Why Trade Finance? Webinar Replay

On March 28, 2019, Gloria Nelund, Founder and CEO of TriLinc Global, and Paul Sanford, Chief Investment Officer, hosted an educational webinar – Why Trade Finance?

The webinar covered topics including:

  • Why Trade Finance is the Lifeblood of the World Economy
  • The Importance of SMEs in Trade Finance
  • Why access to affordable capital is constrained in developing economies
  • The favorable characteristics of Trade Finance
  • Opportunities and Impact of Trade Finance

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Powering the World Economy: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Small and medium sized enterprises (“SMEs”), also known as middle market companies, are generally considered economic engines of the world economy – catalysts for creating jobs, drivers of economic growth and a vital component of global trade.

TriLinc believes providing financing to SMEs in select developing economies can be both a profitable investment proposition and an effective driver of sustainable economic development.



Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: September 21, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Why Foundations Should Step Up their Game in Impact Investing
There’s a growing number of people in the world of social entrepreneurship focused on not just building impact-oriented companies, but on creating a more fundamental systemic change.

Impact Investment: Private Equity Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Hasn’t Been
Impact investing would seem an unlikely business for avaricious private equity funds. But many are embracing what they see as a new opportunity. Should we be skeptical or see private equity’s buy-in as proof of the impact investment concept?

Paving the Way for Greater Impact Investing in Asia-Pacific
While Asia-Pacific foundations are intrigued by impact investing, they combine a range of approaches to create impact in different ways.

Impact Investors Need to Think Big – And It’s Not What They Think it Means
As an industry, impact investing too often gets hung up on creating personalized, perfect impact.

UBS Study: Wealthy US Investors Lag Behind on Sustainability
Wealthy US investors had the slowest rate of adoption in the sustainable investing landscape compared to the rest of the world, according to UBS. The multinational investment bank and financial services company released the latest edition of its Investor Watch report this week.

Investing with a Purpose
Responsible investing, though not a new concept, has only recently gained popularity among a meaningful portion of the investment community.

Is Fixed Income ESG Investing the New Frontier?
ESG investing goes beyond picking the right equities; fixed income ESG can round out an investor’s socially responsible portfolio.

Climate Change, Paris Accords Driving ESG Strategies: Report
ESG’s popularity is taking off, but a significant gap exists between investors’ good intentions and action.


United States & Europe

Slew of Positive Reports Show U.S. Economy Still on Solid Track
A string of reports on Thursday showed the labor market is getting stronger, consumers are increasingly optimistic and manufacturers are expanding, adding to signs that GDP remains on track for a solid performance in the 3rd quarter.


Developing Economies

Emerging Markets –Recovery Strong, Hong Kong Dollar Goes Wild
Emerging markets extended their recovery on Friday, as what looked set to be a marquee week for South Africa’s rand and the best day for Chinese stocks in over two years helped sweep away some of the recent gloom.

Emerging-Market Debt Issuance on Ice after Turbulent Summer
Emerging-market debt issuance is on hold after a summer of volatility, with the market effectively closed for borrowers like Turkey and Russia, although Asian and Middle East issuers can still get their bonds to market.

The Future is in Africa, and China Knows It
Fast population growth offers some great investment opportunities, but the West is missing out.

Kenya Ranked Fifth Wealthiest in Africa
Kenya is the fifth richest country in Africa, with much of the wealth concentrated in the hands of a few individuals, a new report has shown.

Southeast Asia’s Production Gains Speed as China Slows
Manufacturing index up 6.2% for first half as companies diversify bases.

Indonesia Set to Grow 5.2% This Year
The World Bank has maintained a positive outlook on Indonesia’s economy despite rising external pressures that may curb growth this year.

The Pacific Alliance: The Four Best Bets in Latin America
The emerging-market sell-off is a buying opportunity for brave investors seeking resilient, well-managed economies with strong prospects. Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru fit the bill, says James McKeigue.

Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: September 14, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action
It is important for impact investors to align existing assets to the global goals; however, there is not enough new capital being channeled into solutions. The UN estimates that USD 5-7 trillion is needed annually to achieve the goals.

Private debt investors look for impact – to reduce risk and lower costs
Private debt – direct business lending from funds rather than banks – has experienced a boomlet in financial markets since the 2008 crisis. Last year, hedge funds, private equity funds and asset managers raised a record $107 billion of capital to lend to businesses to fund growth, buyouts and finance acquisitions.

Making the Case for Impact Investing
For a small but growing number of nextgen high net worth individuals, it is no longer simply investing in another real estate or private equity opportunity in London or New York, they also want to participate in investments that contribute and generate a positive social and environmental impact perhaps closer to home, in addition to generating a financial return.

Impact Investing and What It Means for Financial Advisers
Over the course of the past 20 years, impact investing has grown from a cottage industry to a $9 trillion movement. Your clients are clamoring for it, investment companies are pushing it, but what is impact investing and why is it so essential?

Two-Thirds of Institutional Investors Utilize ESG Policy – Report
Two-thirds of institutional investors and almost half of companies globally have an environmental, social and governance policy in place, according to survey of 1,731 companies and institutional investors, sponsored by HSBC Holdings and conducted by East & Partners.

Most Executives Believe in the Business Case for CSR. So Why Don’t they Invest More in It?
Companies achieve remarkable things. They create products for customers, financial returns for investors, and jobs for employees. At the same time, they develop medications that cure deadly diseases, technologies that bring internet access to every corner of the earth, and by making more and more amenities and technologies easily affordable, they steadily increase our general quality of life.

ESG Outperforms in European Large Caps and U.S. Small Caps
Data compiled by Arabesque S-Ray show companies that score high in Arabesque’s proprietary ESG rating algorithm outperform lower scoring peers, particularly among large-cap European firms and small-cap U.S. firms.

Socially Responsible Investing Gets a Boost from the U.K.
The United Kingdom government will update its definition of fiduciary duty to include “ESG considerations including climate change,” reports responsible-investor.com.

Impact Investing: Advisors Need to Build the Case for Imagining Big Capital
Impact investing is often misconstrued, and misunderstood by investors–especially larger institutional investors–who advance that investing for a resonant social impact is a distraction against investment performance.

A Fixed-Income Investor’s Guide to Impact Investing
Private debt currently comprises more than 40 percent of the capital in the impact investing market, according to the Global Impact Investing Market.

SDGs: Financial Centres Take Cue from UN on Sustainability
Viewed as a commercially viable vehicle for generating profit as well as social good, impact investing is now being facilitated by international financial centres.


United States & Europe

As Economy Booms, U.S. Cities Report Slowing Revenue Growth
U.S. cities are seeing the growth of their tax collections slow, suggesting local governments’ gains from the more than nine-year economic expansion are diminishing even as they face pressure to spend more on wages, pensions and infrastructure, according to an annual survey by the National League of Cities.


Developing Economies

Africa: East Africa has Strongest Economic Growth in Africa
Economic diversification and investment-driven growth continue to make East Africa the region on the continent with the strongest economic growth, with a forecast of 6.3% growth in 2018, the latest report from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has disclosed.