Pound tipped to test 2016 against US dollar

Pound tipped to test 2016 against US dollar

Pound Tipped to Test 2016 Lows Against the US Dollar Over Coming Weeks 2017 has started in negative fashion for Pound Sterling as markets ready themselves for the commencement of…read more →


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GUIDE: General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATs)

GUIDE: General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATs)

Trade in Services – What does this mean and how does it affect my business? Trade in services is sometimes referred to as an international trade of services. It is…read more →


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Can the Pound Hit 1.20 Against the US Dollar?

Can the Pound Hit 1.20 Against the US Dollar?

Exporters Dare to Dream The renewed downside impetus in the British Pound at the start of October has left many questioning where the limits to sell-off lie. The Pound has…read more →


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Time to Call a Bottom in Pound Sterling’s Decline?

Time to Call a Bottom in Pound Sterling’s Decline?

The falls in Sterling following the Brexit vote have been punishing for those importers who did not hedge against declines; but could the weakness finally be ending? The British pound…read more →


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Red Clause Letters of Credit and Green Clause Letters of Credit – What are they?

Red Clause Letters of Credit and Green Clause Letters of Credit – What are they?

When Letters of Credit were first developed, there were a number of specific Letters of Credit that developed. The two main ones were Red Letters of Credit and Green Letters…read more →


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How are essDOCS paving the way for paperless trade?

How are essDOCS paving the way for paperless trade?

We spoke to Jacco de Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting about his history and career in trade finance, as well as his views on recent changes and the future of…read more →


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How an SME can secure finance without giving away equity

How an SME can secure finance without giving away equity

Securing finance to purchase goods: There are many routes for SMEs Equity or angel investment is great for kickstarting the growth of an awesome startup, but sometimes, it’s not appropriate.…read more →


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What is structured trade finance?

What is structured trade finance?

Structured Trade Finance (STF) Structured trade finance is a type of debt finance, which is used as an alternative to conventional lending. It is regularly used in developing countries and…read more →


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What is a currency peg?

What is a currency peg?

How does a currency peg work? Currencies are usually free flowing and various domestic and macro economic events will impact on the strength of a currency. The differences between currencies…read more →


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How to compare invoice finance providers

How to compare invoice finance providers

Why should I compare invoice factoring or invoice discounting providers? There are several bank and non-bank providers of invoice finance, from large instutions to small alternative funders, each offering different…read more →


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Recourse or Non-Recourse Factoring – Which is the best option for my company?

Recourse or Non-Recourse Factoring – Which is the best option for my company?

With commercial finance becoming increasingly complicated, we teamed up with Simply Factoring Brokers to help simplify some of the terms that confuse business owners like you. We recently published a…read more →


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What is MT799?

What is MT799?

MT799 Explained When dealing with Bank Guarantees, Documentary Credits, and Letters of Credit (LCs), one may hear the term ‘MT799’ being used. MT799 is a message that is sent between…read more →


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BREAKING: UK Trade Deficit Widens

BREAKING: UK Trade Deficit Widens

As we predicted, exporting is on the rise off the back of a weakening pound since June 2016. Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have reported a…read more →


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TFG announces winners of the Recruiter Awards for Excellence, commending digitally focused companies

TFG announces winners of the Recruiter Awards for Excellence, commending digitally focused companies

The winners of the 2016 TFG Recruitment Awards were announced this week (on Wednesday 17th February). The awards recognised and rewarded innovative practice in the industry. This year saw the…read more →


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ONS releases UK trade figures

ONS releases UK trade figures

On 8 July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest UK trade figures for the month of May, which showed a widening trade deficit, although not as great…read more →


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The Budget 2015 – What it means for SMEs

The Budget 2015 – What it means for SMEs

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his seventh budget earlier today. He offered Britain a ‘new contract’ – but what does this mean for businesses? The economy grew by 3% in 2014…read more →


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Interview: Tackling Money Laundering in Trade Finance

Interview: Tackling Money Laundering in Trade Finance

The rise in trade-based money laundering (TBML), combined with the enormous regulatory fines and ongoing scrutiny from various government agencies, has created a need for enhanced financial transparency, specifically where…read more →


