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Blockchain: What happened during my stay in South Africa? (Part II)

| 30-12-2016 | Carlo de Meijer |

chains-iiIn the past three weeks I travelled throughout South Africa. My main focus was on the country, the people, the safaris, the Big Five and not on blockchain! Now being back home I was curious to learn if there were developments in the blockchain area. 

A number of interesting reports were launched, amongst others by Euroclear and Deloitte. And there has been growing blockchain and distributed ledger activity in the financial industry from start-ups, to banks, central banks, the market infrastructure and consortia. But also from advisory companies, central government bodies and others.

In my first article on treasuryXL, earlier this week, I  wrote about two reports and startups. I want to focus on banks and consortia in this second article about blockchain developments.

BANKS

BNP Paribas completed its first blockchain-based live cross border B2B payments

BNP Paribas has completed its first live cross-border B2B payments between corporate clients using blockchain technology. The transactions, conducted on behalf of packaging outfit Amcor and trading cards group Panini, were cleared in various currencies between BNP Paribas bank accounts located in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For the ‘cash-without borders’ project, the payments were fully processed and cleared in a few minutes. This highlights the potential of the technology to eliminate delays, unexpected fees and processing errors, and pave the way for real time cash management. The bank has strong commitment to follow closely and further accelerate their participation in a number of market initiatives aiming at improving the corporate payments experience using blockchain technology.

Citi backs blockchain startup

Citi has invested in blockchain venture Cobalt DLT, ahead of what the company expects will be a second round of funding in 2017. Cobalt DLT is a blockchain startup aiming to bring distributed ledger technology to the processing of foreign exchange trades. Transactions in the FX market are notoriously inefficient and costly. Currently, foreign exchange trades need multiple records for buyer, seller, broker, clearer and third parties and then reconciliation across multiple systems.   Cobalt is now building a post-trade processing network based on distributed ledger technology. The Cobalt DL solution has the potential to significantly improve post-trade services by cutting costs and reducing risk for our industry. Cobalt DL’s FX solution is set to launch in 2017, with 15 institutional participants committed to using the service.

 CONSORTIA

While the number of consortia in the blockchain arena are further growing, the bank-backed R3CEV sees some cracks in the consortium. Some of its biggest founding members parted ways. Big names like Goldman Sachs and Banco Santander are leaving the R3CEV consortium. And new reports are surfacing suggesting that others such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Macquiries, US Bancorp and National Australia Bank may follow soon.

The R3 consortium has its first Spanish-speaking Latam member

But there is also some good news. Creditcorp, a Spanish-speaking Latin American financial institution, has joined the R3 consortium to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The bank provides corporate and personal banking, brokerage services, and other financial services across its six principal subsidiaries in Peru, as well as other South American countries including Bolivia, Columbia and Chile, and is listed on the Lima and New York stock exchanges.

R3 and Calypso to develop blockchain trade confirmation system

Blockchain consortium R3 continues to press ahead with new initiatives, partnering with Calypso Technology to develop a multi-party trade confirmation system running on its Corda distributed ledger-based smart contract platform. Calypso will be the first application partner to adopt the R3 platform, utilising the technology to enable counterparties to see all trade tickets on the distributed ledger so they can be sure they are matching against the correct trade.

JPX to form Japanese blockchain consortium

Japan Exchange Group (JPX) is to form a consortium of financial institutions to run trials of the use of blockchain technology in capital markets infrastructures. The exchange will seek participation from a wide range of Japanese financial institutions in order to gather broad industrial expertise ahead of testing in spring 2017. They will consider a structure for efficient information sharing between the DLT engineer community and financial institutions through efforts such as training on DLT technology. The Tokyo Stock Exchange together with the Osaka Exchange and Japan Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC) will lead the coalition which intends to create a test environment for Proof of Concept (PoC) using Hyperledger fabric, the open source DLT platform, in cooperation with IBM.

Blockchain applications, consortium for Malta Stock Exchange

Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) has announced plans to research and develop into the blockchain technology, and to establish its own consortium. MSE’s committee will be run by MSE board members, blockchain experts and its chairman. The consortium will be sharing knowledge and establishing connections or joint-ventures with each other to assist fintech companies based on the blockchain technology, to grow by supporting them in designing and implementing blockchain applications. Furthermore, with this consortium, the Malta Stock Exchange could be planning its first blockchain application. It is very likely their first application on blockchain will replace standard stock exchange platforms.

