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The Evolving World of Trade Finance
IIG Trade Finance Insights, July 2017

Trade finance is on the cusp of change. The key questions are how quickly that change is going to occur and what will it mean for investment opportunities. As new players enter the market and new technology and digitization take hold, the trade finance market in ten years is likely to be different from what it is today.

The results of the International Chamber of Commerce’s annual survey, “Rethinking Trade and Finance,” is starting to provide a sense of what the future will bring to the industry. At the same time, however, some current problems persist, including the continued trend toward banks shying away from providing trade finance to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) due to the regulatory and compliance risks these businesses represent. As a result of this and other trends, the survey indicates that ...

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