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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Bills of Exchange versus Promissory Notes – What’s the Difference?

Bills of Exchange versus Promissory Notes – What’s the Difference?

When exchanging goods and services overseas, you’ll often come across important trade terms such as bills of exchange, prom notes and trade bills. We’ve quickly summarised the three terms, and…read more →


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North Sea decommissioning – are there innovative structures?

North Sea decommissioning – are there innovative structures?

We regularly hear about decommissioning, the problems it presents for exploration companies and questions around where liabilities lie. There is some innovation in the decommissioning industry and within government; Nicola…read more →


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What is a trade bill?

What is a trade bill?

When exchanging goods and services overseas, you’ll often come across important trade terms such as bills of exchange, prom notes and trade bills. We’ve quickly summarised the three terms, and key differences, and have got a more extensiveshipping and transport guide hereif you’re shipping overseas.


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Is Trump Wrong? In the eyes of Seth Klarman

Is Trump Wrong? In the eyes of Seth Klarman

At Trade Finance Global we hear about pro-business policies and Trump putting America first; but what could this mean in relation to fundamental economics? We have looked at what has…read more →


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Shipping terms explained: CFR, CIF and FOB

Shipping terms explained: CFR, CIF and FOB

A Guide to Shipping Terms and Incoterms It is important to have an understanding of cost and freight (CFR), cost, insurance and freight (CIF) and Free on board (FOB). There…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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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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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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An Interview with Toby Lanyon and Guy Willans from Trade River Finance

An Interview with Toby Lanyon and Guy Willans from Trade River Finance

We spoke to Toby Lanyon, the co-founder and current CTO, as well as Guy Willans, COO of Trade River, which operates in EMEA, and with it’s sister company, Trade River…read more →


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What is a bank guarantee?

What is a bank guarantee?

A bank guarantee is a ‘promise’ to underwrite or make payment to a third party, on certain terms. Often a third party will request a guarantee of payment upon dispatching…read more →


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How Do I Find A Factoring Company?

How Do I Find A Factoring Company?

Factoring companies work to finance many different types of businesses by having funding arrangements or a method whereby a business owner factors its receivable accounts (mostly invoices) at a discount…read more →


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10 killer Web apps that finance startups can’t get enough of…

10 killer Web apps that finance startups can’t get enough of…

We spoke to Tristan Cardwell at Crozdesk to bring you 10 killer Web apps that finance startups and fintech companies love to use. Software as a service (SaaS) tools can…read more →


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Hey Siri, give us a hint!

Hey Siri, give us a hint!

Without any offline or above the line marketing, Apple has caused hype and eager anticipation among the masses to launch the new iPhone 6S and a revamped Apple TV in…read more →


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The Pound Carves Out a Solid Base Against Both the Euro and Dollar

The Pound Carves Out a Solid Base Against Both the Euro and Dollar

The relentless decline in sterling, witnessed since December 2015, appears to be slowing. Those watching currency markets in wait of a stronger British pound for their international payments have given…read more →


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Bill Discounting versus Factoring

Bill Discounting versus Factoring

What is bill discounting? Bill discounting, also known as purchase of bills and invoice discounting are all the same type of financial instrument used to provide working capital to small…read more →


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Invoice Finance for Small Businesses

Invoice Finance for Small Businesses

How to use Invoice Financing for your Small Business Businesses often find that their customers don’t pay for their goods or services 30-90 days after the invoices are issued, sometimes…read more →


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What is Structured Trade Finance?

What is Structured Trade Finance?

Structured Trade Finance Lending institutions and banking corporations provide a variety of services to exporters, importers and trading corporations for carrying out trade efficiently and these services are collectively referred…read more →


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Recourse or Non-Recourse Factoring – Which is the best option for my company?

Recourse or Non-Recourse Factoring – Which is the best option for my company?

With commercial finance becoming increasingly complicated, we teamed up with Simply Factoring Brokers to help simplify some of the terms that confuse business owners like you. We recently published a…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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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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Markets Update – UK Manufacturing, Brexit and Trade figures

Markets Update – UK Manufacturing, Brexit and Trade figures

GBP/EUR approached a two year low this morning with today’s rates not matched since June 2014. The Pound may have suffered from a dip in investor confidence relating to the…read more →


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Monday Bulletin – Economy Update

Monday Bulletin – Economy Update

Saudi Arabia’s Ambitious Reform Investors continue to digest news of the Saudi reform and revised global oil strategy, as the appointment Khalid al-Falih as the new energy minister for Saudi…read more →


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Trade Finance Global attends NACFB Industry Awards

Trade Finance Global attends NACFB Industry Awards

Trade Finance Global were recently invited to attend the NACFB Industry Awards and Gala dinner. The event heralded over 50 companies – funders, brokers and associations within the business funding…read more →


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Global Economy Outlook: May 2015

Global Economy Outlook: May 2015

What has happened with Greece? The Greek situation has not moved along much, with major new concessions on issues that are key to every stakeholder not been dealt with, such…read more →


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The Budget 2015 – What it means for SMEs

The Budget 2015 – What it means for SMEs

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his seventh budget earlier today. He offered Britain a ‘new contract’ – but what does this mean for businesses? The economy grew by 3% in 2014…read more →


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Where is the market post Brexit?

