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Barrage of New Regulation Could Cause Death by Data Drowning, Warns ISMAG’s Gubert

The slew of new regulations entering into force over the next few years, including a new iteration of MiFID, the multiple legislative changes resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act and the Securities Law Directive (to name just a few), will result in such an increase in reporting requirements that firms may find themselves in danger of…

The Consolidated Tape Iceman Cometh

We read the latest CESR advice on transaction reporting with alarm. In short, it suggested that the market had failed to find its own solution to the challenge of transaction reporting in a fragmented liquidity environment. But has it? Since the implementation of MiFID in 2007, the market has seen the launch of a specific,…

UK FSA Highlights Data Integrity Issues for Transaction Reporting, Including Specific Format for BICs

In its latest newsletter, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) elaborates on the reference data integrity checks that firms need to conduct to ensure that their transaction reports are commensurate with the regulator’s requirements. This includes clarification about the length of Bank Identifier Codes (BICs) for client and counterparty identification; an area where a number…

Entity and Counterparty Data in the Spotlight

Members of the JWG Customer Data Management Group speak to Reference Data Review about the upcoming hot topics in the area of entity and counterparty data. Challenging the Customer Data Conundrum PJ Di Giammarino, CEO of JWG A key theme within the well versed G20 93 point plan set out in spring 2009 was the call to…

EBF Highlights Concerns About CCPs and Systemic Risk in its Feedback to Commission’s Market Infrastructure Reforms

There has been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of mandating clearing for OTC derivatives and the comments received so far by the European Commission on the subject have tended to focus on a proportional, rather than broad brush, approach to the reforms. The European Banking Federation’s (EBF) response, for example, has been…

What the Industry Wants the Regulators to Know About Reference Data…

As noted in my previous blog, a regulatory driven reference data utility is on its way for the US market, but it seems that not many of you out there are convinced this is the right step to be taking. My fellow panellists at a recent corporate actions focused event in London indicated that they…

SEC’s HFT Proposals Could Boost Tech Vendors’ Fortunes

High-frequency trading is high on the agenda of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and two recently proposed rule changes could lead to a boon for technology providers. However, industry insiders caution that the SEC must be careful not to leak any intellectual property data it may gather from its increased surveillance of high frequency…

UK FSA Indicates BIC Codes are Needed for all Transaction Reporting Firms, Defers AII System Launch Indefinitely

This month, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has indicated that transaction reporting firms under MiFID will need to obtain a bank identifier code (BIC) in order to be in compliance with wider European level regulations. Firms will have to apply to Swift for a BIC before they email the transactions monitoring unit (TMU) with…

Let’s Focus on Inter-Party Latency

Latency – and keeping it low – remains a concern for the financial markets. We at A-Team know, because our latest poll at low-latency.com found that 80% of respondents reckoned it will be more of a concern in the future. With all this algo and high frequency trading going on, events in the world would…

B-next Extends Data Reach with Interactive Data Agreement, Extends Ambitions to UK

Compliance and regulatory reporting platform vendor b-next has recently signed an agreement with Interactive Data under which the data vendor will provide global pricing and reference data to feed b-next’s MACOC software solutions. The deal is part of the German vendor’s ambitions to crack the UK market and should help it in the effort to…