UniCredit’s Cédric Derras writes in TMI that the European payments landscape is entering a promising new era in 2018

With significant developments such as SWIFT gpi, instant payments, and the Second Payment Services Directive all either coming into play or entering full maturation in the European payments market, Cédric Derras, Global Head of Cash Management at UniCredit, explains in Treasury Management International how these initiatives add up for corporates, who stand to benefit from faster, …

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S&P Global Ratings highlights tech disruption among key risks for transportation sector, covered by specialist press

S&P Global Ratings’ 2018 transportation sector trends report concludes that the industry must adapt to technological and mobility disruption, which presents both risks and opportunities for operators. The report provides an outlook for operators of ports, airports, toll roads and car parks. S&P believes that these sectors are stable, though operators should look to exploit growth opportunities …

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Writing for Private Art Investor, Falcon Fine Art’s Tim Hunter discusses the 2018 art market outlook

Deloitte/ArtTactic’s 2017 art market survey reported that political and economic uncertainty is the biggest risk to the art market in 2018. However, writing for Private Art Investor, Tim Hunter, Vice President of Falcon Fine Art explains that the art market is a resilient one, and relatively independent of geopolitical events compared to other assets. Despite …

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Deutsche Bank’s Anil Walia talks to BCR Publishing on the state of the payables finance market

 Anil Walia, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Financial Supply Chain, EMEA, talks to BCR Publishing on: falling prices; increased competition; and the importance of safety, soundness and sustainability in today’s payables finance market. To read the full article, please click here (please note the article lies behind a paywall)

ICC United Kingdom’s Chris Southworth interviewed on BBC Radio 4

Following Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest statement on trade with the EU post-Brexit, BBC Radio 4’s Charlotte Smith and Chris Southworth, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom, discuss what May’s “hard facts” mean for the UK’s food and drink sector. Southworth explains that, in light of May’s speech, a five-10 year transition …

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Falcon Fine Art’s Spring Newsletter 2018 released

To further promote their art expertise,  Falcon Fine Art has released the most recent edition of their quarterly newsletter. The newsletter, which has been well-received, details recent performance of the global art market and outlook, key sales, exhibitions and events. The full details of the newsletter can be found at the Falcon Fine Art site.

Natixis’ Eric Le Brusq wins Structured Retail Products’ (SRP) Personality of the Year

As a part of their 2017 European Awards Report, Structured Retail Products (SRP) has named Eric Le Brusq, Global Head of Equity Derivatives, their Personality of the Year for the Structured Retail Products category. The report is based on both quantitative and qualitative analysis from 713 structured products distributors across EMEA during 2017, collecting data on …

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Commerzbank crosses new trading frontiers as part of the Marco Polo blockchain project

The multi-bank initiative seeks to apply distributed ledger technology to trade finance. News of Marco Polo’s successful proof of concept was covered in Global Trade Review, Market Business News, Trade & Export Finance, Bobsguide, Banking Technology, Fintech Futures, Finextra, Blockchain News, Coindesk, CoinTelegraph, Toinnov, Enterprise Times, FSTech, Pyments, and Trade Finance Global.

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 …

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Asia’s infrastructure projects are stepping up, writes S&P Global Ratings’ Abhishek Dangra in Brink Asia

The South and Southeast Asia region (SSEA) is embarking on many of the world’s most intensive infrastructure projects. The Asian Development Bank estimates that SSEA will spend a total of US$9.5 trillion on infrastructure between 2016 and 2030. Given this critical period of development, S&P Global Ratings’ director of Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings, Abhishek Dangra, …

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