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How are you responding to today’s data management challenges?

August 23, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

By Stef Weegels, Verne Global
Regulatory change is driving a fundamental shift in how banks and brokers organise their data management processes and supporting infrastructures. The writing has been on the wall for pure-play, in-house approaches for some time, but now the demands of the post-crisis regulatory framework make the evidence in favour of hybrid strategies impossible to ignore.
In the aftermath of a new risk reporting and aggregation framework under BCBS 239, stress tests set by...

Iceland’s Unrivalled Low Risk Profile

August 16, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In my fourth blogs on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at some of the perceptions and myths about the country’s risk profile and identify how and why Iceland, in fact, tops the World Risk Index, with the lowest risk profile.
When deciding on data center location, firms need to consider a range of criteria. Obvious ones include initial and on-going costs, connectivity, space and availability of managed service. Equally important are factors such as...

To boost your bottom line, the key is to start in the middle

August 16, 2017 by Simon Vincent   Comments (0)           

By Simon Vincent, Software AG
Banks and other financial trading firms are under constant pressure to improve their bottom lines.
The pressure often is felt most acutely in terms of a focus on operational efficiencies, which only stands to reason as technological progress offers firms the scope to do more with less. But where should those efficiencies come from and how should firms approach the matter?
If we think in terms of front, middle and back office operations, a compelling case can be...

Roundtable Report - FX Flows to the East

August 11, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Future growth in foreign exchange is widely expected to come from Asia rather than traditional western hubs. Financial Institutions and infrastructure providers need to make sure they are ready.
Magnetic fields cannot be seen by the human eye, but they create complex, powerful forces that can pull large materials together and push others apart with equal strength. Similar forces are at work in the foreign exchange market, where a range of factors appear to be drawing increased trading to...

Roundtable Report - Software Testing in Financial Services - Is the Price of Success Paid in Advance?

August 9, 2017 by Certeco   Comments (0)           

It is well documented that banking technology is both aging and under increasing pressure to perform. At the heart of this pressure is the need for faster and more reliable technology and software.  To drive the deployment of up to date technologies and applications under tight timescales but without compromising quality, the banks are increasingly aware of the need to adopt a ‘shift left’ approach in the assurance and testing process.

On 13 July 2017 a roundtable of...

Iceland offers excellent connectivity to major financial hubs

August 7, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In part three of my series on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at the country’s excellent cable connectivity to Europe and North America and review some of the use cases for financial services firms.
The ability to securely and efficiently deliver data is an essential requirement of any international data center, and Iceland is outstanding in this regard. Strategically located in the North Atlantic, with a submarine cable network built on the latest...

MiFID II: Addressing the Challenges Together

August 7, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

With the final implementation of MiFID II now a mere six months away, the time has come for individual firms to seriously consider how these rules will impact them and the daily running of their business. At AQMetrics, we believe this can best be achieved by meeting with your industry peers in order to discuss, share and collaborate to jointly find workable solutions for the myriad of issues this new regulation presents. And so, with this aim in mind, last week we held our inaugural MiFID II...

Roundtable Report - Fine-tuning the performance of HPC for financial services

August 7, 2017 by Verne Global   Comments (0)           

By Stef Weegels, Global Director of Sales, Verne Global
Last month a roundtable hosted by the Realization Group and Verne Global, saw a group of industry experts – including lead participants from NVIDIA, Numerical Algorithms Group, bigxyt and the National Physical Laboratory - pick out the key issues that finance needs to address in order to fully realise the value of high performance computing (HPC).
HPC used to enhance the performance of...

“Dad, are you better than a robot?”

August 3, 2017 by Simon Vincent   Comments (0)           

In London this week, many young people who are leaving school have been doing their work experience.
Exams finished, their enthusiasm, momentum and keen intellect are being turned to real-world problems. Hence the discussion I witnessed on a train leaving the City the other day.
A lad of 16 or more years turned to his dad and said: “I am amazed at the amount duplication of work that goes on at your firm.”
His dad looked back with an enquiring eyebrow.
“I would have thought...

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...