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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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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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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August Roundup: The Economy, Rio and Quantitative Easing (3)

August Roundup: The Economy, Rio and Quantitative Easing (3)

The Rio Olympics: Does anyone need a plumber? The first ever Olympic Games held in South America begun in Rio de Janeiro last week, amidst a series of unfortunate events…read more →


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Trade Finance Global: Your Experts in Global Export and Trade

Trade Finance Global: Your Experts in Global Export and Trade

At Trade Finance Global we think that in order to create the correct financing package; a fundamental grasp of the business is key. By understanding a company and the cash…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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The demise of British Home Stores on our High Streets

The demise of British Home Stores on our High Streets

What is happening to the high street? We have seen an increase across the value of stock markets in recent weeks, but this weekend has brought forward negative news for…read more →


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The EU Referendum and Trade Finance – What you need to know about Brexit

The EU Referendum and Trade Finance – What you need to know about Brexit

With just 8 days until the UK has its say in the EU Referendum, we’ve aggregated some of the recent views on the implications of Brexit within the trade finance…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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TFG announces winners of the Currency Awards for Excellence

TFG announces winners of the Currency Awards for Excellence

The winners of the 2016 TFG Currency Awards were announced this week (on Friday 19th February). The awards recognised and rewarded innovative practice in the industry. This was a first…read more →


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Landbay is disrupting the Buy-to-Let mortgage market

Landbay is disrupting the Buy-to-Let mortgage market

Peer-to-peer lending is transforming the way businesses operate, access capital, and grow. One other example of where this is happening is in the residential buy-to-let mortgage market. We spoke to…read more →


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Top 10 Predictions for 2016

Top 10 Predictions for 2016

2015 was a year of volatility in equity and debt markets, driven by tumbling oil prices, political issues and Greece taking the Eurozone stage. On the upside however, UK bank…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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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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Top CEOs and Companies to watch out for in 2016

Top CEOs and Companies to watch out for in 2016

Top Companies to watch out for in 2016 At Trade Finance Global we love talking to and watching companies grow. Every member of the TFG team came up with a…read more →


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Trade Finance Global launches country export guide

Trade Finance Global launches country export guide

Here at Trade Finance Global, we surveyed over 50 countries to come up with our top exporting countries, discovering hidden gems and export hotspots. Where in the world… We analysed…read more →


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How is trade finance governed and what is the UCP 600?

How is trade finance governed and what is the UCP 600?

Many industries are financially regulated and governed to facilitate trade, prevent risks and standardise rules. The UCP 600 (“Uniform Customs & Practice for Documentary Credits”) is the official publication which…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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GUIDE: General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATs)

GUIDE: General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATs)

Trade in Services – What does this mean and how does it affect my business? Trade in services is sometimes referred to as an international trade of services. It is…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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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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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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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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Will Greece default?

Will Greece default?

The days of judgement are upon us. We are at a point after five years and over $240bn worth of bailouts later Greece could reverse the decision to enter the…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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The US Dollar has More Fuel Left in its Tank

The US Dollar has More Fuel Left in its Tank

Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory has shaken foreign exchange markets notably and set them on a new direction. But how long can the trend extend for? The US Dollar…read more →


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300,000 teenagers given opportunity to learn exporting

300,000 teenagers given opportunity to learn exporting

300,000 British teenagers are now afforded the opportunity to select exporting as their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award skill following a pioneering competition. Those who take up the opportunity will receive…read more →


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A recipe for Further Recovery in Sterling

A recipe for Further Recovery in Sterling

Pound Sterling has enjoyed a strong recovery over the past week, and there are signs that the upside momentum could run further yet. The GBP/USD exchange rate is, at the…read more →


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What does low inflation mean?

What does low inflation mean?

