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David Woolcock

David Woolcock is an independent consultant and Director, Business Consulting at Eurobase. In addition, David is Chair of the Committee for Professionalism at ACI – The Financial Markets Association as well as Vice-Chairing the ACI FX Committee. He is also a member of the Market Practitioners Group for the Bank of International Settlement's FXWG that wrote the FX Global Code.

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4 themes to get right in 2020: LIBOR, SFTR, Cyber Security and Market Equivalence

[fa icon="calendar'] 24-Jan-2020 15:24:55 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Global Code, Compliance, SFTR, LIBOR, Banking Regulation, Cyber Security, Market Equivalence

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As is traditional this time of year, our good intentions of New Year resolutions fade to what we might expect to be dominant themes in 2020, and it has to be said that if certain plans are not yet well advanced you might want to get to it! 

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Starting the New Year with a call to arms!

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Jan-2020 17:30:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Global Code, Compliance, SFTR, Banking Regulation, ESMA

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As we settled down to the first full working week of 2020, ESMA published the latest and final set of papers on the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) with guidelines on reporting structures.  This was accompanied by the amended SFTR validation rules and a statement on Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI). The good news is that it now clarifies a number of provisions pertaining to SFTR, alongside some practical guidance.

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Winding down for Christmas with little to celebrate behind the doors of the Advent Calendar

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Dec-2019 09:00:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Global Code, Compliance, Advent, Banking Regulation

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The festive season has taken over and it is reflected in the post UK election newsfeeds for financial markets. We are moving forward into the 2020s, and people are making predictions about the new decade. But, we should not expect the exuberance, irrational or otherwise, of the Roaring Twenties a century ago!  

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The Financial Advent Calendar

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Dec-2019 11:00:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Global Code, Compliance, Advent, Banking Regulation

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We have moved on from the conference season which highlighted AI, Machine Learning and Algo trading as core topics de jour. Interspersed in this were concerns over information security, predictions of a greater take-up of cloud computing and regulatory attention on cybersecurity. Now we have moved well into Advent and the festive season is getting into full swing. So what has been cropping up behind the doors of the Advent calendar this year?

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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 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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