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The Opportunity For Standardisation – Uncleared Margin Reform

BY RAVI SONECHA In the face of unprecedented regulatory reform, the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market is straining to adapt to new clearing, transparency and margin standards. Undoubtedly the importance of standardisation across industry participants,...

Right Shoring – are you shore? One-size does not fit all

BY GUY WHITLEY Typically banks and financial institutions have, in times of mounting cost pressures, adopted a restructuring and redistribution of resources and processes globally to align with the business target operating model and strategic aims. Using a balanced...

The Query Management Elephant

BY RYAN BACCUS Despite major investment into technology improvements and automation initiatives, post trade processing for financial markets products remains heavily reliant upon human interactions and as such is open to inefficiencies and risks associated with these...

Welcoming Cuba to the global financial markets

by ANDREA SESTANOVICH Aug 14, 2015 Nearly eight months have passed since President Obama announced that the United States (U.S.) would begin lifting the decades-long embargo against Cuba. Under this new policy, Americans can purchase certain goods produced in Cuba’s...

Where next for the Chinese Dragon?

by BLAGOVEST BONEV Oct 2, 2015 There is no question that the speed of China’s development as an economic power has been staggering. In the past two decades, China’s economic output has swelled from half a trillion dollars a year to over $11 trillion, making it the...

User Acceptance Testing – the five pitfalls to avoid

by GEORGI DANOV Sep 18, 2015 From planning, through execution to release, UAT (User Acceptance Testing) is an intricate process that needs to be actively managed to avoid unnecessary costs and delays. UAT is used to validate that a system or application will meet its...

Is Prince2 still the go-to Project Management Methodology?

by RICHARD MITCHAM Mar 4, 2016 As an accredited PRINCE2® trainer, in Financial Services the number one question from those interested in enrolling on project management courses is whether PRINCE2 is still the go-to project management methodology. Alternative...

To raise or not to raise: the US federal funds rate hike debate

by JACKIE LUBIN AUG 21, 2015 We know it will happen, but when? America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve (Fed), has been hinting for months that they are about to raise the benchmark federal funds rate. After the 2008 financial crisis this rate was slashed to near...

Financial Data Management – tool or challenge?

by MARIA FURFARO AUG 28, 2015 Introduction  Driven by the financial service industry’s soaring demand for improved data management solutions, the big data and analytics markets are enjoying an unprecedented boom. In response to a number of regulatory requirements and...

Client Relationship Management (CRM) strategy: know your client

by VIVEK CHOLERA NOV 20, 2015 “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves”…….Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Apple Inc. Client’s expectations from consultancy firms are growing on a daily basis....