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International Payments

This programme is only available on in-company basis. Please, contact us for more information

Course Description

This practical 2 day course has been tailored for banking professionals who have some experience in domestic payments and want to expand their knowledge of international payments. You will explore the key principles, concepts, practices and current developments in the international payments.

You will have a chance to learn about the principles of foreign exchange and currency, high-value global payments, purpose and role of SWIFT and CLS, global clearing and settlement mechanisms as well as about liquidity management, international trade facilitation, risk management, and legal and regulatory issues.

Who should attend? This course will be of special interest to payment professionals with some experience who wish to expand their knowledge base and advance their careers into the global payments arena.

What Will You Learn

 On completion of this course you will: 

  • Gain the practical knowledge of all key processes and concepts in international payments
  • Learn about the various stages of low and high value payment process 
  • Understand the role and functioning of SWIFT and CLS 
  • Get to grips with foreign exchange and currency principles
  • Explore the mechanisms in clearing and settlement 
  • Learn about liquidity management principles
  • Gain the tools for managing all risks involved
  • Understand the legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Explore the current market trends and challenges

Main Topics Covered During This Training

  • Characteristics of International Payments
  • The payment process
  • Low-value global payments
  • International ACH - Automatic Clearance services
  • Legal payments structures in the US and worldwide
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
  • High-value global payments: TARGET 2 and CHIPS
  • Anti-money laundering
  • The role and purpose of SWIFT
  • Global Clearing and Settlement 
  • Foreign Exchange and Currency Principles
  • Hawala - Alternative international payment system 
  • Workers' remittances
  • The purpose and role of CLS
  • Managing risks in International Payments
  • Foreign Exchange settlement in detail
  • The role and purpose of CSL
  • Managing FX risks
  • Advanced Legal and Regulatory issues
  • Challenges for corporates in international payments
  • Current and future trends

Who Should Attend

Operations and business staff from:

  • Commercial banks
  • Investment banks
  • Foreign Exchange dealers
  • Brokerage companies
  • Multinational corporations
  • Money Managers
  • Commodity Trading Advisors
  • Insurance companies
  • Governments
  • Central banks
  • Pension Funds
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investment companies
  • Brokers/dealers

and other participants in the inter-dealer market. 

In-Company, call us for more information

Delegates have to be from the same company and register at the same time in order to claim the discount.

International Payments - A 2 Day Course

Day 1

International Payments Primer

  • The purpose of a Payment System
  • Characteristics of International Payments
  • The Payment Process
  • The current International Payments Scene
  • Who Makes International Payments


Low-Value Global Payments

  • Payment Methods – Electronic Transfers, International ACH, Paper Based Methods, Cards, 


International ACH Services

  • What is an ACH?
  • How ACH’s work – Credits and Debits
  • The Global ACH Concept
  • Global ACH Examples – FedACH, ACH via SWIFT, SEPA, Proprietary Bank Systems
  • International Payments Framework Initiative


Interdiction & Enforcement Aspects of International Payments

  • International Payments & the Law
  • Local Laws
  • International Principles and AML Requirements
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
  • Examples of Legal Payments Structures – The USA, The UK, European Union
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Suspicious Activities


Requirements for Cross-Border ACH Payments

  • The Business Case for Cross-Border Payments
  • Criteria for Cross Border ACH
  • Economic Considerations


High-Value Global Payments



The Purpose & Role of SWIFT

  • SWIFT’s Evolution
  • Network & Transaction Volumes
  • Before SWIFT – How payments worked
  • What SWIFT is used for
  • The Role of SWIFT in Payments
  • BICs
  • Straight Through Processing
  • FIN Services – How it works
  • SWIFTNet
  • SWIFT Message Types
  • Cross Border ACH (SWIFT through a CUG)
  • The FIN Message Dissected
  • SWIFT Standards XML


Global Clearing & Settlement

  • A Study in Complexity
  • Settlement Under Correspondent Banking


Day 2 


Foreign Exchange & Currency Principles

  • Foreign Exchange (FX) Terms
  • Nostro & Vostro
  • How Foreign Exchange Works – A Case Study
  • Exchange Rates – How rates are set, Supply & Demand, International Monetary Issues, Purchasing Power Parity
  • Foreign Exchange Issues:  Gold Standard, National Fiat Money, Bretton Woods, Floating Rates


Alternative International Payment Systems 

  • Hawala - What it is and how it works
  • A Case Study
  • Why is Hawala used?
  • Is Hawala Legal?
  • Hawala and Money Laundering
  • How the system can be misused


Workers’ Remittances

  • What are Remittances?
  • Who are the SenderS and the Receivers?


The Purpose, Role & Operation of CLS

This section deals with risks in International payments and the role of CLS in their mitigation. 


International Payments and Risk

  • Herstatt Risk
  • What are all the Foreign Exchange Risks?
  • Settlement Methods and their Effect on Risk


The Mathematics of Foreign Exchange Settlement

  • How Exposures are Measured
  • The Foreign Exchange Settlement Process
  • Projecting FX Settlement Exposures
  • Duration of FX Settlement Exposures
  • Size and Duration of Exposures
  • Payment System Operating Hours & Time Zones


Continuous Linked Settlement

  • How CLS Works
  • Benefits of CLS
  • New CLS Services
  • CLS & Correspondent Banking


Liquidity Management

  • Traditional Tools of Liquidity Management
  • Managing Liquidity
  • Managing Liquidity Within a Bank System
  • Multi-Currency Liquidity Management


International Trade Facilitation

  • The Trade Process
  • Payments Within the Trade Process
  • Payments in International Trade
  • Documentary Credits & Documentary Collections
  • Linking Goods to Documents 


Risk Management in FX

  • What is Risk?
  • The Size of the Problem
  • FX Risks – Some Notes Case Studies


Managing Risks

  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Implementing a Risk Management Policy
  • Operational Risk
  • Managing Operational Risk
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Appetite
  • Risk Impact Vs. Frequency
  • Risk Impact Vs. Probability
  • Regulation as a Payment System Risk


Advanced Legal and Regulatory Issues

  • Achieving an Efficient International Payment Service
  • UNCITRAL and its Model Law
  • FATF and International Payments


Corporate Perspectives & Challenges in International Payments

  •  What Corporates Want 
  • RosettaNet


Emerging Trends

  • How International Payments are Changing
  • What the Future may Hold
Stanley has an extensive experience in banking and IT specifically the operations, payments, RTGS and the operational risk aspects of banking covering the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Southern Africa.
Commencing his career at the Standard Bank of South Africa he gained a thorough grounding in all aspects of banking ranging from the bank’s branch system, back-office payments processing. He was also closely involved in the development of electronic banking at the Standard Bank.
On leaving South Africa he joined Fundtech Corporation, a leading US based provider of financial technology. He spent time in their Jersey City, London and Melbourne offices working with various bank clients.
His has been working closely with organisations such as UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), Deutsche Bank, the New York Federal Reserve and CHIPS in New York; APACS (Association for Payment Clearing Services), BACS Payment Schemes, the British Bankers Association, CLS  and Barclays Bank in London; Crédit Agricole in France; UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland; the central bank in the Netherlands; Alpha Bank in Greece; the central bank in Romania; the central bank in Kazakhstan; Bank Leumi and the central bank in Israel; the Standard Bank, Clearing Bankers Association, STRATE, BankServ and the central bank in South Africa and ANZ and Commonwealth Bank in Australia. 
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