Although the ongoing pandemic brought significant disruption, it is also having the positive effect of bringing the digitalization agenda to the fore. And as flows of funds between Latin America and the rest of the world are returning to normal levels, the pandemic has precipitated a permanent change by speeding up the adoption of digital payment services, says Dino Sani, Head of Treasury Services for Latin America at BNY Mellon.
“BNY Mellon was already in this journey toward digitalization but COVID-19 accelerated the process,” Sani said. “And there’s a dramatic impact on our business.”
Latin American banks have been quick to embrace Swift’s Global Payment Initiative (GPI), a collaborative project in which participating banks build on an open platform (API) to add speed and transparency to international payments, according to Sani. And although Latin America’s economies to face a difficult year in 2021 as they open slowly, Sani expects an economic recovery to get underway. “We are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
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Peer-to-peer payments have made consumer transactions cheap and efficient, but the business payment landscape lags, with 47% of B2B payments in 2019 made through cheques.
In recent years, BNY Mellon has been working to embed additional communication, reporting and security measures within B2B payments, ensuring payments are quick, secure and allow for documentation to be exchanged alongside the transactions.
“From a payments perspective, we’re ultimately saying, ‘What can make a payment move safer, more predictable, faster, and provide more transparency to the parties involved?'” Carl Slabicki, Head of Strategic Payment Solutions at BNY Mellon Treasury Services said. “Whether it’s a distributed ledger technology that can do that, or whether it’s a digital currency that can do that, we’re openly exploring all of these.”
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Published in 2010, SWIFT’s guidebook ‘ISO 20022 for Dummies’ presents a useful tool to gauge the changes in thinking toward ISO 20022 over the last decade. In an article with Finextra, Isabel Schmidt, Global Head of Direct Clearing and Asset Account Services, BNY Mellon Treasury Services, explores how assertions and predictions made about the migration have played out over the last decade.
Schmidt explains that while a lot of industry discussions currently focus on payment messages and core cash management messages, “overall thinking has also evolved to embrace the concept that a more robust payment message also provides the basis for major efficiency potential in the pre- and post-payment exception and investigations space.”
Schmidt explores how SWIFT’s first attempts to help banks improve this space dates back over 10 years when the E&I initiative was launched and that unfortunately the initiative lacked a sufficiently robust standard to really enable comprehensive automation of exception workflows.
“This space is now being revisited, based on more structured and more robust payment data which the ISO 20022 standard will provide. This is a considerable incremental efficiency opportunity for banks and a further step towards a much-enhanced client experience end-to-end.”
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While global trade volumes have been down significantly in 2020, Joon Kim, the Global Head of Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management at BNY Mellon, sees “a cautious sense of optimism and recovery” by the latter part of the fourth quarter of this year and the beginning of next, at the macro-level.
Arnon Goldstein, Head of Treasury Services for Asia Pacific at BNY Mellon, observed overall decline in payment volumes, underlining weakness in clients’ demand, but an increase in liquidity, especially in local currency and dollar liquidity as lending demand has been depressed. However, any rebound in volume will be uneven as some economies continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disruption to traditional supply chains and logistics has precipitated the need to strengthen business continuity planning to increase institutions operational resiliency and ability to operate remotely. Processes have to be streamlined and enhanced to incorporate alternative digital solutions, such as e-signature and biometric-enabled authentication and authorisation, to replace traditional manual ones. The bank is pivoting to digital alternatives, such as web-based meeting, and digitising more of its internal as well as clients’ processes in order to facilitate client transactions and increase efficiency.
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Faced with growing compliance pressures, banks are beginning to take serious note of the digital solutions becoming available to help navigate the heightened regulatory environment. In an article for Semana Economica, Mariel Garcia, Country Executive, Peru, LatAm Treasury Services, BNY Mellon, discusses how regtech has the potential to transform existing processes; the steps that the Latin American financial sector could take to best harness its capabilities; and how Peru can get involved.
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Outdated payment systems, regulation, evolving consumer needs and promising fintech initiatives are all driving the demand for enhanced transaction capabilities. As a result, banks are increasingly adopting real-time payments to address evolving needs. In a commentary article for TMI, Carl Slabicki, Director, Immediate Payments, BNY Mellon Treasury Services, discusses how the real-time landscape is gaining traction, the implementation of the real-time payments (RTP) initiative in the US, and how banks and the wider industry can make enhanced, real-time payments a global reality.
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In a commentary article for BNamericas, Dino Sani, Head of Treasury Services Latin America, discusses how regulation technology – or “regtech” – can enhance regulatory processes in Latin American banking. He examines the challenges banks are facing due to heightened compliance demands, the growing interest in regtech across the industry, and how regtech tools such as AI and blockchain technology could help to decrease compliance costs and improve efficiency.
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In a commentary article for PaymentsJournal Monika Aminiova, Cash Management Business Development Manager, Treasury Services EMEA, BNY Mellon, discusses how SWIFT gpi is helping to transform cross-border payments. She examines the growing reach of SWIFT gpi, the enhancements that have been implemented – including improved speed and transparency – the new developments that are set to come into force and, importantly, what this means for banks.
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BNY Mellon has been officially crowned “Best Correspondent Bank” in this year’s Global Trade Review (GTR) “Leaders in Trade” awards. The award marks the second consecutive year that the bank has won the award since the category was introduced in 2017.
Receiving the award on behalf of BNY Mellon at the GTR Awards ceremony last week, Dominic Broom, Global Head of Trade Business Development, commented: “This consecutive win of the Best Correspondent Bank award underscores what we do best: providing operating expertise and exceptional client service on a global scale. We continue to invest in new solutions and enabling technologies to remain the leader in meeting client needs, in an ever-changing landscape.”
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Writing for Finance Digest, BNY Mellon’s Monika Aminiova, EMEA Cash Management Business Development Manager, Treasury Services, takes an in-depth look at how the payments sector could be transformed by SWIFT gpi, and how banks can help the initiative take root.
Although still being rolled out, SWIFT gpi’s impact on both the speed and transparency of cross-border transactions is already visible, and with more developments in the pipeline – such as the ability to stop and recall payments, and attach invoices to transactions – there is a real opportunity for banks to enhance their offering and provide a traceable, efficient and modern global payments experience for their clients.
“Undoubtedly, SWIFT gpi is an initiative that has the potential to revolutionise global payments”, says Aminiova, “But it is only through co-creation, cooperation and active engagement that banks can expect to access and harness the full potential of SWIFT gpi – and most importantly, render the cross-border transaction process more transparent, efficient and intuitive for clients.”
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