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FCA’s Policy Statement: Five key points regarding research

July 28, 2017 by Amrish Ganatra   Comments (0)           

Earlier this month, the FCA released its second and final Policy Statement on MiFID II implementation.
Chapter 7 of the document, which relates specifically to research, has thrown up some important points that we believe should be highlighted.
Ex-ante methodology
In its response on valuation and pricing of research, the FCA states that firms need to formulate ‘a clear methodology to establish what they expect to pay providers for research before they receive and consume...

When it comes to TCO, Iceland offers the best value as a data center location

July 28, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In part two of my series on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at the various costs to financial services firms compared with other locations, and why Iceland represents the best value.
In Citihub Consulting’s recent report on Iceland as a strategic data center location, the total cost of ownership of hosting in Iceland was compared with hosting in other major financial hubs in Europe and North America, based on the following...

More Than a Number – The Pressure on CCOs and CFOs for Data Accuracy

July 27, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Ryan Kipp, Head of Sales Americas, AQMetrics

Speaking at this year’s Global Alternative Investment Management Conference (GAIM), Suzan Rose, chief compliance officer (CCO) at Marshall Wace North America, voiced one of the key pressures facing anyone registered as CCO of an investment fund, even though many are not fully aware of it. Essentially, any CCO who submits false statements or omissions may face criminal prosecution. But how can funds ensure they are achieving the necessary...

Four ways that programmable networks help financial enterprises compete in today’s global markets

July 27, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Financial Service firms that want to stay competitive in today’s globally connected markets face a number of network challenges. With an increasing focus on digitization, demand for bandwidth continues to grow as data proliferates. Clients, counterparties and trading venues are diverse and dispersed. A multitude of technologies, running across multiple platforms, based on a variety of protocols, need to be connected to each other. In addition, many firms are reluctant to spend too heavily...

Why Star Wars’ robots are deliberately annoying

July 21, 2017 by Charles Platt   Comments (0)           

The Star Wars universe is filled with annoying robots; they are terrible workers, nervous, inattentive and sloppy.
There is a good reason behind that. For George Lucas, it seems these flawed robots were created as a plot device to justify armies of human clones. Ironically, he had to give his robots “human” qualities to justify increasing headcount.
Back in the real world, the finance industry is not sold on cloning its employees to tackle productivity. Far from it; robo-advisors...

The low-latency route to a data-driven future

July 17, 2017 by Paul Abfalter   Comments (0)           

By Paul Abfalter, Director of OTT and Emerging Markets,Telstra

Finance today is increasingly driven by data, now regarded as the new ‘oil’ in our digital era. This has resulted in the proliferation of high-speed networks across the wider financial industry to support the fast transmission of data, enabling players and vendors to innovate, reach new markets, as well as strengthen their data capabilities to support business automation. Telstra’s Director of OTT and Emerging...

Targeting Asia: Developing an infrastructure strategy as liquidity moves east

July 11, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

One of the truisms of financial markets is that liquidity begets liquidity. Market participants, justifiably, want to be where they know they have the best chance of buying or selling, particularly when conditions are stressed. So it stands to reason that both sell-side and buy-side players are taking a closer look at trading opportunities in the Asian region given data from the Bank for International Settlements suggests liquidity is on the rise in Asia’s foreign exchange markets, at a...

Round table report - Embedding AI & Machine Learning in Financial Services

July 10, 2017 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already embedded in tools, including anti-fraud systems, chatbots and security software. At some point in the future it will become so commonplace it will fade into the background, according to attendees at the roundtable ‘Naturally Intelligent’ held by Realization Group and Software AG on 7 June 2017. However, with regard to financial services, many impediments to operationalising AI must be addressed before ubiquity can be achieved.
Firstly, firms...

Network Innovation at the Speed of Light

July 10, 2017 by Isaac Rowley   Comments (0)           

If there’s one thing that the financial firms have learned the past few years, it’s the value of being nimble. Competition in the financial services sector has never been fiercer and demands on most companies’ networks have never been greater. As a result, trading firms need to be able to quickly adjust their strategies. The catalyst for a strategic shift may come from a range of factors, such as a new regulatory environment, sudden business opportunities or changing market...

Software Testing in Financial Services – is the price of success paid for in advance?

July 6, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this paper, Mike O’Hara and Dan Barnes of The Realization Group investigate the trends and dynamics that are reframing the way that testing is viewed and managed within financial services, in conversation with Sascha McDonald, Founding Director of; Graham Perry, Manager for the UK & Ireland at Neotys; Rob Jacobs, Director of Engineering Operations at Worldpay; Matt Roberts, Lead Consultant at Cake Solutions; and Darren Stocks, Head of Testing & Quality...