Day three of SIBOS finds the world’s largest financial services conference still abuzz with activity. One consistent theme that was borne out from the day’s panels and discussions was speed. The modern global economy is a complex system of interlocking, ‘just-in-time’ supply chains. Global finance is no exception: speedy transactions – both domestic and international – are vital for financial institutions, and for the vitality of capital markets.
Today, delegates elaborated on this important theme: how can the desire for greater speed in international finance be met, and, equally, what might be the operational difficulties and risks involved in doing so? Read on for some key insights on this front.
T+1: getting there eventually
One priority of the financial community in North America is the need to move towards ‘T+1’ transactions, that is, a window of one business day between a transaction and a settlement. On a panel discussion on the topic, Frank La Salla, President of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), talked up the benefits of such a change. This reduction in transaction latency would, he argued, allow for financial institutions to be more flexible in their decisions, freeing up around $3.5-4 billion in capital for his company to deploy.
Of course, narrowing this transaction window is not without its risks. One perennial bugbear in this regard is forex. International payments often entail a foreign exchange transaction beforehand; with a shift to T+1 some have expressed concerns that forex traders may have difficulty clearing these transactions within this window. T+1, therefore, is not merely a simple administrative change – but one that goes to the heart of the operational questions that are always confronting global finance.
Up in the clouds?
Meanwhile, ACI Worldwide announced a partnership with Microsoft to develop a cloud-based real-time payments platform, dubbed the ‘Real-Time Payments Cloud’ (RTPC). It is hoped by both parties that the RTPC will reduce the latency of transactions by getting around the longstanding problem of interoperability. The RTPC elegantly sidesteps the problem of incompatible systems by creating a common platform that both parties to the transaction can use. Platforms like these, perhaps, herald a new model of payments: one that is less peer-to-peer than peer-to-platform-to-peer.
Time to think
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