Asset Management Systems Insights
4th August 2017
In less than six months’ time, asset managers will be unable to receive investment research unless a commercial agreement is in place. MiFID II clearly stipulates investment research will need to be explicitly priced and cannot be linked to the volume or value of transactions executed by the broker – in other words, research charges... read more
27th July 2017
There are a number of priorities that firms in the alternative investment sector must attend to, but in today’s increasingly cyber environment, the biggest must be cybersecurity. Following closely behind, is compliance with mandatory regulations. The two priorities are often intrinsically linked, and should be approached as one.
But where... read more
25th July 2017
The hype around technology, such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI), shows no sign of abating; it is currently riding an impressive wave of publicity. The trade press and thought leadership portals are filled with articles on how these technologies will disrupt the industry. Is this interest, however, sustainable? Or even correct?
It... read more
24th July 2017
According to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech report, fintech VC activity in Europe has hit a historically high level for successive quarters. In Q1 2017, global investment in fintech companies hit $3.2bn across 260 deals. Q1 2017’s total capital invested soared to $610m, which was noted as the highest tally in years.
VC investment in fintech... read more
12th July 2017
In March, Vela hosted an executive roundtable in London on the cross asset challenges of MiFID II. In the third and final event report, we look at the changes that participants from across the market expect to see in business models, trading patterns, and relationships.
No such thing as free research…
Business models will change as a... read more
11th July 2017
On 29th June, the FIX Trading Community held its summer London regional event kindly hosted by BNP Paribas, bringing together market participants to debate hot topics affecting the industry. And of course, there is nothing more pressing at the moment than the looming MiFID II deadline.
The evening started off with an update from some of the FIX... read more
10th July 2017
Regulation is tightening within the banking industry and with the advance of technology, it is becoming more and more challenging for firms to retain acceptable profit margins within their foreign exchange (FX) business.
Over the past decade we have seen many firms off-shoring and outsourcing their operations business to reduce costs in order to... read more
28th June 2017
Over the decades, crises and subsequent regulatory change has transformed the risk-led financial services sector. However, financial organisations also have had reputations as early technology adopters, some quite “wild west” in their quest for differentiation and profitability. On one hand, the industry prioritises risk mitigation to... read more
28th June 2017
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has recently launched a public consultation on its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the nature, severity and duration of an economic downturn, according to which institutions shall estimate the downturn of loss given default (LGD) and credit conversion factor (CCF), which are credit... read more
27th June 2017
The regulators have been clear in communicating the instruction that they expect best efforts to be made to comply with the fast approaching 3rd January 2018 deadline for MiFID II. Whilst an army of consultants have spent months explaining the challenges and interpreting the regulation, now is the time to move to the next phase if you have not... read more