BNY Mellon’s Sindhu Vadakath discusses the arrival of open banking in International Banker

In a commentary article for International Banker, Sindhu Vadakath, Senior Product Manager, Global Payment Services and Asia Payments, Treasury Services, BNY Mellon, takes a look at the introduction of the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the impact it will have on the core of traditional banking.

PSD2 requires banks to share their closely guarded customer data, opening the gates for the first time to third-party payment providers (TPPs), thus disrupting banks’ long-held monopoly on the payments sector. With an aim to improve transparency, customer rights and service, as well as the costs linked to the end-to-end payments process, the legislation allows TPPs to harness customer data to create cutting-edge products that can viably compete with bank offerings.

But this data-sharing, of course, is not without its risks – especially as TPPs cannot claim the same historical reputation for security and familiarity as their bank counterparts. As such, collaboration between these industry players is key to ensure a smooth roll-out of an efficient and secure payments service for customers in the new era of open banking.

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CAB CEO talks cross-border payments tech

Albert Maasland, CEO of Crown Agents Bank, talks to GTNews about the future of SWIFT gpi and Ripple, noting that both are “obviously two key players” in the cross-border payments space.

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BNY Mellon discusses the revolution in payments seen across the last 20 years in GTNews

As part of a series of articles celebrating the 20th anniversary of GTNews, Daniel Verbruggen, Michael Bellacosa, Fred DiCocco and Matt Wells from BNY Mellon Treasury Services, come together to discuss the pivotal developments in the payments industry across the last two decades.

Increased regulation resulting from events such as 9/11 and the 2008 global financial crisis have seen a shift in banks’ focus to meeting not only business objectives, but also governmental objectives. Regulations, together with increased client demands and technological advancements, have spurred banks to enhance their offerings to provide greater transparency and convenience – in keeping with the digital expectations of a modernising world.

More recently, the adoption of real-time payment systems, along with electronic banking applications and cryptocurrencies have particularly shaken the foundations of the traditional banking space, and have thrown the gates wide open to non-bank market entrants. With open banking legislation coming into effect at the beginning of 2018, the payments landscape is only set to become increasingly fast-paced and competitive, as banks strive to remain relevant and continue to meet the evolving needs of their clients.

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BNY Mellon’s Anthony Brady talks to EMEA Finance on digitalising payments and optimising opportunities

Technology is creating a plethora of opportunities to enhance payments. And with client expectations for new capabilities growing – spurred by the abundance of high-tech gadgets in the wider market – banks must ensure they adapt and cater to expanding digital demands.

In a commentary article for EMEA Finance, Anthony Brady, Head of Global Product Management, Treasury Services, BNY Mellon, discusses some of the changes taking place, and how it is through industry collaboration that banks can truly leverage the benefits of technology, and deliver new, value-added capabilities to clients.

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Do not place PSD2 on the back burner, says Deutsche Bank in FTSE Global Markets

On January 13th, 2018, the new European Directive on Payment Services in the Internal Market (PSD2) comes into effect, marking the next stage of the European payments market’s transformation. Christian Schaefer, global head of payments, Cash Management, Deutsche Bank, explains the implementation hurdles and opportunities in an article for FTSE Global Markets magazine – and sets out why financial institutions should strive to be PSD2-ready, sooner rather than later.

Admittedly, while there are significant time and resource investments required to become PSD2-ready, the benefits for both PSUs and PSPs should become evident from day one, says Schaefer. Even so, becoming PSD2-ready should not be seen as merely as an exercise in regulatory compliance. It brings many advantages that can grant banks and fintechs new revenue streams and opportunities to enhance their client offerings.

Institutions making the TPP interface operational in time for the effective date can also be among the first to implement Open Application Programming Interface (API) capabilities – allowing them to offer new, innovative products tailored to the evolving needs of their existing (and prospective) clients.

