Articles tagged with:
trade finance

  • Hippo peeping out of water

    Africa: the final frontier

    Although greater intra-African trade may not be a silver bullet for the challenges the continent faces, it does have enormous potential to boost growth and create more sustainable employment. In this article, we examine why trade flows between African nations are currently low, and ask what is being done to reverse the situation.

  • Yellow and black banded snail carrying a tiny snail on back

    Sharing the load

    Interest in distributor finance (DF) programmes appears to be growing among corporates. We examine what is driving this trend and what needs to happen for DF to gain further momentum.

  • Skydiver rolling out of a plane

    BPO: a solution looking for a problem?

    Some experts believe that the arrival of the bank payment obligation (BPO) marks the biggest change in international trade settlement in over 30 years. But what exactly is the BPO and what does it have to offer for corporate treasurers?

  • Birds eye view of Shanghai at night

    Corporates ‘flocking’ to Shanghai Free Trade Zone

    Few initiatives have caused such a stir of excitement in China’s financial services community as the recent unveiling of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ). The question now is will the reforms currently being piloted in Shanghai serve as a blueprint for future liberalisation in mainland China?

  • Row of red Chinese lanterns

    Lloyds Bank and Standard Chartered extend partnership on Asian trade

    In September, Lloyds Bank and Standard Chartered announced a deepening of their relationship, specifically around Asian trade. Treasury Today caught up with Jacqueline Keogh, Head of Global Trade in the Transaction Banking team at Lloyds, to find out more.

  • Gerlach Jacobs, ING

    All together now: integrating payments, trade and working capital

    The complexity of modern business means that a client and solution focused mindset is increasingly necessary to meet a corporate’s daily transactional challenges. Integrated delivery, driven by this understanding, can help client organisations become more efficient in both their key business processes and in managing their finances.

  • Anand Pande and Steve Everett, RBS

    Key trends in cash and trade

    Interesting times lay ahead for the transaction services industry and providers have to deliver on many fronts. Without doubt, the quality of the relationship and the insight provided by banks around the converging themes of cash and trade continue to offer a vital lifeline for corporates the world over. Anand Pande, Global Head of Trade, and Steve Everett, Global Head of Cash Management, discuss the depth and breadth of transaction services capabilities at RBS.

  • Large excavator digging in a brown-coal mine

    Bolero: dancing to a different tune

    Bolero’s multi-bank trade finance and electronic trade documentation offering has been a slow burner in terms of uptake. Adoption by three of the big four Chinese banks and a number of new corporate signings hint at a bright new future. Treasury Today talks to Bolero Vice President, Product Strategy, Tom Rahder.

  • Dubai skyscraper landscape

    BPO: SWIFT’s viewpoint in Dubai

    Sibos, SWIFT’s four-day user conference, has engulfed Dubai this week, with more than 7,300 bankers, technology vendors, consultants and a few corporates registering to attend. The main themes of the conference are around the changing global dynamics, regulatory reform and operational excellence. Incorporating all of these elements, the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) is getting a lot of air time inside and outside the main conference agenda.

  • Diane S. Reyes, HSBC

    Why using the renminbi can help companies cut costs and grow

    At present just over 10% of China’s trade is conducted in the renminbi (RMB), but this percentage is expected to at least triple in the next two years. Corporate treasurers should be taking full advantage of the benefits of China’s currency liberalisation programme and actively taking part in shaping its future direction. But what, exactly, are the benefits of trading with RMB?