Event Driven Finance – Where are we now, where are we going?

We have lived in a world where access to credit has been challenging for many, including commodity companies, emerging markets, small business, start ups, lower middle market companies, and many others. We also know technology is dramatically reshaping the world of trade involving:

    • The physical exchange of goods and services
    • Transactional connectivity between trading partners
    • The financial exchange of credit and cash between buyers and suppliers

Various business networks, dedicated supply chain finance platforms and purchase to pay vendors have developed transactional finance solutions for large buyers and their supplier ecosystems, providing easy-to-access digital financial services. Treasurers now have options for early payment that they have not had before, which can enable them to inject liquidity at specific times (ie, quarter end) or adhoc (when cash is needed), or even on a more permanent basis.

I will be keynoting at GTR’s upcoming Working Capital & Trade Finance Conference  in Chicago on 7 June on where this market is and where it is going.  There has been talk for over a decade around various event or triggers in the supply chain where liquidity can come into play, but the difference between reality and the vision is wide.

Are times changing? Are technology and other factors driving us to accelerate new solutions?

I look forward to giving my perspective at the conference, and if you are in Chicago at the time, please stop by and have a chat.

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