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Dublin MiFID II Meetup: Time to Prepare and Prioritise

October 18, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

AQMetrics hosted its latest Dublin MiFID II meetup last week, just as the countdown to implementation has turned to the number of weeks and days remaining – rather than months. Co-hosted with Brown Brothers Harriman, the event brought the Dublin MiFID II community together to discuss how best to prepare for the changes being ushered in under the new rules. The timing of  the Dublin meetup was  significant,  following on from the Central Bank of Ireland’s...

Tackling the hot topics: FIX Nordic Trading Briefing 2017

October 18, 2017 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

Last month saw the return of the FIX Trading Community’s Nordic Trading Briefing to Sweden, the largest FIX event in the Nordics and now firmly established as a key date on the industry’s calendar. This year’s line-up also attracted record attendance – which I believe was in no small part due to the keynote speaker Klas Granlund, Director of the Market Analysis department, Finansinspektionen. For many, the pull was of course to understand first-hand about how...

Roundtable Report - Embracing the sharing economy: Why outsourcing financial infrastructure is taking off

October 18, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

During October 2017, The Realization Group, together with McKay Brothers, Interxion and Options Technology, hosted a round table to discuss a trend whereby increasing numbers of financial firms are now outsourcing vital parts of their trading infrastructure.
Driven partly by regulatory requirements as well as cost considerations, many companies are discovering that outsourcing makes for a compelling business case. For many years, the objection, particularly at large banks, was that it was not...

Do Good to Do Better: How a focus on ESG can improve financial performance as well as the climate

October 18, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Barbara Kingsolver’s novel ‘Flight Behaviour’ tells the story of monarch butterflies who cannot use their normal winter site in Mexico because of a warming climate. In the book an entimologist asks what is the use of saving a world that has no soul: “Continents without butterflies, to seas without coral reefs, he meant. What if all human effort amounted basically to saving a place for ourselves to park?” The financial industry has been looking for ways to help save...

Accelerating Deep Learning Through Cost-Effective Infrastructure

October 12, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

Exploiting deep learning opportunities in finance could turn out to be very costly, but firms could get better results by tapping specialist data centers.
Sound and effective training lies at the heart of any successful business venture. To be sustainable and cost-efficient in the long run, companies need the right systems and processes in place to recruit the best staff and train them up so that they meet their objectives and remain motivated.
The successful evolution of deep learning in the...

Build a Smarter Middle Office

October 4, 2017 by Simon Vincent   Comments (0)           

Few could argue with the notion that having a smarter middle office – where more is automated, the cost of trading goes down, exceptions are dealt with more swiftly and efficiently, and customer service is improved – would be a good thing.

So, on 4th September 2017, The Realization Group, together with Software AG, hosted a round table on how firms can start to build a better middle office.
Making the business case for middle office projects has not always been easy, not least...

MiFID II: What to prioritise for the next 100 days

October 2, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

Report: Meet up discussion hosted by AQMetrics, supported by The Realization Group
Following the success of our inaugural London MiFID II meetup in July, AQMetrics hosted a second event in late September to work through some of the key issues in advance of the 3 January 2018. The event once again brought together industry professionals in a relaxed setting to better understand where to focus MiFID II priorities, as we enter this critical final stage before the new rules come into force.

Technology and Business Strategy Innovation in Finance with AI and Deep Learning

October 2, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Deep learning, or the ability of machines to learn tasks using artificial neural networks, has been around since the mid-1960s. In recent years, however, with advances in computation and storage technologies enabling the large quantities of data required for effective neural networks to be rapidly processed, the use of deep learning is increasingly being explored across multiple industries and geographies. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group discuss the...

The DevOps Journey: Winning the battle of hearts and minds

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

In this article The Realization Group investigate the increasingly popular development method of DevOps, focusing specifically on what kinds of organisational and cultural changes are involved in a successful transition that will deliver real benefits. There is no question that DevOps has gained buzzword status in the IT community. But how does a firm begin to adopt the approach and what are the biggest challenges along the way? Mike and Adam talk to a diverse group of experts, featuring IT...

Navigating Systematic Internalisation

September 22, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

Liquidity in Europe is to be rerouted under MiFID II, as the business model of broker crossing networks (BCNs) is being overhauled and more OTC equity volume is being brought under pre-trade transparency rules due to the revised Systematic Internaliser (SI) regime. Tracking liquidity in the transformed landscape will be challenging; firms will need to consider how well their existing market access and order-routing options can continue to provide access and meet best execution obligations in...