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Aggregation 2.0 – Putting Clients First!

January 24, 2018 by Amrish Ganatra   Comments (0)           

By Amrish Ganatra - Managing Director, Commcise
With little innovation having occurred in the Aggregation industry over the last 20 years, we believe it is in serious need of a reboot. Enter, stage right, Aggregation 2.0.
To understand this story, though, we first need to rewind to the opening scene…
How did Aggregation arise?
Commission Sharing Agreements (CSAs) are used around the globe to unbundle execution and research commissions. In the US, less than 40% of trading volume is...

Ensuring that research charging policies stand up to scrutiny

January 20, 2018 by Commcise   Comments (0)           

By Amrish Ganatra - Managing Director, Commcise
Now that MiFID II has come into force, we look at what processes ESMA expects asset managers to have in place to demonstrate transparency and robust research valuation.
On 10 November 2017, ESMA published the latest version of its Q&A designed to provide clarity on the application of MiFID II and MiFIR requirements. The section on inducements (updated in early April) outlined options for firms to ensure that the allocation of their...

Regulatory reset: What Irish funds need to know about CP86

January 10, 2018 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Lorraine Lyons - Business Development Representative, AQ Metrics
For the Irish Fund Management industry in the coming year, one regulatory change stands out: namely the introduction of the Fund Management Companies Guidance, or CP86. This far-reaching set of initiatives has of course been in the pipeline since 2014, when the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) launched the consultation process, and so many of the elements outlined in CP86 should already be in place. However, the deadline for all...

The open age of banking: technology’s role in driving customer trust and loyalty

January 5, 2018 by Dik Vos   Comments (0)           

In the age of choice, where consumers can switch services at the click of a button, the only provider that has remained constant for many is their banking provider. UK consumers generally give a high amount of trust to their banking provider, with 85 per cent of customers saying that they trust their bank with personal information and to manage accounts efficiently.
While many banks interpret this as consumer loyalty, the reality is that many people stay with their chosen provider out of fear...

Financial firms gain agility with High Performance Computing-as-a-Service

December 22, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

By Stef Weegels
Today’s financial firms rely heavily on data and technology in all aspects of their business. And in areas such as derivatives pricing, risk analytics, quantitative modelling, portfolio optimisation and bank stress-testing, the use of high performance computing (HPC) to rapidly perform highly complex calculations on large data sets is becoming increasingly prevalent.
HPC is now being applied to an ever wider range of use cases. In recent years one of the most important...

Trading Ingenuity: Low Latency and Beyond

December 8, 2017 by Ian Grieves   Comments (0)           

Clever Beats Fast in the Trading Race
The quest for low latency – speed – has been the name of the game in trading over the last decade, resulting, for example, in the increased demand for expensive co-location sites. But trading ingenuity today demands more than speed. While low latency remains a key factor, today’s smart trading firms have more complex goals. One is achieving deterministic low latency, i.e., speed that can be relied upon. But just as important, if not more,...

Event report: AI and Deep Learning in Risk and Investment Management

December 5, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In November 2017, Verne Global, together with the Professional Risk Managers International Association and The Realization Group, hosted a fascinating event covering Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning in Risk and Investment Management, attended by over 70 industry professionals.
Going beyond the five V’s of Big Data The event kicked off with Dr Oliver Maspfuhl of Group Credit Risk & Capital Management at Commerzbank AG. Dr. Maspfuhl discussed Big Data as “A Way Forward...

AI and Deep Learning in Risk and Investment Management

December 5, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Deep learning, or the ability of machines to learn using artificial neural networks, has been around since the mid-1960s. In recent years, however, advances in computation performance and storage technologies are enabling the large quantities of data required for effective neural networks to be rapidly processed. As a result, the use of deep learning is increasingly being explored across multiple industries and geographies. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization...

Round Table Report: Do Good to Do Better

November 24, 2017 by Verne Global   Comments (0)           

November 2017. The Realization Group and Verne Global hosted a round table discussing 'How a focus on ESG can improve financial performance as well as the climate'.
The data to independently verify the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of businesses it still in its early stages. But advances in technology will make a clear link between a focus on ESG and improved financial results, as well as an improved climate, according to speakers at a Verne Global round table.
How...

Making the market: Building prices in fixed income

November 13, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

The fixed income markets are going through a period of significant transition. While capital constraints and a long period of low volatility have led to challenges in how firms source liquidity, recent increases in bond volatility have led to renewed profitability - and investment - in the markets. And with regulatory reforms forcing more and more trading into the electronic domain, new liquidity venues are beginning to proliferate. Firms across the buy side and the sell side are now having to...