South Korea rolls out blockchain consortium

The Korea Financial Investment Association (FIA), along with 21 financial investments and five blockchain companies, have teamed up to form a blockchain consortium. The group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on projects and share their expertise on blockchain technology. Moreover, the group aims to create business opportunities for the consortium as well as establishing a platform with the member companies. Its future research projects include the establishment of a common platform for personal authentication due in 2017, researching into clearing and settlement automation in 2018 and 2019, and a platform for over-the-counter trading for 2020.

Microsoft creates Asia’s first blockchain consortium on Azure

Microsoft has teamed up with AMIS and the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) to form Asia’s first and the most advanced consortium blockchain network on Azure. The consortium includes members such us: Ubon Financial, Cathay Financial Holdings, MegaBank, KGI, Taishin, and CTBC Bank. Aim is to further develop blockchain opportunities in the Taiwan financial market.

The pilot blockchain project is developed using ITRI’s technology (to create an internal application program interface (API)) and Microsoft Azure. AMIS chose Ethereum, to develop a permissioned blockchain, an infrastructure specific to the needs of Taiwan’s financial market. As part of the project, ITRI provided its advanced technology to create an internal application program interface (API), while Azure provided high-speed cloud computing to ensure high security and efficiency for the blockchain infrastructure.

XBRL and ConsenSys work on deploying blockchain tokenization standards

XBRL US, a US non-profit consortium for business reporting standard, has teamed up with Consensys, a blockchain technology company, to work on deploying blockchain tokenization standards. The working group aims to establish a standardized method to represent a token across all blockchain networks in order to eliminate transactional friction and reduce processing costs; enable automation and provenance tracking; and allow interoperability of transactions on a global scale.

The working group will establish goals and action steps by early 2017, and is requesting participation from individuals representing technology, finance, and accounting to provide their expertise in developing tokenization standards that can be used worldwide, for all asset classes.

Source: LinkedIN/Carlo de Meijer

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Carlo de Meijer

Economist and researcher

 

 

Blockchain: what happened during my stay in South Africa? (Part I)

| 28-12-2016 | Carlo de Meijer |

chains-ii In the past three weeks I travelled throughout South Africa. My main focus was on the country, the people, the safaris, the Big Five and not on blockchain! Now being back home I was curious to learn if there were developments in the blockchain area. 

A number of interesting reports were launched, amongst others by Euroclear and Deloitte. And there has been growing blockchain and distributed ledger activity in the financial industry from start-ups, to banks, central banks, the market infrastructure and consortia. But also from advisory companies, central government bodies and others.

In this first article I will focus on two reports and on startups.

 REPORTS

  1. Euroclear Report: Blockchain Settlement – Regulation, Innovation, and Application 

A new report by Euroclear has looked at the regulatory and legal aspects of the use of blockchain technology in post-trade settlement in a European context. The report found that central securities depositories (CSDs) would play an important role in a blockchain-based settlement system. It also stated that regulators should not fear the use of smart contracts and distributed ledger technology any more than any other automated computer-based process prevalent throughout the settlement industry.

As ‘custodians of the code,’ CSDs could exercise oversight of, and take responsibility for, the operation of the relevant blockchain protocol and any associated smart contracts. CSDs may continue to perform an important role as trusted, centralised FMIs (financial market institutions), providing gatekeeping services and oversight of the relevant blockchain.

With the implementation of a DLT-based settlement process there is no need to change the existing regulatory architecture. The authors believe that a blockchain-based settlement system would not present a weaker cybersecurity proposition than any present system, which is not immune to cybersecurity. By allowing regulators to participate as a node in the blockchain system, they could have complete oversight of all the transactions occurring within the settlement system and receive transparent transaction data in real time.

  1. Deloitte Survey: Corporate Executives Having Hard Time Wrapping Heads Around Blockchain

According to a recent Deloitte online survey of more than 300 senior executives at large US companies in order to find out about corporate sentiment towards blockchain technology, understanding of the technology is uneven and many senior executives (39 per cent) still know little or nothing about it, while others place it among their company’s highest priorities.

