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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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Nothing like a bombshell just in time for the Summer holidays…….

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Aug-2017 17:08:56 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance

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So, what is PSD 2?

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Jul-2017 09:54:17 / by Matt Townsend posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II, PSD2, Software

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A little while back I wrote about how the 'Internet of Things' is changing the way customers interact with Banks. 

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From “the Blockchain” to “distributed ledger technology” – the direction of travel for insurance

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Jul-2017 12:51:19 / by Dave Connors posted in Insurance, London Market, Reinsurance, Blog, Blockchain

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It's customary in any discussion of Blockchain to assert that there will definitely be a change to the insurance industry. We then go on to state a number of use cases unrelated or tangential to insurance (Land Title Registry, Fine Arts Ownership and Imogen Heap are the usual suspects). But the B3i initiative and other similar ventures are, at last, giving the insurance industry real examples to consider.

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A timely review of the Treasury Management System against the required standard may yield some unexpected gaps!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Jul-2017 17:24:52 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Global Code, Compliance

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Do you have systems in place to enable adherence to the Global Code for FX?

The Global Code of Conduct for FX (the Code) was released on the 25th of May 2017, to a good reception from diverse market participants and brought the curtain down on two years of work.

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PSD2 and The Internet of Things

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Jul-2017 06:20:00 / by Matt Townsend posted in Banking, Blog, PSD2, IoT, the internet of things

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I can remember clearly, in one of the first English lessons after moving school, we were taught certain rules. The rule that sticks in my mind today is "Never use the word 'Thing'". Using the word 'thing' in your written work will result in an instant de-merit. For some of my fellow students, this became a challenge, to try and use 'thing' and get away with it.

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Brexit and the insurance industry 1 year on...

[fa icon="calendar'] 05-Jul-2017 14:11:47 / by Dee Tshuma posted in Insurance, Reinsurance, Blog, Brexit, europe

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Here we are now - a year has passed since the Referendum and Article 50 was triggered in March by Mrs May.  It took some time but we got there eventually – a recurrent statement, used by many throughout the process, was the phrase “We have to respect the will of the people.” In this case, democracy means Brexit, and whichever side you sit on this: Patriotic or Pro EU; the show must go on!

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