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Time For Technology To Take The Hard Work Out Of KYC

May 11, 2017 by Kieron O'Brien   Comments (0)           

A tidal wave of new regulations is coming, and it’s keeping KYC compliance officers awake at night.
From the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive being implemented now to MiFID II and GDPR due next year, the regulatory framework we all work in is changing dramatically. And while the focus up to now has been mostly on banks and financial institutions getting their onboarding procedures in order, the new environment of tighter oversight is going to affect their clients just as...

Managed services for an evolving financial sector

May 11, 2017 by Andy Mather   Comments (0)           

The “barbell analogy” is traditionally used to describe investment strategies where half a portfolio is anchored in defensive, low-risk assets and the other half is focused on much more aggressive positions, with nothing in between. In a period of industry consolidation or disruption, it is also used to suggest a hollowing out of the centre ground, where a market becomes increasingly dominated by a handful of major players on one side and a larger number of small niche firms on the...

Taking the risk out of risk infrastructure

May 9, 2017 by Stef Weegels   Comments (0)           

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had many discussions with my colleagues in the banking sector and it’s clear that regulations are continuously driving the need for firms to perform more compressive risk controls.
Bank stress testing has become more onerous since the US Federal Reserve introduced the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). In Europe, MiFID II and MiFIR will increase the number of risk controls that firms across the industry will need to run. And in...

Delivering on demand – the key to winning market share for banks

May 3, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

It’s not just new technology, new business models and a keen understanding of a new generation of consumers that Fintech firms are deploying to win market share from incumbent financial service providers. Fintechs have also embraced new approaches to product release cycles in anticipation of fast-evolving customer demand. How can banks compete?
Through agile software development (sometimes dubbed ‘fail fast’) nimble newcomers in the finance sector are pushing out new...

A New Approach: Improving Smallholder Farmers Prospects in Malawi and Beyond in Sub Saharan Africa

May 3, 2017 by Hirander Misra   Comments (0)           

By Hirander Misra, CEO of GMEX Group and Deputy Chairman of FinComEco.

The backbone of Malawi’s economy remains its agricultural output, with smallholder farmers in turn forming the vast majority of this sector’s workforce. Yet while agricultural production forms some 39% of the nation’s GDP, its smallholder farmer workforce continues to face a number of constraints. From the field to the market and from the bank to the trading floor, smallholders face key limitations to...

Putting Artificial Intelligence to Profitable Use

April 26, 2017 by Charles Platt   Comments (0)           

It’s crunch time for the Big Data crunchers.
Having lavished millions of dollars on data scientists to search for patterns in a deluge of digital information, banks and financial institutions need to start doing something to make that newfound intel pay. The question is, what?
Big Data - the bits and bytes of everyday life harvested from our increasingly digital world - has been hailed as the foundation of a new financial architecture. Predictive analytics, machine learning and...

MiFID II: Time to Tackle Transaction Reporting in Detail

April 25, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Steve Barnes, VP of Technology, AQMetrics.
Following the recent changes to mandatory transaction reporting (TR) being introduced under MiFID II, there are now a number of vital new reporting obligations which the markets must rapidly become familiar with. Yet as was revealed by a recent webinar I took part in on TR data and data management challenges, it was clear that the industry is hungry for additional clarity and detail around the specific changes to these reporting...

Five Ways to Prevent MiFID II Technology Decisions from Going Wrong

April 21, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
On 22 March 2017, Vela hosted an executive roundtable in London on the cross asset challenges of MiFID II. In the first of three event reports, we look at how the participants, who came from across the market, emphasised the need to automate more than ever before, and for greater collaboration between buy-side, sell-side, and technology vendors.
Brokers and...

Go with the Flow

April 18, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Are financial firms ready for the data capture challenge?
In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group look at the challenges facing the financial industry as firms prepare for new regulation requiring them to capture, store and provide far more trade-related data than ever before. No longer will transaction data be enough. Regulators want granular data on quotes and timestamps, presenting substantial technological issues in terms of scale and complexity. The new...

The Bright Road Ahead for APAC Market Data Services

April 11, 2017 by Rob Lane   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
For those seeking a strong global financial region with exciting opportunities for growth – both actual and potential – Asia Pacific (APAC) remains the one to beat. Yet despite the continued promise of new infrastructure, clients, and regulatory drivers, historically Asian financial services have been notably slow in one key area: namely the uptake of market data...