The survey revealed that blockchain investment and adoption patterns may be more complex than many observers believe. For instance, despite the relative immaturity of the technology, 21 percent of Blockchain-informed senior executives across a wide range of industries indicated that their firms have already brought blockchain into production, and 25 percent plan to do so within the next year. Key findings from the survey showed that 28 per cent of respondents had invested $5 million or more in blockchain technology, while 10 per cent had invested $10 million or more. Looking forward, 25 percent of respondents expect to invest more than $5 million in Blockchain technology during the next calendar year.

Many of these blockchain-informed executives (more than a quarter) see the technology as crucial for their company and their industry. Fifty-five percent of this group said their company would be at a competitive disadvantage if it failed to adopt the technology. Forty-two percent of those surveyed who claimed some knowledge of Blockchain believe it will disrupt their industry.

 

STARTUPS

Goldman, JPMorgan take a stake in blockchain startup Axoni

Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase have announced finalizing an investment that is said to be in a range of USD 15 million to USD 20 million) in blockchain startup Axoni. The Axoni deal represents the latest Wall Street effort to gain traction with blockchain technology. Axoni is a New York-based technology company that helps banks and other institutions develop blockchain software to run capital markets processes. Furthermore, other financial institutions including inter-dealer broker ICA,  Plc’s venture arm,  are also interested in investing in the startup.

Over the past six months, Axoni has run a number of high-profile experiments with some of the financial industry’s largest players, in areas such as post-trade processing of credit default swaps and foreign exchange.

Digital Asset rolls out blockchain platform allowing confidential trades

Blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings (DAH) has developed a platform to allow traders use blockchain technology without giving out confidential information on their trades. The new platform provides a solution to confidentiality issues holding back adoption of the blockchain technology in financial markets. They solve the privacy issue by dividing the distributed ledger of transactions into two components: one where participants can confidentially store their transactions data, and another that is shared by all participants without the confidential data.

Moreover, the new platform will form the basis of the technology that DAH is building for financial institutions including Australian stock exchange ASX and US post trade services provider the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC).

Manifold Technology rolls out easy-to-use blockchain platform

Manifold Technology, a US-based fintech, has made its patented blockchain platform available allowing non-technical developers to build enterprise-ready, blockchain-enabled applications. The platform has already been used by the Royal Bank of Canada for a rewards program, and by R3CEV consortium member banks to demonstrate instant trading of fixed income assets. The fintech’s platform can handle more than 10,000 transactions per second in operational environments, surpassing the largest credit card companies that can handle between 2,000 and 8,000 transactions per second.

Stellar’s blockchain powers ICICI Bank’s money transfers in India

Stellar, the open blockchain platform and non-profit payment protocol has partnered with ICICI Bank to bring low-cost, near instantaneous remittance solutions in India, the Philippines, Africa and Europe. Besides the bank, other three new partners in some of the largest remittance markets in the world were revealed by Stellar including: Philippines-based financial inclusion-focused fintech startup Coins.ph, pan-African fintech company Flutterwave which is notably plugged into the popular M-Pesa network, and French remittance provider Tempo Money Transfer, a licensed money transfer operator in Europe. This will allow Stellar customers be able to move money from France to Nigeria to Kenya to India in real-time and securely.

Overstock Issues Shares Using the Bitcoin Blockchain

Overstock.com, the online retailer, has become the first publicly-traded company to issue stock over the Internet, distributing more than 126,000 company shares using the blockchain technology. The company announced in October that it would allow its stockholders to purchase shares of its preferred stock. The company is making the offering to demonstrate its tØ platform, while providing its stockholders the opportunity to participate and trade exclusively using the platform.

Fintech Firm Wyre Raises $5.8 Million for “Fastest Blockchain Cross-Border Payments Platform”

San Francisco-based Fintech startup Wyre has launched its blockchain remittance platform alongside a successful $5.8 million funding round. Wyre intends to add its blockchain solution as a layer on top of existing blockchain-based platforms adopted by payment giants around the world. Fundamentally, the Wyre platform works by taking deposits from large payment companies via an API. These transactions are sent over Wyre’s ledger. Wyre then delivers the funds as per the transaction’s instructions, “typically in less than six hours”. Wyre’s focus lays in the cross-border payments corridor between China and the United States.

