ISO 20022, the ISO standard for the interchange of electronic data between financial institutions, has arrived and is shaking up the payment sector worldwide. Migrating to the new system is voluntary, but the advantages of lower cost, greater fraud protection, increased customer satisfaction are quickly winning over banks and businesses alike, making its blanket adoption inevitable. What do bank managers need to do to prepare for this payment-processing overhaul?
SWIFT has a long history of enabling financial institutions to communicate with each other reliably and securely; thousands of banks use the SWIFT network for interbank messaging. Faced with the twin threats of intensifying cybercrime and growing compliance requirements, banks are scrambling to be secure and compliant while also profitable. SWIFT has developed robust financial-crime solutions that assist its members to comply with the gamut of regulations—from AML to KYC—profitably.
The details matter when it comes to sensitive banking data, especially relating to payments. Regulators are clamping down on banks in response to the threats posed by ever-increasing criminal and terrorist activities and are requiring specific information about not only the sender but also the recipient of a payment; fortunately solutions exist in the form of MT structured message formats.
It’s not news that the innovation sweeping most of the financial world has been slow to meet up with the realm of international trade finance. That’s why the world’s premier international-payments network, SWIFT, has joined forces with various financial institutions and utilities to make cross-border payments a whole lot faster as well as more efficient, transparent and traceable.
SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is the grease that keeps the wheels of the worldwide economy moving. Some 25 million messages – most of them money transfers – pass through the SWIFT system daily.
In the aftermath of the United States 2016 presidential election, there has been much debate over whether Russian hackers interfered with the electoral process in order to help secure a victory for Donald Trump. Around the same time, however, it was revealed that Russia was the victim of cyberattacks of its own.
The transaction sector will never be the same; financial technology has permanently altered the way payments are processed. But the fintech revolution is not merely a retail-banking event; it is also set to transform the corporate-payments space—and forward-thinking banks are ensuring that they stay in the lead through digital innovation.