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Leveraging cloud computing for the financial services sector

12th December 2011

Company: Vordel
By Mark O’Neill, CTO, Vordel Cloud computing adoption continues to gain momentum across a broad range of industries including financial services. Once organisations manage to filter through the noise surrounding the cloud, there are actually some very pragmatic ways in which the IT organisations of banks, insurers and similar institutions can... read more
A busy year for Big Data errors

A busy year for Big Data errors

2nd December 2011

Company: ClusterSeven
By Ralph Baxter, CEO at ClusterSeven2011 should go down as the most significant year yet for errors in the sea of unstructured financial data - increasingly seen as part of the Big Data problem engulfing all modern institutions. One wonders what 2012 will bring.Despite the problems that these errors have caused, firms such as ClusterSeven face a... read more
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Are cross-border payment services fit for purpose?

1st November 2011

Company: Earthport plc
By Neil Burton, director of Product Service Strategy, Earthport plcCross-border payments has become a hot topic - albeit gradually, so few people have noticed. While the press spotlight tends to focus on credit and debt, the banking industry simply would not function without its ‘underground pipework’. Transaction banking success, as with... read more
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Six stages to a robust operational risk framework

20th September 2011

Prior to the financial crisis, very few institutions were able to look at their overall risk profile holistically and truly understand the impact strategic decisions would have on the overall organisation. In most cases, these decisions were made based on single lines of business, operating entities, products, geographies or risk factors.... read more
Basel III: a burden or an opportunity?

Basel III: a burden or an opportunity?

20th September 2011

Bart Vandekerckhove, business analyst, Product Strategy, FinArch IntroductionCurrently, influential leaders of financial institutions, technology vendors, market infrastructures and multinational corporations are meeting at the 25th edition of the Sibos Conference held at Toronto. Basel III will most likely be the talk of the day. With the rules... read more
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Anticipating the future of money management

9th September 2011

Company: FIS
By David Hamilton, president of SunGard's banking businessIntroduction: an internal focusThe impact of the financial crisis has been well documented and most are aware of government buy-outs, investor dismay at the industry’s mismanagement of finances, and the resulting loss of credibility and mistrust from the wider consumer world. However, a ... read more
Managing spreadsheet risk in financial services

Managing spreadsheet risk in financial services

15th August 2011

Company: ClusterSeven
By Ralph Baxter, CEO, ClusterSevenTransparency, control and validation of critical business data is an increasingly serious concern for the financial services sector. Banks, insurance companies and actuarial firms are facing up to the fact that they need to tackle the data risk issue as a matter of urgency. However, a major part of this challenge... read more
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Entity data - a key component in understanding risk and identifying exposure

2nd August 2011

by Darren Marsh, business manager, Risk Management & Compliance Services, Interactive DataSingle name exposure or ‘issuer risk’ is the exposure to a single name issuer or group of issuers by virtue of the securities held in an investment portfolio or fund. Understanding single name exposure is an essential component of the risk management... read more
Thomson Reuters - Tackling the liquidity challenge

Thomson Reuters - Tackling the liquidity challenge

25th February 2011

Company: Thomson Reuters
By Stephen Wilson, Global head of exchange traded instruments, Thomson ReutersWe all know that traders need liquidity and their only thought is how to get their order done with minimal market impact - i.e. not showing their hand to the rest of the market. However, it is getting increasingly difficult for them to do so. Stephen Wilson, global head... read more
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Future IT for future-proof banking

3rd November 2010

Company: CGI
By David King, chief technology officer, LogicaThe information-centric nature of financial services could see it become one of the largest adopters of cloud services. But there are still many factors institutions need to consider, such as which services to move to the cloud, the benefits of the different types of cloud and how they fit into the... read more