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Eagle’s Lehner Talks up SaaS, Integration, Global Expansion and Regulation for 2011

Following its decision to move Asian and EMEA managing director John Legrand from his London base out to Singapore earlier this year, Eagle Investment Systems has been actively bolstering its on the ground presence in the two regions and this hiring drive will continue into 2011, according to CEO and president John Lehner. The EDM…

UK FSA Fines Scottish Equitable £2.8m for Customer Data Management Failures

The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Scottish Equitable Plc £2.8 million for failures related to the management of its customer data that the regulator says caused “significant consumer detriment”. In the vein of other fines meted out by the FSA over the course of this year, the action against Scottish Equitable, which will…

Great Eastern Life Selects Eagle’s Enterprise Data Management Platform

Eagle Investment Systems, a provider of financial services technology and a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, today announced that Great Eastern Life, Singapore’s leading life insurance group, has selected Eagle’s enterprise data management solution to consolidate and aggregate its investment data to help streamline its operations and respond to regulatory requirements. Data management remains a priority…

RBS’ Davies Highlights the Need for Reliable Reference Data to Support the Risk Function

Following on from its implementation of EDM vendor SmartCo’s DataHub platform earlier this year to support the reference data requirements of its Global Banking and Markets division, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is continuing to build up its data management capabilities with a view to better supporting its risk management function. Speaking at last week’s…

The IMF Stress Testing Paper and Tangible Proof

A lot of rhetoric has been bandied about of late with regards to the paramount importance of data quality to the risk management function. While these discussions are important in raising data quality’s profile and keeping the issue on the agenda, they don’t provide tangible information on the impact that poor data quality actually has…

UK FSA Highlights Asset Managers’ Counterparty Risk Shortcomings and Valuations Independence

As a follow up to its 2009 Financial Risk Outlook (FRO), the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published a review of the derivative risk management practices in place across the investment management industry, which highlights the buy side’s valuations and risk management practices and related shortcomings. The study, which is based on data from…

European Council Proposals for Derivatives Repositories Include Potential Fines for Ref Data Failures

The data standardisation issues underlying the decision to push all standardised OTC derivatives to be centrally cleared and to establish new trade repositories have been well exposed during regulatory discussions over the course of this year. In light of this, the European Council’s recent regulatory proposals on the subject include direct reference to potential fines…

Words of Wisdom

Last week’s JWG event on what should be on data managers’ radars for next year in terms of regulatory change highlighted the significant correlation between a firm’s overall data quality and its risk management function (a subject I have been focused upon for some time). Although the discussion was under Chatham House rules (and hence comments…

Prioritise Your Projects in Light of the Regulations Coming Down the Pipe, Says Nomura International’s Bannocks

Firms need to get a good handle on the regulations coming down the pipe and how they will impact the data management function, as well as prioritising them in order of timeframes, said Chris Bannocks, managing director and global head of reference data, Operations, Nomura International. Speaking at this week’s JWG organised event on next…

The Need for Speed – More Than Just Bullock?

US Futures Commodity Trading Commissioner Bart Chilton offered a broad assessment of the high frequency trading landscape at the recent High Frequency Trading World USA 2010 Conference in New York. His entertaining speech, transcribed here, offers great insight and raises a number of poignant questions about the future of high-speed market access: Introduction Today, I’m…