Global Payments & Transfers Insights

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Smartphones: What Security Risks Do They Pose?

2nd February 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Alan Thomas, a technology & media executive at the specialist insurer Hiscox Travel anywhere on a plane or train these days and you’ll no doubt notice that you are surrounded by people using a smartphone. They are an extremely useful modern tool that is used by many companies and individuals alike to keep in touch and do work while on the... read more
Liquidity risk management to boost performance

Liquidity risk management to boost performance

5th December 2011

By Nancy Masschelein, head of Product Strategy, FinArch and Nele Matthys, business analyst, Product Strategy, FinArch The financial crisis revealed weaknesses in liquidity risk programs at financial institutionsThe causes and the unfolding of the financial crisis have highlighted a number of concerns and issues for practitioners, policy makers as... read more
Payment & collection factories: new treasury potential?

Payment & collection factories: new treasury potential?

30th November 2011

Company: CGI
Many organisations are considering the case for centralising payments and collections in a shared service centre - a payment factory. Garry Young, Logica’s director of corporate services and SaaS, discusses the drivers behind corporate payments change. He also examines the cash visibility, control and efficiency benefits that can be realised from... read more
Bank regulation and trade finance

Bank regulation and trade finance

28th November 2011

Company: Surecomp
Attempts to impose blanket regulations on something as diverse as modern banking was bound to have some unintended consequences, says Raphael Barisaac, Surecomp vice-president Europe and head of Trade Finance Products.When world trade suddenly contracted in the fourth quarter of 2008, it demonstrated how vitally important trade finance is to the... read more
Making a payment factory pay

Making a payment factory pay

28th November 2011

By Marcus Hughes, business development director, Bottomline TechnologiesThe global economic environment continues to pose ever more challenging questions for today’s corporate treasurer with almost daily stories of fresh problems, country bailouts and concerns over the euro. The need for proper visibility and control over cash, core weapons in... read more
ChequeMate

ChequeMate

10th November 2011

By Adrian Stafford-Jones, managing director, Albany SoftwareAs the economy teeters on the edge of a double dip recession, government pledges to reduce red tape and make business easier for the UK’s SMEs seem increasingly critical. But given the emphasis on streamlining processes, the question has to be asked why so many organisations are still... read more
Growth in regulations increases burdens in payment operations

Growth in regulations increases burdens in payment operations

10th November 2011

Company: Accuity
By Joel Lange, payments product managerSince the emergence of software systems to screen payment messages against sanctions lists in the 1990’s there has been a constant struggle between ensuring compliance with global sanctions regimes as well as demonstrating increases in payment efficiency. While compliance departments are judged on... read more
Why banks need flexible systems to keep their customers

Why banks need flexible systems to keep their customers

9th November 2011

Company: ACI Worldwide
By Louis Blatt, chief product officer,ACI WorldwideIf financial institutions recognise a new dawn in their payments business, they are not alone. Plenty of non-traditional players are piling into the market, wooing customers who are looking for more than reliability and a steady job. Louis Blatt, chief product officer at ACI Worldwide, looks at how... read more
The power of concentration

The power of concentration

8th November 2011

Lori Schwartz, head of the Global Liquidity Platform, Global Treasury Solutions, Bank of America Merrill LynchFor the corporate treasurer, the abundance of information that’s available today to make cash management decisions can be a double edged sword. While accurate data is essential to implement effective cash management strategies, filtering... read more
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Are cross-border payment services fit for purpose?

1st November 2011

Company: Earthport plc
By Neil Burton, director of Product Service Strategy, Earthport plcCross-border payments has become a hot topic - albeit gradually, so few people have noticed. While the press spotlight tends to focus on credit and debt, the banking industry simply would not function without its ‘underground pipework’. Transaction banking success, as with... read more