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Trade financing opportunities in Asia and the emerging markets capture the attention of institutions

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Christian Stauffer
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Trade financing is gaining traction with investors and one fund, the EuroFin Asia Group. Christian Stauffer, the founder and CEO of EuroFin explained in a recent interview with Oplaesque TV that trade finance transactions are straightforward, and generally low risk. Firms like EuroFin are also filling a gap that banks are not, offering a unique opportunity for funds and investors.

"At the onset of the creation of EuroFin we saw that opportunity that was to exploit a small part of the market that was left over by banks. It was mostly left over by banks for numerous reasons; commercial one, regulatory one, etcetera, and the market went from a 100% banking market into maybe an 80%, 85% banking market, leaving a void for all sorts of non-banking trade financers to be able to play a role as a provider of short-term capital," Stauffer explains.

As a non-bank, EuroFin navigates these relationships in much the same way that a commercial bank would by establishing a relationship, in lieu of traditional formatlities like letters of credit. So far, the fund has been going along steadily since 2006, as trade financing was largely insulated from the crisis.

"Trade finance is not a strategy where you need to try to generate superior extraordinary returns," he says. "So you won’t fit into the very sporty part of the investme......................

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