Creating the blueprint for
global trade finance distribution
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.
The TFD Initiative is a partner of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA).
Major global financial institutions are members of the TFD Initiative. These include leading banks such as:
- AKA Bank
- ABN Amro
- Banco do Brasil
- Bank ABC
- Channel Capital
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Credit Agricole CIB
- Crown Agents Bank
- Deutsche Bank
- Federated Hermes
- International Chamber of Commerce
- Lloyds Bank
- London Forfaiting Company
- National Bank of Bahrain
- NN Investment Partners
- Publicis Sapient
- Reed Smith
- Santander Asset Management
- Standard Bank
- Standard Chartered
- Swiss Re
- Tradeflow Capital
- World of Open Account
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.
For Banks & NBFI’s
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.
finance distribution community
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.
Industry association ITFA partners with TFD Initiative to support secondary trade finance market.
Five more banks and financial institutions join the Trade Finance Distribution Initiative
Fourteen banks and financial institutions launch drive to develop multi-trillion dollar trade as an asset class
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