Sources: Euroclear Report: Blockchain Settlement – Regulation, Innovation, and ApplicationDeloitte Survey: Corporate Executives Having Hard Time Wrapping Heads Around Blockchain, Carlo de Meijer/LinkedIN article

 

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Carlo de Meijer

Economist and researcher

 

 

Will the European banks strike back?

| 27-12-2016 | Hans de Vries |

europe Last November The European Payments Council (EPC) launched the single euro payments area (SEPA) instant credit transfer (SCT Inst) scheme. The scheme will be live in November 2017 and allows the European banks to propose innovative, digital, and fast payment solutions to their customers. The EPC describes the SCT Inst scheme as “a world first, enabling individuals, businesses, corporates and administrations to make instant euro credit transfers between accounts across an international area that will progressively span over 34 European countries. This new scheme is a revolution for the traditional 9 to 5/ weekdays only operating banks. Will it also block the way to relative newcomers like Paypal? Will the banks seize this opportunity and strike back?

As a result of the internet experience, banks had to deal with the fact that their systems were not able to cope with the subsequent demands of the 24/7 demands of the retail market. Paypal attacked the weakspot of the banks by introducing their worldwide internet banking solution. Downside of this approach is of course the fact that the consumer had to first open and credit their Paypal accounts, before they were able to use  this payment method. And of course the merchants had to support this payment method as well and find ways to collect their funds. As an alternative creditcard payments were implemented and local solutions like I-Deal in the Netherlands, Mister Cash in Belgium etc. All these alternatives had their ups and downsides looking at costs and reachability. Most important value of these solutions were that the Merchant was to some extent sure that he received the funds before delivering the goods. And it worked both ways, the consumers were also sure that the goods would be delivered as soon as the transaction was finished.

With the upcoming introduction of the SEPA instant credit transfer scheme, as announced by the EPC last month, this whole picture is about to change. The EPC describes the SCT Inst scheme as “a world first, enabling individuals, businesses, corporates and administrations to make instant euro credit transfers between accounts across an international area that will progressively span over 34 European countries. This implicates that the consumers can directly debit their accounts and instantly transfer their funds to their beneficiaries all over Europe with the same effect as the current local schemes like I-Deal. This means that Internet Merchants all over Europe are by now reachable for the total European consumer market. Of course it will take some time before all banks are able to support this service and are also able to provide the consumers as well as the Merchants with the tools to obtain the information real time. However, the PSD2 regulations will certainly support this development and the FINtech industry will make sure that the information flows are connected to allow for flawless operations. By implementing the SEPA instant credit transfer scheme the European banks are able to recover lots of grounds they lost uptill now to external parties like Paypal: the banks will strike back! And they will have to in order to survive in today’s world.

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Hans de Vries

Treasury/ Cash Management Consultant

 

Bank Relation Management

| 12-12-2016 | Maarten Verheul |

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There is a lot to say about bank relation management. And there are a lot of things in a bank relation that could be better. Send every information to the bank in time and do not wait until the bank asks for the information that is needed. Do not make them nervous.

Simple, do not sent your annual report to the bank, but make an appointment and speak about it. Do not wait for a reminder of the bank if you have something you have to deliver every month like inventory statement or accounts receivable statement, but communicate if you are late and when you expect to do it.

There is a lot to do nowadays. For example the ratios you have to report quarterly – do not come in default with this. Sent the ratios in time and do not wait until the bank asks for the ratios. Do not make them nervous.

Bad communication most of the time is also the cause that a company goes from normal management to special management of the bank. Not only the financial reports are the cause of going to special management of the bank. Three months ago I met a retailer whose business was transferred from normal department to special department of the bank because of bad communication. He waited until the bank asked for the annual report. Be proactive towards the bank, that is good for the relation. My advice: ‘Give your annual report to the bank when it is ready.’ Two weeks ago he told me that his shop was closed by the bank. The shop owner had his annual report ready in January, but waited till the bank asked for it in September –  with all the consequences.

