Is Your SWIFT Service Bureau On The List? If not, WHY Not? 2

The other day i was updating the post A News Bulletin Overview of the SWIFT Related Hacks, and started reading up about the Vietnam hack. The interesting thing about the Vietnam Tien Phong Bank hack was that the fraudulent transfers were routed through an external or third party provider used by the bank to connect ...

7 Ripple Reasons Why the SWIFT GPII Ain’t Good Enough 12

I’m trying to get to grips with all things payments and blockchain related at the moment, and this quest has sent me in various directions. One emerging Fintech company thats fast occupying both the payments and distributed ledger space is Ripple. More on them later. But for now, i wanted to cover a couple of ...

List of the NCC – National Clearing Codes 4

In the post a Simple Guide to the SWIFT MT101 Format there is reference to tag 57 – Account with Institution. On the whole, you should use 57A which requires the BIC value. But for some domestic transactions you need to use the 57C option, and must indicate the National Clearing Code. Sometimes if you wish ...

List of MT940 Transaction Type Identification Codes 1

One of the most popular posts on this blog is the MT940 Format Overview. The Mt940 overview has prompted all kinds of questions and one of the most recurring requests is for a list of the Transaction Type codes – the official term for these are the SWIFT Transaction Type Identification Codes or sometimes they are ...

“Sometimes it takes a crisis” – SWIFT CEO on Cyber Security 2

You may have guessed by now that i am pretty interested in SWIFT, and was particularly keen to hear what the SWIFT CEO (Gottfried Leibbrandt) would cover in a speech he gave to a Financial Services Conference in Brussels yesterday. Following the revelations from the recent SWIFT related hacks there was a greater degree of ...

A News Bulletin Overview of the SWIFT Related Hacks 6

By now most people are aware of the reports of a second third SWIFT related hack. I was reading about the various reactions to the hacks and it is pretty alarming stuff. The Vietnam hack involves a SWIFT Service Bureau which for many corporates is a scary prospect, because many of them are also using SWIFT ...

My Notes from the SWIFT Business Forum in London

Along with 1300 people last week, i visited the SWIFT Business Forum in London – it was a great day with a number of well informed panel discussions and insights into the hot topics dominating the industry. My main focus was of course payments. There are plenty of overviews from the various sessions at the SWIFT ...

11 Kick-Ass Tweets From the SWIFT Business Forum London

Yesterday i attended the SWIFT Business Forum, at Tobacco Dock, in London. It was a gloriously sunny day but really hectic with lots of really interesting sessions and discussions around SWIFT, fintech, blockchain, payments and even a ‘lively’ debate on Brexit. In fact there were so many parallel sessions that you had to make some ...

Simple Guide to the SWIFT MT101 Format 16

Two of the most popular posts on this blog are the Structure Of A SWIFT Message, Explained and the Difference between a SWIFT ACK and SWIFT NACK. Many of the readers of those posts have asked if i could do something similar detailing the SWIFT MT101 format. In this post, the idea is to give ...

What is the SWIFT Global Payments Innovation Initiative ? 1

For anybody interested in payments and SWIFT, the SWIFT announcement last week of a Global Payments Innovation initiative was hardly a bombshell. In fact with all of the hype around fintech companies eating up incumbents, and the need for traditional financial institutions to become more innovative and attentive to customer demands you could argue that SWIFT ...