The Pound Shot Up, Conservatives Lead in the UK Elections

The Pound Shot Up, Conservatives Lead in the UK Elections

Conservatives win majority, pound strengthens Markets are up almost 2% on the back of the Conservatives winning the election. Traders have also bet over night on the strengthening of the…read more →


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What is a currency peg?

What is a currency peg?

How does a currency peg work? Currencies are usually free flowing and various domestic and macro economic events will impact on the strength of a currency. The differences between currencies…read more →


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Interview: Tackling Money Laundering in Trade Finance

Interview: Tackling Money Laundering in Trade Finance

The rise in trade-based money laundering (TBML), combined with the enormous regulatory fines and ongoing scrutiny from various government agencies, has created a need for enhanced financial transparency, specifically where…read more →


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8 challenges within the commodities market

8 challenges within the commodities market

Commodities market – historical traits are hampering progress; why? We look at why the growth of many commodities companies is being slowed due to the structuring of their finance. Factors…read more →


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Is China stopping overseas investment?

Is China stopping overseas investment?

It is widely known that growth in China has slowed. A powerhouse economy that was seen as the leader of growth for so many years is now pushing to slow…read more →


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Keeping your small business afloat from debts

Keeping your small business afloat from debts

A small business can quickly find itself overcome by crippling debt. This is much more possible in the aftermath of the recession and the still turbulent economic times. Whether through…read more →


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Trump’s presidency and global real estate investment

Trump’s presidency and global real estate investment

In the United States, property taxes are often based on values 30-60% higher than a property’s worth. Factors like this make investors want to invest globally. The primary factor that…read more →


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Usance Letters of Credit – What are they?

Usance Letters of Credit – What are they?

When Letters of Credit were first developed, there were a number of specific Letters of Credit that developed. This is a short guide about usance or deferred LCs. Usance Letters…read more →


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Why will African banks not finance trades?

Why will African banks not finance trades?

We recently attended a conference on African trade and infrastructure and heard from many financial institutions who have a specific interest in the continent; they all outlined the difficulty and…read more →


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Expert View: Enrico Camerinelli on Trade and Supply Chain Finance

Expert View: Enrico Camerinelli on Trade and Supply Chain Finance

Following the success of Sibos 2016, we spoke to Enrico Camerinelli, a senior analyst at Aite Group specializing in wholesale banking, cash and trade finance, and payments. Based in Milan,…read more →


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The trade revolution: globalised, digitalised trade and finance

The trade revolution: globalised, digitalised trade and finance

We spoke to Ben Singh-Jarrold, Corporate Banking Strategist at Misys on the trade revolution. Whether you believe Globalisation 2.0 is an unstoppable force, or that progress to a truly global…read more →


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Basel III – What is it and what will it mean for alternative finance? A Basel III Guide for Dummies

Basel III – What is it and what will it mean for alternative finance? A Basel III Guide for Dummies

Basel III – A Guide to Basel and what it means for banks Basel III regulation affects lending from banks. Alternative finance and ‘fintech’ encompass many different elements which are…read more →


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What is recruitment finance?

What is recruitment finance?

Finance is used extensively in the recruitment industry and in many cases it is the lifeblood of many companies. It assists with growth and allows the timely payment of overheads…read more →


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Buckle Up for the British Pound Rollercoaster Ride

Buckle Up for the British Pound Rollercoaster Ride

The British pound appears to be consolidating ahead of the UK’s crunch vote on continued EU membership. Such a move by currency markets is only natural as traders will become…read more →


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Natalie Jonk, Walacea, on the future of crowdfunding for science

Natalie Jonk, Walacea, on the future of crowdfunding for science

We spoke to Natalie Jonk, the founder of Walacea, a crowdfunding platform for science projects. Natalie previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, working primarily in a “science behind the sales/compliance…read more →


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How is the commodities market moving?

How is the commodities market moving?

We have been plagued with volatility in both world markets and the commodities sector over the last year. There has been a well-publicized slump in oil prices and now we…read more →


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What is trade finance in banking?

What is trade finance in banking?

This is the term used for the department in a commercial or investment bank where trade transactions (cross border and domestic) are financed. Financing is usually between a supplier and…read more →


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10 Trade Finance Questions and our Answers

10 Trade Finance Questions and our Answers

Given that the TFG trade finance team speaks funders, banks, people looking to trade and open Letters of Credit, we’ve put together a list of 10 questions that are commonly…read more →


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What is MT799?

What is MT799?

MT799 Explained When dealing with Bank Guarantees, Documentary Credits, and Letters of Credit (LCs), one may hear the term ‘MT799’ being used. MT799 is a message that is sent between…read more →


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What is invoice financing and how does it work?

