2019 has been a fairly promising year of growth for some emerging and developing markets, but with continued regulatory scrutiny, correspondent banking relationships continuing to be a cut, and a sluggish growth forecast for 2020, what does this mean for trade in EDE’s?
Michael Bickers, MD, BCR Publishing walked us through the trends in supply chain and receivables finance in 2019, arguably one of the most uncertain in the last decade. In an interview with TFG, Bickers gave his view on what’s in stock for SCF and receivables in the year ahead, commenting on APIs, blockchain and competitive growth in supply chain finance, in preparation for the BCR Supply Chain Finance Summit in Amsterdam this month.
American consumers are currently sitting on a fairly huge nest egg. Equity is at a higher level than ever before, and the personal saving rate has risen to a considerable 7.9% according to NASDAQ figures.
Events such as Brexit, the US-China trade war, political unrest between China and Hong Kong dominated the headlines in 2019, have all had significant implications on global trade. However, it has not all been bad news – with increased levels of cooperation and technological innovation, the outlook for trade/finance moving into 2020 could be promising.
Trade Finance Global, in partnership with Finastra, sat down with 6 global experts in trade to get a low down of 2019, the key themes and trends, as well as what’s been at the front of mind for practitioners in trade, receivables and supply chain finance.
Trade Finance Global spoke to Wenhui LIANG at the WTO Global Trade and Blockchain Forum, on the nature of the current state of the global trading and blockchain adoption in global trading.
TFG spoke to Stephen Renna, Chief Banking Officer at US Exim Bank at TXF CPRI in London, about the core priorities and focus for the bank in order to facilitate US exports, now that is has a wider remit to promote US SMEs.
While Boris Johnson’s record for winning votes in Parliament is rather poor (one out of seven) he did, at least, get a majority of thirty for getting his deal through, even if it wasn’t within the timeframe he wanted. In the end, he missed his deadline and was forced down an alternative path.
The macroeconomic indicators used to analyse China’s economy over the past few years include economic growth and trade, monetary and fiscal policy and inflation trends.
What is the impact of the new Basel IV regulation for banks and corporates? TFG heard from Swiss Re’s Global Head of Trade and Infrastructure Finance on the current state of Basel regulation as well as the latest updates following on from the latest EBA Consultation Paper. The interview was held at ExCred Commodities London.
With the development of more interconnected alternative finance options for businesses and the emergence of open banking in the marketplace, the option of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending is seeing a great increase in popularity over the years among its SME audience.
Despite what economists, central bankers, and politicians may tell you, the evolution of the world economy is not a graceful one. Rarely does it feel cooperative, since getting a good look at how a single element impacts the whole can seem downright impossible. However, the past few days have shined a light on how trade helps shape the global economic landscape, make waves across markets, and set the tone for the future.
It seems nowadays unicorn businesses are emerging in the venture capital scene with accelerating frequency. With an increasingly mobile and technologically capable world, fin-tech companies and eCommerce startups are dominating most of the visible market now. Is startup growth really as proliferate and fast-paced as it may seem? The answer is an unsurprising, billion-dollar “yes”.
TFG caught up with Steve Lotito, Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance-North America, Transaction Banking at MUFG. Steve is also in the Board of Directors of BAFT. There are many challenges and opportunities facing the trade finance business that requires daily attention to the most senior Business Heads.
Over the past few years, Italy’s economy has gone through a recessionary period. A recession is defined as two negative quarters of contraction and is a sharp slow-down in the rate of economic growth. In the final quarter of 2018, Italy’s economy shrank by 0.2% and is the third time the country’s growth has fallen into recession over the last decade.