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AI & Machine Learning – Working smarter, not harder

October 2, 2018 Comments (0)           

Many of the most promising applications for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies are about protection and establishing control. Fraud detection, risk management and compliance, for instance, are some of the ways these technologies are starting to make a real difference for banks and other financial institutions operating in global markets.
It helps to start by differentiating between AI and machine learning. Put simply, AI is the broader science of computing that aims...

From trade reconstruction to unique business insight – are you making the most of your data?

September 21, 2018 Comments (0)           

Today's financial markets require firms to maintain compliance in a rapidly changing environment. While this can be time-consuming, with good quality data practices there is also an opportunity to realise benefits beyond simple compliance.
Changing regulations
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in the US, along with MiFID II and Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) in Europe, are some of the higher-profile regulations introduced in recent years to drive behavioural...

It's time for cybersecurity teams to play the collaboration game

May 1, 2018 Comments (0)           

Written by Andy Mather, Financial Service and Emerging Technology at Telstra Global

If you're a tad sceptical about the value of collaborative approaches to producing security-related technologies, you need look no further for confirmational evidence than one of the most prodigious platforms on the planet: the Dark Web.There, you will find a criminal fraternity running thousands of marketplaces in which they are making available tens of thousands of collaboratively-produced, open-source...

MAR and beyond: Making market surveillance work for your company

April 26, 2018 Comments (0)           

Written by Andy Mather, Financial Service and Emerging Technology at Telstra Global
In 2017, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recorded an approximate 75% increase in the number of investigations for potential market misconduct, compared with the previous year. What’s the reason behind the rise in numbers? Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA, credits the introduction of the Market Abuse Regime (MAR) in 2016 as one of the key factors.

Managed services for an evolving financial sector

May 11, 2017 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...