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Blockchain – Hype? Overrated? Or pure genius?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Dec-2016 09:06:14 / by Joe Locke posted in Insurance, Banking, London Market, Blog, Blockchain

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I had the pleasure of listening to a couple of gentlemen on one of my train journeys home this week. They were discussing Blockchain - with one of the individuals portraying himself as a Blockchain expert. However, I soon realised this was another example of someone picking up on the hype around this topic without actually understanding how it works or can be adopted.

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Achieving the required transparency for regulatory reform in banking

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Dec-2016 09:24:50 / by Alex Vaksman posted in Banking, Regulation, FX, MiFID II

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In today’s banking industry many organisations are finding it increasingly challenging to meet the transparency requirements imposed on them. It arguably feels like a fusillade of bullets coming from all sides. Central banks, regulators, internal requirements, auditors, and others, are all imposing their own compliance and risk practices, to which banks must adhere or face the consequences and potentially pay a hefty price in regulatory fines.

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siena and the Cross Border Payments Controversy

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Nov-2016 10:53:36 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Payments, FX, Technology

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How can technology support the principle of ‘fair and effective markets’?

In my last blog on cross border payments I was mulling the concept of “fair and effective” markets and musing how that would apply to the current landscape of high bank charges in this area. The original blog was inspired by a newspaper article that was expressing outrage that a bank was discriminating against smaller corporates (SME’s) on a systematic basis.

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Data in the value chain

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Nov-2016 09:46:00 / by Kevin Richmond posted in Insurance, News, Captives, Blog, data

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The concept of having one or multiple global insurance programmes in place has continued to be attractive to multinational corporations. The benefits are well understood and include contract certainty and regulatory compliance and, having agreed coverage terms, conditions then apply on a blanket basis to all of the international operations within the programme.

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Some good news and a cunning plan for the weekend...

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Nov-2016 10:13:58 / by David Woolcock posted in News, Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Compliance, PRIIPs, MiFID II

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Baldrick_thumbnail.jpgIt is heartening to see at last some good news on the regulatory front in Europe. It is now widely expected that the European Parliament and Commission will move to postpone the entry in force of the PRIIPs Regulation by 12 months. This will bring the timing in line with MiFID II. If all goes well the “cunning plan” will move the date of application to 31 December 2017.

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Building Societies regulation–SMR, MiFID II, PRIIPs KIDs-what's in store?

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Oct-2016 13:56:38 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Legislation, Building Societies

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Following on from our previous blog which looked at the journey of Building Society regulation so far, we are going to look at the current situation and future impacts on the sector.

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Building Societies – the mutual or demutualised regulatory debate

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Oct-2016 13:52:58 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, MiFID, Regulation, Legislation, Treasury Management, Building Societies

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Continuing on from our last blog which highlighted the background to the emergence of the Building Society market, we are looking in more detail at the regulatory journey the sector has been on. In our next blog we will be taking a more detailed view on how regulation is impacting the market now and in the future. We will look at how the current situation and future impacts on the sector.

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Solvency II, BEPS, Employee Benefits - Reinsurance hot topics for 2016 so far

[fa icon="calendar'] 28-Sep-2016 09:00:00 / by Kevin Richmond posted in Insurance, Captives, Blog, ILS, Regulation, Legislation, BEPs, Employee Benefits, Solvency II

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With another 3 months still to go, 2016 has already been quite an eventful year. The renewal season was kicked off with the pre-Rendezvous AM Best Reinsurance outlook. Some of the issues covered were woven like a red thread throughout the Monte Carlo Rendezvous, the Guernsey ILS roundtable and will certainly be discussed during other events such as the ECF in Luxembourg in November this year.

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The Cross Border Payments Controversy

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Sep-2016 13:44:37 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Global Code, Treasury Management, Treasury

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What is the correct price for your dollars, euro’s, yen and sterling (plastic or otherwise!) – a controversy swirls……………….

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Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride

[fa icon="calendar'] 05-Sep-2016 10:20:35 / by Matthew Wilson posted in News, Blog, Charity, Cycle, Great Britain

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