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Too much choice in fixed income trading?

September 18, 2017 by Brian Cassin   Comments (0)           

Navigating price discovery and execution on the fixed income markets is time consuming and costly. Many platforms and venues have launched over the last few years in an attempt to make trading easier. Now there are so many that the market has become more complicated. Unless investment firms can connect to platforms and liquidity easily, they are faced with too much choice. There is a high level of risk – and potentially cost – attached to any connection, and firms need transparency...

MiFIDII ARMs and Systemic Risk: Time for the Penny to Drop

September 13, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Breige Tinnelly, Head of UK Sales, AQMetrics
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is urging firms to make their final decisions about their choice of Approved Reporting Mechanism (ARM) providers soon and with very good reason. The new regulatory reporting requirements, which mandate reporting across a wide range of asset classes, impact this coming January with the implementation of MiFID II. For financial service firms opting to go with an ARM for their reporting...

Iceland’s globally unique green credentials

September 13, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In the final blog of my series on Iceland’s status as a hosting location of choice, I look at Iceland’s unrivalled 100% green energy profile, the regulatory demand for greater corporate social responsibility and how even environmental factors can help reduce costs for firms.When evaluating a location’s key benefits as a strategic data center, its green profile may not seem to be the most obvious point of consideration. However, not only is an ability to demonstrate corporate...

Raising the Bar: Responding to the RegTech data management challenge

September 11, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Banks and brokers might feel they are being pushed and pulled in different directions by multiple post-crisis regulatory reforms, but a common requirement across the new rules is for more detailed and timely data of known quality and provenance. To meet regulators’ expectations, banks must store, access, and process data on a scale never previously anticipated. As such, their technology executives are re-examining their operating infrastructures to ensure they have the storage and compute...

For trading infrastructure, the buy-build question increasingly favours buy

September 11, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group look at the trend of financial firms – on both the sell side and the buy side – outsourcing their trading infrastructure to specialist providers at co-located data centres. The prospect of outsourcing such a vital part of a trading firm’s operations has enormous implications, from cost to performance to business models. Mike and Adam hear from Stéphane Tyč, Co-founder of McKay Brothers, Ken Barnes,...

Smarter Operations: Why Middle Office needs to become the New Front Office

September 11, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group look at the future of middle-office systems for banks and trading firms. Many of these companies are now relying on hodgepodge solutions, systems that essentially rest upon legacy technology and have been in need of modernisation for years. It’s hardly an optimum state of affairs and the impact can be enormous. To give a simple example: If a firm needs to overcompensate because its overnight collateral calculations...

Looking Ahead to FIX’s Nordic Trading Briefing

September 5, 2017 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

FIX Trading Community’s Nordic Trading Briefing will soon be returning to Sweden for its eighth year, with an innovative line-up of the key topics of relevance to this region’s financial services professionals. As such, I am delighted to be joining them for the day and am looking forward to serving alongside Morten Lindeman, CTO of Infront, as we will be co-chairing the event together this year. I am also particularly looking forward to hearing this year’s keynote address,...

Safe, Secure and Certain: Why Iceland’s Regulatory Regime Excels

August 24, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

Written by Stef Weegels - Verne Global's Director of Sales and heads up the company's work within Financial Services and Capital Markets.
In the fifth part of my series on the benefits of Iceland as a strategic data center hub, I examine Iceland’s regulatory status, the strength of its data protection laws and why Brexit uncertainty is further boosting the country’s status as an alternative to London.For modern financial services firms today, being fully compliant with global rules...

How are you responding to today’s data management challenges?

August 23, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

By Stef Weegels, Verne Global
Regulatory change is driving a fundamental shift in how banks and brokers organise their data management processes and supporting infrastructures. The writing has been on the wall for pure-play, in-house approaches for some time, but now the demands of the post-crisis regulatory framework make the evidence in favour of hybrid strategies impossible to ignore.
In the aftermath of a new risk reporting and aggregation framework under BCBS 239, stress tests set by...

Iceland’s Unrivalled Low Risk Profile

August 16, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

In my fourth blogs on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at some of the perceptions and myths about the country’s risk profile and identify how and why Iceland, in fact, tops the World Risk Index, with the lowest risk profile.
When deciding on data center location, firms need to consider a range of criteria. Obvious ones include initial and on-going costs, connectivity, space and availability of managed service. Equally important are factors such as...