Disintermediating Trade Credit with Tech─Can It Be Done?

Cocoa farmers are among a variety of small and medium-sized entities that would benefit from securitized export finance.

Structural issues in trade credit are two-sided. On one side is the little guy. Small and medium-sized suppliers often cannot produce to annual capacity because of late payments, and commercial loans that come with onerous collateral requirements. Basel III-related capital constraints mean that universal banks have recently retrenched in the triple-B rated countries where many of those suppliers farm or manufacture, drying up liquidity in the process.

Meanwhile, only a concentrated, select

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