Therefore a daily cash statement and a CF Planning is important. Companies that do not do that, sometimes do not know that they are running out of cash and they sent more payment transactions (in value) to the bank, than the bank can execute. The bank notices that of course. That is bad for your bank relation and before you know you are in the special management department of the bank. So cash management is a part of your bank relation management.

Make a payment statement every week, that indicates what you are going to pay. Make a note when you made a payment promise. The best is to give Accounts Payable a budget every week and let them make the payment statement. This will help you to have a payment batch with a value that is not higher than the value of cash.

A lot of companies pay too much interest on their loans. Good Bank Relation can help you to lower the interest rate. Small companies pay sometimes 300 points above 3 months Euribor rate and bigger companies pay only 60 points above 3 months Euribor rate. That is 2,4% more interest. There are always things to discuss with your bank that can decrease your rate. For example, you did a sale lease back of your real estate and because of that the equity of your company improved a lot. That is certainly a reason to decrease your rate. Another reason can be your annual report and sometimes a long term good relation can be a reason. But most of the time this is how it works with a bank:  when you do not ask you do not get anything.

maartenverheultxlMaarten Verheul – Treasury Consultant

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Instant Payments deserves a quick adoption because it will reduce the costs and will benefit Corporate Treasury: education will give a boost.

| 25-11-2016 | Boudewijn Schenkels |

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Several use cases, like in UK and Australia, implementing Instant Payments proved to be a alternative to checks, cash and debit cards for retail and corporate customers, stated in the World Payments Report 2016 by CapGemini and BNP Paribas. Besides replacing these expensive payment types, Instant Payments will mean extensive benefits for Corporate Treasury.

To boost the adoption of immediate payments, efforts are required in a number of areas including value-added services development, education of the main stakeholders, and upgrading of merchant and corporate infrastructures”.

For education matters the Payment Report advises the marketplayers (banks, industry organizations, and regulators) to invest in educating key stakeholders including corporates, merchants, and end-customers on the benefits of instant payments. “For example, banks could inform corporates and merchants of the required infrastructures, the ease of transaction, benefits including instantaneous funds and receipt, and how instantly available funds can be better managed.”

Treasury Benefits are specified as:

1. Payments can be initiated at last moment before due date leading to:
– Reduced settlement times and availability of funds for longer durations
– Enhanced liquidity management
– Cost savings as a result of fewer adjustments
2. Implementation of Instant Payments will lead to improved financial control and budgeting for Corporates due to certainty of payment status (irrevocable);
3. Real-time systems generate data, which will help treasurers map companies’ cashcows and financing operations with their stakeholders’ production lines in real time, which will make cashflow easier to manage and forecast;
4. The instant payment finality of Instant Payments reduces credit risk and the temporal risk created by time delay between payment and settlement. This enables instantaneous updates and a constant real-time view of cash positions for corporate clients;
5. Instant payments are expected to enhance the experience of corporates’ customers by providing faster services, real-time notifications, and immediate availability of funds.

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Boudewijn Schenkels

Senior Consultant Payments @ Payments Advisory Group

How can Cash Management improve your Cash Conversion Cycle part III

| 07-10-2016 | Olivier Werlingshoff |

credit-card-851502_960_720This week an article about the underestimation of cash management on LinkedIn caught my attention. 50% of the companies even doesn’t see the added value of a good cash flow forecast! This does not surprise me and therefore gave me a reason to pick up the pen and write another article on how to improve your cash conversion cycle!

In my two previous articles I gave some examples of how cash management could improve the DSO and the DIO but, what about the DPO? The DPO is an efficiency ratio that measures the average number of days a company takes to pay its suppliers. The more days, the better your cash conversion cycle will be.

Extend payment terms

The first action that can be taken is to extend your payment terms. In the payments barometer from Atradius of 2016 you can find an overview of all payment terms and average DSO for all countries in Western Europe. The reasons why payments are delayed are also mentioned.

The average given payment term to B2B customers in The Netherlands is 27 days, the average DSO is 42 days! Most of the time the first action that is taken when companies have liquidity problems is to extend their payments. The negative aspects of this action can be major. The first aspect is the impact this action has on your supplier, because he has to wait to receive his money. He will then have to look for alternative borrow possibilities. Besides the negative relationships, the extra costs will probably be include in his next price. Suppliers can also decide only to send you the goods when paid in advance.

