In today's global economy, a company's ability to compete and grow internationally is crucial. Our International Department has been facilitating trade for our clients for more than a century. With an extensive network of correspondent banking relationships, we have the expertise and contacts to help our customers compete successfully around the world.
Services for Importers
We offer a broad range of trade services to help importers bring goods into the United States. Whether you are preparing your first transaction, or you are an experienced trader, our Trade Finance Group can answer all your questions and advise you on the best trade solutions. Services include the following:
Our Trade Finance Group collaborates with commercial lenders and business bankers to provide customized financial packages to meet our customers’ international requirements for a variety of credit facilities; including accounts receivable financing, access to credit provided by foreign governments, and the issuance of letters of credit.
Services for Exporters
As an exporter you must consider the credit risk of your foreign buyer because it is not always possible to receive cash in advance for your goods. If you are selling outside of the United States, there are several payment options available to limit your financial risk and improve your cash flow, including the following:
Whether you need financing before starting a manufacturing process or after you’ve made the sale, our Trade Finance Group can help find the funds you need to export successfully. We offer a host of short, medium and long term export financing programs through such federal agencies as the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the U.S. Small Business Administration, or private sector providers.
Foreign Direct Investment Assistance
With a strong network of professional firms and government agencies, we can provide unrivalled support to you in tackling the complex issues you face when investing beyond your home market. Let us help you be successful when you choose to invest in our market area.
Trillions down and still bailing
Contrarian Chronicles 11/17/2008 12:01 AM ET
By Bill Fleckenstein
Unfortunately, despite some 12 financing facilities created by the Treasury and the Fed, massive interest rate cuts and various bailouts, the government has little to show for its attempts to dictate where markets should trade.
The Fed's own balance sheet has exploded from roughly $900 billion worth of debt in August to around $2 trillion as of last week