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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...

When it comes to TCO, Iceland offers the best value as a data center location

July 28, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In part two of my series on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at the various costs to financial services firms compared with other locations, and why Iceland represents the best value.
In Citihub Consulting’s recent report on Iceland as a strategic data center location, the total cost of ownership of hosting in Iceland was compared with hosting in other major financial hubs in Europe and North America, based on the following...

More Than a Number – The Pressure on CCOs and CFOs for Data Accuracy

July 27, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Ryan Kipp, Head of Sales Americas, AQMetrics

Speaking at this year’s Global Alternative Investment Management Conference (GAIM), Suzan Rose, chief compliance officer (CCO) at Marshall Wace North America, voiced one of the key pressures facing anyone registered as CCO of an investment fund, even though many are not fully aware of it. Essentially, any CCO who submits false statements or omissions may face criminal prosecution. But how can funds ensure they are achieving the necessary...

Four ways that programmable networks help financial enterprises compete in today’s global markets

July 27, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Financial Service firms that want to stay competitive in today’s globally connected markets face a number of network challenges. With an increasing focus on digitization, demand for bandwidth continues to grow as data proliferates. Clients, counterparties and trading venues are diverse and dispersed. A multitude of technologies, running across multiple platforms, based on a variety of protocols, need to be connected to each other. In addition, many firms are reluctant to spend too heavily...

Why Star Wars’ robots are deliberately annoying

July 21, 2017 by Charles Platt   Comments (0)           

The Star Wars universe is filled with annoying robots; they are terrible workers, nervous, inattentive and sloppy.
There is a good reason behind that. For George Lucas, it seems these flawed robots were created as a plot device to justify armies of human clones. Ironically, he had to give his robots “human” qualities to justify increasing headcount.
Back in the real world, the finance industry is not sold on cloning its employees to tackle productivity. Far from it; robo-advisors...

The low-latency route to a data-driven future

July 17, 2017 by Paul Abfalter   Comments (0)           

By Paul Abfalter, Director of OTT and Emerging Markets,Telstra

Finance today is increasingly driven by data, now regarded as the new ‘oil’ in our digital era. This has resulted in the proliferation of high-speed networks across the wider financial industry to support the fast transmission of data, enabling players and vendors to innovate, reach new markets, as well as strengthen their data capabilities to support business automation. Telstra’s Director of OTT and Emerging...

Targeting Asia: Developing an infrastructure strategy as liquidity moves east

July 11, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

One of the truisms of financial markets is that liquidity begets liquidity. Market participants, justifiably, want to be where they know they have the best chance of buying or selling, particularly when conditions are stressed. So it stands to reason that both sell-side and buy-side players are taking a closer look at trading opportunities in the Asian region given data from the Bank for International Settlements suggests liquidity is on the rise in Asia’s foreign exchange markets, at a...