Trade & Investment Forum 2023

TIF23: Making Trade an Investible Asset Class The financing of international trade has long been the preserve of banks. But the democratising of investment in trade assets is closer than ever. Bankers, lawyers and fintechs, are combining their expertise and drawing on experience from both the capital and trade finance markets to make this happen. There is now a clear recognition and demand for the need to open up the trade financing ecosystem in order to narrow the trade finance gap to support global supply chains, particularly in emerging markets. In the post banking crisis era, there is growing interest from non-bank investors for new, low-risk, short-term assets providing respectable yields. And as banks expect technology to increase the level of automation of trade finance distribution and start distributing open account transactions such as unconfirmed receivables and approved payables, transaction volumes will surge. However, apart from through banks – which largely because of regulatory restrictions, are unable to meet global demand - an appropriate infrastructure for non-professional and low experienced trade asset investors is not available. The new Trade and Investment Forum will examine the potential to create an ecosystem and enabling framework to facilitate access to trade finance by advancing the evolution of trade finance as an asset class for alternative investors. Join asset managers, insurers, pension funds, trade finance banks, fintechs, and all who are interested in alternative investment with risk/return profiles that align with the character of trade finance portfolios at the first Trade and Investment Forum. Considering the anticipated growth in world trade, it is expected that the requirement for trade financing will increase substantially and that banks may be unable to meet these such demand. Bankers are increasingly valuing the option to originate and distribute trade finance assets and to participate within more diverse solutions. Trade and Investment Forum will examine all these issues with top speakers and excellent networking opportunities. Come and be part of this new and exciting initiative which looks at very realistic methods of closing the trade finance gap by establishing a much wider market for trade assets.