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AFP 2021 Blades International’s Sharp Insights

Blades International’s very own Bob Blades and Jack Borland share their thoughts on Day 1 of the AFP 2021 Conference hosted in Washington, D.C. Blades International was proud to have participated in the AFP 2020 Conference as speakers. You can view an eBook based on our presentation last year titled, The Future of Integrity and […]

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Another Bank Found Guilty of Rate Manipulation

This post references an article published by the Wall Street Journal on December 29, 2021. A bank that focuses on corporate banking and investment services has been found guilty once more in 2021. Going back a few years to 2015, an allegation was delayed because the bank would not cooperate with government officials. After the […]

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Major Global Bank Accused of FX Manipulation

Breaking in the news, from the Financial Times and Bloomberg, are reports that have renewed past concerns of alleged forex manipulation within global banks. Headlining is one of Europe’s largest banks, which is responsible for handling enormous amounts of forex transactions between Europe and Asia. With more and more clients reacting over the discovery of […]

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The Adoption of Crypto in The Currencies Market and What That Means for Regulation Moving Forward

The SEC’s 2021 regulatory agenda suggests there are no plans to regulate cryptocurrencies, at least for now. News of the SEC’s omission of crypto regulation reminds us of an article published by The Wall Street Journal recently which suggested cryptocurrency regulation could be created by using existing rules. The article addresses key questions surrounding crypto […]

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The Role of Data Analytics in Commodity and Currency Market Transparency

This post references a Wall Street Journal Article originally published in October 2020. Over the past 10 years we have seen a number of “Market Manipulation” investigations involving some of the world’s largest banks. While the cases are no different to what was happening at trading desks 20 years ago, the difference lies in the […]

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Wary of Using Third Party Documents in Your Export LC Transactions?

In this post, Blades International’s Managing Director of International Letters of Credit, Mike Ryan, discusses challenges faced by export customers to avoid discrepancies and increased payment risk. Mike suggests that doing business as usual can lead to increased payment risk ending in delayed payment of possible bad debt.  Tired of paying for confirmation fees and […]

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LSE – Refinitiv Deal Brings Questions of Data Integrity and the Future of FX Transparency

This blog post references articles originally published by the Wall Street Journal on June 22, 2020 & June 16, 2020 and by Finance Magnates on March 6, 2020. The LSE’s upcoming deal to acquire Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) has been met with widespread criticism since its announcement earlier this year. While the LSE is committed […]

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Now Is the Time to Reconsider Your Financial/Credit Risk in the International Market Place

In this post Blades International’s Managing Director for International Letters of Credit Mike Ryan discusses challenges faced by export customers in a climate where historic low oil prices, pandemics and political unrest is constantly changing business financial, credit and political risk in an ever-changing international marketplace.  Mike suggests that doing business as usual can lead […]

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Data Tools and Automation Are A Light at the End of the COVID-19 Tunnel

This blog post references articles originally published by the Wall Street Journal on May 27, 2020 and June 2, 2020. Manufacturers began to see a halt in production in early February as COVID-19 began to have an effect on international business and shipping. A global pandemic loomed, with no clear indication of when things would […]

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Technology and AI Will Help Foster a Protected Market and Sophisticated Consumer

This post references an article originally published by The Banker on April 13, 2020. Nasdaq’s Senior VP and head of sell-side and buy-side technology, Valerie Bannert-Thurner, recently discussed challenges faced by financial service platforms in a climate where technology is constantly changing business practices and goals. In an interview with The Banker, Bannert-Thurner suggested technology […]