As you can read this action can have a boomerang effect.

Reverse factoring

A possibility to extend your payment term without all negative effects is to use reverse factoring. With reverse factoring you give the possibility to your supplier to receive more favorable financial terms than they would have otherwise received for a loan.

The effect could be that the relationship between you and the supplier can be improved and you still can extend your payments.

Single payment solution

Another solution is to decrease your banking transfer time of a payment. If you have a lot of foreign suppliers, transfer times can easily be extended, especially when you need to use correspondent banks.

Using banks with an international presence as well as a single payment solution will facilitate you to follow your payment and use the fastest transfer method. By doing so, you can delay the moment of payment and still pay on time.

Within the EU you can make direct payments as a SEPA payment, because there are no borders anymore for money transfers. You don’t need local accounts anymore to facilitate and accelerate your payments.

 

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Olivier Werlingshoff

Owner of WERFIAD

 

Five points to consider when choosing your payment system

| 05-10-2016 | TIS | Sponsored content |

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Transparency, reduced risks – and a one million euro saving per year

The payment processes in corporations and internationally active companies are more complex than you might think at first glance – and they are unclear and non-transparent virtually everywhere. This complexity results from the branched company structure and the consequent variety of banking arrangements maintained at central HQ and out in the branch offices and subsidiaries. Various currencies, formats and security keys present an obstacle to unitary, standardized payment processes and an overall view of bank transactions.

Intelligent payment systems in the cloud can remedy this situation: they improve transparency over payment processes, reduce costs and risks and form the basis for better company decision-making. In the typical scenario of an internationally active company they easily contribute annual savings of one million euros.

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Netting, simplifying your intercompany cash management

| 16-09-2016 | Jan Meulendijks |

nettingcashNetting is mainly used by global operating companies with a large number of subsidiaries; the reach of netting can however also include smaller company structures and save a lot of handling and costs.

A company with a number of (foreign) subsidiaries will inevitably face a lot of internal deliveries, invoices, payables, receivables between all these subs (in multiple currencies).

Of course each individual transaction can be handled on it’s own, but this results in a very large number of ledger entries, payments, transaction costs, currency handing.

A netting system in which all intercompany movements are registered (manually or, preferably, automated by your ERP system) sees to it that on the desired netting date (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly….) each sub is informed about the nett amount to pay or receive to/from the central netting account.

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Source: Netting – An overview

Today’s generation of ERP/ledger/treasury software will often provide a netting module. I notice however, that in daily practice only the larger multinationals use this solution. The availability of netting solutions has reached the level that also smaller company structures may profit from the netting technique and that it is worth investigating the efforts and consequences it brings to your company.

Jan MeulendijksJan Meulendijks – Cash management, transaction banking and trade professional

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Instant Payments: major innovation ahead! How fast is “the new normal”?

| 07-09-2016 | Boudewijn Schenkels |

Imagine it will be possible to transfer money within several seconds from any bank account to another bank account. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It will open large business opportunities enabling many innovative payments use cases.

After the introduction of SEPA the market is ready for further innovation. New payment laws (PSD2) make the payment market more competitive and new payment providing parties are anxious to participate. The continuous development of the ‘always on’ economy drives the need for faster and 24/7 payment execution.

According to the European Retail Payment Board (ERPB), an instant or immediate payment is an electronic (retail) payment solution, available 24/7/365 and resulting in immediate interbank clearing of the transaction and crediting of the payee’s account with confirmation to the payer within seconds of payment initiation, irrespective of the underlying payment instrument used and arrangements for clearing. Basically: sending and receiving payments 24/7 within seconds. National instant payment solutions have already been successfully launched in a number of European countries, such as Denmark, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

The SEPA Instant Payment, based on the SEPA Credit Transfer, can be offered in SEPA by November 2017; with the Rulebooks for this so called SCT Inst scheme becoming available in November this year. Some communities will offer Instant Payments from the start, others will follow later, but not offering Instant Payments doesn’t seem to be an option. Various other countries, including The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Italy, are running programmes to deliver Instant Payments to their communities in the coming years. The major Dutch banks have committed themselves to deliver Instant Payments, or what they call: “the new normal”, by May 2019.

