Global Trade

May 19, 2020

Implications of Covid-19 on Businesses

The spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) created both a demand and supply shock.
April 9, 2020

Forth Ports safe haven in choppy Brexit seas

Before 2016, it was rare to hear anyone talking about ‘frictionless trade’ or ‘border checks’ over a drink. The fact that 95% of our imports and exports flow through our ports seemed of little consequence. But the EU referendum result has meant people who hitherto had little interest in trade deals, now have a view on anything from WTO rules to tariffs.
September 19, 2019

E-Payments and cashless societies (part 2)

As late as 2012, before mobile payments took off in earnest, 96% of payments transacted in China were in cash. Today, China’s Alipay, the largest such system globally, has one billion users around the world. That prompted Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to acknowledge in his 2017 National Day Rally speech that China has been leading the way in the e-payment space, even as the Singapore government was rolling out the Smart Nation initiative.
September 12, 2019

E-Payments and cashless societies (part 1)

Most people are very familiar with the benefits of a cashless society by now. Hardly a day passes without the media around the world reminding readers of how e-payments can bring about a decrease in the transaction costs that are associated with the handling of cash, or how businesses can gain consumer insights from data collected from e-payment transactions.
June 4, 2019

A fair trade model for the B2B sector: how finance can apply innovation to tackle UN SDGs

Applying fair trade concepts more widely across industry, promoting cooperatives, and sharing financial expertise with grassroots organisations are all ways in which the finance community can help towards meeting the 2030 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).
May 7, 2019

War For The World

Liberals once believed that the retreat of globalisation would be akin to water flowing uphill. When asked in 2007 which US presidential candidate he was supporting in the forthcoming election, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chair, remarked: “We are fortunate that, thanks to globalisation, policy decisions in the US have been largely replaced by global market forces.
August 10, 2018

Hitting The Boards

Member Profile: Victor Lai, Ca (Singapore), Regional Managing Director, Boardroom Limited
July 4, 2018

Digital currencies: where to from here?

The most well-known ‘virtual’ currency is Bitcoin. Like all digital currencies it’s based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to deal directly with each other without needing a trusted third party [...]
May 4, 2017

Cashless society: is physical money on its last legs?

Across the world, reserves of cash are dwindling. In some countries, mobile and contactless payments are more the norm than traditional legal tender. Oliver Griffin explores whether or not we are destined for a fully cashless future.
April 3, 2017

2017: Where to for investors?

In today’s interconnected, fast-changing world, you need deep investment insights to make the connections between many seemingly unconnected factors.