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FGI/SWIFT research brief: Development of RMB Payments among Asian Off-shore Centers

In 2013, the Fung Global Institute (FGI) and SWIFT entered in a research partnership to collaborate on a set of in-depth studies on Asia's future growth. The Fung Global Institute generates and disseminates innovative thinking and business-relevant research on global issues from Asian perspectives.

Few doubt that Asia will play an important role in the new order. Despite global uncertainty in the wake of the financial crisis, emerging Asia has managed to continue to grow steadily. By 2020, the Asian region is expected to account for almost 35% of world GDP, compared with 27% today; by 2050 the Asian Development Bank forecasts that Asia will account for half of world GDP and nearly half of global financial assets.

Development of RMB Payments among Asian Off-shore Centers - A FGI/SWIFT publication

Introducing 2-step verification on swift.com

As resiliency and security are central to SWIFT, please be advised of our plans to implement 2-step verification for all users on swift.com, this includes all Watch administrators and Watch end-users.

The new 2-step verification is an additional security login feature that consists of the following steps:

  • Step 1: log in with your standard swift.com username and password
  • Step 2: enter a security code, which will be different every time you log in. Optionally, you can select a check box labelled "Trust my device". When you do so, you will no longer be prompted for a security code when logging in with the same device for the next 30 days.

The second login verification is designed to prevent anyone from accessing or using your account, even if they know your password. As a precautionary measure, this industry standard is now being implemented on more and more websites, including swift.com.

Previously, only users with access to specific services were required to set up the 2-step verification. Going forward we will progressively be mandating more and more users to configure the 2-step verification for their swift.com accounts:

  • For Watch Administrators, all swift.com accounts will have to be enabled with this 2-step verification by end of September 2015.
  • For Watch end-users, all swift.com accounts will have to be enabled with the 2-step verification by end of October 2015.

In order to prepare for this enhancement swift.com administrators and Watch administrators have been informed about the planning and the required steps for the implementation.

More information can be found in the document How to use 2-step verification

If you have any further questions, please contact Support

Benefit from our exclusive offer!

2015 is an important milestone for SWIFT Business Intelligence (BI) as we celebrate 10 years of analysis and expertise within the financial community.

In token of our appreciation of our customer’s loyalty and trust, we are now granting our Traffic Analytics customers a 4-month free trial period of the Watch Value Analytics tool.

In addition to their current Watch Traffic Analytics subscription, as of 1 June 2015 they will be automatically granted access to Watch Value Analytics until 30 September 2015.

Another free product trial for Watch Value Analytics customers will be made available later this year, granting access to our new Watch offering. More details on this will follow.

For any questions, please contact us at watch@swift.com.

Watch for Securities is live

SWIFT turns securities traffic data into valuable business insights for its customers

Watch for Securities, the new business intelligence solution, is now available. Following the completion of a successful early adopter programme, SWIFT's Watch for Securities is ready for full scale use by local and global custodians, investment banks, asset managers and broker/dealers, helping them to monitor and gain valuable business insights from their network traffic. Watch for Securities builds on the existing business intelligence portfolio traditionally focused on payments. It covers settlement and corporate actions flows primarily used to facilitate cross border transactions between global custodians and investment banks and their counterparties including local agents and asset managers. Watch for Securities provides securities market players with additional independent and monthly aggregated global traffic information saving financial institutions the time and effort of gathering that same data from multiple proprietary systems and locations. The analytics provided by Watch for Securities enables financial institutions to measure and benchmark their own activities with the overall activity on SWIFT, segregated by client type.

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New set of dynamic and easy-to-use dashboards in Watch

A new set of dynamic dashboards are now available for Value Analytics and Traffic Analytics. These will focus on Trade Finance - My Counterparty Groups. Use these dashboards to monitor your message flows, understand your worldwide coverage, and track your activity share in each country.

With future releases and enhancements to existing dashboards, you will be even better equipped to optimise business strategy and manage correspondent bank relationships. 

Where can you find the new dashboards?

Go to 'Library of views' in your Analytics - Volume or - value folder

Feel free to provide us with your feedback and suggestions for future dashboards!

Have you already subscribed to our monthly RMB Tracker?

SWIFT's June RMB Tracker shows that 35% of the banks making payments with China and Hong Kong are using the RMB, representing a 6% increase over the last two years.



This RMB Tracker provides key statistics to understand the progress made in China's Renminbi (RMB) towards becoming an international currency.

Don't hesitate to register to our free monthly SWIFT RMB Tracker and consult past RMB Trackers or our overall BI offering.

On top of the RMB Tracker, we offer RMB Market Insights. This report is designed as a mean to track in detail and follow the growth of RMB and its impact on the financial industry as a whole. The report will help identifying the top currencies including their growth across various markets as well as the top countries using RMB across all these markets. In addition, an analysis of specific message types containing RMB transactions is included, showing the number of transactions, as well as transaction value and activity share versus total SWIFT. 

For more information about RMB Market Insights, please contact your Account Manager or Watch@swift.com.

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