Treasury Management Systems Insights
10th April 2019
In 2017, the US joined the global move towards real-time payments (RTPs) with The Clearing House’s launch of the RTP system. Rapid take-up since then among the largest banks means the system now covers almost half of the total demand deposit accounts in the US. However, volumes remain low and many banks are still not connected.
So,... read more
3rd April 2019
In general, the Islamic Sharia has constantly sought to achieve fairness, trust and transparency in all financial and business transactions while emphasizing socio-economic development and financial inclusion.
In this short piece, I will attempt to outline the main features of Islamic finance and Sharia-approved investments, as well as the... read more
2nd April 2019
The decade since the financial crisis of 2008 has been a challenging time for the financial services sector. Not only has the industry had to face the increased compliance and governance requirements that emerged as a result of new and tighter regulation intended to prevent a similar crisis in the future, but it has also had to face increased... read more
1st April 2019
Fraud continues to be a problem for consumers and the banking industry. According to Javelin Strategy & Research in 2017, 16.7m people were victims of identity fraud and they lost an estimated $16.8bn.
The Consumer Sentinel Network, maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), found that of the 2.7m identity theft and fraud... read more
29th March 2019
It will take four to five years for the treasury management sector to embrace blockchain technology in assisting with calculations of reference rates, according to John Byrne, owner of Salmon Software.
“If you ask any corporate treasurer would they use blockchain as an alternative, you would fit their response on the back of a stamp... read more
26th March 2019
This week I have been dusting off last September’s Q&A release from the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) regarding the reporting of FX swaps to ensure we have successfully planned for the changes. That Q&A included reference data and transaction reporting scenarios where an FX swap is reported as a single... read more
22nd March 2019
The monumental shift from online to mobile trading has gone hand in hand with digital natives and the convenience it provides. But such democratisation comes with a warning – compliance is as critical to mainstream success as ease of use and information quality.
Emerging firms now seek to break the stranglehold of the incumbent brokers in... read more
21st March 2019
Competition and innovation has been an enormous force for good in driving the speed of change in the payment ecosystem to meet ever increasing customer expectations for excellent payments experiences.
Now, with disruption of the payments landscape continuing apace, nimble, creative fintechs are challenging the ground held by established payment... read more
19th March 2019
Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world, but its payments market has always been regarded as extremely concentrated. This is not surprising considering the majority of debit and credit cards in circulation were issued by four major banks, and 9 in 10 cards were either Visa or Mastercard, until 2007. However, in recent years there has been... read more