• Trade Finance TV

Trade Finance TV is the channel for importers, exporters, economists, governments, financiers, regulators, investors and fintechs. In other words, anyone who does business in multiple time zones with multiple currencies with many moving parts.

From coffee beans in Kenya to wind turbines in Australia, most trade is enabled by some form of credit. In each show there will be a deep dive into what goods and services are going where, what trade disputes do to economic wellbeing, and how the finance works.

This is your go to channel for everything from documentary credits to export and infrastructure finance with government agencies and commodity finance. Given the new normal of economic volatility – with geopolitical conflicts as ongoing disruptors of trade and supply chains – you need to be part of the conversation.

Find out more about Deutsche Bank’s Trade Finance business here

Video 45: Trade Finance TV: 2022 – The Year of the Black Swan

As 2022 draws to a close, and the spectre of recession in 2023 looms, what can we make of the Black Swan events that shaped the past 12 months? Just as we were getting back to a new normal after Covid-19, the Russia-Ukraine crisis unfolded, with profound effects on energy markets.

Video 44: Trade Finance TV: Trade and Inflation

Resurgent inflation appears firmly bedded in for now and rising energy and food prices have impacted the cost of living in both developed and emerging economies. What is this doing to trade? How are governments responding?

Video 43: Trade Finance TV: Trade finance and investors

The uptake of assets under management in private debt stands at around US$800bn with more than 4000 investors. Given the short-term nature of trade finance lending along with low default rates, investors in the know have become very interested this particular asset class.

Video 42: Trade Finance TV: What next for refineries?

Against the backdrop that annual investment in clean energy needs to double to US$5trn a year to reach net-zero, according to the International Energy Agency, what does this mean for today’s refineries while the world transitions away from fossil fuels?

Video 41: Trade Finance TV: Securing critical commodities in a volatile world

“Russia typically supplies about 5% to 6% of global commodities, China has dominance, particularly, around the battery raw material supply chain and is increasingly taking ownership of the mining of these commodities,” opens Julian Kettle of commodities analysts Wood MacKenzie in this episode of Trade Finance TV.

Video 40: Trade Finance TV: Powering a clean tomorrow

How can we transition to net zero yet maintain energy supplies needed to keep up the output of copper, steel and aluminium needed for turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles? Oil still dominates the mix, but with demand for energy continuing to rise around the world as poorer economies come out of poverty and populations increase, where will the sheer scale of the renewable sources needed to replace oil and gas come from?

Video 39: Trade Finance TV: How is sustainable export finance stepping up?

Continuing the theme of sustainable finance from our previous episode of Trade Finance TV we welcome into the studio two experts on sustainable export credit agency finance, along with TXF Editor in Chief Jonathan Bell.

Video 38: Sustainable Finance In Action

COP26 emphasised that funding plays a huge role in achieving the agreed climate goals. “Every company, every financial firm, every bank, insurer and investor will need to change” says the UK Government.

Video 37: Trade Finance TV: How tech delivers ESG solutions in Africa

At the COP26 summit in Glasgow held in November 2021, there was a consensus that it was time to finish with the talk and get on with “walking the walk” of sustainability transition.

Video 36: Trade Finance TV: How should sustainable finance frameworks evolve?

At the COP26 in Glasgow held in November 2021, the importance of frameworks that everyone can agree for moving from talking the talk to walking the walk became very clear. The EU Taxonomy has covered much of that ground, but how do we make further progress?

Video 35: Trade Finance TV: Bye-bye cash? The future of money

With the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the shift to digital payments, what does this mean for the future of money as we know it? Will cash disappear?

Video 34: Trade finance yesterday, today and what is driving tomorrow

Having heard from our young professionals in trade finance in 2019, two years on, it was time to talk to those at the other end of the career spectrum – who could look back on several decades with current insights.

Video 33: How ESG-aligned FX hedging shaped Primetals’ sustainability strategy

As companies set out on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) transition journeys, there are opportunities to use cash management FX hedging and trade finance tools to support them along the way.

Video 32: Financing ESG Transition

It has been two years since Trade Finance TV went on location to Amsterdam, covering the annual TXF Global Commodity Trade Finance event.

Video 31: After Greensill: the future of supply chain finance

The collapse of Greensill Capital could not have come at a worse time for the supply chain finance (SCF) ecosystem, with headlines continuing to link the insolvency to searching questions surrounding its longevity.

Video 30: Supply chain finance – the corporate perspective

What do corporates look for when selecting a supply chain finance provider? Cost, IT integration, choice of platform and type of funding are four key factors – along with longevity.

Video 29: Just In Time to Just In Case

A year on from Covid-19’s arrival, supply chains have moved from “just-in-time” to just-in-case”. But, as Falcon Group’s Americas CEO and Vice Chair John Ahearn observes, other factors are at play here, such as Brexit and trade wars.

