Articles tagged with:
trade finance

  • Isolated spot light shining

    A spotlight on global trade

    The ICC’s annual Trade Finance report puts the industry under the spotlight and finds it in the midst of a great shift.

  • Businessman using future technology on window looking out to the city

    ICC Banking Commission launches working group to drive digitisation in trade finance

    The group, co-chaired by Michael Vrontamitis, Global Head of Trade, Product Management Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered, aims to accelerate the progress towards greater digitisation.

  • Container ship importing contents

    Supply chain centres

    Optimising supply chain activities is a priority for many companies in Asia. As well as centralising procurement processes, some companies are seeking further efficiency by setting up global supply chain centres which can centralise both procurement and treasury activities.

  • Industrial crane loading containers on a cargo ship

    The BPO breaks new ground

    Two new transactions highlight that support for the emerging trade finance product is building momentum.

  • 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.

  • 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?