SWIFT Updates Reference Data Directory

SWIFT has launched an updated version of its Bankers World Online directory, an online query tool which has been upgraded to provide more data coverage, a wider breadth of financial information -including data from Reuters, Dun & Bradstreet, and Moody’s – and new intuitive features and functionalities.

The Bankers World Online service includes essential reference data, such as business identification codes (BIC), international bank account numbers (IBAN), legal entity identifiers (LEI), national bank codes and more that are used to facilitate international payments and to fulfil new reporting requirements.

It also includes important financial information from market data vendors and credit rating agencies, including credit ratings, shareholder information, balance sheet information, cash flows, and other data sets about customers, suppliers and service providers.

“With the new Bankers World Online, SWIFTRef is building on its traditional strength in payment reference data to deliver the same high quality service in new areas, such as counterparty risk and regulatory reporting,” said Stephen Gilderdale, head of new business development at SWIFT.

“This move meets the industry’s demand for a comprehensive source of financial data, driven by an ever-growing number of regulatory (reporting) requirements.”

The service also now provides instant online access to source the reference data a financial institution or corporate needs to correctly populate domestic, single euro payments area (SEPA) and international payments; to validate the required identifiers in regulatory reports or find the information needed to evaluate counterparty risk.

SWIFT said that the renewed service will improve payments straight through processing (STP) rates, support risk mitigation, reduce costs and time spent on manual repairs and investigations, while ensuring regulatory compliance.

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