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European exits leave Latam trade financing gaps to be filled

April 2, 2012

As Europe's banks come to terms with the economic impact of Basel III's rules on capital requirements, their demand for trade finance deals in Latin America through the International Finance Corporation has waned. But this leaves the door open to North American and Asian banks looking to increase their presence in the region.

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Singapore's standing as GTS hub goes from strength to strength

March 1, 2012

Singapore’s strategic location in Asia is proving a boon to the city state’s transaction bankers, particularly as they seek to capture banking business from the world’s changing trade flows.

Transaction banking braced for a year of further consolidation

February 1, 2012

Faced with a mass of regulatory reform and the ill-effects of the sovereign debt crisis, transaction banking is set for more change. And despite the emergence of new competitors, the competitive landscape is contracting thanks to global consolidation. The Banker speaks to some of the world's leading transaction bankers about their strategies for the coming year and beyond.

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Trade finance blown off course

December 23, 2010

Industry experts are concerned that impending regulation will obstruct the route to global recovery unless it is modified to make allowances for trade financing. Writer John Beck

Trade finance banks say Basel III will damage world trade

November 24, 2010

International business will become significantly more expensive if the impending Basel III regime does not make allowances for trade finance, bankers fear.

Hitting the wrong target

September 29, 2010

The new regulations designed to tame the world's banks and mend the post-crisis financial system are panning out with unintended consequences which threaten to hit the private sector where it hurts most. Michelle Price reports.

Filling Asia's vacuum

May 28, 2010

As international banks have pulled back their trade and commodity finance operations in Asia during the downturn, so increasingly sophisticated local players, particularly in China, are piling in. Writer Charlie Corbett

Trade finance comes to the fore

October 28, 2009

The severe slowdown of international trade flows and trade financing during the global crisis have impacted heavily on the export-dependent Latin American economies, yet there are signs that the market is starting to pick up.

Kick-starting world trade: Turning the wheels of Trade

July 7, 2009

Trade finance has taken a battering in the past 12 months, and governments across the world are desperately seeking measures to inject life into the world's clogged-up trade arteries. Writer Charlie Corbett

Latin America’s uphill struggle

March 10, 2009

Short-term trade finance has come apart in Latin America but banks and governments are focusing on home markets to the detriment of a global solution. The effects are reverberating hard in emerging markets and a dependence on devalued commodities and over-aggressive hedging by exporters are exacerbating the situation. Writer John Rumsey.

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