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Maximising double volume cap data

November 9, 2018 by Mark Montgomery   Comments (0)           

The introduction of the double volume cap (DVC) mechanism as part of MiFIR has heralded a new era in European equity trading, limiting for the first time the universe of securities that can be traded on dark pools. Nearly eight months on from the first DVC suspensions, we can begin to assess how the new regime is working and how the market is adapting.
When it first kicked off the DVC framework in March 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) acknowledged that data quality...

Why regtech is key to scalability in financial services

November 9, 2018 by Steen Blaafalk   Comments (0)           

The new era of regulatory requirements triggered by the global financial crisis presents the financial industry with many challenges.
Regulation and technology are two of the most important mega-trends that have shifted the tectonic plates of global finance. In the wake of the financial crisis, authorities across the globe have introduced a wave of new, comprehensive and more prudent regulation.
Banks must either adapt their operations and ride this wave of new regulation or try to patch...

Singapore's thriving FinTech environment

November 7, 2018 by Tom Fulford-Brown   Comments (0)           

BSO recently became a member of the Singapore FinTech Association, and the country’s third FinTech Festival next month (November) highlights why this makes perfect sense in such a thriving fintech environment.
This year, there will be 60 finalists competing at the festival, selected from 500-plus applicant firms across 40 countries.
Forward-looking regulator
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) actively encourages fintech innovation, and has highlighted that more than half of the...

The Value in Being Heard

November 1, 2018 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) have the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of financial services organisations. Both use large data sets, which their algorithms and machine learning capabilities can process to aid decision-making.
Additionally, the compliance requirements of securities regulation require more and more data to be captured across multiple disparate communications channels.
What is the link between the two? How...

Energy traders can reap the benefits of an eye in the sky

October 31, 2018 by Akhil Shah   Comments (0)           

Picture the scene: A tropical storm has wended its way along the Gulf Coast of the United States, one of the more refinery-rich stretches of land in the developed world. Or imagine rumours are circulating of a build-up of troops in the Persian Gulf. Or perhaps an OPEC member has just announced a production cut but has not given details.
Any of these developments has the potential to roil energy markets, and for a simple reason. They’re all extremely supply-sensitive pieces of...

Roundtable report: Practical steps for successful innovation within Capital Markets

October 26, 2018 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

Roundtable discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Ascendant Strategy, TreoTrade and Nomura on 3 October, 2018
The importance of creating a culture of innovation has long been recognised in the capital markets industry, but why this can prove hard to achieve continues to be a matter of some debate. The reasons given for these difficulties can also be complex and seemingly insurmountable, from long procurement cycles through to lack of diversity within larger organisations –...

How to turn data into diamonds – regulatory compliance data innovation

October 25, 2018 by Steve Barnes   Comments (0)           

In this series of blog posts, AQMetrics explore intelligent regulatory reporting solutions and how the next generation of  solutions are delivering insights far beyond their original purpose.
This first feature in the series looks at the importance of data innovation, and the hidden value that can be realised from data assets.
Changes to regulatory reporting regimes have focused attention on the process by which data is gathered. Distilling fund data into a format that can be used for...

Capture, Correlate, Analyse: Deriving value from electronic communications data

October 18, 2018 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In our latest Financial Markets Insights report, Dan Barnes and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group explore the value that can be realised through the integration of electronic communications (eComms) data into the wider trading ecosystem.
By moving from tactical compliance to strategic investment, firms can not only satisfy the regulators, but also boost the analytical capabilities of the front office; delivering better execution, greater trading signal analysis and more efficient...

Pressing the PaaS button

October 15, 2018 by Gerry Turner   Comments (0)           

Why it’s time to look at derivatives platforms in a new way
Investment banks have generated impressive revenues this year, thanks in part to strong cash equities trading.[1] But long-term trends in the derivatives markets tell a different story. Figures from the Bank for International Settlements show the market value for rate, currency and equity-linked contracts almost halving to around $11 trillion from more than $21 trillion during the latest two-year period for which data are...

FIX Nordic Trading Briefing 2018: Evaluating Change and Finding Opportunities

October 15, 2018 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

The past twelve months have witnessed some of the most significant changes ever to take place within the Nordic financial markets, with many key market dynamics having altered in the process. As such, the return of the FIX Trading Community Nordic Trading Briefing, now in its 9th year, was a highly-anticipated event on the calendar for many in the industry, myself included.


This year’s excellent opening address was delivered by Kerstin Hermansson, Managing Director of the...