TRADE AND STOCK-FINANCE

November 5, 2019

Trade finance in its simplest form is when an exporter requires an importer to prepay for goods shipped. This gives the importer two main challenges. The first is that prepaying for goods from places such as China or India, for example, will seriously impact the company’s cash flow due to the long shipping times involved. The second challenge is how does the importer reduce the risks of paying for goods in advance? These two challenges are mainly resolved by the importer’s bank or independent trade finance provider providing a letter of credit to the exporter, or the exporter’s bank, guaranteeing payment upon presentation of certain documents. These documents may include a bill of lading.

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whitePaper | December 11, 2019

For at least five years, the wealth management industry has been gripped by one existential question about its future: to what extent should technology play a role in its relationship-driven business model? Across all industries, new channels and technologies are changing the service demands of the modern customer. These trends are by no means exclusive to wealth management, but they are being felt acutely by the firms that operate here. A sector that has thrived for decades on life-long client loyalty is now caught up in a perfect storm of margin compression and escalating digital expectations.

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whitePaper | April 14, 2021

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Muni 360 The comprehensive view of the municipal bond market.

whitePaper | November 15, 2019

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