Where is the market post Brexit?

Calmer markets, and a settling sterling The last few weeks have been turbulent to say the least. As we moved into the EU referendum, there was a view that the…read more →


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Managing cashflow and working capital as a recruitment company

Managing cashflow and working capital as a recruitment company

The explosion in Recruitment Finance There has recently been a boom in the recruitment market and this can be put down to many reasons, such as corporation tax cuts, lower…read more →


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Trade Finance Market allows investors to tap in to a $10tn asset class

Trade Finance Market allows investors to tap in to a $10tn asset class

This week the Trade Finance Market (TFM) platform was launched. The platform provides investors access to an asset class worth over $10 tn pa. Trade finance concerns international trade and…read more →


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What is a Standby Letter of Credit (SLOC)?

What is a Standby Letter of Credit (SLOC)?

What is a Standby Letters of Credit? A Standby Letter of Credit (SLOC) is seen as a financial guarantee and is used regularly in cross border trades. It is important…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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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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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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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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UPDATE: Indian Cash Crisis

UPDATE: Indian Cash Crisis

We have heard in news flows of the currency that has been taken out of circulation and seen the riots outside of Indian banks. However, it is important to understand…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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Growth debt – How to raise capital for growth and preserve equity

Growth debt – How to raise capital for growth and preserve equity

We spoke to BOOST&Co about growth debt, an alternative to raising equity for businesses, and how debt can be a useful tool to grow a company. What are growth loans?…read more →


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What is structured trade finance? (1)

What is structured trade finance? (1)

Structured Trade Finance (STF) Structured trade finance is a type of debt finance, which is used as an alternative to conventional lending. It is regularly used in developing countries and…read more →


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Spotlight On: Sarah Walker at KPMG on Alternative Finance

Spotlight On: Sarah Walker at KPMG on Alternative Finance

We spoke to Sarah Walker, who is the UK Lead of Alternative Finance at KPMG about her thoughts on the alternative finance sector and where it is headed, following NESTA’s…read more →


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Tied Up: Large UK Businesses & Late Payments

Tied Up: Large UK Businesses & Late Payments

Late invoice payments are costing businesses some £11.7bn a year according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Deemed as one of the most common problems faced by small business…read more →


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An Interview with Josh Turner, Founder of Stand4 Socks

An Interview with Josh Turner, Founder of Stand4 Socks

We spoke to Josh Turner, CEO of Stand4 Socks, a social enterprise helping to better other people’s lives. At Trade Finance Global, we like to recognise and support the excellent…read more →


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What is the focus – Is China the new Greece?

What is the focus – Is China the new Greece?

House prices in the UK are rocketing, the Greek crisis has faded into the background while creditors decide on the release of the next tranche of the €2bn rescue package…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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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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SMEs in 2017: Interview with Jasmine Birtles

SMEs in 2017: Interview with Jasmine Birtles

In the world of startups; lean and agile are often terms used when testing business ideas, launching products into market on shoestring budgets, and failing fast, learning quickly. We spoke…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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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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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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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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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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Bradford SMEs lead in UK exports

Bradford SMEs lead in UK exports

Bradford has the highest percentage of SMEs which are selling products or services overseas, according to a recent FedEx Exporter survey. Beating the usual suspects, (London, Leeds, Manchester and Southampton,)…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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A Q&A with Roman Itskovich at Ebury

A Q&A with Roman Itskovich at Ebury

By 2016, over half of the UK’s SMEs expect to be exporting their goods and services around the world; that’s an increase of one fifth over the next year. This…read more →


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John Good Shipping – An insight into the world of freight forwarding

John Good Shipping – An insight into the world of freight forwarding

The freight forwarding and shipping market is continually growing, amidst market challenges, competition and volatility. The shipping and transport market is one of the biggest modes of transport for stock…read more →


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ONS Says The UK Are Still Very Much A Viable Manufacturing Nation

ONS Says The UK Are Still Very Much A Viable Manufacturing Nation

According to a recent announcement by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK are doing really well in manufacturing industry. Most people assume that the UKs reliability for manufacturing…read more →


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Cyber interference and Russia – were the two linked?

Cyber interference and Russia – were the two linked?

The Russian Embassy in the UK posted a twitter picture with the words ‘Lame’ and a picture of a duck; this was in response to actions by president Obama. He is removing 35 Russian diplomats from the US for hacking and interfering with the US election. Obama has ordered sanctions on Russia in an executive order following this alleged move. The findings of what happened were in a report issued by HomelandSecurityand the FBI. However, Vladimir Putin has come out and said that he will not expel 35 US diplomats in a tit for tat row.


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What does a due diligence (DD) process look like in a trade finance transaction?

What does a due diligence (DD) process look like in a trade finance transaction?

It is important to understand the complexities in a trade orstructured financelend when compared to other structures of facility. There are specific elements required when compared to simple cash flow lending orreceivables type finance. This is because the trade terms and cycles along with the underlying products have to be understood. It is also typical that there will be cross-jurisdictional trade. In actual fact, the credit process amongst many types of facilities follows a similar process to the one outlined below.


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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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