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Antonio Alves

Supporting trade finance in Latin America

April 25, 2014

Over the past decade, the International Finance Corporation's short-term finance programme has facilitated billions of dollars of trade finance, and the programme's Americas head, Antonio Alves, is confident about its continued success.

Putting Iraq back on the banking map

Putting Iraq back on the banking map

April 1, 2014

After years of neglect, the Iraqi banking sector offers promise once again. Mobile banking, trade finance and infrastructure financing opportunities are proving attractive to existing lenders and the wave of new entrants looking to break into the market. But, before the tide can finally turn, there are regulatory issues that need addressing.

New ways to finance trade

New ways to finance trade

April 1, 2014

In response to restrictive regulation, trade finance securitisation deals are starting to materialise and, with these deals structured in such a way that they reduce risk weighting, lower leverage and increase liquidity, appetite for them is growing. 

The China-Latin America corridor widens further

December 2, 2013

With the US and European crises behind them, South American trade figures are back on an upward slope. Local banks are paving the way for improved relations with China, and Chinese banks are increasing their presence in the region. Even the proximity of the US could have its benefits.

Managing flows in an interconnected world

Managing flows in an interconnected world

July 1, 2013

Global trade flows are shifting, with new economies emerging as global forces and trade increasingly occurring intra-regionally. So, just how are payments systems facilitating this change?

International banking platforms: the new imperatives

March 1, 2013

The economic changes that have taken place over the past few years have forced banks to fine-tune their business and expansion strategies, not just to stay competitive – or regain their competitive advantage – but to also keep abreast with new technologies and changing demands from clients. 

Basel III reshapes trade finance

Basel III reshapes trade finance

March 1, 2013

As Basel III regulations come into play, banks looking for a quick fix to bulky balance sheets are divesting their trade finance assets, creating a gap in the market that investor groups and other alternative financiers are keen to fill.

Finding a global transaction banking niche

March 1, 2013

A focus on individual key strengths, both in terms of products and geographical footprint, is the driving force behind big banks’ global transaction banking business strategies as they search for a unique selling point in an increasingly competitive market.

South-south trade

Asia and Latin America: a special relationship in the making?

November 1, 2012

With advanced economies still languishing in the doldrums, trade between Asia and Latin America is driving global economic growth, and it appears that this blossoming relationship is mutually beneficial. However, could protectionist policies in Latin America dampen this ardour?

Rescuing Asian trade TEASER

After Europe's withdrawal: the reshaping of Asian trade finance

October 1, 2012

The effects of the European retreat from trade finance in Asia are now apparent as a number of players are stepping in and new trade patterns are taking shape. 

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