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Trade finance is ripe for a FinTech disruption: Being the Principal instead of lender: A trade finance fund that doesn’t lend out money. Trade finance gap is $1.5 trillion. However, most commodity trade finance transactions are below $15m. Banks have challenges to lend and SME issues to borrow is a systemic problem.
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Stepping in between suppliers and buyers with a Master Agreement. Both sides must be secure they are dealing with a financier, not (another) quasi-trader. The opportunity to digitise the trade finance workflow.
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How being the Principal and owner of the trade goods eliminates a lot of the traditional challenges in trade finance. Creating a scalable and secure access for investors to trade finance, bulk commodities, SMEs - but not through credit. Best risk management: Complete elimination of risks. How to run this business at scale without a back office of hundreds.
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The true cost of KYC Solving the KYC bottleneck: From 6 months to 3 hours pressing time. Dynamic prepayments from buyer as additional margin.
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Selection of trades and deals. Tradeflow’s scorecard technology allows for immediate processing of transactions. Clearinghouse-like risk management. What Tradeflow isn’t financing or dealing in Fund capacity.
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Current transaction origination is $3bn, however “impossible” to satisfy the missing trade finance gap. Impact: Supporting the businesses that provide the most work places. Why is Tradeflow in Singapore?.
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Liquidity terms. Return profile: Unvolatile and “excitingly boring”. Investor base.
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The security of trading commodities with intrinsic spot market prices. Investors develop good understanding of Tradeflow’s market and business model. Liquid fixed income alternative.
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Adding Big Data, Blockchain, AI. Timing is everything: The acceptance of digital.
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Stable outlook. Impact: Already within the first 1.5 years, Tradeflow has opened new trade routes between countries that never exported to each other. Making “material differences” to farmers in Africa.

How TradeFlow Capital's FinTech disruption helps closing $1.5tn trade finance gap and enabling trade for SMEs globally

Jan 16 2020 1 Comment
Conservatively, commodity trade represents around 25% of world trade, or around US$4.5 trillion per year. Commodities are the essentials of not just our lives, but the life of anyone around the world.

However, the trade finance gap this sector needs to cope with is estimated to be $1.5 trillion. Most commodity trade finance transactions are below $15m, which is exactly the chronically underfunded transaction size and underserved by the traditional banking sector.

Already in 2016, the founders of TradeFlow Capital Management realized tha ...more

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