5 Exciting Global Trends in Trade Finance

Businesses thrive under pressure. And while every year brings its own set of challenges, it also brings its new sets of opportunity. Thus, as we look forward to the final quarter of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, it is exciting to consider potential innovations in trade finance.

Here are some trends to look forward to in the next few years. While they will prove to be challenging, they also prove to be exciting opportunities for those looking to invest in trade.

Faster Manufacturing

Just as trade finance played a role in the early development of international trade, it’s also played a role in its innovation. One incredible way in which this has happened was through the creation of a faster rate of manufacturing.

International trade has encouraged a number of companies to develop faster mechanisms of development. This has allowed more products to be put on the market at a faster rate due to technologies such as 3D printing.

While these technologies have provided a number of challenges to manufacturers, in the long run, they will result in increased capacity for businesses. This is good news for investors and customers alike.

The Role of Robotics in Trade Finance

A 3D Printer in action
3D Printing, Robotics in Trade Finance

Like 3D printing, robotics is a relatively new trend in the economy that’s bound to cause a few challenges. For investors, it’s also an unavoidable reality.

The best thing you can do is take advantage of the robotics movement. That could involve deeper investment in manufacturers or taking advantage of the wide variety of robotics ETFs on the market.

Either way, smart investors will treat this as an opportunity for growth.

The Continued Rise of E-Commerce

E-commerce has been growing for over a decade. And that trend is continuing on an international scale today.

For investors, this means there is time to develop a strategy that situates around the continued growth of this consumption method. It’s clear that e-commerce is so much more than just a passing trend: so make sure you give it the financial respect that it deserves.

The Role of Blockchain

Blockchain is going to play an absolutely tremendous role in trade. Blockchain companies offer a number of opportunities to the discerning investor. Whether it’s the ever-constant benefits of operating as a digitized company or the elimination of unpaid settlements, Blockchain’s growth is an exciting trend for trade investors around the world.

Combatting a Trade-Hostile Environment

While the current environment offers a number of opportunities to investors, it is not perfect. Between the EU’s imperiled existence and the rise of trade-hostile politicians around the world, there are policy dangers in the current business environment.

While weaker investors will flee, this is not a smart choice. The best option is to stay on top of the news and look for ways to thrive in the current market. By making these choices, you are far more likely to ensure your success.

Get Ahead Of The Curve

If you want to succeed in a challenging business environment, you will need to innovate. We’re here to help you with that.

We’re committed to helping traders around the world succeed. Whether it’s through commodities or global trade, we can play a role in your success.

For more information on what you can gain by working with us, contact us today!

Using Blockchain Technology Companies for Trade Finance

One of the most propitious industries for blockchain technology is trade finance. Many of the world’s largest banks are putting time into its research and development.

Thanks to a consortium of 71 global financial leaders, R3CEV, much has been uncovered about potential uses of blockchain technology.

Since 2016, R3 has executed several pilot runs in the marketplace to complement their research. They will continue to improve these strategies until ready to fully enter the market.

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Here’s the future of trade finance with blockchain technology companies.

So, what are some of their findings of potential use? Here’s the future of trade finance with blockchain technology companies.

Monitor Real-Time Status and Condition

One of R3’s members, CBA, is a leading contributor to the research of blockchain technology. Currently, they are undergoing 3 different projects to analyze blockchain use.

They are conducting a trial run with exporters who ship cotton. A humidity monitor is placed inside the canister, which is linked to IoT and GPS.

This monitor allows consumers to track their shipments with real-time status. Also, they are able to evaluate the condition of their product as it travels through.

Other national blockchain technology companies are running pilots, similar to this study. In Singapore, Hellosent is conducting similar tests. However, they’re studying the import of French wine.

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A growing issue for grain farmers is a financial loss due to trade insolvencies.

Eliminate Unpaid Settlements

A growing issue for grain farmers is a financial loss due to trade insolvencies. An estimated $50 million was lost in 2014 because of this activity.

It takes roughly 4-6 weeks for a farmer to receive payment for their shipments. At that, often times conflict arises between farmers and buyers over payment complications (failing to pay the appropriate amount, late payment, etc.).

Australian start-up, Full Profile, has taken matters into their own hands.

Their blockchain platform allows farmers to now receive automatic payment upon delivery of grains. This will significantly reduce the risk of dispute between farmers and buyers.

Once Full Profile’s application is fully functional in a domestic setting, they will expand on external trade.

Digitize 

The use of blockchain technology can also be beneficial to reducing financial loss and risk. Upon further development, it will be able to digitize sales and legal arrangements.

Trade finance is an unwieldy industry, that relies heavily on settlements and contracts. Currently, most of these agreements are handled the old-fashioned way: paper copies.

Blockchain technology will remove the need for this paper-based system. This ultimately reduces the risk of financial loss as documents are often lost, mishandled, or tarnished.

Electronic documentation can be tracked much more efficiently. Also, it cuts out the need for a third-party verification system.

Interested in Learning More About Blockchain Technology Companies?

Blockchain technology creates transparency in financial trade between buyers and sellers. From the moment an order is made up until payment, blockchain is capable of simplifying the trade process.

Are you based out of India and looking to jump into the world of international trade? You’re at the right place.

At Adam Smith Associates, we aid our clients through all of their trade finance needs. Contact us to learn how we can help you!