Standardised business flows for SMIs

Supporting flawless and automated execution of securities flows for securities market infrastructures and their communities.

Standardised business flows for SMIs

A complete set of ISO 15022 and ISO 20022 standards is available to support SMIs with all of their business functions and related communication flows.

Clearing and settlement

Clearing and settlement of securities trades in both Delivery-vs.-Payment mode (DVP) and Free-of-Payment mode (FoP) between the account owner (trade counterparty, including CCPs) and its account servicer, whether an (I)CSD or a custodian.



Receive free instruction 

To instruct the receipt of financial instruments, free of payment, from a specified party

Receive against payment instruction 

To instruct the receipt of financial instruments, against payment, from a specified party

Deliver free instruction 

To instruct a delivery of financial instruments, free of payment, to a specified party

Deliver against payment instruction

To instruct a delivery of financial instruments, against payment, to a specified party.

Securities Reconciliation

Communication flows for position / portfolio reconciliation

  • Statement of holdings - reporting on the quantity and identification of securities and other holdings, which the account servicer holds for the account owner at a specified moment in time
  • Statement of transactions - providing the details of any increases and / or decreases of holdings, which may have occurred over a specified period of time
  • Statement of pending transactions - providing the account owner with the details of pending increases and / or decreases in the quantity of holdings, at a specified moment in time
  • Statement of intra-position advices - providing the account owner with the details of any intra-position transfers (movement of securities within a holding) for a specified period of time
  • Statement of open orders - identifying orders which have not yet been fully executed

Collateral Management

SWIFT’s collateral management messages support bilateral, tri-party, CSD/CCP clearing models and all trade-generated exposures, e.g. OTC derivatives, Repos and Securities Lending.

Message types include:

  • Collateral claim
  • Collateral proposal
  • Collateral substitution
  • Collateral and exposure statement
  • Collateral status and processing advice
  • Collateral instruction

Corporate Actions

Communication flows between the CSD and the participant, for the notification and instruction of asset servicing events. These span the full range of distribution, redemption and voluntary corporate actions.

Message types include:

  • Corporate action notification
  • Corporate action narrative for complex events
  • Corporate action instruction
  • Corporate action confirmation
  • Corporate action status and processing advice

Post-trade matching and netting

Communication flows between the clearing members and their CCPs for post-trade matching and netting with a set of messages that facilitate trade position management and the preparation of the trade settlement.

Message types include:

  • Trade confirmations and status
  • Trade notifications and statements
  • Position management

Regulatory Trade Reporting

As Regulatory Trade Reporting for OTC Derivative trades has been mandated by the US Dodd-Frank Act and European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), SWIFT helps the community comply with regulations by providing the following solutions:

  • FINCopy & FIN Inform - a solution that copies an existing SWIFT trade message sent to the counterparty, and automatically sends the copy to the Trade Repository
  • InterAct Store and Forward - intra-day message by message reporting
  • FileAct - to submit end of day files
  • LEI - unique identification of the legal entities undertaking the trade

Cash and liquidity management

SWIFT supports all the communication flows for the cash and liquidity management related to the payment of the liabilities, fees and liquidity obligations related to securities trades, spanning funds transfer and cash reporting using cash accounts at a Paying Agent or directly at the Central Bank:

  • Credit transfer and direct debit
  • Advice of cash movements related to a trade operation
  • Nostro reconciliation and referencing Fees / Charges

ISO 20022 Harmonisation Programme

SWIFT has launched an industry programme to ensure a cost effective and seamless adoption of ISO 20022 by Market Infrastructures and their communities


Market Practice

With a strong focus on harmonisation and straight-through processing, SWIFT plays an active role in market practices initiatives and provides expertise, products and services to support best practice.

Our Solutions

Collateral management

Comply with regulations, and reduce risks and costs, with our standardised messaging solutions

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Settlement and reconciliation

Use SWIFT to automate settlement and reconciliation of domestic and cross-border securities transactions, reducing costs and risks

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Corporate actions

Reduce costs and risks with our global standard messages for straight through processing

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