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Broadening export horizons: Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas explores Myanmar and Vietnam in The Asset

Vietnam’s economic development has been driven by its export-led industries, and Myanmar looks set to follow in its footsteps. In a feature for leading Asian finance magazine The Asset, Agnes Vargas, Regional Head of Greater China and ASEAN, explains that continued economic progress in both countries will depend on diversifying trade beyond their traditional partner China …

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Europe’s “Best Trade Bank”: Commerzbank builds its track record in TFR’s awards

Commerzbank has been recognised by leading specialist publication Trade & Forfaiting Review as the “Best Trade Bank in Europe”. The accolade is the latest in a series of successes for Commerzbank in the magazine’s “Excellence in Trade Awards“, having taken the German title in 2016. Commerzbank’s Alexandre Bessy, Vice President, Advisor Trade Services, takes home the prize.



UniCredit’s Thomas Dusch and Harald Schwendtner on trade finance in emerging markets in ICC Germany Magazine

Despite sluggish global trade, an increasing number of European corporates looking to expand their operations internationally is driving demand for trade finance. The best opportunities for growth are in high-potential emerging markets in Asia and Africa, yet volatility and risk, along with dense regulatory and compliance procedures, pose significant challenges. In order to meet these …

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BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom discusses how to fight protectionism and close the trade finance gap in CFO Innovation

In spite of recent challenges to growth, Asian trade has remained resilient (with ASEAN exports, for example, growing 12% from 2013 to 2016 to reach US$875 billion). Yet, where world trade once grew at twice the rate of GDP, the WTO’s forecast for world trade growth in 2016 was a rate of just 1.7% – …

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BNY Mellon’s Mauro Bonacina discusses the potential for technology to transform trade in FX-MM

  Trade as we know it dates back centuries and has altered very little; remaining heavily paper based, labour intensive and dominated by manual processes. Certainly, if you were to name one sector that could benefit from fintech innovation, trade would be it. And despite challenges to the digitalisation of trade – such as reluctance …

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In The Asset, BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom considers the importance of collaboration and innovation in securing the future of trade in Asia

Trade in Asia is facing a changing global landscape and considerable challenges, with structural economic change taking place in the region itself, coupled with growing protectionism in the west. Despite this, Asia has experienced above average global trade growth in recent years and continues to do so, with the trade outlook for the region particularly …

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UniCredit’s Luca Corsini explains in GTR how transaction bank evolution is good news for corporates

The current challenging environment in global trade is compelling transaction banks to re-examine client relationships, improve efficiency and step up innovation to remain competitive and future proof their business models. Luca Corsini, Global Head of Trade Finance at UniCredit and new Global GTB Co-Head starting from August, explains in GTR that despite the impetus, it’s …

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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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BNY Mellon’s Michelle Hui discusses the importance of collaboration for leveraging trade opportunities for Asia in The Asian Banker

Global trade is experiencing significant change, and economic and political uncertainty is impacting key trading relationships in Asia. Despite these turbulent times, recent figures indicate that growth in ASEAN, for instance, has been relatively unfazed by headwinds in 2016. That said, another particularly important trend has emerged that hampers the ability for many local companies …

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UniCredit named as Global Finance Innovator in Trade Finance 2017

Following a submission by Moorgate, UniCredit has been honoured as one of Global Finance magazine’s “Innovators” for 2017 in the Trade Finance category. In an innovative collaboration, UniCredit and CRX Markets offered a comprehensive supply chain finance (SCF) marketplace platform for one of the bank’s core relationship clients. This collaboration enables UniCredit to consistently add …

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