Interviews

Trade finance digitalisation boost?

While global trade growth contracted during the Covid-19 pandemic, collective efforts to contain the virus have given the digitalisation journey a new urgency. “Digitalisation was seen as an efficiency opportunity or a market development opportunity. With Covid-19 the difficulties of moving paper around the world have become extreme. Digitalisation is…

A golden safe haven

Gold continues to glitter for three very good reasons, says Nicholas Snowdon, Deutsche Bank’s Metals Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research – a low interest rate environment, a record period for bonds yielding below flat, and low inflation. “Geopolitical events support safe haven buying and this creates a strong environment for…

Accessing trade finance expertise

Pouya Jafari, is an Associate at Channel Capital Advisers, and ITFA Emerging Leader and on his LinkedIn profile describes himself as “a curious and driven professional with a deep interest in global trade, investment management, and geopolitics”. He joins us on Trade Finance TV to share his journey as a…

Choosing a trade finance career

Now Head of Trade Finance at Crown Agents’ Bank, Duarte Pedreira launched what was then the Young Professionals’ Initiative at the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) three years ago in 2016. This has grown into ITFA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, chaired by Pedreira, who had come into the trade finance…

Fighting illicit financial flows

According to Global Financial Integrity’s update, “Illicit Financial Flows to and from 148 Developing Countries 2006−2015’ developing economies saw more in illicit trade related payments leaving their counties than the value of the aid budgets flowing into them. Robert Parson, a partner in the law firm Clyde & Co specialising…