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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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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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ACI Dublin – Voice trading under MiFID II and No Free Pass for Spot FX

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-May-2017 16:49:03 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II, Best Execution

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 One of the takeaways I had from numerous conversations at the ACI Congress in Dublin, where Eurobase participated, was the question “how do we continue to offer voice trading, which is what customers want, and be compliant with MiFID II?”

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An alarming thought for attendees at the forthcoming International Banking Conference 2017 hosted by the Association of Foreign Banks.

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-May-2017 12:32:30 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, events, MiFID II, AFB

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afb 2.pngIn the FT today comes the news that UK branches of foreign banks will have to adhere to whistleblowing rules that allow staff to voice concerns to City watchdogs without having to tell their employers. 

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Is FX MiFIR reporting getting any clearer?

[fa icon="calendar'] 27-Apr-2017 07:26:00 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, MiFID, Regulation, Treasury Management, Compliance, MiFID II

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MiFID II and MiFIR in the foreign exchange world have generated much confusion. It feels like the regulations are shoehorning the FX market into regulations that are not ideal for the purpose.

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The Global Code of Conduct for FX phase 2 rises on the horizon

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Apr-2017 16:50:57 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Global Code, Compliance

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I have the privilege to serve on the BIS FXWG Market Participants Group (MPG) that is crafting the Global Code of Conduct for FX.Interest in the Code is being expressed by market participates of all shapes and sizes alongside those being engaged in multiple roles across the Foreign Exchange industry.

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MiFID II exposes the need for a regulatory reporting solution

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Mar-2017 16:54:43 / by David Woolcock posted in Banking, Blog, MiFID, Regulation, Compliance, MiFID II

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“MiFID II and MiFIR will change the way banks around the world do business —particularly with respect to the scope of data, communications formats and records that must be maintained.” -Bloomberg

 

Responding efficiently to the dramatic changes that MiFID II will bring in January 2018 is key to ensuring your organisation continues to succeed and remains profitable. As a bank or branch/subsidiary regulated by a European regulatory authority and operating in the EU, your bank is subject to MiFID II in general terms. MiFID II covers nearly all instruments (e.g. including Forward FX) except for most Spot FX. The confusion regarding the definition and whether spot FX is in or out has been clarified to some extent and relies mainly on the T+2 (smaller currencies up to T+5) and “physically settled” definitions.

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Blockchain – Hype? Overrated? Or pure genius?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Dec-2016 09:06:14 / by Joe Locke posted in Insurance, Banking, London Market, Blog, Blockchain

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I had the pleasure of listening to a couple of gentlemen on one of my train journeys home this week. They were discussing Blockchain - with one of the individuals portraying himself as a Blockchain expert. However, I soon realised this was another example of someone picking up on the hype around this topic without actually understanding how it works or can be adopted.

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Achieving the required transparency for regulatory reform in banking

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Dec-2016 09:24:50 / by Alex Vaksman posted in Banking, Regulation, FX, MiFID II

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In today’s banking industry many organisations are finding it increasingly challenging to meet the transparency requirements imposed on them. It arguably feels like a fusillade of bullets coming from all sides. Central banks, regulators, internal requirements, auditors, and others, are all imposing their own compliance and risk practices, to which banks must adhere or face the consequences and potentially pay a hefty price in regulatory fines.

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