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Is FX MiFIR reporting getting any clearer?

[fa icon="calendar'] 27-Apr-2017 07:26:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, MiFID, Regulation, Treasury Management, Compliance, MiFID II

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MiFID II and MiFIR in the foreign exchange world have generated much confusion. It feels like the regulations are shoehorning the FX market into regulations that are not ideal for the purpose.

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Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Deep Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Apr-2017 16:51:45 / by Kevin Richmond posted in Insurance, Reinsurance, Blog, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning

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 It is no secret that the traditional (re)insurance firms have a reputation of reluctance to adopt and adapt to new technologies.  However, here we are, in the 21st century and technology is shaping as well as transforming our whole world and fast, and it does not intend to slow down for anyone.

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The Global Code of Conduct for FX phase 2 rises on the horizon

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Apr-2017 16:50:57 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Global Code, Compliance

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I have the privilege to serve on the BIS FXWG Market Participants Group (MPG) that is crafting the Global Code of Conduct for FX.Interest in the Code is being expressed by market participates of all shapes and sizes alongside those being engaged in multiple roles across the Foreign Exchange industry.

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Employee Benefits – what’s in store for 2017?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Mar-2017 16:15:38 / by Kevin Richmond posted in Insurance, Captives, Reinsurance, Blog, Solvency II

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2016 was a challenging year for captives with much attention being placed on Solvency II, BEP’s and Employee Benefits (EB). Now 2017 is in full swing, it is clear to see that last year’s three hot topics are going to continue as trends in the market for the foreseeable future.

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MiFID II exposes the need for a regulatory reporting solution

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Mar-2017 16:54:43 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II

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“MiFID II and MiFIR will change the way banks around the world do business —particularly with respect to the scope of data, communications formats and records that must be maintained.” -Bloomberg

 

Responding efficiently to the dramatic changes that MiFID II will bring in January 2018 is key to ensuring your organisation continues to succeed and remains profitable. As a bank or branch/subsidiary regulated by a European regulatory authority and operating in the EU, your bank is subject to MiFID II in general terms. MiFID II covers nearly all instruments (e.g. including Forward FX) except for most Spot FX. The confusion regarding the definition and whether spot FX is in or out has been clarified to some extent and relies mainly on the T+2 (smaller currencies up to T+5) and “physically settled” definitions.

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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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