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GTR Magazine - Jan/Feb 2015

The German question

For the first time in a lifetime, fears were raised last year over the health of Germany’s exports sector. Finbarr Bermingham asks whether we should start to get worried.

Feeding the biomasses

Biomass is valued in the renewable energy mix for its constant supply, but small, local plants close to their feedstock remain the easiest to finance, writes Sarah Rundell.

GTR Leaders in Trade 2014: winners revealed

Two months ago GTR called all companies that read our magazine and attend our events to vote in our annual Leaders in Trade awards. We asked these and other companies engaged in cross-border trade activities to tell us which financial institutions are the best internationally.

These are the results.

Bolivia changes its tune

While Bolivia may be far from the first choice for investors in Latin America, as President Evo Morales settles in for his third term in office, there are signs that changes are afoot. With new investment legislation and a promise of no more expropriations from the president, could this resource-rich country be altering its approach, asks Eleanor Wragg.

Banking on Palestine

Despite common perceptions that it is impossible to do business in Palestine, the Palestinian economy continues to grow: in 2011 the stock market was the best performing in the Middle East. Dr Elizabeth Stephens talks opportunities for investment.

Alternative financier talks Africa

Ex-Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation banker Christian Karam, who left his position as head of the bank’s Africa desk at the end of 2013 to set up Africa Trade Finance (ATF), speaks to GTR about the alternative financier’s first year of business.

Australia: Chuffed about ChAFTA

Australia and China signed a declaration of intent for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in November 2014. The Abbott administration says the pact will boost the nation’s competitive position in key areas. But with dark mutterings in some quarters about the possible downsides of tying Australia’s fortunes even tighter to those of China, how chuffed should Australia really be about ChAFTA? Eleanor Wragg reports.


India: Modification process

Eight months after coming to power, what has Narendra Modi done for Indian trade? Finbarr Bermingham asks the question.

The PIGS report

One of the less glamorous acronyms to emerge from the financial crisis concerned some of Europe’s most struggling economies. Finbarr Bermingham checks in to see how Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain are performing in trade.

Sepa pays its way

The introduction of a standardised payments markets across the euro area is expected to bring new opportunities for corporates involved in cross-border trade. Banks, meanwhile, are leveraging Sepa to create new early financing solutions. Liz Salecka reports.

Investigating 'unbanked' banks

Commerzbank gathered together a group of bankers and corporates to discuss how emerging markets are being cut off from the global correspondent banking network.

Paving the way: young trade professionals

On the back of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association’s (ITFA’s) newly-founded “Young Professionals in Trade Finance & Forfaiting” initiative, which aims to support young trade finance practitioners’ professional growth, GTR teamed up with ITFA to host a roundtable to discuss the current themes and challenges facing the trade and forfaiting market from the point of view of the next generation of trade financiers.


GTR Best Law Firm 2014: Norton Rose Fulbright scoops top prize

Norton Rose Fulbright has been named the best law firm in trade finance by GTR readers.

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