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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...

Roundtable Report - Trade Surveillance - Separating the Spoof From the Truth

June 8, 2017 by Certeco   Comments (0)           

As regulatory scrutiny intensifies, could machine-learning and other artificial intelligence-based (AI) techniques play a greater role in the trade surveillance strategies of financial market participants? Will it usurp or simply complement existing rules-based approaches, helping firms to refine and target their compliance efforts more effectively?
This was the key focus of a roundtable event for industry practitioners held in late May, hosted by Certeco and The Realization Group at the...

MiFID II – the best thing that ever happened?

June 8, 2017 by Fidessa   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Fidessa blog, and is reproduced here with permission. By Steve Grob

So, if you’re planning to attend any kind seminar on what you need to do for MiFID II over the next few months, forget it and go to the movies instead. You’re simply too late and whatever plans you have (or have not) put in place will just have to do as there are only 6 months left to go. The more important questions concern how regulators will interpret...

MiFID II just got political

June 1, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
In March 2017, Vela hosted an executive roundtable in London on the cross-asset challenges of MiFID II. In the second of three event reports, we discuss how buy-side, sell-side, and market operator attendees were all keenly aware that large political and secular decisions could have a considerable effect on the impact that MiFID II will have upon their businesses....

Powering Up

May 30, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Handling high-performance computing to boost alpha and risk management
The complexities surrounding the Banking, Finance and Insurance sector today have led to a significant growth in the use of grid computing and high-performance computing (HPC) for computationally-intensive tasks. These are many and varied, and include areas such as derivative pricing, risk analytics, quantitative modelling, portfolio optimisation, and bank stress testing.
In this article, Mike O’Hara and Dan...

KYC Automation That Does The Hard Work Before You Log On

May 30, 2017 by Claus Christensen   Comments (0)           

A digital approach to KYC is going to be essential for companies as new regulations make greater demands of compliance officers.
As we discussed in our previous blog, the new oversight environment will require compliance processes that are scalable, dynamic, current and comprehensive, characteristics that automation can provide and manual systems will be increasingly unable to match.
Many companies have seen the signposts and are making that transition, adopting new regulatory technologies...

Joining the Dots: The Value of an Integrated Approach to Risk Monitoring and Regulatory Reporting

May 26, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Geraldine Gibson, Chief Executive Officer, AQMetrics.
Regulatory reporting and risk monitoring are now, quite rightly, both considered high priority for most firms in the financial industry. Yet despite the growing reliance on quality data, analytics and insights to remain compliant in both of these areas, the tendency is still for them to be run on separate systems and monitored individually. In fact, firms that are still collating their data in this manner – instead of taking a...

Regulators and Rogues

May 26, 2017 by Lene Hansen   Comments (0)           

Twenty five years ago when I first started looking at financial fraud, one of the largest problems facing regulators was that of jurisdiction. Getting information regarding off-shore bank accounts being one of the best examples of this. Despite the time that has elapsed and the brain power and effort that has been thrown at the problem, the situation appears to have intensified rather than resolved itself and regulators generally have themselves to blame.
My frustrations with this situation...