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Podcast: Cash, Credit and Covid-19
The coronavirus crisis has split US jewelers into haves and have-nots, Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) president
News Oct 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Diamond jewelry retail
Jewelry Trade Continues to Shrink
The US jewelry industry continued to downsize in the third quarter, with 101 companies leaving the business, according
News Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
ABN Amro branch in Terneuzen, The Netherlands
ABN Amro to Cease Hong Kong Diamond Lending
Dutch bank ABN Amro will close its Hong Kong diamond business in a major trimming of its global
News Aug 13, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Jewelry in box
Jewelers See Worst Quarter for Credit Downgrades
The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) reduced companies’ credit scores at an “unprecedented” rate in the second quarter as businesses
News Jul 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Union Bank
Israel’s Union Bank Sells Diamond Portfolio
Israeli finance company Peninsula has agreed to buy Union Bank’s diamond business, pledging to continue offering loans
News Jul 14, 2020 Rapaport News
Bank Leumi Beersheba branch credit.
Israel’s Bank Leumi Eyes Return to Diamonds
Israel’s Bank Leumi has entered the bidding to acquire Union Bank’s diamond-lending business, signaling a potential return
News Jun 11, 2020 Rapaport News
Rupees.
Indian Credit Down 18% Since Banking Scandal
Lending to India’s gem and jewelry industry fell 18% during the past two fiscal years as the
News Jun 07, 2020 Rapaport News
Melee diamonds at De Beers Group Industry Services
India’s Cutting Sector Faces Decade-Low Revenues
India’s polishing revenues will plummet to their lowest in a decade this year, as prices have dropped and inventory
News Apr 28, 2020 Rapaport News
Jewelry store
JBT Chief Predicts Rise in Bankruptcies
Earlier this month, the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) said it would issue two parallel ratings in its
News Apr 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Erich Jacobs
JBT Amends Credit Reports to Account for COVID-19
The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) will issue two parallel credit ratings for companies during the
News Apr 07, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Orapa mine
Market Slump Prompts Botswana Downgrade
S&P Global Ratings has lowered Botswana’s credit rating, citing weaker diamond revenues because of the current
News Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp port house
Belgian Banks Postpone Loan Repayments
Belgium has introduced emergency financial concessions to help companies survive the current downturn, offering businesses extra
News Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
India GST
Indian Exporters Get Reprieve from Banks
Indian banks have agreed to offer special concessions to diamond exporters to help them deal with late payments
News Mar 19, 2020 Rapaport News
ABN Amro
ABN Amro Tightens Diamond Lending Terms
ABN Amro will implement changes to its guidelines for lending to the diamond industry in 2020, reasoning that
News Dec 12, 2019 Avi Krawitz
ABN Amro branch Capelle aan den IJssel
ABN Amro Restricts Rough-Sector Lending
ABN Amro has scaled back its financing of rough-diamond purchases, citing a lack of profitability in the manufacturing and
News Jul 15, 2019 Joshua Freedman
National Bank of Fujairah Antwerp launch April 201
Dubai’s NBF Enters Antwerp Lending Market
The National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) has launched a representative office in Antwerp as it looks to expand its business lending
News Apr 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Stornoway
Weakness in Low-Value Stones Hits Stornoway
Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s sales fell in the final three months of last year as weakness in the Indian market
News Jan 20, 2019 Rapaport News
Union Bank Antwerp
India’s Union Bank Leaves Antwerp
Union Bank of India will close its branch in Antwerp, citing the weak performance of its diamond division,
News Sep 06, 2018 Rapaport News
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Indian Banks Slash Lending by 10%
Bank financing to India’s gem and jewelry sector has fallen at least 10% since April 1 due to stricter
News Jul 24, 2018 Rapaport News
ABN Amro 600
ABN Amro Scales Back Diamond Lending
ABN Amro is terminating its diamond and jewelry lending business in the US and the United Arab Emirates
News May 21, 2018 Rapaport News
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