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Is RegTech your differentiator?

March 7, 2019 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)           

Mike O'Hara, Partner, The Realization Group
To capitalise on investment in compliance-related technology, firms need to act strategically. How can 'RegTech' be leveraged to drive business growth?
Since the global financial crisis, banks have been fined a total of more than $350 billion for various regulatory infractions. Add in the lost opportunity costs associated with those fines and the reasons behind them and it is not hard to see why regulatory compliance is so high on...

Regulation Technology: Enabling More Than Compliance

March 4, 2019 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

One of the major outcomes created by the financial crisis has undoubtedly been the marked rise in regulatory scrutiny, coupled with an increase in regulators taking action against firms falling short of the required standards. For the banking industry, this has resulted in global regulatory fines of around $321 billion being imposed over the last decade, according to research from the Boston Consulting Group1. Significant regulatory changes have already come into force, including the...

One Touch Redux

November 21, 2018 by Chris Monnery   Comments (0)           

Back in 2012 the world was still reeling from the financial crisis and the street seemed transfixed on the future of buy-side coverage at the big banks. Just like crypto today, this dominated the headlines and opinion across conferences and the media. The prediction was that what the buy-side wanted was a single point of contact into each of their brokers and that these people needed to manage both high and low touch order flows. At face value this seemed to make sense – after all, what...

How the new Securitisation Regulation 2017/2402/EU will impact AIFMs and UCITS in 2019

November 21, 2018 by Geraldine Gibson-Dautun   Comments (0)           

By Geraldine Gibson, CEO, AQMetrics
Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 (Securitisation Regulation) introduces new internal monitoring and reporting challenges for institutional investors. EU AIFMs are already subject to internal monitoring and reporting in relation to securitisation positions under the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2011/61/EU (AIFMD). As of January 1, 2019, due diligence, transparency, and risk retention requirements will also impact both UCITS and non-EU AIFs...

Embracing alternative data – a three-stage approach for Portfolio Managers

November 15, 2018 by Steve Wilcockson   Comments (0)           

By Steve Wilcockson, Geospatial Insight
In the quest for alpha, a growing number of portfolio managers have been exploring the esoteric world of alternative data.
Some forms, such as sentiment data based on terabytes of news texts and social media, are well established and have matured to the point of securing devoted followings. Other forms, such as satellite imagery that sheds light on industrial, commercial, consumer and agricultural activity, have had provisional successes but are not yet...

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs – Where are we headed?

November 14, 2018 by Hirander Misra   Comments (0)           

Being agile and adaptable in this fast-moving market is essential, and a single month in ‘blockchain-land’ is equivalent to 6-12 months in the traditional world.
The technology is fundamentally game-changing and should be used to facilitate high impact change. Sometimes second-mover advantage is beneficial; learning from first-mover successes and mistakes allows us to optimise or design something much better. Think digital watches: the UK invented them, but the Japanese perfected...

The Buy-side and Outsourced Trading in Europe

November 13, 2018 by Andrew Walton   Comments (0)           

Buy-side firms can improve execution and save costs by outsourcing all, or parts, of their trading operations. Andrew Walton, head of European business at Tourmaline Partners, shares his experience and observations.
For many investment firms, managing their trading infrastructure can be a costly and complex challenge. Experienced trading professionals must be recruited, technology needs to be maintained and updated and brokerage counterparties must be reviewed on a regular basis.  New...

The Death of Exchange 1.0 and advent of Digital Exchange 2.0: more than just the matching engine

November 12, 2018 by Hirander Misra   Comments (0)           

In order to generate development and innovative change, we must question and challenge what is already before us. It is not as simple as taking the next step up the ladder or adding to what you already have, it is about stripping a business model back to the basics, clarifying what you want to achieve and doing so by taking a completely different path.
So what does this mean in the context of exchanges and financial market infrastructure? A good place to start is to learn from the past to see...

All on the Same Page? Effective Strategies for Successful Innovation in Capital Markets

November 12, 2018 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Innovation within the capital markets sector remains one of the key factors in ensuring its continued resilience, ability to adapt to change and even its future growth.
The G20 noted the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation across countries within its ‘Core Values for Sustainable Economic Activity’, which it created in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Yet nearly a decade later, firms in the investment banking and asset management space still noticeably...

Data: Asset or Liability – regulatory compliance data innovation

November 9, 2018 by Wesley Cooper   Comments (0)           

In this series of blog posts, we explore how the next generation of intelligent regulatory reporting solutions are delivering insights far beyond their original purpose.
This second feature in the series looks at the importance of managing data as an asset, and hidden risks that should be mitigated to prevent it becoming a liability.
The wave of complex regulatory compliance requirements, combined with advancements in ‘big data’, has created an explosion of data that financial...