Low inflation rates breathe sigh of relief into markets and UK importers The UK’s annual inflation rate fell to zero in February which breathed a sigh of relief into markets.…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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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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FX Hedging Demand Hits Fever-Pitch Ahead of EU referendum

FX Hedging Demand Hits Fever-Pitch Ahead of EU referendum

Are Brexit fears causing capital to flee out of Britain? The economic debate on the UK’s future in Europe hit a new low last night when Sky News cited recent…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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Salmon Finance: A Fishy Business

Salmon Finance: A Fishy Business

Salmon have the reputation of being very determined fish as they usually swim upstream to spawn, an effort that usually results in them dying after building their nests. However, they…read more →


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What is structured trade finance?

What is structured trade finance?

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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The snap election and its effect upon the Pound

The snap election and its effect upon the Pound

Sterling is dominating the economic picture for this year. However, the weak pound means economists fear households will suffer from rising inflation, damaging their growth forecasts. Political concerns is currently…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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Top five countries to do business with post-Brexit

Top five countries to do business with post-Brexit

As the UK formally begins the process to exit the European Union, there has never been more uncertainty about what Brexit will mean for both UK citizens and for UK…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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Up, Down, Left, Right – an uncertain time ahead for the Euro

Up, Down, Left, Right – an uncertain time ahead for the Euro

In an early scene in the Hollywood blockbuster, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Matthew McConaughey, acting as a senior broker, describes predicting the value of a stock as a ‘Fugazi’……read more →


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What type of Business Funding Animal are you?

What type of Business Funding Animal are you?

Get your paws out… Yes, you read it right… we’ve made a quiz to see what animal best suits your funding needs*. Check out our fun quiz to find out…read more →


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Tell us a bit about you, your history, why you set up Trucker Path

Tell us a bit about you, your history, why you set up Trucker Path

Silicon Valley-basedTrucker Pathreleased a crowd-sourced navigation app for truck drivers in late 2013. The crowd-sourced Trucker Path application has grown to become America’s largest community of truck drivers with over 550,000 active users or 33 percent of all Class 8 truckers. In 2015 Trucker Path secured $20 million in Series A funding. The exponential growth of the app led to the release of an online freight platform that connects carriers withfreightcompanies (brokers, shippers) in March 2016. Hailed ‘the Uber for Trucks’, the Trucker Path team strives to improve efficiencies in the freight transportation industry while making life on the road easier, enjoyable, and more profitable for truck drivers.Valley basedTrucker Pathrecently announced a $30mn debt funding line for truckers, backed by Flexible Funding in San Francisco.We interviewed Ivan Tsybaev, CEO and founder of Trucker Path, to find out 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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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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Export Week: 100,000 exporters by 2020

Export Week: 100,000 exporters by 2020

The government’s most ambitious export initiative to date launched this week in the North East, as park of Export Week. Exporting is GREAT was launched this week in Gateshead, aiming…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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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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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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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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What is freight forwarding and how is Flexport disrupting this?

What is freight forwarding and how is Flexport disrupting this?

What is freight forwarding and how do items get shipped around the world? Freight forwarding and international logistics are often overlooked as important industries, in part because all the work…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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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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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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World Economy Update and the Story Behind Vladamir Putin’s $2bn Dollars

World Economy Update and the Story Behind Vladamir Putin’s $2bn Dollars

#PanamaLeaks Leaked documents of hidden money from Putin, his friends and the world’s rich have got everyone talking! It has been outlined that secret offshore deals and huge loans worth…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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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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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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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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Trade Finance Global announces winners for the 2015 Excellence Awards

Trade Finance Global announces winners for the 2015 Excellence Awards

MarketInvoice, Scottish Pacific and ICC Banking Commission were just some of the many organisations which were recognised and commended for their contribution and dedication to the trade finance sector at…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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How To Compare Invoice Finance Providers

How To Compare Invoice Finance Providers

There are several bank and non-bank providers of invoice finance, from large instutions to small alternative funders, each offering different propositions and solutions for customers. By looking at the services different funders provide, it can not only save you money, but also ensure long term future growth within your business.1. Factoring versus discounting


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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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The difference between invoice factoring and receivables-backed asset based loans

The difference between invoice factoring and receivables-backed asset based loans

Invoice financeis a type ofassetbacked finance, where the underlying asset is the accounts receivable. Accounts receivable essentially means ‘money owed’ and is usually through the form of invoices.


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