Trade Financing

This is your access point to our coverage of Trade Financing. Here we provide practitioners with a unique analytic perspective, as well as the technology and innovation in its adoption. Launched in January of 2014 to discuss the issues around trade credit and trade finance management, Trade Financing Matters offered coverage on a variety of topics that impact how companies finance their procurement and sales, from technology to regulation to zero based investing environments.

 

Supply Chain Finance: Gray Area Abounds on Early Pay Programs, Accounting

Whichever way you look at it and define it, supply chain finance has grown into a big number. And if you define it as using the balance sheet of a large company to offer early payment to some or all of its suppliers, it is has gained in popularity. Plus, it’s not only offered by large banks who can both originate and distribute large-scale programs for the likes of Unilever or Procter & Gamble, but also non-bank asset arrangers like Greensill, Seaport and others working together with source-to-pay platforms or directly with buyers to develop programs. And always in the background we have heard this whispering of accounting treatment. And by now, most people who have dabbled in this space know the issue: Is it trade payable or is it debt? Fewer understand the implications.