While considerable work is still to be done for real-time global payments to become a reality, the importance of implementing real-time transactions is clear, and significant progress is already being made, with over 35 countries having now adopted – or transitioning to – some form of faster payment scheme.
The industry has created confusion by using the term ‘virtual accounts’ to describe a wide range of products. This article aims to demystify the terms being used to describe Virtual Account Management (VAM) or Virtual Ledgers, as well as assessing the capabilities available today and in the future.
Think instant payments are only for treasurers in consumer-facing businesses? Or that real-time payments offer just a handful of treasury beneﬁts? Then it’s time to take a fresh look at what these schemes mean for cash and liquidity management, and how market innovations such as request-to-pay and auto-investment solutions are enabling treasurers to extract maximum value from the real-time environment.
Multilateral netting is one of the most underestimated ways to optimise intercompany payments and group performance. Martin Bellin, Founder and CEO of the BELLIN Group, explains why multilateral netting deserves a little more attention - and how treasurers can make the most of it.
The European Payments Council’s SCT Inst scheme went live in 2017. UniCredit look at the lessons learnt since and suggest that excellent client uptake and system stability are reasons for optimism - but collaborative solutions are still needed before instant payments become the new normal.