Beyond the eurozone's bounce-back

A broader policy response is needed to turn the consumer-led upturn into a lasting recovery

Eurozone launches QE

But 60bn euro a month programme will work only within a wider package

Sand in the eurozone’s wheels

Deflation and political risks offset cheaper oil and fiscal slippage

SEPA processes to help facilitate innovative payment methods

The work companies had to do in order to comply with SEPA has put them in an ideal position to centralise their treasury structures. Moving further away from paper-based to electronic and mobile payments will also enable a greater degree of centralisation and offer much more flexibility in how companies transact business. However, there is still work to be done as it relates to innovative payments in the post-SEPA environment

The euro and the Three Musketeers

‘All for one, one for all’ is crucial

The eurozone is still struggling with too much debt, too little growth, a strong currency and the threat of Japan-style deflation

Paving the Silk Road

China details widespread benefits of its ‘one belt, one road’

Few gain from cheap oil

Even many energy importers have benefitted little

The redback keeps rising

Half of China’s trade to be renminbi-settlement by 2020

Economic surrealism

From deflation to negative interest rates, the global economy is full of oddities

Strong dollar raises Asian debt costs

Currency depreciation puts pressure on local interest rates

No unity on internet neutrality

Telecoms industry split on prioritising web usage

Keeping the world cool

Oil, CO2 and the carbon budget

The ‘Neglected’ Mid-Market is Too Big to Ignore

New global report shows the vital importance of Medium-Size Companies to developed and emerging economies

Progress on trade in 2015

Removing barriers should boost economic growth

Mixed blessings for global economy from lower crude prices

What low oil prices mean

Changed fortunes for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Protecting your business

Although the opportunities implicit in overseas trade can be highly attractive, maximising the net return requires an awareness of the risks of financial crime, including money laundering and bribery, and an ability to manage complex international sanctions

Vetting a trading partner - know who you are doing business with

While the physical distance between a business and a new international partner can be thousands of miles, this needn't be a barrier to a profitable and mutually beneficial trading relationship.

Ensuring safe transportation of your goods

Reliability is key to building a good reputation and punctual delivery of goods is clearly important. While the legal liability for safe shipment of goods may change during their movement, from an importer’s perspective the reputational liability still tends to lie with the exporter.

Setting up international bank accounts - staying in control

When trading overseas keeping abreast of traffic of business bank accounts can help maximise profitability.

Avoiding delays and costs by having the correct documentation

Trading abroad for the first time is a significant opportunity for any business, but it can be a confusing time with preparing goods for dispatch and various administrative details to complete.

Managing currency fluctuations

Trading internationally for the first time means dealing with different currencies. To maintain profitability it is important to be aware of the exchange rate achieved, as there may be currency fluctuations during the period between paying for supplies to fulfil an order and receiving payment.

Managing international payments

At a basic level, trading internationally is not so dissimilar to trading domestically, except that when dealing with businesses based in overseas markets, receiving and making payments can be more complex.

Growing your business overseas - what you need to know

When companies start trading internationally it makes sense to develop robust relationships with new overseas trading partners. Doing thorough research into potential partners can maximise growth opportunities, as well as fostering high quality commercial rapport

Safeguarding online transfers

When involved in international trade it makes sense to make and receive payments by the method most suited to the needs of your business. This will almost certainly involve using the internet, but for trading to be profitable and secure there are some points to bear in mind.

Mobile banking is poised to  revolutionise  global business

The world is on the brink of a new era in mobile payments which will revolutionise the way businesses operate

Beyond the eurozone's bounce-back

A broader policy response is needed to turn the consumer-led upturn into a lasting recovery