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Basel III – What is it and what will it mean for alternative finance? A Basel III Guide for Dummies

Basel III – What is it and what will it mean for alternative finance? A Basel III Guide for Dummies

Basel III – A Guide to Basel and what it means for banks Basel III regulation affects lending from banks. Alternative finance and ‘fintech’ encompass many different elements which are…read more →


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Do we fear Trump? An outlook on China tariffs and US car companies

Do we fear Trump? An outlook on China tariffs and US car companies

We will take a look at the China and US trade relationship along with the vehicles market in the US below, and attempt to understand whether Donald Trump will ‘rip…read more →


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The trade revolution: globalised, digitalised trade and finance

The trade revolution: globalised, digitalised trade and finance

We spoke to Ben Singh-Jarrold, Corporate Banking Strategist at Misys on the trade revolution. Whether you believe Globalisation 2.0 is an unstoppable force, or that progress to a truly global…read more →


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10 Trade Finance Questions and our Answers

10 Trade Finance Questions and our Answers

Given that the TFG trade finance team speaks funders, banks, people looking to trade and open Letters of Credit, we’ve put together a list of 10 questions that are commonly…read more →


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A recipe for Further Recovery in Sterling

A recipe for Further Recovery in Sterling

Pound Sterling has enjoyed a strong recovery over the past week, and there are signs that the upside momentum could run further yet. The GBP/USD exchange rate is, at the…read more →


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UK Spending Review and Economy Update

UK Spending Review and Economy Update

So where are we now following the UK Spending Review? The UK government spending review and stock market reactions have been rather uneventful; with ratings agencies like Fitch outlining that…read more →


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The US Dollar has More Fuel Left in its Tank

The US Dollar has More Fuel Left in its Tank

Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory has shaken foreign exchange markets notably and set them on a new direction. But how long can the trend extend for? The US Dollar…read more →


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UPDATE: Indian Cash Crisis

UPDATE: Indian Cash Crisis

We have heard in news flows of the currency that has been taken out of circulation and seen the riots outside of Indian banks. However, it is important to understand…read more →


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Spotlight On: Sarah Walker at KPMG on Alternative Finance

Spotlight On: Sarah Walker at KPMG on Alternative Finance

We spoke to Sarah Walker, who is the UK Lead of Alternative Finance at KPMG about her thoughts on the alternative finance sector and where it is headed, following NESTA’s…read more →


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Trade finance in Africa – where are we headed? An Interview with Ikenna Egbukole, FirstBank of Nigeria

Trade finance in Africa – where are we headed? An Interview with Ikenna Egbukole, FirstBank of Nigeria

What’s the future of Africa trade finance? Trade finance presents huge opportunities in emerging markets such as Africa. We spoke to Mr Ikenna Egbukole, Head of Structured Trade & Commodity…read more →


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ANNOUNCED: Winners of the Trade Finance Excellence Awards 2017

ANNOUNCED: Winners of the Trade Finance Excellence Awards 2017

Following a year of volatility, innovation and uncertainty, the Trade Finance Excellence Awards 2017 by TFG have been announced! This year, we focus on those who have demonstrated exceptional performance…read more →


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Usance Letters of Credit – What are they?

Usance Letters of Credit – What are they?

When Letters of Credit were first developed, there were a number of specific Letters of Credit that developed. This is a short guide about usance or deferred LCs. Usance Letters…read more →


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Cashflow versus Working Capital: The Importance Of Choosing The Right Accountant

Cashflow versus Working Capital: The Importance Of Choosing The Right Accountant

Managing income and expenses is essential for the continuous growth and success of any business trading overseas or domestically. It is also equally important to hire a certified professional to…read more →


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Go Global – The Export Action Plan Competition

Go Global – The Export Action Plan Competition

Open to Export have launched a competition for the chance to win £3000 towards your companies export strategy We spoke to the team about the Open to Export Action Plan…read more →


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What are Restricted Letters of Credit?

What are Restricted Letters of Credit?

What is the procedure by the beneficiary banks (not a negotiating bank) if there is a restricted Letter of Credit (LC)? The bank could tell the beneficiary to present documents…read more →


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