Institutional investors want to invest in trade finance but do not always have efficient access to the asset class. Banks want to expand the distribution of trade assets and the universe of trade finance investors beyond today’s scale. To date, both sides are not yet properly connected, resulting in very limited participation of institutional capital in the trade finance space.
The main innovations in trade over the past 100 years have been linked to standardisation. The shipping container was the most important development in that respect, significantly reducing loading times and costs, making the worldwide transport of goods dramatically more efficient. The TFD Initiative wants to have a similar impact on the distribution of trade finance assets.
Major global financial institutions are supporting TFD Initiative. These include leading banks such as HSBC, Standard Chartered, SMBC, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Bank, ING, ANZ, Credit Agricole, Standard Bank, Rabobank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), ABN Amro, London Forfaiting Company, Crown Agents Bank and Natixis as well as large assets managers.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) United Kingdom and the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA) have each joined TFD Initiative as an observer.
Industry-driven initiative that creates the blueprint for global trade finance distribution.
TFD Initiative addresses the business and regulatory issues impacting banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) when distributing or investing in trade finance.
TFD Initiative focusses on common data standards and definitions to address operational inefficiencies, transparency issues, and risks.
Driven by leading trade finance banks and NBFI’s, TFD Initiative thrives on the insights of its members and is built to cater to their challenges and opportunities. We develop consensus built standardised best practices for the wider distribution of trade finance assets.
TFD Initiative is powered by Tradeteq’s industry leading trade finance platform. Tradeteq allows originating banks and funders to efficiently connect, interact, and transact.
Drive change and help shape the future of trade finance distribution
Stay at the forefront of industry developments
Develop standards that drive down costs
Access exclusive educational resources and events
Access the Tradeteq platform on preferential terms
Enjoy relationship-building and networking opportunities
Contribute to focussed discussions and working groups
Build their brand by promoting their TFD Initiative collaboration and contributions
Understand and address their respective counterparties’ needs in a consistent manner without the need to build bespoke solutions.
Full membership in the TFD Initiative is open to banks and non-bank financial institutions. In addition, industry associations may join the TFD Initiative as observing members to benefit from the insight and knowledge of the world’s leading market participants.
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