Latin American airports are flying high, says S&P’s Candela Macchi in InfraLatinAmerica

  Between 2006 and 2016, air traffic surged across Latin American nations; the average growth rate was triple the region’s GDP growth. This caused several airports in the region to reach maximum levels of capacity sooner than originally projected – and intensified calls for airport extension and upgrades. In an article for InfraLatinAmerica, S&P Global …

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The North American water sector is ready for a financing shakeup, writes S&P’s Trevor D’Olier-Lees for Water Canada

Financing improvements to North America’s water network is a gargantuan task—one that has ascended the public sector’s ability to handle alone. While the recent public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, cast a spotlight on water quality issues in the region, financing the upgrading and maintenance of aging systems remains a burden. Writing for Water Canada, S&P …

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BPL Global’s New York venture covered by the UK and US specialist press

Leading specialist credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) broker, BPL Global, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with EIA Global to form a joint venture insurance broking company in New York. The joint venture will focus on global financial institutions which will benefit from its globally-integrated CPRI broking services. As client demand for such …

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iGTB’s Herber de Ruijter explains why context is the key to world-class transaction banking services in Global Banking & Finance Review

Pursued by a host of fearless competitors, transaction banks face a task tough staying ahead of the pack – meeting rising expectations, while simultaneously keeping costs down and driving revenues up. The solution to all these problems lies in using client data to understand the context surrounding corporates’ treasury activities, says Herber de Ruijter, Head of …

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iGTB’s Barry Rhodes writes about the dawn of “contextual” corporate payments in The Paypers

Barry Rhodes, iGTB’s Head of Payments, has written an expert piece for The Paypers where he explains how banks should look to understand the context behind a corporate payment to revolutionise their services and develop new revenue streams. Previously, banks have approached payments with a product-centric mindset that hindered meaningful client relationships. A better approach is to understand …

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ICC Banking Commission’s Olivier Paul on technology and trade finance in The Banker

Ahead of their latest edition, The Banker recently interviewed Olivier Paul, ICC Banking Commission’s Head of Policy. The cover article, “Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?” explores how developing standards around digital transactions and reforming regulation will be crucial in encouraging technology to support SME trade financing. In particular, technology has a …

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BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom and Joon Kim discuss leveraging technology to fuel global trade in TFR’s sibos issue

At the end of 2016, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) predicted that, for the first time in 15 years, world trade grew slower than global GDP. Much of this slowdown is due to Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) requirements that have made financing trade costlier and more complex, inhibiting expansion. In a commentary article for …

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Natixis’ Southern Europe Economist Jesus Castillo tells Cinco Días newspaper that Spanish market tension will subside

Following the controversial Catalan Referendum earlier this month, Spanish oldest national financial newspaper Cinco Días asks Natixis’ Jesus Castillo his thoughts on how the Spanish market will react going forward. Castillo explains that despite the referendum, the nation’s rating has remained unchanged at BBB+, and that the negative reaction the Spanish stock market has seen …

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Commerzbank launches the second 2017 issue of FI.News

The latest edition of Commerzbank’s newsletter for its financial institutions clients, released in time for Sibos, looks ahead to the future of finance and trade. Explore the Commerzbank 4.0 programme as it builds a future-proof bank. Discover the fruits of collaboration with fintechs. See how Commerzbank is bringing custody and collateral services into the modern …

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BNY Mellon’s Daniel Verbruggen joins the debate on the future of transaction banking in FX-MM

From managing the demands of regulatory compliance, to navigating the opportunities and threats presented by financial technology, it takes a lot to thrive in the fast-changing transaction banking sector. FX-MM asks BNY Mellon’s Daniel Verbruggen, Head of Relationship Management Europe, Treasury Services, his thoughts on how blockchain and real-time payments hold the potential to forever …

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