Video 28: A new era for UK trade?

The EU/UK Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was signed in the nick of time just before Christmas 2020, but will it stand the test of time and is it fit for purpose?

Video 27: America’s bounce-back from Covid-19

All elections have implications for the wider economic outlook, but given that the US economy (around US$22trn in GDP) is the world’s largest and touches most parts of the global system, the 2020 election result has particular nuances – especially in this time of Covid-19...

Video 26: West Africa’s trade and Covid-19

How is Sub-Saharan Africa weathering the Covid-19 pandemic? Better than expected, conclude our panellists on this episode of Trade Finance TV…

Video 25: MENA trade, Covid-19 and oil price volatility

One of the big winners of globalisation has been the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. As MENA diversifies from hydrocarbons, it has evolved into a trade hub...

Video 24: Trade finance digitalisation boost?

While global trade growth contracted during the Covid-19 pandemic, collective efforts to contain the virus have given the digitalisation journey a new urgency.…

Video 23: Covid-19 and financing supply chains

With Covid-19 having wreaked havoc on global supply chains at breakneck speed, taking manpower that kept them moving out into lockdown and quarantines, what does this mean for the financing programmes that support them?…

Video 22: Trade finance – a connecting force

At the start of 2019, Dr Rebecca Harding joined us in the Trade Finance TV studio as our very first guest and predicted a rocky year ahead for trade as globalisation morphed into localisation. You can look back at “Trade growth drivers and the risks of derailment…

Video 21: Manufacturing uptick drives new wave of demand in base metals

After what has been a tough two years for metals demand as a result of a slowdown in manufacturing – particularly in China – the outlook is brighter at the dawn of the new decade. Nick Snowdon, Deutsche Bank’s Metals Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research joins Trade Finance TV to explain how firms had been destocking and acting on a hand to…

Video 20: A golden safe haven

Gold continues to glitter for three very good reasons, says Nicholas Snowdon, Deutsche Bank’s Metals Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research – a low interest rate environment, a record period for bonds yielding below flat, and low inflation. “Geopolitical events support safe haven buying and this creates a strong environment for…

Video 19: Manufacturing uptick drives new wave of demand in base metals

After what has been a tough two years for metals demand as a result of a slowdown in manufacturing – particularly in China – the outlook is brighter at the dawn of the new decade. Nick Snowdon, Deutsche Bank’s Metals Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research joins Trade Finance TV to…

Video 18: Can climate change policies change global trade behaviour?

To kick start the first Trade Finance TV show of the new decade, we welcome Luke Templeman, Analyst, Thematic Research at Deutsche Bank and the return of Dr Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies to discuss what climate change-related issues came out of the World Economic Annual Meeting Davos 2020…

Video 17: Supporting young trade finance professionals

Trade Finance TV welcomes into the studio Duarte Pedreira, who in addition to his day job in trade finance at Crown Agents Bank, heads the Emerging Leaders programme at the International Trade and Forfaiting Association. He is joined by two actual ITFA Emerging Leaders, Aycan Ertuğrul of the Berne Union and Pouya Jafari of Channel Capital

Video 16: Accessing trade finance expertise

Pouya Jafari, is an Associate at Channel Capital Advisers, and ITFA Emerging Leader and on his LinkedIn profile describes himself as “a curious and driven professional with a deep interest in global trade, investment management, and geopolitics”

Video 15: Choosing a trade finance career

Now Head of Trade Finance at Crown Agents’ Bank, Duarte Pedreira launched what was then the Young Professionals’ Initiative at the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) three years ago in 2016.

This has grown into ITFA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, chaired by Pedreira, who had come into the trade finance profession “by accident” having had a capital markets background. “What I want to create is a more structured way in which people can choose trade finance as a career choice….it’s all about creating the conditions so people know what trade finance is all about and powerfully choose a career, says Pedreira

Video 14: Trade Finance Professional Education

As David Morrish, Relationship Director of the London Institute of Banking and Finance reflects his 50 years in trade finance, he talks to Trade Finance TV about why there is such a strong demand for trade finance and transaction banking professional education. It’s all down to a new normal of economic uncertainty and trade wars as organisations look to upskill staff and help them to become as professional as possible

Video 13: Toughening Up the Certificate in International Trade and Finance

When the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) launched the Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF), this was a game changer in trade finance learning. You didn’t have to be a specialist in trade finance documentation to get a qualification – this was something for all participates in trade, be they importers, exporters, insurers, or financiers – even trade finance journalists

Video 12: A Framework for Trade Finance Digitalisation

On 10 July 2019, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released electronic supplements to the existing Uniform Rules for Collections (URC 522) and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 600) rules.

