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Definition: Credit transfer

ECB terminology

Payment instrument allowing the payer to instruct its account-holding institution to transfer funds to the beneficiary. It is a payment order, or a sequence of payment orders, made for the purpose of placing funds at the disposal of the beneficiary. Both the payment order and the funds described therein move from the credit institution of the payer to the credit institution of the payee (beneficiary), potentially via several intermediary credit institutions and/or one or more payment and settlement systems.
European Central Bank, Guideline of the European Central Bank of 1 August 2007 on monetary, financial institutions and markets statistics (recast), Official Journal of the European Union No L 341, 27.12.2007, p. 1 - 232