TAEFL Launches £1m Tooling Fund

TAEFL Launches £1m Tooling Fund

We spoke to Mark Runiewicz, CEO of Trade and Export Finance Limited which heads a select group of companies which fund SMEs. Trade and Export Finance Limited (TAEFL) is the…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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UK exports and imports falling

UK exports and imports falling

Today we released our review of UK export and import figures, following the release of HM Revenue and Customs Regional Trade Statistics. From January – June 2015, UK trade exports…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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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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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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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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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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GTR Africa Trade and Infrastructure Conference 2016: The Lowdown

GTR Africa Trade and Infrastructure Conference 2016: The Lowdown

Trade Finance Global attended GTR’s Africa Trade & Infrastructure Finance Conference last week, learning about investment opportunities on the continent, challenges and the outlook. The conference comprised a two day…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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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 Trump Presidency, Uncertainty, and How to Protect International Payments

The Trump Presidency, Uncertainty, and How to Protect International Payments

Currency markets had priced in a Hillary Clinton win at this year’s US presidential election. Indeed, Clinton won the popular vote, but it was Trump who secured the majority of…read more →


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What is the difference between trade and export finance?

What is the difference between trade and export finance?

Trade and export finance are sometimes used interchangeably. However, it is important to explain the distinction and how the terms are used.     Trade finance is a term universally…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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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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Starting Up in Japan – Doing Business in Japan

Starting Up in Japan – Doing Business in Japan

Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, with one of the highest GBP per capita and a huge base of customers. We spoke to Jon Sparks, Managing Director at…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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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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Why German Savers are Likely to Prompt a Rally in the Euro Exchange Rate Complex

Why German Savers are Likely to Prompt a Rally in the Euro Exchange Rate Complex

There are rumblings of discontent coming out of Germany over the European Central Bank’s penchant for slashing every interest rate at its disposal at any given opportunity, and this spells…read more →


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Equity Crowdfunding for Exporters: TradeUp Capital Fund

Equity Crowdfunding for Exporters: TradeUp Capital Fund

We spoke to Kati Suominen from TradeUp Capital Fund about Crowdfunding and Export finance, and how technology is allowing businesses to access finance to trade internationally. What are the main…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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Why Exporting is Great for SME’s

Why Exporting is Great for SME’s

As a small or medium sized business it stands to reason that you will do what you need to in order to ensure the success (and growth) of your business.…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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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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TFG announces winners of the Recruiter Awards for Excellence, commending digitally focused companies

TFG announces winners of the Recruiter Awards for Excellence, commending digitally focused companies

The winners of the 2016 TFG Recruitment Awards were announced this week (on Wednesday 17th February). The awards recognised and rewarded innovative practice in the industry. This year saw the…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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Greece continued…

Greece continued…

Following on from our previous post about the Greece situation, we have had a lot of focus on the unfolding situation in Greece and have set out an update of…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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World Economy Update and the latest on Greece

World Economy Update and the latest on Greece

What is happening in the world economy and what is the latest on Greece? We have seen market volatility from China in recent weeks, starting with a large sell off…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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bitcoin and Blockchain: Poised to disrupt Point of Sale?

Bitcoin and Blockchain: Poised to disrupt Point of Sale?

Bitcoin has many people wondering what, exactly, digital currency’s implications are for the financial system. Will the shadow world of Bitcoin and blockchain remain in the shadows, or will it…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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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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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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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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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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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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Export Factoring

Export Factoring

What is export factoring? When a deal or trade happens between a buyer and a seller, the seller will ship the goods and raise an invoice for the buyer to…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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A look back on the lending environment

A look back on the lending environment

In the Bank of England January 2014 Trends in Lending report some interesting changes are outlined. In the report, the Bank of England looked at major UK lenders including Banco…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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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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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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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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What is Export Factoring?

What is Export Factoring?

It is estimated that the worldwide amount of factoring in 2013 was $3.08 trillion, which is an increase of more than 5 percent from 2013, according to a report fromFactors Chain International.


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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 difference between MT799 Swift and MT760 Swift?

What is difference between MT799 Swift and MT760 Swift?

When dealing withBank Guarantees,Documentary Credits, andLetters of Credit (LCs), one may hear the term ‘MT799’ being used.


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Why Exporting Is Great For Smes

Why Exporting Is Great For Smes

As a small or medium sized business it stands to reason that you will do what you need to in order to ensure the success (and growth) of your business.Exporting For Small and Medium Enterprises


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