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The art of collaboration: how technology makes all the difference

June 27, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Many great ideas don’t come from individuals. They come from groups. The interplay that occurs when people collaborate – be it with colleagues, clients or partners – is often what generates the most resilient thinking and the best results.
For financial firms working in complex, microsecond-sensitive environments, creating the conditions for effective collaboration is not always a simple matter. The challenges may be broader than just having good technological systems, but...

What is the Future of Voice & Collaboration in Financial Services?

June 20, 2016 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group examine the business benefits, and challenges, from voice integration and collaboration in financial services. Voice trading represents a sizable part of business for many firms and as technology advances, they are looking to reduce costs and integrate voice activity with other operations. Regulation and compliance have been drivers, but they are only part of the story. Commercial factors have created new...

High Frequency Trading & Latency by Lokesh madan

June 13, 2016 by Lokesh Madan   Comments (0)           

High Frequency Trading & Latency by Lokesh madan

Blockchain – the next big thing in Financial Services?

June 6, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

If there is one topic that has accelerated its way up the hype cycle in late 2015/early 2016, that topic is blockchain. I remember being at a FinTech event a little over a year ago, when it wasn’t even on the agenda. Fast-forward to today and it seems like everyone is now talking about potential use cases for blockchain technology.
The blockchain technology has the potential to transform a number of areas across the post-trade landscape, bringing about more efficiency, lower costs and...

Research Payments: Funding Options Explained

May 31, 2016 by Amrish Ganatra   Comments (0)           

By Amrish Ganatra
Under the new regulations in MIFID II, asset managers are faced with difficult choices on how best to implement the new provisions.  In this article, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of the three funding options for research payments available under MIFID II.
MIFID II is due to come into effect from January 2018. After this date, if a European asset manager chooses to use their clients’ funds to pay for research, then they will have to...

Margin compression in interest rate derivatives: The big squeeze

May 6, 2016 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara, publisher of The Trading Mesh, examines the cost pressures on interest rate swaps from regulatory reform and the steps required of buy-side firms to assess their hedging options, with the help of Robert de Roeck of Standard Life Investments, MSCI’s Laurent Louvrier, Nick Green of Crédit Agricole CIB,  Hirander Misra of GMEX Exchange, independent consultant David Bullen,  and Cassini Systems’ Liam...

The ‘missing link’ in today’s interest rate derivatives markets

May 6, 2016 by David Bullen   Comments (0)           

By David Bullen & Gavin Dixon
Originally published on Tabb Forum and reproduced here with permission
Interest rate (IR) markets have changed substantially since the financial crisis, both visibly and also less obviously in their market structure. These differences challenge asset management firms attempting to operate on behalf of their clients, especially in liability-driven investing (LDI), where the rules and market are continuing to change around them. ...

Working with the Senior Managers Regime

April 19, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
In follow up to my recent blog post about market abuse and banking culture, it’s worth noting that the new Senior Managers Regime (SMR), designed to improve individual accountability in the banking and finance sector, has now come into force in the UK. According to the Bank of England’s Prudential Reporting Authority, the SMR “is aimed at supporting a change in culture at all levels in firms through a clear identification and allocation of...

The Voice of the Future? Flexible Trading, Lower Cost, More Value

April 18, 2016 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

For many market participants, the deal only becomes real when there is a voice at the other end of a line. Despite the proliferation of electronic markets, voice trading is still proving to be alive and well. Yet, historically speaking, the provision of voice-based broking and trading services has been a costly, cumbersome business with little scope for operational flexibility or evolving compliance needs.
However, technological innovation, an increasingly tough competitive...

Voice-based trading systems take a big leap forward

April 17, 2016 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

Markets may have become increasingly electronic in the 21st century, but there is still a sizeable portion of the trading community that relies on voice-based systems. The mistake that many financial firms make is in thinking these two ways of trading are mutually exclusive. Is it possible to have the deal-making flexibility of voice while still enjoying the technological benefits of electronic systems? The answer is definitely yes, thanks to a new breed of voice-based systems. In the...