Four years after the global crisis, bankers and their corporate customers face what is arguably the most challenging time in the history of trade finance. Much of that challenge comes from new compliance and regulatory burdens that are here to stay – and likely to increase. There is talk across the industry of a “new normal” in which the high cost of capital and compliance will make trade finance much more difficult for banks to provide. Clearly, trade and trade finance are entering a period of adjustment.
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