Magazine article American Banker

BNY Mellon: Global Growth in Remittances

Magazine article American Banker

BNY Mellon: Global Growth in Remittances

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The remittance service Bank of New York Mellon Corp. developed for other banks to offer under their own brands is part of an effort to beef up such white-label offerings, particularly those involving small-dollar transactions.

The Remit Worldwide service, which the New York company made available to its 1,600 correspondent banks around the world last week, is "just the start," said Alphonse J. Briand, a managing director and the head of product management and business strategy for its treasury services division.

Examples of other white-label services that Bank of New York Mellon would like to offer, Mr. Briand said, include providing letters of credit and allowing banks to send pension fund payments or share dividends on behalf of companies to recipients living in foreign countries.

The remittance service dovetails with chief executive Bob Kelly's stated goal of making Bank of New York Mellon more of an international company. In July, shortly after the merger of Bank of New York Co. Inc. and Mellon Financial Corp. closed, Mr. Kelly said his company had "a serious competitive advantage globally," and that international business could generate half its revenue and earnings in five to 10 years, versus about 25% at the time.

Though wealth management and asset management remain the "pinnacle bases of the bank," Mr. Briand said, his company has identified its white-label services for domestic and international correspondent banks as a fertile growth opportunity. Those banks "don't have as much of the technology, investment opportunity, and global expertise" that Bank of New York Mellon has, but they would like it to "build a product that they can use."

The company says focusing on outsourced services for correspondent banks is a logical step after combining Mellon's domestic white-label business with Bank of New York's international payment network. …

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