade, treasury and risk in the world, Singapore. Join us for intensive expert briefings, technology updates and best practice roundtables

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.

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.

Calmer times for the chameleon banks
Calmer times for the chameleon banks
Katharine Morton
21 January 2019

BAFT Europe heralds another year of change in store, underpinned by confident banks, secure in their brands and their ability to partner rather than defend from fintechs.

Risky Business: Africa terrorism, regime risks and corruption but still relative stability
Risky Business: Africa terrorism, regime risks and corruption but still relative stability
Katharine Morton
4 January 2019

TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index investigates the trends in trade weaponization in Africa. Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies points to increased terrorism, political risks and the double-edged sword of China’s BRI. This is the seventh in the current series of seven insights.

Risky Business: MENA and GCC foreign policy risks rise in unusual places
Risky Business: MENA and GCC foreign policy risks rise in unusual places
Katharine Morton
17 December 2018

TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index investigates the trends in trade weaponization in MENA and GCC. MENA and GCC foreign policy risks rise outside the usual spots. Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies also looks at Lebanon, Libya and Morocco where functioning banking systems are helping support nascent trade hubs. This is the sixth in the series of seven insights.

What’s moved the dial in trade and treasury tech in 2018?
What’s moved the dial in trade and treasury tech in 2018?
Katharine Morton
12 December 2018

Recorded webinar - We reflected on 2018 and asked what actually made a difference in trade technology in the past year and picked out the highlights amid the hype.

Risky Business: Brexit ups the rhetoric of trade weaponization in Europe
Risky Business: Brexit ups the rhetoric of trade weaponization in Europe
Katharine Morton
5 December 2018

TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index digs deep into the strategic trends in militarisation of trade. In this section Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies sees weaponization of trade in Brexit rhetoric, European populism and Turkish troubles. This is the fifth in the series of seven insights.

Risky business: Arms imports up in surprising places in Asia
Risky business: Arms imports up in surprising places in Asia
Katharine Morton
4 December 2018

TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index digs into strategic trends in trade weaponization in Asia. Here, Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies sees Asia in transition, China’s weapons trade increasing and upticks in arms imports in Australia, Japan and Indonesia. This is the fourth in the series of eight insights.

Risky business: US exports populism, Canada and Mexico weaponize
Risky business: US exports populism, Canada and Mexico weaponize
Katharine Morton
30 November 2018

The US’s most successful export at the moment seems to be populism, says Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies. TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index investigates the trends in trade weaponization in the Americas. Here, Canada and Mexico export arms, Central America imports populism. This is the third in the series of seven insights.

Risky business: Marriages of convenience and hybrid trade wars in Russia and Eurasia
Risky business: Marriages of convenience and hybrid trade wars in Russia and Eurasia
Katharine Morton
29 November 2018

TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index investigates the trends in trade weaponization in Russia and Eurasia. Here, Russia’s ‘hybrid war’ trade strategy and it’s marriage of convenience with China’s trade tactics are investigated by Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies. This is the second in the series of seven insights.

Risky business: Where are we now in world trade weaponization?
Risky business: Where are we now in world trade weaponization?
Katharine Morton
28 November 2018

TXF and Coriolis Technologies’ country risk index digs deep into the strategic trends in militarisation of trade and in this overview, Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies sees weaponization of trade in unexpected areas. This is the first in the series of seven insights.

Taking the path less travelled on trade digitisation
Taking the path less travelled on trade digitisation
Katharine Morton
15 November 2018

There are many approaches to trade digitisation, but DBS Bank is taking a different path to many of its peers. It’s early days, but Abdul Raof Latiff thinks that the road less travelled will work. He and Himanshu Sharma talk trade tech strategy to TXF.

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.

Corporate perspective: Avery Dennison mulls US-EMEA cross border pooling strategy
Corporate perspective: Avery Dennison mulls US-EMEA cross border pooling strategy
Katharine Morton
16 October 2018

Ramon Tolk, senior director, treasury at specialty packaging company Avery Dennison’s European Treasury Centre in the Netherlands, talks to TXF about cross border pooling structures and intercompany lending. How can treasury respond to the potentially beneficial changes in US tax regulation and create US/EMEA cross border pooling?

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

Reflections on trade with an African rhythm
Reflections on trade with an African rhythm
Katharine Morton
3 October 2018

Katharine Morton, Head of Trade, Treasury and Risk at TXF shares some of her memories of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association’s Cape Town spectacular.

Trade digitisation: Do not rush, spend Kairos time with the cyborg-anthropologist
Trade digitisation: Do not rush, spend Kairos time with the cyborg-anthropologist
Katharine Morton
26 September 2018

Amber Case is author of ‘Calm Technology’, a book about designing for your attention and designing better technology that works with and not against you, that makes good use of your attention. Katharine Morton sits back and chats with the ‘cyborg anthropologist’ about the wider applications of calm technology for finance and trade. Don’t race to digitise.

The changing pace and face of upstream gas
The changing pace and face of upstream gas
Jonathan Bell
26 September 2018

Mega upstream gas projects have been prolific in recent years, but asks Jonathan Bell, how is the industry changing and what can we expect with future projects?

Fasten your seatbelts: Trade gets a bumpy night
Fasten your seatbelts: Trade gets a bumpy night
Katharine Morton
19 September 2018

How do you draw together themes of protectionism, regulation and digitisation? Katharine Morton reflects on her travels of the past two weeks and suggests that, amid the recent hike in US tariffs to China, precautions are needed for turbulent times.

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.

Asahi Breweries: 200 pints a second of trade, treasury and risk
Asahi Breweries: 200 pints a second of trade, treasury and risk
Katharine Morton
10 September 2018

When Japanese brewer Asahi bought SABMiller’s central and European assets from AB InBev (ABI) for €7.3bn it made Asahi Group the third largest brewer in Europe. The deal was one of the most complicated in the history of brewing and Anthony Buchanan, treasurer of Asahi Breweries Europe, still has his work cut out.

 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.

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?