TRADE BANKS EMBRACE FINTECHS – DISCOVER THE LATEST ADOPTION NEWS IN BUDAPEST by André Casterman, ITFA Fintech Committee, CMO at INTIX and NED at Tradeteq

Wednesday, 12 June

In May 2019, ITFA announced that a total of 18 fintechs had joined the trade association since the set-up of the Fintech Committee by the ITFA Board in early 2018. Substantial progress has indeed been achieved by many financial institutions when it comes to grasping the benefits brought by so-called “fintechs” and integrating advanced technology propositions in […]

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FINTECHS COLLABORATING – CORIOLIS TECHNOLOGIES AND INTIX COMBINE THEIR CAPABILITIES AS “THE FUTURE OF TRADE IS DATA” by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member and Chair ITFA Fintech Committee and CMO at INTIX and Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO, Coriolis Technologies

Thursday, 6 June

The market challenge: understanding global trade tensions and flows Never has trade been a greater focus of global attention. Its role as a driver of economic growth is increasingly being usurped by its strategic role in furthering national agendas. Until very recently trade was seen as a benign mechanism for promoting global economic growth. Today, […]

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FINTECHS COLLABORATING: DATA TECHNOLOGY AND MACHINE LEARNING HELP ORIGINATORS UPGRADE TRADE OPERATIONS AND REDUCE CASH CONVERSION CYCLE by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member, Chair ITFA Fintech Committee; CMO at INTIX and Uzair Bawany, Co-Founder and Head of Sales at Traydstream

Friday, 3 May

Data technology and machine learning go together and two ITFA fintech’s have started an exciting collaboration to combine their niche value propositions to the benefit of trade originators and their exporting clients. Challenges in Trade Operations Documentary trade, traditionally facilitated by letters of credit (LCs) issued by banks, is often expected to be fading away […]

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TRADE FINANCE DISTRIBUTION (TFD) INITIATIVE – FOURTEEN BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS LAUNCH DRIVE TO DEVELOP MULTI-TRILLION DOLLAR TRADE AS AN ASSET CLASS by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member and Chair ITFA Fintech Committee

Tuesday, 2 April

Fourteen leading global financial institutions have launched a drive to use technology and standardisation for the wider distribution of trade finance assets. ANZ, Crédit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Lloyds Bank, Rabobank, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation are among the banks backing the Trade Finance Distribution Initiative (TFD Initiative). […]

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6 INTERESTING TRADE FINANCE FINTECHS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING by Trade Finance Global (TFG)

Tuesday, 5 March

Having recently joined ITFA as members, Trade Finance Global (TFG) heard from 6 interesting fintech startups in the trade and receivables ecosystem, talking at the ITFA Fintech Discovery Day in Helsinki. The ICC estimates around $9 USD trillion of global trade finance is done each year, yet non-banks and institutions only provide $250 USD billion […]

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GROWING DIGITALLY IN 2019 WITH ITFA FINTECHS – DISCOVER THEM IN HELSINKI ON 27 FEBRUARY by André Casterman, Chair ITFA Fintech Committee

Tuesday, 12 February

Join us in Helsinki on February 27th to discover a series of ITFA fintechs that will help you grow digitally in 2019 whether acting as corporate CFO, finance / credit risk / trade finance manager, or as banker in the front, middle or back office team, or as investor in capital markets or in fintechs. […]

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FINTECHS WORKING TOGETHER FOR GOOD: DATA TECHNOLOGY AND MACHINE LEARNING HELP TRADE ORIGINATORS UPGRADE CREDIT SCORING AND INCREASE SME FINANCING by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member and Chair ITFA Fintech Committee

Tuesday, 15 January

Data technology and machine learning go together. This is why two ITFA fintechs started to collaborate in 2018 to combine their niche value propositions to the benefit of trade originators, their clients and liquidity providers. Data related challenges in credit management The existing bank credit underwriting and credit scoring approaches are very rigid and require […]

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THE “AUGMENTED REALITY” OPPORTUNITIES IN TRADE FINANCE by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member, Chair of the ITFA Fintech Committee and CMO, INTIX

Thursday, 15 November

Innovations in trade finance are making headlines. Transaction analytics, new trade finance platforms, AI/ML technologies, blockchain infrastructures, … are all promising to modernise global trade finance practices. How will those innovations impact human operations though? Will trade finance specialists be rendered obsolete in an era of automated operations? Or will increased use of technology kill two birds with one stone: upgrading […]

