More money crossing borders digitally. Fewer correspondent banks to move that money. And the hallmark of that money movement — a lack of transparency and speed. What might replace a clunky system in a world where payments are becoming ever more global?
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said in a recent report that the number of correspondent banks — where banks and financial institutions (and domestic payment systems) are linked together — slipped 3 percent in 2019 vs. 2018 and declined a significant 22 percent from 2011 to 2019.
The BIS found that decline is even more pronounced in emerging-market economies and smaller island nations. For instance, the number of active correspondent banks fell about 23 percent in advanced economies, but as much as 41 percent in developing nations.
A Reduction In The Number Of Corridors
Part of the reason for the