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  • Can Africa Learn Lessons from SEPA

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    It's very interesting to see that Southern Africa plans a SEPA-style payments harmonisation and that they consider that learning from the experience in Europe could be very useful. Something that immediately springs to mind is to treat self-regulation with caution. In Europe, we are now actively seeking regulatory intervention to set an end date for the withdrawal of the legacy payment instruments as the SEPA initiative feels as though it is stalled without that. Self-regulation simply did not deliver.

  • SIBOS 2010: Recovery

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    It's Monday morning and everything is really getting started. Every last t has been crossed and i dotted. With that in mind, there is just time to take a look at the third and final theme that delegates will be discussing in Amsterdam - recovery - and how payments can play their role in achieving this.

  • Who has accountability for Liquidity Management?

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Very few banks have mastered the art of accountability when it comes to liquidity management. Corporate treasury and finance generally are responsible for the function in most institutions, depending on the purpose for which liquidity is being managed, but often neither has it firmly in its domain.

  • Real Time Protections From Social Media Fraud

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    I recently contributed a post on how social media can be both a blessing and a curse for banks, financial institutions and their customers. In this post, I’d like to share some ways financial institutions can protect themselves and their customers from the potential of fraud.

  • "Real-Time" Liquidity Management Values to be Realised

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    In today’s banking environment, payments data and transactions live on their own islands, separated according to discrete payment businesses or at least discrete geographic units, rather than linked together for holistically serving all these liquidity purposes. Banks might pursue integrating some of these systems in an equally silo’d fashion, through extensive and expensive systems integration projects, but those approaches are not repeatable, adjustable or easily refinable. Real-time insight cannot be delivered on demand across a diverse spectrum of activities, and real-time actions and responses cannot be automated with any ease or consistency.

  • Sibos 2010: Regulation

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    The global financial industry is only days away from Sibos and at ACI we’re ready to go. The stand is arranged, the meetings have been set up and the events have been planned. We’ve also been giving some thought to the key themes that are being discussed throughout the week - regulation, rebuilding trust and recovery – and what they mean for the payments industry.

  • SEPA Widdershins

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    The European Payments Council (EPC) recently achieved its 8th birthday. Back in 2002, the road to SEPA probably looked fairly straightforward – the EPC would develop the payment schemes and frameworks necessary to realise SEPA, and market forces would ensure a smooth transition from the fragmented payments landscape of the time in Europe to the calm waters of a single payments area. The European banking industry would deliver the basis on which SEPA would be built, the rest would fall into place as a matter of course, and the end-user would be Very Happy.

  • Sibos Calling

    Wednesday, September 08, 2010

    It’s that time of year again. The banking industry is preparing for its yearly outing to Sibos, which brings together the financial industry for an entire week to meet, discuss the top issues of the day and generate new opportunities. This year’s event is being held in Amsterdam and coincides with our 35th anniversary as a company.

  • Can We Tolerate Tolerance of SEPA?

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    I was musing the other day, as you do in the dog days of summer, on the difference between tolerance and toleration. And the difference, I found, is more than just nominal.

  • Financial Transactions Tax Sparks Debate

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    As we have seen in the media this week, EU proposals for a tax on financial transactions have created a storm of debate in the last 24 hours – mainly focusing on political issues. While the full details of the proposed tax are still unclear, it is obvious that a tax on financial transactions – or payments between banks – would be detrimental for a number of reasons.

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