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Advent surprises and few bells jingled!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Dec-2017 11:54:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II, PSD2, Advent

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PSD2 - Is your FX Sales Desk ready?

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Nov-2017 11:55:03 / by Matt Townsend posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance

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In conversation with clients, one topic that comes up time and again is PSD2. When I ask "So, what are you doing on PSD2" there are broadly two responses, "We have it under control" or "We have a team looking at it" swiftly followed by “it can't be much different to PSD".  Can it?  The answer is quite simply Yes! How much different PSD2 is to PSD is another story altogether and something that deserves a little more time. 

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Trick or treat? What ghouls & demons can we expect to be knocking on our doors? MiFID III (yes three!) possibly a big demon?

[fa icon="calendar'] 31-Oct-2017 10:12:46 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II, ACI, Halloween

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Halloween got me thinking as to what demons the European markets might expect on a spooky night like tonight. What could come knocking at our doors and will they be trick or a treat? 

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3 ways in which technology can help drive innovation and efficiency

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Oct-2017 16:12:24 / by Kathryn Emerson posted in Insurance, Blog, Technology, ROI, innovation, efficiency

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From a technological perspective, we decided to delve into the realms of Innovation and Efficiency. I mean, who doesn’t want their business to run more innovatively and efficiently? Do technology solutions really have the ability to drive innovation and efficiency, reduce operational costs and improve return on capital.

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It is Autumn and the leaves begin to fall…

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Oct-2017 14:36:41 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance

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A hash of regulation for breakfast

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Oct-2017 13:31:33 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II

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Recap: Monte Carlo Rendezvous 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] 22-Sep-2017 16:16:33 / by Rebecca Oliver posted in Insurance, Reinsurance

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As the 61st Monte Carlo Rendezvous comes to a close and the principality which the (Re)Insurance industry, for a few days claims as home, bids farewell for another year, it is an opportunity to reflect on why the Rendez-vous (RVS) after all this time is still relevant and an important event in the (re)insurance calendar. 

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Best Execution? Results: F, C, A – ‘Could do Better!’

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Sep-2017 12:13:44 / by Kathryn Emerson posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID II, Best Execution

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Recent news reports suggest parents, teachers and employers are unhappy about the new GCSE grading system that was used for the first time in pupil results announced two weeks ago. A lack of clarity of the new scoring system has been blamed for the confusion.

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It is not just the big fish that are caught – A brief look at manipulation, best execution and principles, principles, principles…………………………….

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Aug-2017 07:44:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Regulation, Compliance

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You would be mistaken if you thought enforcement notices were just the preserve of big banks and individuals. Many smaller regulated banks fall foul of the FCA’s and other authorities’ scrutiny. For FCA regulated firms this is mainly around two important principles of business (Principle 3 & Principle 11). Principle 11 deals with relations with the regulator but the most important one is number three (and in terms of fines a costly one!).

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4 Ways in which insurers use Big Data most effectively

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Aug-2017 15:40:07 / by Rebecca Oliver posted in Insurance, Regulation, data, Compliance, Artificial Intelligence, modernisation

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Big data is still big news. For the insurance industry, it’s not just a lot more data although that is part of it; it is data that permits an unprecedented degree of analysis. Only now have we reached a point where data and technology are capable of making use of information we can gather.

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