You’ve had enough - the money’s not good enough, you hate your boss, your prospects dire: it’s time to go it alone and fulfil your entrepreneurial dreams. Helen Castell talks to several trade finance specialists who ha
Shedding an unfair image
The US Chamber of Commerce has called Africa "the most profitable place in the world to do business", writes Stephen Capon, Head of Country & Credit Risk Management at Ace European Group. Here, he looks
Time up for Bolero
A handful of online providers of trade finance and other trade-related services have sought to make their mark since the late 1990s, but banks and exporters have slowly started to pin down the web-based servic
Central America makes gains
Mexico’s greater economic shadow casts itself strongly over Central America. But times are changing as these smaller neighbours work hard to improve infrastructure and reform their institutions, thus at
Economic orthodoxy and integration into the US economy point to a slowly improving risk assessment of Mexico. But standing still is hardly progress. Moorgate Group’s Head of Research, Trevor Utting , asses
Keeping an eye on the goods
Tracking trade collateral is a full-time and not an easy job. It is essential to ensure that collateral management is undertaken in a professional manner in emerging markets, as James Brandman writ
DOCUMENTATION: UCP & LCs
Get back to class!
Failing to know your UCP could seriously damage your trade business. Documentation specialist Ravi Mehta sets out the pros and cons of learning the UCP - Uniform Customs &a
Dubai hadn’t quite seen a gathering like this for some years - Exporta’s Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Trade & Export Finance Forum 2004 in February received top marks from the 140 attendees for focus, speeches, organisati
Lining up for Libya
Libya is the new hot topic of conversation among traders and financiers involved in North African and Middle Eastern trade. Diplomats and ministers are talking, sanctions are slowly lifting - and ultimately, trad
The marathon runner
Oil is black gold, they say, and like its metal counterpart, the oil price has crept skyward in recent years, with sources in Russia and West Africa especially exciting the trade and commodity finance community. But a
Iraq’s debt endgame begins
Pricing improvement remains sluggish despite increased trading on the back of positive moves. In his regular column, Jan Mekenkamp of Omni Whittington offers an explanation.
It’s been a quiet start of the year for the Trade Finance Index from LTP Trade. Most movement has been owing to interest rate accrual.
The LTP Trade Finance index started the year on a quiet
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