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AI & Machine Learning – Working smarter, not harder

October 2, 2018 by Andy Mather   Comments (0)           

Many of the most promising applications for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies are about protection and establishing control. Fraud detection, risk management and compliance, for instance, are some of the ways these technologies are starting to make a real difference for banks and other financial institutions operating in global markets.
It helps to start by differentiating between AI and machine learning. Put simply, AI is the broader science of computing that aims...

Filling in the blanks: Supporting RegTech innovation with data

October 1, 2018 by Shiran Weitzman   Comments (0)           

Since the launch of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s regulatory sandbox in 2016, several other global regulators have followed suit in a bid to address some of the key issues around regulatory technology. And with the influx of new regulations continuing unabated, the need for innovative solutions to the challenges facing financial institutions has also never been more pressing. Yet while this need is widely recognised by not just the rising ‘RegTech’ sector but also by...

From trade reconstruction to unique business insight – are you making the most of your data?

September 21, 2018 by Andy Mather   Comments (0)           

Today's financial markets require firms to maintain compliance in a rapidly changing environment. While this can be time-consuming, with good quality data practices there is also an opportunity to realise benefits beyond simple compliance.
Changing regulations
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in the US, along with MiFID II and Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) in Europe, are some of the higher-profile regulations introduced in recent years to drive behavioural...

FinTech innovation and the power of keeping it simple

September 11, 2018 by James Maxfield   Comments (0)           

By James Maxfield & Ali Rutherford, Ascendant Strategy
Since it was coined by the US Navy over half a century ago, the ‘keep it simple’ mantra has been adopted by many other industries, including the capital markets FinTech sector.
 
However, when financial firms and institutions embark on a programme to introduce innovation to their existing legacy infrastructure, some firms instead opt to embark on a radical overhaul of their entire technology stack in one huge,...

What to expect at the FIX Nordic Trading Briefing

September 5, 2018 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

By Peter Fredriksson, Chairman og Baymarkets AS, Norway
  
The 9th FIX Trading Community Nordic Trading Briefing is just around the corner and this year’s conference promises to live up to the event’s reputation for stimulating and informative discussion, with a Nordic twist. 

MiFID II is on everyone’s minds and we’ll be looking at what market participants need to know to thrive in a post-MiFID II environment. But the event covers much more than that,...

Bringing the World to Sydney

September 4, 2018 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

By Matthew Lempriere, Head of Asia Pacific at BSO Networks
Advances in technology and connectivity have significantly accelerated global participation in Sydney’s liquid futures market.
Almost 15,000 kilometres of land and ocean lie between Chicago and Sydney, making the two cities about as far apart as any of the major financial centres. In previous generations, it would have been almost inconceivable that a Chicago-based trader could easily access Australian securities or vice...

Navigating low-latency trading technology in India

August 30, 2018 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

India has taken a big step forward in widening its low-latency trading community. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in March announced regulatory changes designed to let more firms trade via shared managed colocation services. The move, SEBI said, would benefit small- and medium-sized firms that may have been prohibited from such trading previously due to costs and lack of expertise.
Ahead of the 2018 FIX India Conference, The Realization Group spoke to some of the...

Connecting stock exchanges and global trading with China

August 29, 2018 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

By Matthew Lempriere, Head of Asia Pacific at BSO Networks
Last month, BSO opened new offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, and I’m very excited to have joined the firm at this point in its journey to spearhead the Asia Pacific expansion.
It’s a great time to be joining, with the markets in Asia Pacific evolving so rapidly, and with so many opportunities opening up in the region.
One of the important developing areas is of course China.
Historically, the Chinese stock market has...

To realise the potential of AI in finance, users need to grasp the scale of the problem

August 26, 2018 by Michael Woodman   Comments (0)           

How the cloud will help AI and machine learning systems flourish in the finance space.

In Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, an alien invasion fleet arrives on Earth intent on ousting humanity.
But, owing to a vast underestimation of scale, the invader's entire fleet of mighty attack ships is swallowed … by a small dog.
I was reminded of this failure to grasp the size of the issue at hand when hearing some of the inflated, over-ambitious claims being...

Clearing without a guarantee fund?

August 22, 2018 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

The need to provide a guarantee fund has long been a deal-breaker for frontier and emerging financial markets, given the sizeable investment required to create one. New approaches however, are allowing operators of these markets to implement the necessary clearing functionalities without having to put such a guarantee fund in place.

 

The “CCP-light” model

Recent developments in clearing applications now provide rich functionality such as real-time risk...