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GTR Magazine - March/April 2004

COVER STORY: Going solo

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

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: RISK PERCEPTION AND PROSPECTS

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

E-COMMERCE: BOLERO.NET

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

AMERICAS: CENTRAL AMERICA & MEXICO

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

AMERICAS: MEXICO

Unsettling times 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

Collateral management: security over goods

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

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

CONFERENCE REPORT: MENA Trade & Export Finance Forum 2004, Dubai

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

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: LIBYA

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

SECTOR REVIEW: OIL & GAS

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

Emerging Markets De[bt]velopments

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. \x{a0}

DATA: TRADE FINANCE INDEX

Hush, hush 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. \x{a0} The LTP Trade Finance index started the year on a quiet
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