Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) represent more than 99% of all European non-financial corporates and depend on banks for 70% of their external financing. Generating close to 60% of total Gross Value Added, they employ over 90 million people. Euler Hermes’ new study focuses on SMEs as critical actors in the European economy; it estimates…

Trade credit insurer Atradius has revealed its most promising emerging markets for 2019. Bulgaria, Indonesia, Vietnam, Peru and Morocco have been shortlisted within the Promising Emerging Markets Economic Research Report as having the most potential for new trade opportunities this year. The top five are predicted to shine in 2019 thanks to their strong growth…

Figures released today by the Jubilee Debt Campaign, based on IMF and World Bank databases, show that developing country debt payments increased by 85% between 2010 and 2018. The new analysis from Jubilee Debt Campaign shows that average government external debt payments across the 124 developing countries for which data is available have increased from…

A new economic research report from Atradius forecasts that global insolvencies are set to grow for the first time in 10 years. The Insolvency Forecast reports an expected rise in insolvencies of 7% in the UK in 2019, the highest increase of all advanced markets. The insolvency outlook has deteriorated following a sharp loss of…

Companies are increasingly cautious over taking risks in their supply chain, with fears over their level of dependence on suppliers and sourcing from high-risk countries dominating their thinking, data in a new report shows. The Q4 2018 Global Supply Chain Risk Report, published today by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet, investigates the…

The European Parliament has published a new report on Late Payments. The report, drafted by Member of the European Parliament Lara Comi, is based on statistics from European credit management specialist Intrum’s European Payment Report 2018, and takes into account important findings of the yearly study. In response to the new report Intrum has said…

Coface has shared its vision of the major trends in the world economy in 2019 with businesses at its annual conference. Coface says that an increasing number of pitfalls, such as escalating political risk, the high volatility of commodity prices, and supply constraints, began to slow world growth in late 2018 and cast a shadow…

Lenders could find it much harder to enforce cross border debts in the event of a no deal Brexit, RSM has warned. Currently, European regulations facilitate the collection of cross border debts within the EU, notably through the use of European Enforcement Orders. These allow a judgment in one member state to be enforced in…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew in December by 7% compared with the same month in 2017, and by 5% in Q4 2018 as a whole. The plant and machinery finance and commercial vehicle finance sectors reported new business…

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published the Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2018. The report presents the results of the FSB’s eighth annual monitoring exercise that assesses global trends and risks from non-bank financial intermediation. It covers data up to end-2017 from 29 jurisdictions, which together represent over 80% of global GDP. The…

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