Depends, but generally speaking, the answer is No. It has been no in 1973, a no in 1984, a no in 1999, a no in 2013 and will be a no for the years to come. A CD or certificate of deposit is perhaps the lowest risk, lowest yield form of investment vehicle available to […]
When doing an international money transfer inter banks, is there a way to guarantee the transaction at the time it is done?
In most cases, the answer is no. International wire transfers are subject to manual review, and the very minute you introduce a manual review process, the committed timelines go out the window. Also, most of the wire transfers are based on a batch of FIFO (First In, First Out) during operational times. The interdependencies with […]
Historically, Sunday has been a day of rest. A holiday in most of the Christian countries around the world. Banking was done during the 6-day work week before the 5 day work week was adopted in many countries, but Sunday was always off. As the world got more and more electronic and connected, you have […]
How much US currency physically exists? What percentage of US money only exists as data on banks’ computers?
The total number of Coins and Currency Notes, etc. are as follows: Source: The Fed – Data There was approximately $1.63 trillion in circulation as of March 21, 2018, of which $1.59 trillion was in Federal Reserve notes. Source: How much U.S. currency is in circulation? You also need to look at the M1 and M2 money […]
What are US money transmitters doing to survive de-risking? How are they going about getting banking or surviving without banking? Any improvisations?
Those with money transmitter licenses will survive the derisking, but not on their terms. The entire derisking exercise is becoming more costly and is forcing more expensive access to banking for those that have a license and need to continue with banking. It is also trimming the edges. That means weak or smaller players are throwing in […]
Cash and traditional fiat money channels are still on top of the list, however, it seems, it does not seem too far fetched an idea of exchanging payments using say Ethererum or Bitcoin. And if you are worried about price volatility, you can always convert it to USDT, or similar stable coins.
How did travelers (e.g., aristocrats on their continental tours) access funds before the invention of credit cards and global banks? There were no ATMs and presumably carrying enough cash to last the whole trip would’ve been too dangerous.
Credit Lines. In the olden days, if you were traveling outside your banking circle so to speak, you took with you credit notes that were honored in various other cities. Sometimes these notes were coded, sometimes they were carried by external couriers in advance and sometimes you carried it yourself. That is the whole premise […]
When transferring money to a foreign bank in a different currency, which bank converts the currency, the sending bank or the receiving bank? Whose rates are applied?
In most cases, the currency is converted by the receiving bank. In such a scenario, the sending/receiving bank have a direct correspondent agreement and the receiving bank provides the exchange rate into the local currency and does the conversion. In the event a middle, correspondent bank is used, same result again, the receiving bank provides […]
Why does McKinsey’s report (see URL) imply cross-border flow is in hundreds of trillions of $ ? What does cross-border flow mean in the report?
Reference: A vision for the future for cross-border payments. The cross border flow implies the cross-border payments that are made between two countries. The B2B (Business-to-Business) cross-border payments market is huge! No one has an exact estimate, but it is believed to be more than US$ 50 Trillion and probably closer to the US$ 100-125 […]