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Few would have predicted what the Swift community would become when it was established. Today, we’re a collective of 11,500+ institutions, facilitating secure, reliable and fast cross-border transactions to every corner of the planet, while innovating at pace for the new financial ecosystem.

Across Capital Markets, ESG, Macroeconomics, Payments & Trade, Risk and Technology, the next half a century will present new challenges and new opportunities. Here, to mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Swift, we’ve brought together experts from across the industry to share their insights on what those challenges and opportunities might be – and how we can tackle them together.

Swift | Shaping the future of finance, together
12 December 2023 | 9 min read

ESG is set to shape the future of finance

As Swift celebrates its 50th anniversary, we explore what changes the next 50 years might bring...
20 November 2023 | 7 min read

A quantum leap into the future of payments

Payments are evolving fast — and in 50 years the experience could be vastly different to...
ISO 20022
30 October 2023 | 9 min read

Money may be unrecognisable in 50 years

How will the global trade landscape evolve over the next 50 years? Three payments and trade...
Swift | Shaping the future of finance, together
30 October 2023 | 8 min read

Capital markets: preparing for an uncertain future

As Swift celebrates its 50th anniversary, industry experts reflect on the future of capital markets –...
ISO 20022 in bytes
30 October 2023 | 10 min read

‘Resilience by default’: the next 50 years through the eyes of risk professionals

Collaboration across the industry will be key to tackling the risks we’ll be presented with over...
ISO 20022 in bytes
30 October 2023 | 8 min read

Consumer-to-Business Payments: A strong growth outlook, but only for the well-prepared

In this hotly contested market, 90% of today’s revenue pool could migrate to software vendors, major...
Earth Day
30 October 2023 | 8 min read

Fires, floods, and loans: How banks can deal with increasing climate risks

Climate-related perils are on the rise—both threatening banks’ loan portfolios and offering new business opportunities.
Is Technology the Panacea for Today’s Cross-Border Payment Frictions?
30 October 2023 | 5 min read

Is technology the panacea for today’s cross-border payment frictions?

There’s no question technology plays a powerful role in enabling the movement of payments around the...
30 October 2023 | 9 min read

Fraud: The not-so-clear but ever-present danger in payments

Payments fraud prevention and protection requires action from all facets of the financial services industry.
Payment operational issues
30 October 2023 | 8 min read

Building a brighter payments future

Cross-border payments have already become quick and transparent, with far less friction preventing them from arriving...
ISO 20022 in bytes
30 October 2023 | 6 min read

Rare earths – a powerful attraction

China has dominated the production of rare earth metals – the vital inputs in the clean...
Swift collaborative CBDC experiments enter exciting new phase
30 October 2023 | 5 min read

The potential and pitfalls of central bank digital currencies

Much of the debate around Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) has focused on their domestic impact...
The transition to ISO 20022 is underway in payments
30 October 2023 | 7 min read

Five payment trends for growth based on current condition

In recent years, businesses adapted to the evolving business environment and shifting economic conditions, believing it...

Paytech: 7 forces shaping the global payments industry

An EY report launched at Sibos 2022 revealed seven forces shaping the future of payments.

Connecting digital islands: Swift supports trade digitisation with new interoperability trials
30 October 2023 | 6 min read

The path to paperless: How can UK businesses prepare for digital trade documents?

Despite most industries witnessing digital leaps forward over the past decade, the world of trade has...
our position
30 October 2023 | 4 min read

Are the G20 targets enough to revolutionise cross-border payments?

Experts at Sibos 2023 agree that we need to unite behind shared goals to meet ambitious...
Innovation - Hackathon 2022
30 October 2023 | 4 min read

The impact of technology and data intelligence on financial services

Experts at Sibos 2023 recognise the benefits of new transformative technologies but caution that companies should...
Swift at Sibos 2023
30 October 2023 | 4 min read

Can financial services collaborate to drive sustainability?

At Sibos 2023, industry experts spoke about the need for cooperation across borders and businesses to...
Payment operational issues
30 October 2023 | 4 min read

Creating geopolitical resilience against risks large and small

Experts at Sibos 2023 agree that geopolitical resilience is a complex challenge, particularly in today’s interconnected...

Breaking barriers: Enabling seamless network interoperability

In this Swift at Sibos 2023 session, experts delve into the ground-breaking world of blockchain-based payment...


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