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The secret to Nordic fintech success? A culture of curiosity and creativity

September 15, 2016 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group examine the factors behind a seemingly unusual success story. Despite small populations and a relatively conservative banking scene, the Nordic region is one of the most dynamic places in the world of financial technology. Many in the Nordics will cite the legacy of OM, a derivatives exchange that evolved into a regional powerhouse that was ultimately taken over by NASDAQ, and which spawned a generation of fintech...

CFTC Rules: Preventing the Rise of the Cybermen

September 14, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently finalized a set of cyber security rules, designed to help safeguard its systems from breaches; but worries about hacking and possible terrorism remain.  
There have long been concerns that Cyberman-like terrorists or hackers could compromise the world’s financial markets by attacking exchanges or banks. On numerous occasions, the CFTC has stated that cyber security is the single biggest...

Leading the way with High Capacity and Low Latency Networks

September 13, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Recently Gartner, for the second year running, gave Telstra the highest product scores for High-Capacity Network and Low-Latency Network in Asia Pacific, two of the four Use Cases in the July 2016 Gartner Critical Capabilities Report for Network Services, Asia/Pacific.
We feel this is testament to the work we have been doing and the investments we have been making to expand and improve our network services in the region, and in particular our Optical Transport Network (OTN)...

Round Table Report - 'Trading Conversation Technology & Compliance'

September 12, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Discussion hosted by Telstra in New York on 7th July, 2016, featuring Telstra, enepath, Insightful Technology and Academy Securities, and facilitated by The Realization Group and The Mankoff Company
In recent years, much of the focus on regulation and compliance in financial markets has been focused on electronic trading. As a result, most firms engaged in electronic, algorithmic, automated or high frequency trading now have the necessary checks and balances in place, as well as the ability...

Fitting Blockchain into the Technology Puzzle

August 5, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
Fitting the blockchain piece into an organization’s technology puzzle is going to require both business and technology transformation. 

Key to any such transformation is going to be in understanding the current IT architecture and being able to visualise where and how the blockchain piece fits in, as well as what systems are going to be affected. Existing business processes will also need to be understood, enabling effective planning and risk...

Smart Contracts are not smart by nature!

July 29, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
My previous blog on smart contracts highlighted how they could create efficiencies in trade affirmation/confirmation and throughout the trade lifecycle. However there are still many open questions and concerns about how smart contracts operate in the real world.

How do you see and understand the finer details of a smart contract when the terms of the contract are expressed in code? For example, if you are trading bonds using a smart contract how do you find...

Beyond Speed: Future Proofing Your Network Strategy

July 25, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Speed has always attracted a premium in financial markets. In the 19th century that might have involved carrier pigeons and telegraphs. In more recent times it has meant fibre optics and microwave technology. Either way, the proposition is simple: the faster you are, the more likely you will be to have an edge over others competing in the same space.
But achieving the lowest possible latency is no longer the be-all-end-all priority for market participants that it once was. Financial services...

Bringing Agility to Clearing & Post-Trade

July 25, 2016 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

One of the more significant impacts of this current era of regulatory reform in the global Financial Markets industry is that many systems and processes – particularly across the middle and back office – are undergoing a complete overhaul and restructuring.
One example of this is in the OTC derivatives market, where the move towards a centrally cleared model is putting banks, brokers and other clearing firms under pressure to adapt their risk, clearing and post trade...

Smart Contracts Frame Blockchain Discussion

July 25, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
As blockchain, a distributed ledger technology, makes regular headlines it is becoming clear that many discussions on its use in financial services center around so-called smart contracts. 

Barclays recently tested a way to trade derivatives using smart contracts with the Corda blockchain-style technology from bank consortium R3.  Barclays created an electronic document whose fields could be pre-populated with certain values agreed by the...

Network technology: It’s complicated… but in a good way

July 18, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Whether we’re talking about a small, focused hedge fund or a sprawling international investment bank, one of the most decisive factors in terms of the difference between profit and loss is the trading network the firm has.
There are more than half a million miles of fibre optic cables underneath the world’s oceans and endless more under the ground, all of them crisscrossing the globe to carry millions of orders, trade confirmations and other data each second. There are microwave...