UniCredit’s David Vials in TMI: digital tools can help UK Corporates seize CEE potential

UK corporates are increasingly looking beyond Western Europe for growth. Central and Eastern Europe, with over 100 million consumers and a combined GDP of over GBP 1tr, is a region of remarkable potential and increasingly part of the discussion. Nevertheless, increased risk from local counterparties, and cultural and regulatory complexities can hinder successful trade. Writing …

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In The Paypers, BNY Mellon’s Ross Jones discusses the importance of collaboration in driving payment innovation

  With client demand for real-time services increasingly being met in domestic payments, the industry is turning its focus to applying similar capabilities to global payments. Indeed, in this globalised world, cross-border transactions are soaring, and creating real-time solutions for payments – irrespective of location – has become a key priority. In order to achieve …

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In bobsguide, BNY Mellon’s Daniela Eder considers how PSD2 is changing the face of payments

Technological innovation – driven by the emergence of a tech-hungry generation – has become a huge catalyst for change across the financial services industry. In January 2018, PSD2 – a revised version of the original PSD1 – will come into effect.  Designed to help harmonise the European market for payment services, PSD2 incorporates enhancements to transparency, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees tells FTSE Global Markets that U.S. water utilities may be the major beneficiary of bundling

In 2014, the town of Flint, Michigan, was besieged by a state of emergency – as a result of lead-tainted pipes contaminating the water supply of its 100,000 residents. Embodying the challenges U.S. infrastructure projects face when seeking capital for upgrades, the Flint crisis could be followed by further catastrophes if critical utility repairs are …

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ICC Banking Commission’s Olivier Paul discusses updates in supply chain finance terminology in the latest B2B guide from The Paypers

In the latest B2B guide from The Paypers, Olivier Paul, Head of Policy, ICC Banking Commission, outlines the value of supply chain finance (SCF) in the trade finance industry. With an increasing number of players in this area, standardising SCF definitions and techniques is important in providing clarity to the industry. Fortunately, industry efforts focusing …

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UniCredit’s Cédric Derras discusses Europe’s upcoming instant payments revolution in new B2B guide from The Paypers

The introduction of instant payments to the European market is fast approaching. Cédric Derras, Global Head of Cash Management at UniCredit, explains in a new B2B guide from The Paypers how banks and corporates can ensure they are ready for this transition and make the most of the opportunities it will present. Despite the benefits …

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UniCredit’s Christian Nägele discusses the key to unlocking African trade in Global Banking & Finance Review

Africa continues to show promise and is growing in importance as a market for corporates in Europe. But while positive demographics and strong growth rates are generating strong opportunities, corporates and their banking partners still face considerable challenges in Africa due to the continent’s cultural diversity and its regulatory and political inconsistencies. Christian Nägele, Head of …

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US dollar still on the defensive as raw materials drop in price

In Nordine Naam’s weekly forex blog for FX-MM, Natixis’ Senior Forex Analyst discusses the impact of the downturn in commodity prices on the US dollar. Despite the optimistic tone of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement, the US dollar weakened slightly last week. This was due, in large part, to the downturn in price of raw materials. …

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Crown Agents Bank’s Theresa Henshaw surveys the African currency landscape in an article for GTNews

African currencies have undergone tremendous volatility over the past year, with significant depreciations – as well as some surprise recoveries – making headlines. In an article for GTNews, Crown Agents Bank’s deputy treasurer, Theresa Henshaw, explains that the background to such instability has been equally fickle raw material prices. These have dampened growth and put …

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Deutsche Bank’s Flow Magazine discusses ISO 20022

ISO 20022 will play an instrumental role in the future of payments – providing operational efficiency and enabling banks and market infrastructures globally to communicate. Yet it only really works if banks and market infrastructures around the world are harmonised, or at the very least aligned, in their migration efforts. In an article for Flow …

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