Trade Finance as an Asset Class: Rough Seas Ahead

As global banks seek to promote trade finance as an investable asset class to the buy side, the sector’s lack of technology and data infrastructure have come to light.

Banks have been the primary force behind trade finance for years. Trade finance is essential to the global economy and the sell side is now looking to turn this sector into an investable asset class—but it hasn’t been smooth sailing.

If the asset class is to take off, a lot of work still needs to be done when it comes to deploying technology and building out the necessary data infrastructure—something akin to what’s been seen in recent initiatives in the mortgage-backed securities field. 

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