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What is SWIFT?

SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. It is a cooperative organization that provides secure and reliable messaging services to its member financial institutions worldwide.

SWIFT was established in 1973 and is headquartered in Belgium. It has over 11,000 financial institution members in over 200 countries, making it one of the largest and most widespread financial messaging networks in the world.

SWIFT enables the secure exchange of electronic messages between financial institutions for various purposes, including:

  • International and domestic wire transfers.
  • Foreign currency exchange.
  • Processing of payment orders and payment confirmations.
  • Reconciliation of accounts between financial institutions.
  • Reporting of financial transactions for regulatory and compliance purposes.

SWIFT provides a standardized format for messages and a secure network for transmitting messages, which helps to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and security of financial transactions. SWIFT also provides additional services to its members, such as compliance and security solutions, market intelligence, and training and support.

SWIFT is a critical infrastructure for the global financial system and plays a vital role in enabling secure, efficient, and reliable cross-border financial transactions.