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Round table report - Embedding AI & Machine Learning in Financial Services

July 10, 2017 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already embedded in tools, including anti-fraud systems, chatbots and security software. At some point in the future it will become so commonplace it will fade into the background, according to attendees at the roundtable ‘Naturally Intelligent’ held by Realization Group and Software AG on 7 June 2017. However, with regard to financial services, many impediments to operationalising AI must be addressed before ubiquity can be achieved.
Firstly, firms...

Network Innovation at the Speed of Light

July 10, 2017 by Isaac Rowley   Comments (0)           

If there’s one thing that the financial firms have learned the past few years, it’s the value of being nimble. Competition in the financial services sector has never been fiercer and demands on most companies’ networks have never been greater. As a result, trading firms need to be able to quickly adjust their strategies. The catalyst for a strategic shift may come from a range of factors, such as a new regulatory environment, sudden business opportunities or changing market...

Software Testing in Financial Services – is the price of success paid for in advance?

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

In this paper, Mike O’Hara and Dan Barnes of The Realization Group investigate the trends and dynamics that are reframing the way that testing is viewed and managed within financial services, in conversation with Sascha McDonald, Founding Director of; Graham Perry, Manager for the UK & Ireland at Neotys; Rob Jacobs, Director of Engineering Operations at Worldpay; Matt Roberts, Lead Consultant at Cake Solutions; and Darren Stocks, Head of Testing & Quality...

Achieving certainty of your Portfolio Risk Analytics with Open Protocol

June 28, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Ryan Kipp, Head of Sales Americas, AQMetrics
From rogue traders to hedge fund failures, Ponzi schemes to Madoff, it is little wonder that operational due diligence (ODD) has become such a vital component of the asset management industry. And with regulatory obligations only set to increase in the very near future, these evaluations will play a key role in improving transparency and accountability across the sector from investment managers to their investors. Yet, as many funds are...

Demystifying DEA

June 26, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
With less than 200 days to go until the implementation of MiFID II, the uncertainty surrounding direct electronic access (DEA) shows little sign of resolution. I recently attended a panel discussion on the topic at the IDX conference in London, at which a number of important issues were raised.
The concept of DEA, whereby a market participant directly accesses a...

Update: Generating Alpha with Earnings Date Revisions

June 23, 2017 by Deltix   Comments (0)           

By Stuart Farr, DeltixThis article originally appeared on the Deltix website at is reproduced here with permission.

Research Update
This study is an update of the research using data from Wall Street Horizon that we first published on our blog in November 2015. At that time, we had data from January 2006 to September 2015. Now we have data to March 2017. We continue to be impressed by the stability of the returns.
We showed our approach for this study in...

Data on demand: Preparing for the next regulatory challenge

June 20, 2017 by Napatech   Comments (0)           

On 1st June 2017, The Realization Group, together with technology provider Napatech, hosted a round table on the challenge of capturing, storing and accessing trading data. European markets are about to enter a new era:  MiFID II and related measures will require that market participants are able to provide much more data than ever before and regulators are expected to be more demanding in investigating suspicious or irregular trading. In the past, firms had to...

MiFID II will change the market in six distinct ways

June 16, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
In March, Vela hosted an executive roundtable in London on the cross asset challenges of MiFID II. In the third and final event report, we look at the changes that participants from across the market expect to see in business models, trading patterns, and relationships.
No such thing as free research… Business models will change as a result of MiFID II....

Iceland is establishing itself as a major financial services hosting centre

June 13, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

This is the first in a series of blog posts where I discuss how Iceland meets many of the key evaluation criteria for financial services firms exploring potential strategic data center locations.
A recent report published by Citihub Consulting suggests that Iceland is ideally positioned to establish itself as a major hosting centre for US and European financial services firms.
While banks have considered Iceland as a data center location in the past, its appeal has increased...

Naturally Intelligent: Embedding operational AI in financial services

June 9, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

How to make artificial intelligence work in a live environment
In this paper, Dan Barnes and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group investigate the real-world applications of AI within financial business today, taking use cases from experts in the field and exploring the choices firms need to face in order to overcome hurdles in implementation. Speaking with Rael Cline of MediaGamma, Jonty Field at Quantitative Brokers, Chuck Ocheret at NEX Optimisation, Massimi Morini at Banca IMI...