Crypto Biz: $470B bank enters crypto — Probably nothing, right?

As crypto traders debate whether Bitcoin (BTC) is going to $25,000 or $15,000 first, the world’s largest financial institutions are laying the groundwork for mass adoption. The proverbial floodgates are unlikely to open before the United States provides a clear regulatory framework for crypto, but regulators and industry insiders are confident that guidance could come […]

SWIFT says it has reached a ‘breakthrough’ in recent CBDC experiments

On Wednesday, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, announced that it has successfully moved central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and tokenized assets on existing financial infrastructure through two separate experiments. According to SWIFT, the results demonstrated that “CBDCs can be rapidly deployed at scale to facilitate trade and investment between more than […]

Is payments giant SWIFT preparing for a blockchain-bound future?

SWIFT is a payments colossus. It operates across more than 200 countries, has 11,000-plus financial institution clients and transmits some 8.4 billion financial messages every year. It is the global leader in cross-border bank-to-bank payments and recently played a key role in the West’s economic sanctions on Russia.  That doesn’t mean the Belgium-based cooperative is […]

SWIFT partners with Chainlink for cross-chain crypto transfer project

Interbank messaging system SWIFT has partnered with price oracle provider Chainlink (LINK) to work on a proof-of-concept (POC) project which would allow traditional finance firms the ability to transact across blockchain networks. Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov announced the project at its SmartCon 2022 Conference in New York on Sept. 28 alongside SWIFT strategy director Jonathan […]

SWIFT and Symbiont announce corporate data blockchain pilot

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) disclosed on Tuesday a partnership with fintech company Symbiont to provide more accurate data for financial firms through blockchain technology.  Vanguard, Citigroup, American Century Investments, and Northern Trust are among the companies participating in the initiative. According to the announcement, the pilot project “could help providers distribute data […]

SWIFT probably won't exist in 5 years: Mastercard CEO

Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach said on Tuesday that he does not expect SWIFT, one of the most widely used platforms for cross-border fiat transactions, to exist in five years’ time.  Miebach was speaking at a panel session on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), as part of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)’s Blockchain Central Davos […]

SWIFT, Capgemini team up to test using the international network for CBDC transfers

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, the Belgian financial messaging network used by banks in international money transfers, announced Thursday that it is teaming up with French IT company Capgemini to conduct experiments with cross-border central bank digital currency (CBDC) payments. This is SWIFT’s second research project on CBDC. SWIFT and Capgemini […]