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FTSE Russell and Refinitiv Extend Partnership Providing Fixed Income Data, Analytics and Indexes

FTSE Russell is set to broaden the scope of Refinitiv datasets used in its fixed income indexes and analytic tools. The decision was made after a supplier review and will combine Refinitiv’s expertise in fixed income pricing and terms and conditions, with FTSE Russell’s capabilities in multi-asset indexes and analytics.

The extended relationship is expected to deliver benefits to global investors by enhancing FTSE Russell’s ability to offer world-class multi-asset investment tools based on consistent, high quality and independent datasets produced by Refinitiv.

YipitData Offers ReadyPipe Web-Scraping Services to Institutional Investors

YipitData, a provider of web data for institutional investors, has made its internal web-scraping platform, ReadyPipe, available to external customers. The platform enables analysts to collect web data and write their own web-scraping logic, and has potential to give investors informational advantage.

The ReadyPipe service allows firms to either log onto the ReadyPipe platform and write logic that will collect web data, or choose ReadyPipe’s full-service offering, which uses a YipitData team to collect data on behalf of a firm.

RegTech Market Worth $12.3bn by 2023, Says New Report

A new report from MarketsandMarkets suggests that the global regtech market could grow from USD 4.3 billion in 2018 to USD 12.3 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23.5%. Key drivers include the increased cost of compliance, adoption of regulatory sandbox approach, and low entry barriers for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based offerings. The large enterprises segment is expected to hold the largest market share, as most publicly traded companies are compelled to adopt regulatory programs. North America is expected to dominate in geographical terms.

BIG Offers Blockchain Course for Crypto Investigations

BIG Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG), a Vancouver-based developer and provider of blockchain and cryptocurrency search, risk-scoring and data analytics tools and investigation services, claims to have launched the “world’s first” investigator-developed, eight-hour online certification course for cryptocurrency investigations. Originally created for US law enforcement officials, the course has been adapted for use by finance and compliance professionals and consists of five fee-based modules including a detailed forensic review of cryptocurrency transactions and covering a variety of crypto crimes. Completion earns the credential of “Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator” from BIG.

New Hotscan360 Solution From Canada’s CGI

Anti-financial crime solutions provider CGI has launched CGI HotScan360, an enhanced version of its existing HotScan solution. CGI HotScan360 provides integrated, intelligent and real time anti-money laundering, customer due diligence and fraud detection capabilities. The platform uses a real-time risk engine to scan and score thousands of transactions per second utilising machine learning, advanced analytics and automation. “CGI HotScan360 is a modular solution that allows banks to integrate certain modules with other systems or omit them, as necessary,” says CGI. “The solution also complies with the latest and upcoming regulations such as PSD2, GDPR and SEPA instant payment requirements.”

Asian Development Bank Launches AML Scorecard

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new scorecard designed to enhance regulatory efficacy to boost access to trade financing while enhancing efforts to combat financial crimes. The ADB Scorecard is informed by and complements the work of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). It is comprised of “Seven Elements of Effective Regulation” including consistency, risk alignment, co-design, communication, technology/data, enforcement and quality control. “The Scorecard is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a process. The next step is a workshop with stakeholders to address issues,” says the ADB.

Fintrail Solutions Launches Financial Crime Forum

US-based financial crime consultancy Fintrail Solutions has launched the US chapter of the FinTech FinCrime Exchange (FFE), a free members forum already operating in Europe which brings together a network of fintech firms to collaborate on the best practices in financial crime risk management and create a globally connected community in the fight against financial crime.

“Currently, there is no platform in the United States where financial technology and regulatory technology firms can share information and learn from each other,” said Julie Myers Wood, Fintrail Solutions Co-Founder. “This new chapter of the FFE changes that.”

FIX Trading Community Calls for Industry Participants to Join New Working Groups

FIX is inviting industry participants to join a number of new working groups that will operate under the FIX Trading Community umbrella.

The working groups include a repo working group covering how to automate the lifecycle of repos using FIX and an RMB products group to propose enhancements to the FIX Protocol for RMB product related workflows. A securities lending group will develop messages to support automated processing of securities lending and an SFTR group will help firms meet the challenges of Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), including reporting obligations that are expected to come into play in late 2019 or early 2020.

If you would like to join any of these working groups contact the FIX Program Office – fix@fixtrading.org.

Compliance.ai Launches New Product

RegTech specialist Compliance.ai has launched a new Workflow Automation solution as part of its financial regulatory change management platform. The software-as-a-service platform is designed to clients to cost-effectively manage the growing volume and velocity of regulatory changes in near real-time without increasing headcount.

“Chief Compliance Officers are tasked with managing a massive increase in the volume and complexity of regulatory changes – and the consequences for not complying include huge financial fines and reputational damage – yet banks often don’t have the resources or technology to efficiently keep track of and comply with the regs they need to,” said CEO Kayvan Alikhani.

Dash Financial Technologies Acquires eRoom Securities

Capital markets technology and execution provider Dash Financial Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire Chicago-based eRoom Securities.

The eRoom platform, which provides multi-asset trading technology, agency execution, risk management, reporting and clearing services to professional traders, institutions and hedge funds, will be rebranded as Dash Prime.

As the Dash Prime project gets underway, eRoom leadership will continue to be headed by Collin Carrico and Ben Schwartz.

“Joining forces with Dash puts us at the leading edge of technology and enables us to broaden our prime services suite to create more opportunities for our current and future clients,” says Carrico.

The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2019, contingent upon standard closing conditions including regulatory approvals.