As more smaller businesses follow the multinationals and move outside of their home market, the problem of trapped working capital is increasingly common.
China’s government expects trade with countries within the initiative to grow from the current figure of US$1 trillion to US$2.5 trillion within five years.
Regulation such as the upcoming new Payment Services Directive should be regarded by the sector as a business opportunity rather than a threat.
ING and Société Générale are both reported to be in discussions with commodities traders over LNG trading on a blockchain enabled with smart contracts.
For banks there is an existential challenge that must be confronted over the coming year.
Although only one in five banks had an enterprise digital strategy as recently as two years ago, it is undoubtedly a top priority in 2017.
Customer experience is becoming an increasingly important factor in the global retail banking market - and customer relationship management (CRM) tools hold many of the answers.
How regulatory changes - such as the bank bail-in rules and ratings agency analysis - reduce deposit risk for corporate treasurers.
A Lloyds Bank report suggests that firms have cut back their planned expenditure sharply post-Brexit.
Recent research suggests that corporates still rate their banks highly, but are increasingly convinced that no one single bank can adequately meet all of their various requirements.