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ITFA FINTECHS ON STAGE AT ANZ IN SYDNEY by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member, Chair of the ITFA Fintech Committee and CMO, INTIX

Thursday, 15 November

Following a busy Sibos week, some of the ITFA fintechs (6 out of 11) got together at ANZ in Sydney to showcase their value propositions and to demonstrate their desire to collaborate with regional and local financial institutions. The “Bank – Fintech” collaboration mindset was high on the agenda. SWIFT’s annual conference – Sibos – […]

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ITFA AFRICA REGIONAL COMMITTEE DELIVERS AT THE AFREXIMBANK ANNUAL STRUCTURED TRADE FINANCE SEMINAR by Duarte Pedreira – ITFA Head of ARC and Young Professionals

Thursday, 15 November

The Afreximbank Structured Trade Finance Seminar has become a landmark in the annual African trade finance events schedule. Taking place in Casablanca this year, the event gathered over 200 participants from all corners of the African geographical footprint. This year, participants ranged from institutions as diverse as commercial and multilateral banks, insurance brokers and underwriters, […]

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THE ITFA FINTECH COMMITTEE – MAKING THE MOST OF THE FINTECH OPPORTUNITIES By André Casterman, ITFA Board Member, Chair of the ITFA Fintech Committee and Founder, Casterman Advisory

Tuesday, 16 October

Disruption – which disruption? Much has been said about the upcoming “fintech disruption”. About 4 years ago, emerging technology companies identified as “fintechs” were mostly finger-pointed as attempting to create the next wave of competition against established financial institutions (FI’s). At that time, most bankers viewed fintechs as new entrants trying to enter the financial […]

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ITFA INVITED TO FCIB’S INTERNATIONAL & CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT SUMMIT by André Casterman, ITFA Board Member, Chair of the ITFA Fintech Committee and Founder, Casterman Advisory

Tuesday, 16 October

The ITFA Fintech 2018 activities have not gone unnoticed. During the summer, a global corporate credit/risk market association – FCIB – invited the ITFA to introduce the recently established FinTech Committee and its activities to its membership. FCIB is a global association of corporate credit managers. Given the increased opportunities offered by new technologies to […]

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TRANSACTION TRACKING, VISIBILITY AND CONTROL IS THE NAME OF THE GAME by André Casterman, Chief Marketing Officer at INTIX

Friday, 14 September

As transaction banking is witnessing a flurry of digital innovations, one major value proposition stands out: transaction visibility and control through enhanced tracking. By André Casterman, Chief Marketing Officer at INTIX, the data management fintech and Chair of the ITFA Fintech Committee. Doing business requires the continuous exchange of information, of money as well as […]

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INNOVATE OR LOSE OUT: HOW COLLABORATING WITH FINTECHS BENEFITS TRADE BANKS, THEIR CLIENTS AND THEIR INVESTORS by André Casterman, Chair ITFA Fintech Committee and CMO INTIX – the data management fintech

Sunday, 8 July

Over the recent months, more examples of collaboration between fintechs and established financial institutions have emerged, leaving little doubt about the actual opportunity for incumbents to embrace technology and business innovations brought to market by so-called “fintech companies”. How is such collaboration impacting ITFA members? Is it already effective? Is now a good time for […]

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FROM RETAIL TO WHOLESALE: HOW BANKERS EXTEND THEIR GOOGLE EXPERIENCE TO FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS by Andre Casterman, Chair ITFA Fintech Committee and CMO INTIX – the data management fintech

Monday, 16 July

How can transaction bankers benefit from the same convenience they enjoy as consumers when navigating the Internet, on their financial transaction data? As consumer, each and everyone of us is browsing the internet and thereby using the one or the other search engine to find what we are looking for. The convenience, speed and accuracy […]

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ITFA FINTECHS ON STAGE AT AIG EUROPE IN FRANKFURT ON 6 JUNE 2018 by Andre Casterman, Chair ITFA Fintech Committee

Monday, 16 July

The ITFA Fintech Committee pursued its roadshow and gathered ITFA fintechs INTIX, CCRManager, Tradeteq, LiquidX and TrustBills in Frankfurt ON 6 June 2018. The event showcased new opportunities for banks to collaborate with fintech solution providers. It was a busy afternoon for the 60+ ITFA members who attended the German Regional Committee (GRC) meeting that […]

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