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Aidan Applegarth

About the Author
Aidan spent some 30 years building up Trade and Commodity Finance (TCF) businesses for banks in the UK, Europe and Asia. He is now a consultant providing training and practical guidance to banks and other lenders wishing to develop a TCF proposition and also advises a number of Trade Finance funds on Credit and Operational Risk.

Global Trade School – Part II (1/2)

Aidan outlines the significance of credit support in trade finance. He critiques traditional credit analysis, explains the components that makeup credit analysis and outlines the value of focusing on these components.

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Global Trade School – Part II (2/2)

In this video, Aidan breaks down the credit risk focus of trade finance, and the importance of their management. This includes settlement risk, performance risk, and logistics risk.

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Trade Finance (5/5): Trade Finance as Working Capital

As explained in the previous video, once any risks are mitigated for the seller, he can raise finance against his expected sales receivable, whilst the buyer can raise finance against the security of the underlying asset. In this video we’ll see how trade working capital is enabled by deploying these solutions.

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Trade Finance (3/5): Trade Finance as Risk Management

Within Trade Finance there is an inherent conflict between buyers and sellers in different locations. In this video, Aidan explores how effective risk management affords the transparency and ‘hands on’ engagement that facilitates diligent commercial lending.

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Trade Finance (4/5): Applications of Trade Finance Tools

Following on from Aidan’s video on the risk ladder, he continues his series on Trade Finance by looking at how the documentary Letter of Credit works and how its role is similar to that of the Documentary Collection.

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Global Trade School – Part I

Trade is taking centre stage in world affairs, and with good reason! In this video, Aidan provides an explanation of what will be covered in this series on Trade Finance.

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Trade Finance (2/5): Key Benefits of Trade Finance

In Aidan’s previous video, he clarified some terms closely related to trade finance to provide a better understanding of the basics. In this video, Aidan discusses the key benefits of trade finance, namely its transparent and self-liquidating transactions, its earnings potential, and cross-sell potential.

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Trade Finance (1/5): Trade Finance Definitions

With global trade worth an estimated $18 trillion, there is no question as to why financiers are attracted to this sector. To fully enjoy the benefits of trade finance, it is important to understand the basic principles that underpin it. Aidan discusses the basics of trade finance by expanding on key principles such as export finance, commodity finance and structured trade & commodity trade.

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