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Middleware in the investment management industry

4th June 2018

Company: Quintessence
Wikipedia defines middleware as “software glue” that binds mutually independent software systems. There’s no loose definition of muddleware – the messy goo that cobbles together disparate parts in a kludge that becomes harder to manage over time. Typically, this muddling through leads to several opaque systems, each with its... read more
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Automated workflows – smart guides for your treasury processes

4th June 2018

A workflow is a series of tasks needed to accomplish a specific treasury-related goal, eg to open a bank guarantee. It typically spans a number of internal and external systems and involves different types of user roles/actors responsible for performing the workflow tasks needed to accomplish the goal. What is a good workflow? A good workflow... read more
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BNY’s Eagle moves to the Microsoft Cloud | Analysis of the deal

31st May 2018

Investment technology subsidiary of BNY Mellon, Eagle Investment Systems, recently announced the launch of its partnership with Microsoft, fitting in to the wider trend of harnessing cloud technology to comply with regulations and improve cost-to-income ratio. The cloud has seen a quiet revolution in financial services, with industry... read more
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One in five Americans think their payments will be completely cashless in their lifetime

22nd May 2018

"When America sneezes, the world catches cold," is a phrase economists have latched onto for decades, and one that has featured in headlines since the banking crisis. And the phrase continues to be relevant when applied to the banking industry. Often trends are identified in the US that are then seen in Europe and across the rest of the... read more
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Best of both worlds: Utility or futility as fintech advances?

21st May 2018

The dictionary entry for the word Utility defines it as a 'the state of being useful, profitable, or beneficial', but delivering all three in financial markets in a mutual, single proposition, is a challenge. It is also the root cause holding back the industry from a big bang change to using utility services. So why is the industry... read more
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Why are there so many cryptocurrencies?

21st May 2018

There are 1583 cryptocurrencies listed on coinmarketcap.com. That is more than all the different types of fiat currencies in the world. The question many people ask is, why are there so many of them? Just nine years ago, there was only Bitcoin. Now we have a cryptocurrency in virtually every sector of the economy.   All these... read more
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“We’re under the watchful eye of the regulator”

16th May 2018

Company: bobsguide
It has been announced today that eToro has plans to launch a crypto exchange and wallet for the US market. The multi-asset trading platform, known for its copy trading offering, made the announcement at Consensus 2018 in New York, following the completion of its Series E funding round of $100m. “We believe that in the future all assets... read more
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Is there a need for a US fintech charter?

14th May 2018

Company: bobsguide
Following years of new regulations, nobody in the financial sector is particularly keen on new rules. Since Dodd Frank and its related slew of regulatory and reporting requirements, the very thought that regulations could become more demanding should send shivers down the spine of anyone working in the market. Not least regulators – who have... read more
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CASS: The glide path to automation

14th May 2018

Company: AutoRek
Do you get that sinking feeling when the CASS audit is approaching? Are you uneasy about loose ends? Do you think ‘oh no not again’? Here we are 10 years on from the financial crisis, the subsequent collapse of Lehman Brothers and the focus on CASS has not waned – in fact it remains high on the regulatory agenda. Why is this... read more
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Balancing the books: how process mining can turbo-charge internal auditing

11th May 2018

For years, auditors have used interviews and workshops to conduct successful company assessments. As more businesses become digitised, auditors need to blend traditional techniques with a more data-led approach. In the face of higher expectations for accuracy, internal departments need to take note: big data is changing the way organisations... read more