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Banks saying farewell to LIBOR could lead to some uncomfortable judgements

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-Dec-2018 16:05:59 / by Robert Harris posted in LIBOR, Banking

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LIBOR, which stands for ‘London Interbank Offered Rate’ is a benchmark interest rate that is currently used across a wide range of financial contracts both on and off balance sheet. Currently contracts in excess $370 trillion are reliant on LIBOR benchmark rates. As things currently stand, the LIBOR rate that appears on pages of a Reuters (or other) screen could go blank on 1st January 2022.  

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SFTR – The regulatory reporting net is about to be cast a whole lot wider

[fa icon="calendar'] 24-Sep-2018 11:20:00 / by Robert Harris posted in Banking, regulatory reporter, Regulation, SFTR, Blog

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The European Union (EU) Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR) is part of Europe’s continuing clampdown on potential risks in the banking & financial services sectors.  Scheduled for introduction in Q3 2019, it requires firms to report details of their Securities Financing Transactions (SFT’s) to trade repositories. This includes a range of instruments including; Repos, Securities and Commodities Lending, Buy/Sell Backs, Margin Lending and Total Return Swaps. 

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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 GDPR, Trading, Banking, FX

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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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PSD2 – the really useful regulation

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

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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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Are banks hearing their corporate customers?

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

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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 GDPR, Regulation, Compliance, Blog, Customer Service

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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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