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The Value of Human Judgement

March 15, 2017 by John O'Hara   Comments (0)           

Current waves of digital technology innovation are offering financial services firms multiple opportunities to automate and reengineer processes, thereby generating new value propositions or improving the customer experience through lower cost or greater efficiency. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next wave of technology innovation that is beginning to revolutionise other industries, and is being explored for new applications across the finance sector.
Through its ability to make...

Houston, We are Not Aware of a Problem

March 7, 2017 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

This article originally appeared at Beyond B2B and is reproduced here with permission
By Simon Vincent

To make robo-advisory work in your firm you need a digital culture, not a digital makeover.

The five-year-old boss I have at home (my son) wants to fly to the moon. I was told we were going to build a rocket ship. You do not argue with the boss. I took what we had and, based on what the boss wanted, we built “Rocket...

The (Smart Order) Route to Best Execution

March 3, 2017 by Itarle   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the itarle blog and is reproduced here with permission
Increasing market fragmentation across the globe has meant that the Smart Order Router (SOR) is now a vital part of any execution strategy. And its role is set to become even more critical in the next twelve months, especially in Europe.
In part I of our series on smart order routing, we set out the major challenges presented by fragmentation and the enhanced reporting requirements of MiFID...

Keeping a watchful eye

February 24, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Best practices for maintaining trade surveillance
Following the introduction of Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) across the EU in July 2016, most firms will now have been through some kind of surveillance implementation program, putting in place safeguards to ensure against abusive or manipulative behaviour.
But this is only the start. Once the initial implementation phase is complete, things don’t stop there. The markets, the regulations and the business are all constantly changing. So...

Dropping the Bomb on Asset Management

February 24, 2017 by Bips Global   Comments (0)           

Considering the fall-out from the FCA Management Market Study
By Lene Hansen – Bips Global Ltd
It is still in the interim phase but shock waves from the recent Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Asset Management Market Study are already being felt across the industry. Despite the voluminous and diverse amount of research and findings, the Executive Summary takes very specific aim at actively managed funds. The main observation being how poorly they compare to passive...

Promised Return from Data Assets under MiFID II

February 24, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
European regulators are tearing down the instinctive, qualitative world of trading and replacing it with a measurable, traceable, transparent trading grid. This rigorous framework is imposed by the re-invented Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), coming into force in January 2018. It will make data an invaluable asset for trading desks. The new rules toughen...

Thomas in Blockland

February 23, 2017 by Fidessa   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Fidessa blog, and is reproduced here with permission. By Steve Grob

Thomas the crossing network wasn’t happy. For years he had enjoyed helping his friends buy and sell things amongst themselves. Sometimes he would even step in directly and agree to buy or sell something himself, especially if there was an awful lot of it. But now he had a tricky choice to make.
The ruler of the land, The Regulator, had been convinced by the...

Round Table Report - Transformation to a multi-channel organisation

February 21, 2017 by Certeco   Comments (0)           

Discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Certeco, Digital Works, Aviva and Northern Trust, on 26th January 2017
The digitisation of financial services is often seen as a process of accelerated automation, or even transformation, which harnesses innovations in digital technologies to improve on and replace manual- or physical-based service provision. Automated platforms known as robo-advisors, for example, are rapidly replacing human financial planning advisors in the wealth...

Building the Future of Finance

February 20, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara, publisher of The Trading Mesh, examines the infrastructure needs for financial markets firms as use cases for artificial intelligence and machine learning expand, with John Denheen of Tyler Capital, KPMG’s Robert Mirsky, Trade Informatics’ Aaron Schweiger, Sybenetix’s Taras Chaban, Jan Machacek of Cake Solutions, Michael Cooper of BT Global Banking and Financial Markets, Vincent Kilcoyne of SAS UK & Ireland and Verne Global’s Tate...

Round table report: A qualitative approach to best execution

February 15, 2017 by Trade Informatics   Comments (0)           

Progress has been made to improve counterparty due diligence and best execution ahead of MiFID II, but the industry must find more efficient ways to exchange information
An increasing volume of information is being exchanged between the buy side and the sell side to meet regulatory requirements on best execution, but firms need better systems and processes to manage the flow of intelligence, according to senior market participants.
Speaking at a roundtable event hosted by...