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GTR Magazine - Sept/Oct 2014

Whale watching

A commodities financing scandal in China has shed some light on the murky underbelly of its collateral trade, which some fear is fuelling bubbles in China’s economy. Finbarr Bermingham reports.

Taking the temperature of trade

As the world of regulation heats up, GTR gathered its editorial board to measure the impact on the banking, legal and insurance industries.

Taking stock of Middle East risk

Sometimes lost among the headlines of bloodshed and regional strife, parts of the Middle East offer attractive investment opportunities. But even in these areas, the spread of sectarian violence poses complications, write Beazley Group’s Roddy Barnett, political risk underwriter, and Emma Whiteacre, country risk analyst.

Santander UK rolls out new trade tools

Santander UK has launched new trade tools and signed partnerships to boost international trade for the UK SME and MSB markets. To discuss the bank’s new focus Jason McGee-Abe sat down with Mark Ling, head of international, large corporate, and Mark Collings, UK director, international, from the Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking team, to find out more. 

Space commodity

Are a changing regulatory landscape and the rise of trading houses as financiers edging banks out of the commodity finance space? GTR and Holman Fenwick Willan brought together banks in the field to discuss.









Black Sea Trade: Russian roulette

Ongoing geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine have resulted in sanctions which are threatening the stability of trade finance within the Black Sea Region (BSR), writes Jason McGee-Abe.


E-invoicing: a price worth paying?

With many banks now taking a back seat in offering e-invoicing services, will they be missing a trick or two when it comes to the provision of supply chain finance? Liz Salecka investigates.

Spotlight on the Americas

Faced with an ever-challenging regulatory environment, members of the GTR Americas editorial board discuss the shifts that they see in their business today and how they can continue to remain relevant to the market in the future.

Nigeria: stepping on the gas

The shale revolution, regulatory challenges, political rifts and underlying security threats pose significant challenges for a Nigerian oil sector in transition, writes Freddie Heritage.

AfDB in the spotlight

As the African Development Bank relocates its headquarters back to Abidjan following a 10-year temporary relocation in Tunis, GTR speaks to Yaw Adu Kuffour, head of trade finance, about the take-up of its Trade Finance Programme (TFP), launched 18 months ago.


Strength of the Sparkasse

GTR and BNY Mellon gathered together a mix of German public sector banks to discuss how the country’s Sparkassen and Landesbanken can work together to better position themselves internationally.

China plans infrastructure development bank

China’s plan to develop a new pan-Asian development bank, aimed at financing Asia’s growing infrastructure needs, is welcomed by would-be competitor development banks, GTR has learnt.

The Philippines: an Asian miracle?

The Philippines has emerged as Asia’s second-fastest growing economy, but is its new-found prosperity alienating the support of institutionssuch as the Asian Development Bank? Jason McGee-Abe reports.

My precious

Singapore’s rapidly growing precious metals trading industry offers tremendous opportunity for industry players, writes Richard Hartung.


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