Foreign Credit Facilities in the United Kingdom: A Sketch of Post-War Development and Present Status

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CHAPTER V THE TRADE INDEMNITY COMPANY

THE Trade Indemnity Company is a subsidiary of the British Trade Corporation. As has been seen from the preceding chapter, it is practically the only affiliated business Which is really active at the present time.

The Company has assumed leadership among English private companies and underwriters in affording forms of credit insurance particularly required during the troubled times through which export trade has been passing. Its management has been at once conservative and flexible, and the cautious grading of risks with a view of the particular circumstances in each case has enabled it to maintain financial stability when international trade was hard hit. The basis of the Company's activities has been the long experience of its underwriter, who has been able to apply successfully in post-war credit insurance the experience he gained along these lines before the war. He is one of the best qualified men in the United Kingdom in what is yet a new form of insurance, and has for some time served as adviser in the Export Credits Department of the Board of Trade. Through its underwriter, the Trade Indemnity Company, therefore, enjoys a personal link with the Government scheme--which has been outlined in Chapter III.


INSURANCE VERSUS GUARANTEE

As there described an important part of the work of the Export Credits Department is the guarantee of a stated

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