RedRidge Diligence Services explores the latest trends in trade and project finance due diligence in TXF

Growth in regulation impacting lending, along with rapid globalization have put pressure on capital providers’ due diligence capabilities. Pair this with the inherent complexity of trade and project finance transactions and it is clear why many capital providers are now choosing to outsource their due diligence. Matt Reed, Associate Director at RedRidge Diligence Services, explains the trends in the sector.

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UniCredit’s Simone Del Guerra explores the possibility of combining we.trade and the Trade Information Network for TMI

 

 

 

 

 

Correspondent banking is evolving. Once  a predominantly payments network, it is now developing into a ‘relationships network’ – with banks looking to facilitate seamless interactions between clients by connecting them on purpose-built digital platforms.

Corporate-to-corporate trading platform we.trade is already live and improving the way businesses trade with one another, and there is potential to take this further by combining we.trade with a corporate-to-bank initiative, such as the Trade Information Network – enriching interactions between buyers and suppliers through proactive support from a broad network of banks.

This could offer the best of both worlds. Corporates would achieve greater transparency when it comes to securing contracts, while banks would have the opportunity to introduce value-added services throughout the transaction process.

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ANZ and ICC Banking Commission’s Mark Evans quoted on the impact of blockchain on trade finance in The Banker

In an article for The Banker, Mark Evans – member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission Executive Committee and ‎Managing Director, transaction banking, at ANZ – comments on the benefits of blockchain in trade finance.

Evans says that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) “enables every participant in the chain to be able to see all transactions or touch points in one ‘block’ of information. This provides a high level of visibility and transparency to the progress of the transaction.”

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Tradeteq’s Michael Boguslavsky discusses AI-powered credit scoring for SMEs in The Global Treasurer

Author of a newly-released whitepaper, ‘Machine Learning Credit Analytics for Trade Finance’ and head of AI at Tradeteq, Michael Boguslavsky has written an expert piece for The Global Treasurer where he discusses how machine learning techniques, combined with broader and deeper company data, can improve credit scoring for SMEs. Current scoring methods – often forms of the Altman Z-score – are a primary reason SMEs so often fail to secure the trade finance they need, argues Boguslavsky.

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Tradeteq releases new whitepaper “Machine Learning for Credit Analytics” – covered in specialist press

Tradeteq, the trade asset distribution platform, recently released a white paper demonstrating how machine learning, combined with broader data collection, can improve access to trade finance for SMEs. Authored by Michael Boguslavsky, Tradeteq’s head of AI, and titled Machine Learning Credit Analytics for Trade Finance, the paper proposes a radical new approach to credit scoring that could particularly benefit SMEs in trade finance.

To read coverage of this news in the specialist press, please go here: Finance Digest, Global Banking & Finance Review, TXF, TRF News, Fintech press releases.

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It’s here: Commerzbank’s latest issue of FI.News

The spring issue of Commerzbank’s interactive financial institutions newsletter is out now. It brings together all the major cash and trade finance updates in a range of exclusive articles and interviews.

See how evolving technology can further transform the trade finance industry, prepare for important updates at SWIFT, get ready for the impact of new developments in the payments sector, and learn why Commerzbank is convinced of the need to invest in the future.

In the magazine’s spotlight features on emerging markets, learn from Commerzbank’s regional experts about Pakistan’s increasing integration into the global economy, and the challenges facing the nations of Southern Africa. Explore the reasons behind newfound optimism in Uzbekistan – and discover how Commerzbank’s close partnership with a local bank eases the flow of trade in the country.

Moorgate has produced FI.News since 2013.

BNY Mellon discusses the evolution of trade in GTNews

Speaking to GTNews to mark the publication’s 20th anniversary, BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom, Global Head of Trade Business Development, and Bana Akkad Azhari, Head of Relationship Management for the Middle East and Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States, trace the most noteworthy drivers of global trade over the past two decades – including China’s introduction into the World Trade Organisation, technology’s role in cutting costs and streamlining the physical supply chain, and post-crisis regulatory changes that have opened the gates to new non-bank trade financing market entrants – which all indicate a resilient and versatile trade industry.

The revolutionised trade landscape is not void of challenges however, with Broom underlining “sticking points” in the development of the financial supply chain, such as management of documentation and tighter regulatory requirements. Pointing to technology’s radical effect on trade so far, Azhari highlights how bank data can be developed into digital solutions to address these issues and to analyse key global trends in order to add value to the client experience – with Broom adding the importance of correspondent banking to best harness and leverage this data to enhance trade enterprise across the world.

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ICC Trade Register Report confirms low risk for profile for trade and export finance

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission has released its 2017 Trade Register report—Global Risks in Trade Finance. The report reveals the low-risk nature of transactions that support global trade, and confirms that trade finance products continue to present banks with low levels of credit risk.

The 2017 Report draws on information from 22 member banks to present a global view of the credit risk profiles of trade and export finance transactions. It is based on over US$10.5 trillion of exposures and more than 20 million trade finance transactions from 2008 to 2016. The trade finance products in the register are Import Letters of Credit (L/Cs), Export L/Cs, Loans for Import/Export, and Performance Guarantees, and the 2016 Trade Finance data set includes approximately 40% of global traditional Trade Finance flows, excluding Loans for Import/Export.

Following Moorgate’s outreach, the news was covered by: TXF, Trade Finance Global, Hellenic Shipping NewsFTSE Global MarketsFinTech Finance,  TRF, Global Banking & Finance, Freight & Trade Weekly, New Telegraph,  CPI Financial, Cash & TradeExport ManagerTrade ArabiaLeasing LifePYMNTS and L’Economiste. 

Trade makes the world go round – find out how Commerzbank helps in its new video

Commerzbank’s new video explains the significance of world trade and the important role the bank plays. Frank-Oliver Wolf, Head of CTS Sales Germany, outlines the bank’s global presence, and Enno-Burghard Weitzel, Head of CTS & FI Product Management Trade Services, shows how it is ushering in the new technologies that are revolutionising trade finance.

Watch the video in English or German.

The video was produced and edited by Chuffed Productions.