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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...

MiFID II creates cross-asset revolution across buy & sell side

February 15, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

The cross-asset nature of MiFID II will demand significant investment from the asset management and banking communities. In this article, Dan Barnes and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group speak to Matthew Coupe of Barclays, James Baugh and Ashlin Kohler of Citigroup, Bob Fuller of Fixnetix, Glenn Poulter of Stratevolve and Ollie Cadman of Vela Trading Technologies about how firms are addressing the various cross-asset challenges of MiFID II in order to stay both compliant and...

The Rise of RegTech

February 6, 2017 by Toby Bryans   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at Corporate Compliance Insights and is reproduced here with permission
...and the Impact on Compliance
Systemic risk in financial institutions was a big factor in the last financial crash. Market participants are inter- (and often intra-) connected in an unprecedented way, so no one knew their true risk position. This, combined with poor control of data – use of Excel for recording was rife in the industry – and poorly...

Forex flows to the East

February 6, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Foreign exchange trading has long been concentrated in the financial hubs of London, New York and Tokyo, but as major western markets face up to structural and macro-economic challenges, turnover is beginning to shift further to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group discuss this with Jon Vollemaere of R5FX, Matthew Lempriere of Telstra, Julie Nicolas of The FX Hive, and James Maudslay of Equinix. They also examine the...

Thoughts from the FX Global Steering Meeting

January 31, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

I recently returned from a trip to London, where I attended the FX Hive’s 4th Annual Global Foreign Exchange (FX) Steering Meeting, which was co-sponsored by Telstra.

This was mainly a buy-side focused event, attended by some of the leading asset managers, hedge funds and trading firms that drive the global FX trading industry.

Run as a steering meeting, with the goal of helping institutional market participants understand the evolution of the FX market structure and associated...

Harnessing RegTech to address culture & conduct in financial institutions

January 25, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

The evolution of RegTech has brought a wave of new providers and systems to market to help financial institutions deal with the wide-ranging new regulations they face, such as MiFID II. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group hear from Mark Tantam of Deloitte, Adrian Shedden of Burges Salmon, Geraldine Gibson of AQMetrics, Furio Pietribiasi of Mediolanum Asset Management and Sam Tyfield of Vedder Price. They agree that RegTech has a role to play in helping...

Grasping opportunity in an uncertain world

January 20, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

If 2016 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. As financial markets participants look to 2017 and beyond, perhaps the key lesson is to remember the importance of retaining operational flexibility. Responding quickly and effectively to both opportunity and challenge has always been critical to success in the financial markets, but perhaps never before has technology infrastructure played such a large part.
One area that is helping firms to handle complexity and...

Best Execution and Common Sense in Dark Pool Trading

January 20, 2017 by Dr Paul Lynch   Comments (0)           

Off-exchange trading venues have been used for over ten years, yet there remain several assumptions about dark pools, along with high profile regulatory incidents, which have raised questions about the issue of Best Execution ahead of the implementation of MiFID II.
It is a widely held belief that trading in the dark entails no resultant market impact and no information leakage. While this does indeed hold true some of the time, it is not always the case. Furthermore, the SEC has levied around...