Instant Payments in itself will offer new interesting payments use cases, but it will certainly serve as a platform to support many new innovative payments services.

Impact for Treasurers and Cash managers

For treasurers and cash managers there will be large changes as well as opportunities. For a long time banks have provided cash pooling solutions to their customers, but Instant Payments will allow to sweep accounts at any time to enable efficient cash pooling and distribution eventually throughout Europe.

Another few examples of these “future” use cases are:

  • Pay upon delivery (car purchase, market place transactions) every hour of the day
  • Enabling of cash transactions replacement
  • Instant Pay-out of Insurance payments: in case of a calamity an immediate pay-out and availability of funds can be very beneficial for consumers;
  • Instant lending: propositions where loans can be granted in near real time the pay-out can be done instantly providing the customer with access to the funds immediately
  • Notary payments: immediate transfer of funds also in the weekend
  • Request for Instant Payment: request a payment and get payed immediately when authorised
  • Time critical or “just in time” business payments: the greater transparency in a SEPA Instant Payment (within seconds it is either successful or not) will enable businesses to pay and be paid on delivery (e.g. shipping, delivery of goods, etc.), or to settle fees such as tax, port fees etc. associated with a cargo to enable its release
  • It can replace some urgent payments services
  • Late cut-off times for SEPA batch payments by re-using Instant Payments: if a service is introduced that converts batch SEPA Credit Transfer payments into Instant Payments businesses can profit from the 24/7 instant character of Instant Payments without major changes to their payments environment; depending on the size of the batch and the capacity of the instant payment infrastructure batch payments can be executed in minutes or in a few hours and out of business hours; it allows business to pay later, pay on a specific day of the month and increase liquidity
  • Instant Direct Debit: an Instant Direct Debit would combine the advantage for businesses of having instant clarity of the payment succeeding and receiving funds, for instance last minute lottery ticket

You will say, “too good to be true”, but they are all in scope for “the new normal”. I would like to say: be aware of all the changes and business opportunities for your organization and prepare yourself!

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Boudewijn Schenkels

Senior Consultant Payments @ Payments Advisory Group

 

 

TIPCO & TIS Webinar – Streamlining Your Treasury Processes: Trends in Payments and Reporting

| 16-06-2016 | treasuryXL |

tipcotisDear community members, we would like to bring something to your attention: TIPCO and TIS joined forces to organise a noteworthy webinar on the 7th of July: TIPCO & TIS: Streamlining Your Treasury Processes: Trends in Payments and Reporting.

The treasuryXL team works hard to bring you the most relevant treasury events and courses. Are you organising an event or did you run into an event that’s not on our website yet? Please let us know by using the contact form or simply e-mailing info@treasuryxl.com.

Since we have been in close contact to both TIS and TIPCO for some time now, we know this webinar will be something interesting; they have their own solution that can be complementary for the already existing market. TIS and TIPCO have assured us the webinar focuses on bringing you new insights on your treasury processes. So, we would like to emphasize that it will not be a sales pitch.

Content of the webinar:

You’re involved with treasury topics in your organisation daily. You know how important it is to have a handle on your data. However, do you have the right tools and processes in place in order to keep your activities streamlined while also being able to report on the key information? Are you reaching maximum efficiency and accuracy within your department – or is there a better way forward?

You will learn how to:

  • automate and standardise your payment transactions
  • enhance transparency and control through liquidity and cash flows
  • manage banking relationships and complex banking landscapes more efficiently
  • improve your treasury reporting at the touch of a button
  • reduce complexity and easily link subsidiaries

Speakers:

hubertrappoldHubert Rappold, CEO and Co-founder, TIPCO

 



 

joerg wiemerJörg Wiemer, CSO and Co-founder, TIS



Practical info:

Date: Thursday, 07th July 2016
Time: 15:00 – 15:45 CET
Duration: 45 minutes
Language: English

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Missed the TIPCO & TIS Webinar? Don’t worry we got you the webinar recording.

Find more treasury related events on our event calendar, we also promote treasury related education on our education&training page. 

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