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Deutsche Bank discusses a new age in payments in Finextra

It will be regulation-led, but make no mistake: 13th January 2018 will see the start of a deep-rooted and long-term transformation of the European payments market. This is when PSD2, the new European Directive on Payment Services in the Internal Market, comes into force. While this prospect initially caused concern to some in traditional financial institutions, most are now embracing it as a timely and necessary stimulus to the industry to future-proof itself against a new age in payments and banking services.

Writing for Finextra, Shahrokh Moinian, global head of cash products, cash management, Deutsche Bank, suggest that, given the clear benefits to customers, banks should therefore not delay getting PSD2-ready and instead participate in the consultations and act on the early drafts of the European Banking Authority’s Guidelines immediately in order to ensure smooth implementation projects.

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BNY Mellon’s Fred DiCocco explains how bank-led collaboration is driving payments transformation in Global Banking & Finance Review

The rapid growth of fintech influence, increasingly sophisticated technological capabilities, growing client expectations, and new regulatory requirements, are fuelling the need for modernised payment systems. Undoubtedly, the payments space is experiencing a period of rapid evolution, with technology presenting opportunities for the industry to transform how transactions are processed.

In a commentary article for Global Banking & Finance Review, BNY Mellon’s Fred DiCocco, Global Head of Cash Management Business Development, Treasury Services, explains how through industry cooperation – with banks at the fore – new technology can be channeled for a revolutionised payments space, supporting innovations such as blockchain and SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) initiative.

The full article can be read here (page 112-115).

News of iGTB deal with Bangkok Bank covered by specialist press

iGTB has agreed a contract with Bangkok Bank, Thailand’s leader in corporate and SME banking, to implement a comprehensive cash management platform and corporate portal. iGTB’s Digital Transaction Banking platform will integrate a number of previously separate platforms for Bangkok Bank, giving the bank’s clients a consistent and consolidated view of their working capital and payments activities, irrespective of the country they operate in.

Commenting on the deal, Manish Maakan, CEO of iGTB, said: “This is a key strategic step for iGTB – our first Global Transaction Banking deal in Thailand, signed with the largest commercial corporate bank in the country. Building on our presence in Singapore and Malaysia, this is a statement of our wider ambitions across the region, and we’re delighted that our unique CBX 18 based Contextual Banking approach will help Bangkok Bank with their digital transformation. This won’t simply be a “get in, get out” technology implementation, it’s a joint effort where we offer our transaction banking thought leadership and expertise to ensure Bangkok Bank are strategically positioned for the long term.”

The news was covered in a number of specialist and tier one press outlets such as: ASEAN Affairs, Bankers DailyBusiness StandardCapital MarketCorporate EthosFinalayaFinancial ITFinextraFintech FinanceFreshers LiveFSTechGlobal Banking and Finance ReviewIBS IntelligenceIndia Info OnlineReutersThe Hindu Business LineTXF.

iGTB’s Barry Rhodes writes about the dawn of “contextual” corporate payments in The Paypers

Barry Rhodes, iGTB’s Head of Payments, has written an expert piece for The Paypers where he explains how banks should look to understand the context behind a corporate payment to revolutionise their services and develop new revenue streams. Previously, banks have approached payments with a product-centric mindset that hindered meaningful client relationships. A better approach is to understand exactly what clients are trying to achieve with their actions – who are they paying? How are they connected? Why are they paying? Doing so not only leads to vastly improved customer services such as automated, optimised recommendations, but also greater internal efficiency and new revenue growth via cross-selling opportunities.

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BNY Mellon’s Ross Jones explains that industry collaboration is a key component to payments transformation in TMI

In a commentary article for Treasury Management International (TMI), Ross Jones, BNY Mellon’s Product Line Manager, Global Payments Treasury Services EMEA, explains that industry collaboration is a key component of the global payments transformation.

Undoubtedly, fintech innovation is enabling significant advancements in the world of payments. Yet although new innovation brings significant potential to enhance cross-border transactions, it must be applied collaboratively in order to develop the best solutions for global payments users. Jones explains that this can be achieved through continued bank-fintech partnerships, as well as establishing cross-border standards through bank-bank collaboration.

The full article can be read here.