But despite all these encouraging developments in standards and rules, why is it taking so long for trade participants to agree a common approach? Trade Finance TV talks to David Meynell, Senior Technical Adviser at the ICC Banking Commission and Co-owner of tradefinance.training about the ICC’s roadmap of digital standards

Video 11: Fighting illicit financial flows

According to Global Financial Integrity’s update, “Illicit Financial Flows to and from 148 Developing Countries 2006−2015’ developing economies saw more in illicit trade related payments leaving their counties than the value of the aid budgets flowing into them. Robert Parson, a partner in the law firm Clyde & Co specialising in trade finance – who is also editor of the monthly legal journal Finance & Credit Law, stepped into the Trade Finance TV studio on location in Amsterdam to tell us more about the problem

Video 10: Reserve-based lending in the North Sea

Deutsche Bank’s Director of Structured Commodity Finance, Yann Ropers and EMEA Regional Head of Distribution, Boris Jaquet talk to Trade Finance TV about the appetite for reserve-based lending oil borrowing from new E&P companies based in the North Sea. Larger utilities such as Engie have divested their assets because of a change of strategic direction towards renewables. “There has been a major reshaping of the North Sea,” says Ropers, as he explains how Norway, along with its vast sovereign wealth fund has made the region attractive to investors

Video 9: How SWIFT is supporting the digitalisation of trade finance

While the payments journey has enjoyed widespread digitalisation, with SWIFT gpi playing a major part in this transition, trade finance is a tougher nut to crack, but it is getting there. Trade Finance TV talks to SWIFT’s Head of Trade & Supply Chain, Huny Garg, and Senior Product Manager, Bridget Cosgrave, about how SWIFT is supporting banks and corporates with trade payments. SWIFT has around 2,000 corporate members in addition to its 9,000 banks as members. These corporates are driving digitalisation of transaction processes to reduce operational, legal and credit risk

Video 8: Ma Zhi Qing, founder of Shandong Qingyuan explains how he transformed a tractor business into an international oil refinery

Were it not for China’s economic reforms, Ma Zhi Qing would still be running his farm in Linzi, but thanks to a light bulb moment on a tractor in the 1980s, he leads a multi-billion dollar petrochemical corporate. He talks to Trade Finance TV about his remarkable journey from farm to industrial giant, with Deutsche Bank’s Frank Wu providing Mandarin interpretation and the financing perspective

Video 7: Three musketeers of structured commodity trade finance reflect on how trade gets paid

Three “musketeers” of commodity and structured commodity finance who could count more than a century’s experience between them stepped up into the studio and agreed that trade gets paid if you play the structuring cards right

Video 6: Sandra Hack reflects on stepping into John MacNamara’s commodity finance shoes at Deutsche Bank

Having taken over from John (Mac) MacNamara as Global Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance on 1 April 2019, Sandra Hack had some pretty big shoes to fill. She joined Deutsche Bank in 1993 and held senior roles in Corporate and Investment Banking, Relationship Management and Credit Risk Management in Asia, in the UK, and Germany. Since 2011 she had been heading Credit Risk Management Workout & Recovery Management EMEA, playing a vital role in supporting critical client relationships

Video 5: Trade Finance TV on Location at TXF Global Commodity Finance Amsterdam 2019

Where did copper production finance, base oil exports, and structuring techniques all come together in two days? Find out in these edited highlights from speakers and delegates at TXF Amsterdam held 23 to 24 May 2019

Video 4: Market makeover - financing the new Ghana Kumasi Market

Fabio Camara, CEO of Contracta Engenharia Ltda and James Pumphrey, Head of Head of Structured Trade and Export Finance UK at Deutsche Bank talk to Trade Finance TV about how they made the US$259m revamp of Ghana's Kumasi Market happen. As we saw in our previous episode of Trade Finance TV, Ghana's Kumasi Market is undergoing a complete makeover, and the 500 visitors to the largest uncovered market in West Africa will soon having a much more positive shopping experience

Video 3: How UK exports are rebuilding West Africa’s biggest market

Thanks to some transformational lending, Ghana’s Kumasi Market is undergoing a complete makeover, set to transform the Ashanti economy and all it touches. In the first of our next pair of videos, Trade Finance TV hears the story of a project involving three governments, a Brazilian origin contractor and Deutsche Bank’s Structured Trade & Export Finance team. In this episode, we talk to Louis Taylor, CEO of the world’s oldest export credit agency that celebrates its centenary in 2019, UK Export Finance, about his recent trip to Ghana and why the UK is supporting this project

Video 2: Trade finance for all? Industry approaches to widening reach

Daniel Schmand of Deutsche Bank and the ICC Banking Commission and Sean Edwards of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association and SMBC talk to Trade Finance TV’s Clarissa Dann about trade finance access in a safe and sound environment, and facilitating trade flows

Video 1: Trade growth drivers and the risks of derailment

Trade Finance TV interviews Rebecca Harding, CEO of Coriolis Technologies about how rhetoric and politics is impacting trade growth, and the importance of ensuring that digital trade along with trade in services is also factored into growth assessment