What is invoice financing and how does it work?

Invoice finance is a type of asset backed finance, where the underlying asset is the accounts receivable. Accounts receivable essentially means ‘money owed’ and is usually through the form of…read more →


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ANNOUNCED: Winners of the Trade Finance Excellence Awards 2017

ANNOUNCED: Winners of the Trade Finance Excellence Awards 2017

Following a year of volatility, innovation and uncertainty, the Trade Finance Excellence Awards 2017 by TFG have been announced! This year, we focus on those who have demonstrated exceptional performance…read more →


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How to compare invoice finance providers

How to compare invoice finance providers

Why should I compare invoice factoring or invoice discounting providers? There are several bank and non-bank providers of invoice finance, from large instutions to small alternative funders, each offering different…read more →


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Is Debt Funding an Alternative to Private Equity or Venture Capital?

Is Debt Funding an Alternative to Private Equity or Venture Capital?

Raising finance is often a long game, and there are many different mechanisms, structures and ways to fund the growth of a company. We see that sometimes there are alternative…read more →


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ONS releases UK trade figures

ONS releases UK trade figures

On 8 July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest UK trade figures for the month of May, which showed a widening trade deficit, although not as great…read more →


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What is the difference between a Bank Guarantee and a Letter of Credit?

What is the difference between a Bank Guarantee and a Letter of Credit?

What is the difference between a Bank Guarantee and a Letter of Credit? Bank Guarantees and Letters of Credit (LCs) are used in trade to carry out international transactions. LCs…read more →


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What is happening with Greece?

What is happening with Greece?

Back to our favourite topic – Greece! It is crunch time with the economy and the Greek stock market is closed until Monday as a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding…read more →


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3 Innovations That Have Transformed Logistics and Trade

3 Innovations That Have Transformed Logistics and Trade

The logistics of international trade can be defined by three key processes: the movement of goods or services, the measurement of this movement, and the processing of what is being…read more →


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Do we fear Trump? An outlook on China tariffs and US car companies

Do we fear Trump? An outlook on China tariffs and US car companies

We will take a look at the China and US trade relationship along with the vehicles market in the US below, and attempt to understand whether Donald Trump will ‘rip…read more →


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BREAKING: UK Trade Deficit Widens

BREAKING: UK Trade Deficit Widens

As we predicted, exporting is on the rise off the back of a weakening pound since June 2016. Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have reported a…read more →


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Fashion Finance: How to Get Commercial Funding for Fashion Companies

Fashion Finance: How to Get Commercial Funding for Fashion Companies

London Fashion Week ended at a high in mid-September, unveiling floral prints and Victorian ruffles. Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC) said: “This is the first…read more →


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Speculative and Commercial Markets Remain Heavily Biased Against Pound Sterling

Speculative and Commercial Markets Remain Heavily Biased Against Pound Sterling

Gary Howes from Pound Sterling Live gives a market update for Trade Finance Global. The most recent Commitments of Traders report issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shows the…read more →


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British Pound Outlook Sours as Brexit-Inspired Recession Comes Closer

British Pound Outlook Sours as Brexit-Inspired Recession Comes Closer

The GBP faces months of decline as the UK economy appears to be headed for recession. The UK’s decision to exit the European Union came as a shock to financial…read more →


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British Pound: Why this Recovery Might not Last

British Pound: Why this Recovery Might not Last

Pound Sterling has enjoyed a strong run from mid-August as the UK economy showed remarkable resilience following the Brexit vote. The Pound hit its lowest levels against the Euro since…read more →


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Time to Call a Bottom in Pound Sterling’s Decline?

Time to Call a Bottom in Pound Sterling’s Decline?

The falls in Sterling following the Brexit vote have been punishing for those importers who did not hedge against declines; but could the weakness finally be ending? The British pound…read more →


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ECONOMY UPDATE: UK GDP, Emerging Markets and the US

ECONOMY UPDATE: UK GDP, Emerging Markets and the US

Where is the economy? Last year GDP in the UK was 2.5% and many question whether it will remain at the same level this year amid high levels of uncertainty.…read more →


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Pound tipped to test 2016 against US dollar

Pound tipped to test 2016 against US dollar

Pound Tipped to Test 2016 Lows Against the US Dollar Over Coming Weeks 2017 has started in negative fashion for Pound Sterling as markets ready themselves for the commencement of…read more →


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Trade finance in Africa – where are we headed? An Interview with Ikenna Egbukole, FirstBank of Nigeria

Trade finance in Africa – where are we headed? An Interview with Ikenna Egbukole, FirstBank of Nigeria

What’s the future of Africa trade finance? Trade finance presents huge opportunities in emerging markets such as Africa. We spoke to Mr Ikenna Egbukole, Head of Structured Trade & Commodity…read more →


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Trade Finance and the Law

Trade Finance and the Law

The law underpinning financial products is inevitably very important when structuring a facility. The concept of trade finance law also adds a level of difficulty as we usually see a…read more →


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Why 2017 will be a great year for trade finance

Why 2017 will be a great year for trade finance

Blockchain and Trade Finance At the start of 2016 Trade Finance Global were cautiously optimistic for the blockchain being used as an application for trade and supply chain finance. But…read more →


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Pre Export Finance – What is it and how is it used?

