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What is Spooking us this Halloween? Trick or treat, bags of sweets, demons are walking down the street!

[fa icon="calendar'] 31-Oct-2019 11:00:13 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking

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In the UK, one demon that will not be roaming the streets is a hard Brexit following the extension. This has paved the way to a General Election in the festive season. One demon in the UK that has been stalking the European and USA markets will be in the financial news. The opposition party is resurrecting the alchemy of financial taxation, and this could blast an icy chill into the Christmas season if an upset at the polls occurs.  

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Scrumdown and the Advantages of Pushing Together!

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Oct-2019 15:01:09 / by David Woolcock posted in treasury trading

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With the Rugby World Cup in full swing and moving to the decisive knock out stages, we have been treated to a feast of the oval ball game. Some great matches and a fairy tale unfolding as the ‘Brave Blossoms’ cause more than one upset. The host nation has won hearts and minds during their continuing progress. Elsewhere in the competition, and as usual, the scrum set pieces have garnered a certain amount of controversy!

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Is There an Art to Selecting a New Treasury Solution?

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Aug-2019 11:38:57 / by Gill Bacon posted in Banking, Treasury

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When it’s time to review systems and processes how do you best go about that? Chat to your peers in similar organisations to identify what they’re using? Search the internet? Employ the services of a consultancy firm to do the research for you? They’re all familiar options widely used, and the outcome of each can actually be quite different. 

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Is there a case for a shared/utility platform approach in today’s FX market?

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Jul-2019 14:15:30 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Treasury Trading Solutions

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I have always been a fan of the concept of a shared platform across banks. Looking at some of the big examples such as SWIFT and CLS, and the shared ownership/consortium concept such as EBS and FXall, you can see how the utility aspect can be put to good use. As the increased automation of FX trading evolves, customers now have a wide range of choices when it comes to execution of trades. Central Limit Order Books (CLOBs) such as Reuters Matching and EBS have spawned single dealer platforms (SDP) and multi-bank platforms (MBPs) alongside anonymous ECN’s, so a wide choice of platforms have become available, suiting all types of market participant’s preferred execution choices. Technology has allowed for aggregation in what remains a fragmented market place and algorithmic techniques are a growing component across a wide spectrum of the market.

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Technology Can Change the Result – One Player Can Make the Difference….. a game strategy for a combined treasury and trading offering.

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Jul-2019 12:37:30 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Treasury Trading Solutions

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The Women’s World Cup (WWC) has been in full swing and finally we entered the knock out phases after 36 games, 106 goals and plenty of technological controversy, 24 teams became 16 after many dramatic twists and turns. With the climax approaching this weekend, the semi-finals have so far followed suit. Like football, with a team’s coaches, goalkeeper, defence, midfield and strikers with a communicated strategy, a treasury has similar requirements of its technology. As the knockout stages progress we have again seen technology (VAR) continuing to make a difference in key games!

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Full steam ahead ordered on IBOR replacement and the FRTB engines are being stoked…..

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Jun-2019 09:00:24 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Treasury Trading Solutions, Banking Regulation, FRTB

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In November last year we held a Breakfast Briefing entitled “New Horizons for Treasury Regulation”, two of the topics we covered were IBOR reforms especially from the legal aspects and the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book and predicted these would come centre stage in 2019. 

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Something is stirring in the platform world - Is an old concept re-emerging?

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-May-2019 15:30:50 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking

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Delving beyond the world of algo’s/AI, the drive for ever faster speeds and platform consolidation is potentially the return of the utility platform were a shared platform offers efficiencies to a group of participants. For example, the concept of a Regulatory Reporting utility for an association of banks could well lead to better transparency in reporting, higher quality/more accurate data, and lower costs. The benefit of a shared platform would bring efficiencies to the changing reporting requirements and probably lead to a faster deployment. 

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Who is afraid of the big bad wolf in Regulatory Reporting 3.0?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Apr-2019 13:59:26 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Regulation

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Following two high profile fines for regulatory reporting failures, totalling nearly £62 million by the UK’s FCA, the fines prompted an interesting observation by the Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA.

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Back to the Future part IV – Regulatory Reporting to be the next one rescued?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Mar-2019 10:28:50 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Regulation

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Here we are … always following new market developments to inform our product development teams … and one item caught my eye in the last week:– Digital Regulatory Reporting (DRR) starring the FCA and a host of collaborative partners! As Ronald Reagan noted having seen the film Back to the Future “Never has there been a more exciting time to be alive, a time of rousing wonder and heroic achievement.”

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Beware the Ides of March - A Drama of FX Swaps Reporting

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Mar-2019 17:24:52 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, FX, group

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This week I have been dusting off the Q&A release from ESMA in September 2018 regarding the reporting of FX Swaps to ensure we have successfully planned for the impending changes. The aforementioned Q&A included reference data and transaction reporting scenarios where an FX Swap is reported as a single stand-alone financial instrument. This Q&A implementation period was six months and to ensure a consistent approach across reporting requirements, ESMA also published a Q&A on FX Swaps reporting under EMIR, which should be implemented 12 months after its publication, as it is more difficult to implement, but the two are harmonised to ensure consistency.

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Deal and Cover - No Cover up When It Comes to Disclosures

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Mar-2019 12:35:06 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, FX, group

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Last week we looked at the recent GFXC note on Disclosures and today we take a deep dive into the accompanying report. As will be seen, it continues the theme of the importance of disclosures. 

 

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FX Disclosures - To Disclose or Not Disclose

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Mar-2019 12:41:31 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, FX

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Not if - it’s the clarity of content that counts for FX Disclosures!

The Global FX Committee released the minutes of their last meeting, papers on Cover & Deal, Disclosures and a survey on Valentine’s Day. It makes for interesting reading for the FX market and luckily, on the 90th anniversary of the Valentine’s Day Massacre no bullets were fired!

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