SWIFT Institute Unveils 2015 Research Agenda

The SWIFT Institute said that it will publish a series of research papers in 2015 focusing on key challenges facing the global financial community.

Research topics include: cyber security cost models, financial data usage, real-time retail payments and settlement, anti-money laundering (AML), the influence of virtual currencies, and women in finance. The research is conducted by academics from around the world and will be available at http://www.swiftinstitute.org/papers/.

Launched in April 2012, the SWIFT Institute fosters independent research to extend the understanding of current practices and future needs across the financial industry. Managed by SWIFT, and working in close collaboration with academics from top international universities, including Cornell University, ESSEC Business School and Singapore Management University.

“SWIFT is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between academic thinking and the financial services industry, leveraging topics of mutual interest,” said Peter Ware, director, SWIFT Institute.

“Since the launch of the Institute, we have made great progress in achieving this goal and will continue to do so with new research in 2015 focused on topics of global importance. Our aim is to help the global financial community better understand and manage the obstacles it is facing through new research and greater dialogue at events.”

Topics for the planned 2015 research papers include:

  • A predictive cyber-security cost model for the financial services sector.
  • Transatlantic extraterritoriality and the regulation of derivatives: conflict and challenge for the financial services industry.
  • Women in finance: a global perspective.
  • Analysis of the domestic/cross-border clearing and settlement system in Asia.
  • Outsourcing in investment management funds: operational improvements versus risks.
  • Near real-time retail payment and settlement systems mechanism design.
  • An analysis of Bitcoin as a novel distributed system.
  • The influence of virtual currencies on fiat currencies.
  • Multinational banking and conflicts among US-EU AML/CTF compliance and privacy law.
  • The role of Big Data in governance.



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