Pre Export Finance – What is it and how is it used?

Pre-export finance (PXF) is a type of finance product with a specific aim of providing finance for producers of commodities and other products. The reasoning behind these facilities is so…read more →


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Trade and Trump

Trade and Trump

On Tuesday 8 November 2016, the polls got it wrong. Again. Defying experts and popular opinion Donald Trump was elected as “the leader of the free world.” Leader of the…read more →


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What is a trade loan?

What is a trade loan?

Trade Loans – What are they and how can they be used? Trade loans are facilities used by importers, exporters and domestic traders. They are short term in nature and…read more →


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IP Week | International Petroleum Week

IP Week | International Petroleum Week

International Petroleum (IP) week is one of the main events in the Energy calendar and is a must for producers, traders and end purchasers. Trade Finance Global takes a particular…read more →


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What is the trade finance process?

What is the trade finance process?

How does a trade finance transaction progress? It is important to understand the complexities in a trade or structured finance lend when compared to other structures of facility. There are…read more →


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An Interview with Steve Beck at Asian Development Bank (ADB) on trade finance in Asia

An Interview with Steve Beck at Asian Development Bank (ADB) on trade finance in Asia

Trade finance is advancing hugely in Asia, and we were excited to speak to Steve Beck, the head of the Trade Finance Program at Asian Development Bank (ADB), on the…read more →


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Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE Global Trade software – An Interview with Taneli Ruda

Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE Global Trade software – An Interview with Taneli Ruda

It’s not very often when we come across truly global solutions which simplify trade finance and supply chain process management. However, the technology lying behind Thomson Reuters® ONESOURCE™ Global Trade…read more →


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The Budget 2015

The Budget 2015

The Budget 2015: Some of the things that were announced We wanted to highlight a few of the main points of interest for us here. However, we can’t say we…read more →


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Glencore’s $8bn loss – What’s going on?

Glencore’s $8bn loss – What’s going on?

We have seen commodities prices become volatile in the last year and this has had a knock on effect as we are at the tail end of the commodities curve.…read more →


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Ebola and Trade Finance

Ebola and Trade Finance

The continued spread of Ebola in West Africa has had a big impact on agriculture and mining. It has deterred both funders and traders from doing business. There are also…read more →


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Free* tickets to the GTR Africa Trade & Infrastructure Finance Conference 2016

Free* tickets to the GTR Africa Trade & Infrastructure Finance Conference 2016

London will once again play host to GTR Africa Trade & Infrastructure Finance Conference on October 5-6 2016, bringing together high-level participants from across the trade finance community for topical…read more →


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How is interest on a loan calculated?

How is interest on a loan calculated?

When a bank or finance house lends out money they will usually use a reference rate, which in the United Kingdom will usually be LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) or…read more →


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Red Clause Letters of Credit and Green Clause Letters of Credit – What are they?

Red Clause Letters of Credit and Green Clause Letters of Credit – What are they?

When Letters of Credit were first developed, there were a number of specific Letters of Credit that developed. The two main ones were Red Letters of Credit and Green Letters…read more →


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Why is the state of decommissioning a problem?

Why is the state of decommissioning a problem?

We regularly hear about decommissioning, the problems it presents for exploration companies and questions around where liabilities lie.


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What’s the best form of factoring for your business?

What’s the best form of factoring for your business?

With commercial finance becoming increasingly complicated, we teamed up withSimply Factoring Brokersto help simplify some of the terms that confuse business owners like you.


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Taefl Launches 1M Tooling Fund

Taefl Launches 1M Tooling Fund

We spoke to Mark Runiewicz, CEO of Trade andExportFinance Limited which heads a select group of companies which fund SMEs. Trade and Export Finance Limited (TAEFL) is the consultancy part of the group and helps SMEs to find the optimum funding solution. That can be through peer to peer, traditional bank finance or it can be through a whole variety of financing tools which some business people haven’t heard about, such as pension led funding.


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Trade Finance and Documentary Collections

Trade Finance and Documentary Collections

This is the term used for the department in a commercial or investment bank where trade transactions (cross border and domestic) are financed. Financing is usually between a supplier and end buyer; with the occasional involvement of a trader.


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