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Navigating the new market landscape: it all starts with the data

April 4, 2017 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)           

This blog originally appeared on the Napatech website and is reproduced here with permission
In the world of fin tech, data capture has never exactly been the sexiest area of development.
That title tended to be reserved for areas such as low latency solutions, analytics, or even risk management. But as market participants ready themselves for a new wave of trading rules, and as competition among cutting edge trading firms has shown no sign of abating, the importance of data...

The capture and release of wild data under MiFID II/MiFIR

March 31, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Steve Barnes, VP Technology, AQMetrics
Wild data is roaming about your organisation. The new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR) will demand you round it up, process it and release it as trade and transaction reports.
The rules will apply from January 2018 to European Union firms, their branches outside of the European Union and financial institutions operating in the EU. Nearly all instruments are subject to the new regulation and directive, where...

Forget MIFID II: Are you compliant with today’s FCA regulations?

March 30, 2017 by Amrish Ganatra   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published on the Commcise website and is reproduced here with permission
In March, the FCA published the results of a review into the use of dealing commissions at 31 UK asset managers. Their intention was to assess how firms have responded to an FCA discussion paper from 2014. Their conclusion? Poorly.
How can firms address those concerns?
Under the five key headings highlighted in the FCA’s report, we describe their criticisms and outline some...

The Value of Human Judgement

March 15, 2017 by John O'Hara   Comments (0)           

Current waves of digital technology innovation are offering financial services firms multiple opportunities to automate and reengineer processes, thereby generating new value propositions or improving the customer experience through lower cost or greater efficiency. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next wave of technology innovation that is beginning to revolutionise other industries, and is being explored for new applications across the finance sector.
Through its ability to make...

Houston, We are Not Aware of a Problem

March 7, 2017 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

This article originally appeared at Beyond B2B and is reproduced here with permission
By Simon Vincent

To make robo-advisory work in your firm you need a digital culture, not a digital makeover.

The five-year-old boss I have at home (my son) wants to fly to the moon. I was told we were going to build a rocket ship. You do not argue with the boss. I took what we had and, based on what the boss wanted, we built “Rocket...

The (Smart Order) Route to Best Execution

March 3, 2017 by Itarle   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the itarle blog and is reproduced here with permission
Increasing market fragmentation across the globe has meant that the Smart Order Router (SOR) is now a vital part of any execution strategy. And its role is set to become even more critical in the next twelve months, especially in Europe.
In part I of our series on smart order routing, we set out the major challenges presented by fragmentation and the enhanced reporting requirements of MiFID...

Keeping a watchful eye

February 24, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Best practices for maintaining trade surveillance
Following the introduction of Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) across the EU in July 2016, most firms will now have been through some kind of surveillance implementation program, putting in place safeguards to ensure against abusive or manipulative behaviour.
But this is only the start. Once the initial implementation phase is complete, things don’t stop there. The markets, the regulations and the business are all constantly changing. So...

Dropping the Bomb on Asset Management

February 24, 2017 by Bips Global   Comments (0)           

Considering the fall-out from the FCA Management Market Study
By Lene Hansen – Bips Global Ltd
It is still in the interim phase but shock waves from the recent Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Asset Management Market Study are already being felt across the industry. Despite the voluminous and diverse amount of research and findings, the Executive Summary takes very specific aim at actively managed funds. The main observation being how poorly they compare to passive...

Promised Return from Data Assets under MiFID II

February 24, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
European regulators are tearing down the instinctive, qualitative world of trading and replacing it with a measurable, traceable, transparent trading grid. This rigorous framework is imposed by the re-invented Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), coming into force in January 2018. It will make data an invaluable asset for trading desks. The new rules toughen...

Thomas in Blockland

February 23, 2017 by Fidessa   Comments (0)           

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

Thomas the crossing network wasn’t happy. For years he had enjoyed helping his friends buy and sell things amongst themselves. Sometimes he would even step in directly and agree to buy or sell something himself, especially if there was an awful lot of it. But now he had a tricky choice to make.
The ruler of the land, The Regulator, had been convinced by the...