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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.

Equinix and GIC form $1bn data centre joint venture
2 July 2019

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.

TXF's Export Finance Industry Choice Awards: The winners
TXF's Export Finance Industry Choice Awards: The winners
Max Thompson
25 June 2019

This month, TXF were proud to announce the winners of the Export Finance Industry Choice Award at TXF Global 2019: Export, Agency & Project Finance event in Berlin. Click here to see the winners.

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?

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.

Norwegian agencies step-up to support reborn shipbuilding sector
Norwegian agencies step-up to support reborn shipbuilding sector
Jonathan Bell
15 May 2019

As the shipbuilding industry in Norway transitions, so the government support appears well-placed to back new developments. However, in the case of finance for a krill-fishing vessel just how sustainable is this backing from the agencies?

BNP Paribas, Natixis, SocGen commit to Finastra’s Fusion LenderComm
14 May 2019

The shape of commodity ESG to come?
The shape of commodity ESG to come?
Oliver Gordon
29 April 2019

The credibility and policing of ESG-linked loans, which are currently enjoying growing popularity with commodity traders, could be markedly improved via the adoption of blockchain. But in the commodity space, that technological leap appears very distant – for now.

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.

Coriolis and Intix form trade finance data alliance
11 April 2019

Buoying the black stuff
Buoying the black stuff
Sean Keating
10 April 2019

A statement on March 28 by Japan’s Environment Minister signals a potential change in the government’s pro coal-fired power policy. But domestic energy security issues and valuable export markets for Japan's ‘clean-coal’ technology mean any real change will take decades rather than years.

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.

Expert Briefing: Excess of Loss trade credit insurance set to support trade finance growth
Expert Briefing: Excess of Loss trade credit insurance set to support trade finance growth
Jonny Carruthers
1 April 2019

How can Excess of Loss (XoL) credit insurance, which offers up to 100% cover as well as potential capital relief under the Basel regulatory framework, help banks grow their trade receivables portfolios? Jonny Carruthers, assistant director at BPL Global explains.

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

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?

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.

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.

AIIB: Shaping a different DFI offering
AIIB: Shaping a different DFI offering
Tom Nelthorpe
18 February 2019

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has released a downbeat report on the prospects for private infrastructure investment in Asia. But, says Joachim von Amsberg, AIIB vice-president for policy and strategy, the bank can drive improvements where other DFIs have struggled.

StanChart signs China supply chain finance MoU with Linklogis
12 February 2019

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.

China and US battle for African infrastructure
8 January 2019

Pedro Novo promoted as Bpifrance continues its march
Pedro Novo promoted as Bpifrance continues its march
Eavie Burnett
17 December 2018

TXF speaks to Pedro Novo about his promotion to Bpifrance's new Executive Department for Export and how this will encourage local entrepreneurship.

Rethinking the rules of development financing
Rethinking the rules of development financing
Jonathan Bell
21 November 2018

A new report on competition within export, ECA-backed and development financing and how some of these practices are distorting the multilateral finance system has just been released. Jonathan Bell assesses the report and suggests that policy makers need to act now.

Blockchain’s big opportunity: rebooting trade finance
Blockchain’s big opportunity: rebooting trade finance
Sen Ganesh
31 October 2018

Will blockchain be able to learn the lessons of previous failures in attempts to digitise global trade? Sen Ganesh, partner with Bain & Company’s Financial Services practice and Joshua Kroeker, director and blockchain lead at HSBC Commercial Banking argue there’s a good chance, and that blockchain could even boost uptake of documentary credits if players follow certain maxims: think big, start small, grow fast.

Post-Brexit infra investment: Taking the blindfold off
Post-Brexit infra investment: Taking the blindfold off
Paul Nicholson
26 October 2018

With UK politicians seemingly blindly following the result of the referendum, those at the forefront of infra finance in the country discuss the reality of Brexit and what it will mean for future project development in the UK.

Commodity debt: How green is an ESG-linked greenback?
Commodity debt: How green is an ESG-linked greenback?
Daniel Pembrey
25 October 2018

Gunvor and ECOM have returned to the market with debut sustainability performance-linked loans – but how sustainable are these structures and how are they policed in a global commodity market notorious for opaqueness?

Berne Union credit and investment insurers continue to pay high claims
17 October 2018

The great crude oil game enters a new chapter
The great crude oil game enters a new chapter
Jonathan Bell
17 October 2018

High crude oil prices look set to continue despite efforts to increase production. At the same time, argues Jonathan Bell, we are seeing a greater strategic use of crude.

US drives through to reach trade and investment positives
US drives through to reach trade and investment positives
Jonathan Bell
10 October 2018

With the new trade agreement between the US and Canada, a revised NAFTA, and the passing of the BUILD Act in the US, Jonathan Bell asks if we are finally beginning to see some positives on trade from the politicians?

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

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?

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.

Shearman & Sterling advises banks on InterXion's $200m tap sale
21 September 2018

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.

Sinosure's support for cross-border e-commerce sellers
Sinosure's support for cross-border e-commerce sellers
Zhou Huihan
18 September 2018

With the support of business technology and big data, the development of cross-border e-commerce has a promising future. Sinosure’s underwriters Chen Jichao and Zhou Huihan outline how the Chinese ECA is helping cross-border e-commerce sellers in an expanding global market.

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.

Africa and China – reinforcing the ties that bind
Africa and China – reinforcing the ties that bind
Jonathan Bell
12 September 2018

China is putting more major funds and resources in place to further cement trade and investment ties with Africa, but asks Jonathan Bell is this sustainable and what are the pros and cons for African states?

US Exim releases report to Congress on Global Export Credit Competition
7 September 2018

 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.

Mexico and US strike new trade pact to replace NAFTA
Mexico and US strike new trade pact to replace NAFTA
Jonathan Bell
29 August 2018

What does the new trade deal, agreed in principle between the US and Mexico, spell out in the finer detail, and what implications could it have for other trade spats and trade wars that the US has recently instigated? Jonathan Bell takes a closer look and reviews The Week That Was at TXF

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.

Turkey turmoil raises difficult questions
Turkey turmoil raises difficult questions
Jonathan Bell
22 August 2018

The Turkish economy has been overheating. Mounting external debt and the mismanagement of the economy has caused the Turkish Lira to plummet against the US dollar and delivered a serious downgrade in its credit rating. Jonathan Bell examines the consequences of the collapse and what impact this could have on you, as well as what this may mean for other emerging markets and their borrowings, plus his regular look back on the week that was at TXF.

Shop talk: Staying ahead in the trade tech race
Shop talk: Staying ahead in the trade tech race
Oliver O'Connell
9 August 2018

In an uncertain and fast-changing trade environment, the challenge for big banks is to be able to adapt quickly to new market realities, while also staying at the forefront of new technologies. Lisa Robins, who moved from Deutsche Bank to Standard Chartered Bank in February to take over as head of transaction banking, discusses the hurdles and opportunities in trade and the developing tech supporting it.

China-US trade punches
China-US trade punches
Jonathan Bell
8 August 2018

Last week's announcement that China plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of US goods points to a heating up of the trade war between the two countries. Jonathan Bell takes a closer look at the worsening situation and The Week That Was...

Miners dig in to resolve African resource nationalism challenges
Miners dig in to resolve African resource nationalism challenges
Jonathan Bell
1 August 2018

This week's edition of The Week That Was focuses on recent problems being caused by resource nationalism in Africa's mining sector