Articles tagged with:
trade finance

  • An old disused windmill at dawn

    Trade winds

    In recent years, trade growth has failed to outpace the rate of global economic growth, for the first time since 1985. The impact of this has been felt in Asia especially, as the world’s most vibrant trading region, impacting both its economies and companies alike. In this article, we look at what corporate treasurers can do to navigate the business through these difficult times, and also how new technology is transforming trade finance.

  • Glasses looking over city scape at night in focus

    Blockchain sets sights on commodities trade

    Blockchain technology is set to deliver transparency and visibility to the movement of physical commodities in the supply chain as a new prototype application gathers momentum. Integration with the trade finance function could be the next step.

  • Micro chip computer board

    Innovating solutions

    As banks around the world experiment with innovative digital technology, how are they ensuring the innovations they introduce offer value for their clients?

  • Trade ship leaving the docks at dusk

    Europe’s banks get behind the BPO

    The Bank Payment Obligation has been touted for years as a solution to transform the exchange of trade documents between corporates and banks. Will 2016 be the year it finally begins to live up to the hype?

  • Old leaves in a puddle of rain

    Trade finance costs on the rise

    A recent survey by the ICC Banking Commission has identified regulatory and compliance issues as the greatest challenges facing trade financiers right now. But are the survey’s findings all doom and gloom?

  • Science molecule model structure

    Structuring commodities

    History is littered with examples of the transformational power of commodities. The Californian Gold Rush of the 19th century, for example, converted a handful of small frontier settlements on the US West Coast into big cities as hundreds of thousands of people travelled from around the world to make their fortune.

  • Origami birds hanging on a wall

    Specialist financiers in Asia spread their wings

    New players are growing rapidly in Asia, helping to fill the region’s burgeoning trade finance gap. And, as Treasury Today discovers, they are not banks.

  • Woman kayaking out of a water cave

    Is the tide turning for the BPO?

    The bank payment obligation (BPO) has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months given the completion of the first BPO+ transaction. Treasury Today explores what is special about this transaction and asks: has the tide turned in favour of the BPO?

  • Sunrise in Moscos, Russia

    Russia, sanctions and the loan market

    What are the consequences if your Russian lender is targeted by sanctions? Are existing trade finance contracts still valid? A panel at the Loan Market Association’s recent Developing Markets Conference attempted to answer these questions – and a host of others – on the topic of the Russian loan market and the impact of economic sanctions.

  • Law gavel and hour glass

    Trade finance: settling disputes peacefully

    Although rare, disputes in trade finance are sometimes unavoidable. But when a disagreement between your company and a counterparty arises over a certain transaction, litigation or arbitration may not be the most desirable recourse. Fortunately, with the ICC’s new, improved DOCDEX there is a third way.