Trade Finance Getting Its E-Legs

Processes that have changed relatively little over hundreds of years in trade finance are being catapulted into the 21st century, due to significant advances in data analytics, digitization and shared ledger technology. Once a forgotten backwater of transaction banking, trade ...

New Tools Beget New Solutions

Each advance in technology opens doors for new approaches and ideas. This year’s innovators in finance show the range of problems being tackled.

Blockchain: What’s All The Fuss About?

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin was the first working example of a blockchain, or distributed ledger, but important as it has become, it barely begins to explain why banks, regulators (including central banks) and tech firms are all over this technology.


Move Over Fiat Currencies

​At Sibos in Geneva, financial technology, or fintech (blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning), was present in almost every conference presentation and workshop. And even in those sessions that didn’t directly reference it, one felt a sense that banking in particular ...

Hack To The Future

At its annual Sibos customer conference in Geneva next week, the Brussels-based financial messaging network, SWIFT, will seek to reassure its 11,000-strong member banks and securities organizations that it is doing everything within its power to minimize the threat of ...

The Rise Of The Machines

Robots, ubiquitous in factories, are moving up to take on both menial paperwork and complex data analysis. Should we worry?

Robo-Advisers Are Here

Picture investment recommendations tailored or customized to individual needs or personality traits, provided cheaply via a highly intuitive digital interface.

Innovators Q+A | Singapore Blockchain Beta Shows Promise

Lum Yin Fong, global head of client management and implementation in Global Transaction Services at DBS Bank, talks about how her firm, in conjunction with Standard Chartered Bank and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, explored blockchain technology in trade finance.

Fintech: The Tortoise And The Hare

The past year has seen major advances which, although only beginning to bud, are likely to have long-running ramifications for corporate treasury and cash management as they blossom and mature.

Driving Innovation

Challenger banks join start-ups and outside providers in supplier finance to get funding where it’s needed most. 




Global Finance unveils its annual list of the  best banks globally, regionally and by country. The banking industry remains under stress, but there are bright spots.


In its 2013 report to Congress, the Export-Import Bank of the United States says that its “overriding mission is to create and sustain American jobs by supporting US exports.” But that very mission is under threat, with House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, among others, seeking to abolish the bank.