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Smarter securities

The capital markets and the institutions that serve them are fast evolving, with participants under pressure – from investors, issuers and regulators – to go faster, work smarter, improve transparency and service new assets – without compromising on safety and security. 

Together with our community, we are helping to build this new world on a strong foundation. As a trusted partner for over 6,000 securities players, we’re committed to helping you increase value to your customers, work more efficiently, comply with fast-evolving regulations and reduce costs.

Transforming securities flows

We are transforming our platform to provide an instant, frictionless and secure experience for all financial transactions. Through good quality reference data, increased transparency along the processing chain and dynamic intraday reporting – for both cash and securities – we’ll help you prevent fails, reduce costs, and gain actionable insights.

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The SWIFT platform for capital markets: Your mission, our vision
Smarter securities

Our focus is on three key areas:

Visibility throughout the settlement and reconciliation value chain

We are exploring how the platform can enable increased transparency via a single end-to-end view of transactions and critical pre-validation services, in particular by enriching securities standing settlement instructions (SSI) in flow. Early detection of errors helps you reduce costs; manage risks associated with settlement failure; and gain actionable insights shared throughout the transaction chain.

Similarly, we are also looking to include screening of International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs) against sanctions lists as part of our pre-validation services, further reducing errors and improving efficiency.   

After securities settlement, the power of the transformed SWIFT platform could be deployed towards other securities processes like corporate actions, collateral management and investment funds.

Real-time view of multi-asset holdings

The platform will enable securities servicing institutions to build real-time global balances across all cash and holdings for their customers. By offering dynamic access to operational data, through APIs, users will be able to better understand where to focus and have the possibility to integrate this with their intraday reporting based on data exchanged over SWIFT.

Tokenised assets

We will also explore collaboration with our community in areas where asset tokenisation and traditional finance are merging. We will continue working closely with the industry to develop and deploy the standards necessary to support the secure transfer of tokenised assets and avoid the inefficiencies related to market fragmentation.

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