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Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs – Where are we headed?

November 14, 2018 by Hirander Misra   Comments (0)           

Being agile and adaptable in this fast-moving market is essential, and a single month in ‘blockchain-land’ is equivalent to 6-12 months in the traditional world.
The technology is fundamentally game-changing and should be used to facilitate high impact change. Sometimes second-mover advantage is beneficial; learning from first-mover successes and mistakes allows us to optimise or design something much better. Think digital watches: the UK invented them, but the Japanese perfected...

The Buy-side and Outsourced Trading in Europe

November 13, 2018 by Andrew Walton   Comments (0)           

Buy-side firms can improve execution and save costs by outsourcing all, or parts, of their trading operations. Andrew Walton, head of European business at Tourmaline Partners, shares his experience and observations.
For many investment firms, managing their trading infrastructure can be a costly and complex challenge. Experienced trading professionals must be recruited, technology needs to be maintained and updated and brokerage counterparties must be reviewed on a regular basis.  New...

The Death of Exchange 1.0 and advent of Digital Exchange 2.0: more than just the matching engine

November 12, 2018 by Hirander Misra   Comments (0)           

In order to generate development and innovative change, we must question and challenge what is already before us. It is not as simple as taking the next step up the ladder or adding to what you already have, it is about stripping a business model back to the basics, clarifying what you want to achieve and doing so by taking a completely different path.
So what does this mean in the context of exchanges and financial market infrastructure? A good place to start is to learn from the past to see...

Data: Asset or Liability – regulatory compliance data innovation

November 9, 2018 by Wesley Cooper   Comments (0)           

In this series of blog posts, we explore how the next generation of intelligent regulatory reporting solutions are delivering insights far beyond their original purpose.
This second feature in the series looks at the importance of managing data as an asset, and hidden risks that should be mitigated to prevent it becoming a liability.
The wave of complex regulatory compliance requirements, combined with advancements in ‘big data’, has created an explosion of data that financial...

Maximising double volume cap data

November 9, 2018 by Mark Montgomery   Comments (0)           

The introduction of the double volume cap (DVC) mechanism as part of MiFIR has heralded a new era in European equity trading, limiting for the first time the universe of securities that can be traded on dark pools. Nearly eight months on from the first DVC suspensions, we can begin to assess how the new regime is working and how the market is adapting.
When it first kicked off the DVC framework in March 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) acknowledged that data quality...

Why regtech is key to scalability in financial services

November 9, 2018 by Steen Blaafalk   Comments (0)           

The new era of regulatory requirements triggered by the global financial crisis presents the financial industry with many challenges.
Regulation and technology are two of the most important mega-trends that have shifted the tectonic plates of global finance. In the wake of the financial crisis, authorities across the globe have introduced a wave of new, comprehensive and more prudent regulation.
Banks must either adapt their operations and ride this wave of new regulation or try to patch...

Singapore's thriving FinTech environment

November 7, 2018 by Tom Fulford-Brown   Comments (0)           

BSO recently became a member of the Singapore FinTech Association, and the country’s third FinTech Festival next month (November) highlights why this makes perfect sense in such a thriving fintech environment.
This year, there will be 60 finalists competing at the festival, selected from 500-plus applicant firms across 40 countries.
Forward-looking regulator
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) actively encourages fintech innovation, and has highlighted that more than half of the...

Energy traders can reap the benefits of an eye in the sky

October 31, 2018 by Akhil Shah   Comments (0)           

Picture the scene: A tropical storm has wended its way along the Gulf Coast of the United States, one of the more refinery-rich stretches of land in the developed world. Or imagine rumours are circulating of a build-up of troops in the Persian Gulf. Or perhaps an OPEC member has just announced a production cut but has not given details.
Any of these developments has the potential to roil energy markets, and for a simple reason. They’re all extremely supply-sensitive pieces of...

Roundtable report: Practical steps for successful innovation within Capital Markets

October 26, 2018 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Roundtable discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Ascendant Strategy, TreoTrade and Nomura on 3 October, 2018
The importance of creating a culture of innovation has long been recognised in the capital markets industry, but why this can prove hard to achieve continues to be a matter of some debate. The reasons given for these difficulties can also be complex and seemingly insurmountable, from long procurement cycles through to lack of diversity within larger organisations –...

How to turn data into diamonds – regulatory compliance data innovation

October 25, 2018 by Steve Barnes   Comments (0)           

In this series of blog posts, AQMetrics explore intelligent regulatory reporting solutions and how the next generation of  solutions are delivering insights far beyond their original purpose.
This first feature in the series looks at the importance of data innovation, and the hidden value that can be realised from data assets.
Changes to regulatory reporting regimes have focused attention on the process by which data is gathered. Distilling fund data into a format that can be used for...