Transaction banking across the decades

Trade finance and cash management may have come under the spotlight in the last 10 years since the financial crash, but these are businesses that Euromoney has covered since launch, especially focusing on how technology has the potential to transform the sector.

VTB bets big on digital

VTB has long lagged state-owned rival Sberbank in terms of profitability, but with sanctions limiting access to capital the pressure is on to close the gap – chairman Andrey Kostin explains why digital transformation and aggressive retail growth hold the key to success for Russia’s second-largest lender.

Transaction banking has a moment to shine

One of the most innovative areas of finance, attracting talent and investment in equal measure, transaction banking is also a reliable profit-maker for banks in an ever-changing regulatory environment – but there is competition from big tech, while gaining market share is tough in a fragmented industry.

Transaction banking's trailblazers

Driven by changes in technology and many new entrants to the business, transaction banking is no longer a boring, old, but stable revenue earner, chugging along in the background.

Transaction banking trailblazer: Umar Farooq, JPMorgan

The head of channels, analytics and innovation for treasury services and head of blockchain initiatives for corporate and investment banking at JPMorgan says: 'The boundaries between technological innovation and product development are blurring.'

Conservation finance: Seychelles' troubled waters

The Seychelles was the first country to issue a debt-for-nature swap to protect its marine environment; it was also the first to issue a blue bond, raising capital to finance sustainable marine and ocean-related projects.

Chile conservation: Project finance for permanence

Using a model of up-front financing for large one-off projects, project finance for permanence may be the mechanism that can help reach the goal of 50% of the planet’s natural areas being protected in perpetuity.

Finance for a farming revolution

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean up water supplies, prevent the loss of biodiversity, mitigate fire and flood risk and meet the nutritional requirements of a growing population the world must improve its regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices – new tools and support from the financial services industry are needed to fund that transition.

Conservation finance: It's time to revisit carbon markets

Carbon markets, particularly offsets, are shaking off their past and becoming a vital instrument for reaching CO2 reduction goals, protecting and conserving biodiversity at scale, as well as meeting many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

How democracy benefits Africa’s debt

In Africa, the more democratic a country is, the higher its Euromoney Country Risk score, but as the continent’s ECR grade stalls, African countries are diverging – politically and economically.

Banking: Argentina is back where it started

When Mauricio Macri won the last presidential election in 2015, the future for Argentina’s banks looked rosy: a spate of international debt and equity deals confirmed the optimism.

Euromoney FX: 40 and fabulous

While Euromoney turns 50 this year, our first big survey was launched 40 years ago – and to this day, the FX survey remains the benchmark for the foreign exchange industry.

Awards for Excellence 2019: Smack my pitch up

Bankers pitching for Euromoney awards just can’t help themselves – year after year, the jargon gets more impenetrable, the league tables more inventive and the logistics more unreliable.

The bankers that define the decades

For Euromoney's 50th anniversary issue, we picked out the six individual bankers that we believe define each of the decades of Euromoney’s existence.


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