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An American, European and Asian.....were in a bar discussing where to set up an FX trading hub.

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-Aug-2018 07:00:00 / by Robert Harris posted in Banking, FX, GDPR, Trading

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With FX volatility now rising rapidly our three fintech entrepreneurs were planning how to disrupt the Foreign Exchange market (the only financial market that runs for 24 hours per day) with a revolutionary ‘follow-the-sun’ app. They were planning to set up a global, low-cost, transparent, real-timedigital, blockchain exchange staffed by robots. 

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The uncertainty that surrounds technology strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Aug-2018 17:33:14 / by Dave Connors posted in Insurance, Technology, Blockchain, data protection, data science

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One thing that often comes up, whether we are talking informally to market contacts, or engaged with clients and prospects, is the level of uncertainty around technology strategy. 

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A Letter from the Americans, European Corporates Take Note……..

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Jul-2018 09:01:54 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Global Code, FX

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The American Foreign Exchange Committee (FXC) has issued one of its letters last week addressed to all “Market Participants”. The FXC is an FX industry group that has been providing guidance to the market since 1978. 

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PSD2 – the really useful regulation

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Jul-2018 07:00:00 / by Robert Harris posted in Banking, Customer Service, Regulation, Payments, Compliance, PSD2, regulatory reporter

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The 2018 Payment Services Directive (PSD2) opens up payments markets to new, radical service providers in an aim to create a cheaper, more efficient European payments market. It provides new opportunities for third parties to access banks’ internal data in real-time to improve customer service.  

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The Best Executed defence means no penalties.

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Jun-2018 15:43:19 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II, Best Execution, regulatory reporter, World Cup

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As the data publishing season for best execution begins, it is timely to look at what is required, and what will be required going forward.

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Three things that a captive should know about its strategic technology partner!

[fa icon="calendar'] 26-Jun-2018 15:55:37 / by Kevin Richmond posted in Insurance, Captives, Blog, partnership, Technology, start-ups

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Insurance managers and captive owners will recognise that building strategic partnerships is an essential part of their business, none more so than with chosen technology provider.

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VAR & Surveillance - unlikely bedfellows?

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-Jun-2018 17:41:40 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Compliance, reporting, World Cup

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Football is a game of two halves but last night for English fans that added 4 minutes felt like another half! For the “football’s coming home” brigade it was a decent start. The debate around VAR was well and truly stoked following the game and the pundits debate on the efficiency of VAR continues! We “was robbed” a phrase that comes to mind! It is uncanny how this translates into parallels with current debate in the financial markets.

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Are banks hearing their corporate customers?

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Jun-2018 08:38:28 / by Robert Harris posted in Banking, Corporate Treasury, whitepaper

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Doing the 'Right thing'...

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Jun-2018 16:16:43 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Global Code, Compliance, MiFID II

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Eurobase has just given me a reusable coffee/tea mug in support of World Environment Day. This should arrest the use of plastic in the office and help our seas and oceans, albeit in a very small way, but every little helps! Cycling into work, I heard on the radio about the tremendous amount inspired teachers do to educate our children on environmental matters. I can personally attest to the “nag factor” our teenagers bring to correct the ways of their elders! Overall, it is about doing the “right thing”.

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ACI GDPR Briefing by Collyer Bristow (CB)

[fa icon="calendar'] 24-May-2018 14:14:01 / by Robert Harris posted in Customer Service, Blog, Regulation, Compliance, GDPR

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The London Market and the uphill struggle...

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-May-2018 15:17:50 / by Dave Connors posted in Insurance, London Market, Blog, TINtech

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The recent announcement of the Lloyd’s Market 2017 underwriting loss brought into sharp focus the tough conditions the market is facing.

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Revamping Payments for Corporate Banks

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Apr-2018 09:58:27 / by Robert Harris posted in Banking, FX payments

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Some corporate banks have recently been losing clients to non-traditional providers of payment services. Others are wondering how best to tap into this important revenue opportunity during a period of rapid evolution. Either way there are some fundamental concepts that need to be incorporated when designing an extended online service. Disruptors have demonstrated the importance of creating digital solutions that make it easy for customers to conduct their payments fast and with full transparency. Fortunately, there is no exclusivity on functional excellence and more conventional banking providers are now benefiting from the lessons learnt.

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