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The InsiderTech Conference London 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-Jun-2017 16:34:17 / by Dave Connors posted in Insider, Insurance, Reinsurance, Blog, ILS, Insuretech, insidertech

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I recently had the pleasure of joining colleagues from across the world of insurance, technology and risk capital in attending the Insider Conference on InsurTech.

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ACI Dublin – Voice trading under MiFID II and No Free Pass for Spot FX

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-May-2017 16:49:03 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II, Best Execution

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 One of the takeaways I had from numerous conversations at the ACI Congress in Dublin, where Eurobase participated, was the question “how do we continue to offer voice trading, which is what customers want, and be compliant with MiFID II?”

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The growth of Cyber risk & the difficulties of underwriting an intangible risk

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-May-2017 17:23:15 / by Rebecca Oliver posted in Insurance, Blog, risk, Cyber, underwriting

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The recent Cyber-attack involving digital criminals asking for a ransom is proof that Cyber-crime can no longer be referred to as just a "Threat" or as a topical subject that we mention on the agenda of a boardroom meeting. It is here and it’s spreading like the plague...for all those that are less prepared.

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An alarming thought for attendees at the forthcoming International Banking Conference 2017 hosted by the Association of Foreign Banks.

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-May-2017 12:32:30 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, events, MiFID II, AFB

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afb 2.pngIn the FT today comes the news that UK branches of foreign banks will have to adhere to whistleblowing rules that allow staff to voice concerns to City watchdogs without having to tell their employers. 

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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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