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Future Trends in Sanctions – can automation, artificial intelligence and outsourcing resolve inefficiencies?
As political leaders discuss relaxing – or in some cases tightening – sanctions regimes, financial institutions are...
Compliance
As political leaders discuss relaxing – or in some cases tightening – sanctions regimes, financial institutions are struggling under the weight of fragmented lists and requirements, outdated technology and millions of false positive alerts. New sanction regime structures that require an understanding of ownership structures and not just names on a list have...
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Fraud and cyber high alert: the new normal?
Cyber security is top of mind for industry executives, as high-profile security breaches continue to reverberate....
Compliance
Cyber security is top of mind for industry executives, as high-profile security breaches continue to reverberate. SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme (CSP) has mobilised its members to take decisive action. What benefits are being gained from such collaboration? In an industry where robust safeguards at one institution can be undermined by weak security at...
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De-risking in trade finance – time to act
As financial authorities express concern about de-risking in correspondent banking, a similar phenomenon is emerging in...
Banking
As financial authorities express concern about de-risking in correspondent banking, a similar phenomenon is emerging in trade finance, driven by the high costs of KYC compliance. There is a danger that some banks in some regions, such as Africa, will have difficulty connecting to the trade finance world. Banks need to collaborate to help corporate clients to...
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Blockchain and payments: Lessons learned and future prospects
The past 12 months have seen initiatives across the globe further experiment with blockchain technology in pursuit of...
Banking
The past 12 months have seen initiatives across the globe further experiment with blockchain technology in pursuit of the holy grail of a production ready Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) payments solution. Alongside FinTech initiatives, individual banks, central banks and SWIFT have confirmed their interest in DLT, testing the waters with various trials...
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The state of global treasury – untangling the knots
As market conditions such as negative interest rates and the evolution of oil prices add uncertainty to global treasury...
Banking
As market conditions such as negative interest rates and the evolution of oil prices add uncertainty to global treasury operations, corporates also face a myriad of geopolitical and operational uncertainties when considering their longer term strategy. The unclear impact of the new US administration on financing global treasury businesses, the unknown impact...
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Operation transformation in technology for multi-banked corporates
We are witnessing a period of rapid technological transformation and are seeing new industry collaboration models for...
Banking
We are witnessing a period of rapid technological transformation and are seeing new industry collaboration models for banks and corporates emerge. What are the key trends and how can we reinforce collaboration between banks and corporates - in which areas is particular attention needed? With data driven treasury becoming the new norm does it means that banks...
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Is universal financial access a realistic goal?
Increasing financial inclusion is seen as key to reducing poverty and driving economic growth in developing countries,...
Banking
Increasing financial inclusion is seen as key to reducing poverty and driving economic growth in developing countries, but more than 50% of adults in the world’s poorest households still don’t have access to a bank account. Many of the world’s leading financial institutions have pledged to support World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s target to open up banking...
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If correspondent banking is not the future – what is?
At regular intervals the long-term survival of the current correspondent banking model is questioned. Whilst initiatives...
Banking
At regular intervals the long-term survival of the current correspondent banking model is questioned. Whilst initiatives like SWIFTgpi improve the speed, transparency and traceability of cross-border payments and non-banks offer alternative payment services, they still rely on the underlying settlement mechanism of nostro-vostro accounts held by correspondent...
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Banking APIs – Marketing View
Highly popular as a means to create open environments and easy data sharing with consumers and businesses – APIs are now...
Banking
Highly popular as a means to create open environments and easy data sharing with consumers and businesses – APIs are now everywhere. Also in Banking, APIs are being rolled out at high speed, and in some regions even promoted through local regulations such as PSD2. However, open Banking APIs are also clearing the field for new entrants. How will banks cope with...
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Banking APIs – Technical View
Highly popular as a means to create open environments and easy data sharing with consumers and businesses – APIs are now...
Banking
Highly popular as a means to create open environments and easy data sharing with consumers and businesses – APIs are now everywhere. Also in Banking, APIs are being rolled out at high speed, and in some regions even promoted through local regulations such as PSD2. However, open Banking APIs are also clearing the field for new entrants. How will banks cope...
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Banking APIs – disruptive threat or innovative opportunity?
Highly popular as a means to create open environments and easy data sharing with consumers and businesses – APIs are now...
Banking
Highly popular as a means to create open environments and easy data sharing with consumers and businesses – APIs are now everywhere. Also in Banking, APIs are being rolled out at high speed, and in some regions even promoted through local regulations such as PSD2. However, open Banking APIs are also clearing the field for new entrants. How will banks cope with...
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What’s next on the wish list of the corporate treasurer for global payments innovation?
The SWIFT global payments innovation (gpi) service aims to respond to an increased demand from treasurers for speed,...
Banking
The SWIFT global payments innovation (gpi) service aims to respond to an increased demand from treasurers for speed, transparency and traceability in cross-border payments. Is the proposed service going far enough or is this just the beginning of a much longer journey? Which other pain points need to be tackled and how are banks responding?
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