Welcome to Trade Finance Talks a podcast from Trade Finance Global. During this series, we’ll be hearing from global experts, as well as learning about the latest trends, technology and insights in the world of international trade and receivables finance.
EBRD’s Rudolf Putz on delivering trade finance to emerging markets during COVID-19, and looking to a greener future
With global trade already back at pre-pandemic levels, it is tempting to say that the global economy has recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the worst of its upheavals are now behind us.
However, there are also signs that the rebound from the low baseline of the pandemic is losing momentum, as major economies battle the shared headwinds of persistently high inflation, supply chain disruption, labour shortages, and new COVID-19 restrictions.
To ponder what effect these dynamics have had - and will continue to have - on trade finance in emerging markets, there are few better observers to call on than Rudolf Putz.
What does the future hold for LNG?
In the commodities super cycle that has emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic, few resources have seen as much volatility as liquified natural gas (LNG).
From record lows to record highs in less than 18 months, LNG’s ups and downs are perhaps rivalled only by crude oil, whose 300% plunge to -$40 a barrel in April 2020 is one for the history books, and one for future economics students to ponder.
But unlike oil’s flash crash, LNG’s roller coaster has been a much more sustained affair, taking it from a pandemic low of $1.85 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) in May 2020, to almost $36 mmBtu today - an increase of more than 1,700%.
Full transcript here: https://www.tradefinanceglobal.com/posts/video-grappling-with-oversupply-decarbonisation-record-price-volatility-what-does-future-hold-for-lng/
U-shaped recovery - ICISA’s Richard Wulff on trade credit insurance and its bounce back from the pandemic
Like many products within trade finance, trade credit insurance has endured serious volatility during the last 12-18 months, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But while some products have struggled to bounce back - as evidenced by the growing trade finance gap - trade credit insurance has ultimately emerged from the pandemic stronger than before.
And perhaps one of the best witnesses to that recovery is Richard Wulff, executive director of the International Credit Insurance & Surety Association (ICISA).
Full transcript here: https://www.tradefinanceglobal.com/posts/podcast-s1-e75-u-shaped-recovery-icisas-richard-wulff-on-trade-credit-insurance-its-bounce-back-from-the-pandemic/(opens in a new tab)
Getting SaaS into surety and credit insurance - Tinubu’s co-founder talks insurtech
As the trade finance industry shifts towards more digitalised ways of doing business, new niches are opening up within the market.
One such niche can be found in digitalised trade credit insurance and surety markets, of which one of the largest players is Tinubu Square.
Tinubu Square considers itself the leading B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider for trade-related speciality insurance, namely credit insurance with short-term, medium-term, and political risk, bonds and surety, working with 60 insurers, 218 brokers and over 1000 obligees based around the world.
Full transcript here: https://www.tradefinanceglobal.com/posts/podcast-s1-ep74-getting-saas-into-surety-and-credit-insurance-tinubus-co-founder-talks-insurtech/
Pole Star, CarbonChain partnership delivers single-service sustainability, compliance solution
On the eve of COP26 - the biggest climate summit of the year - the world is more focused than ever on reducing carbon emissions, and on the role that individual companies can play in tackling climate change.
Starting this Sunday, COP26 will be the first UN climate conference since the publication of its landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in August this year.
Full transcript here: https://www.tradefinanceglobal.com/posts/podcast-s1-ep73-pole-star-carbonchain-partnership-delivers-single-service-sustainability-compliance-solution/
Sibos special: BAFT’s Tod Burwell, on the last century of trade and transaction banking
We have just finished the marathon, that is SIBOS Virtual, a festival of trade, treasury and payments. So what better way to celebrate, than to be joined by the CEO of the Banks Association for Financing Trade (or BAFT), Tod Burwell.
Full transcript here: https://www.tradefinanceglobal.com/posts/podcast-s1-ep72-sibos-special-bafts-tod-burwell-on-last-century-of-trade-transaction-banking/