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Trading & Electronic Communications Surveillance in a Changing World

By Mike O’Hara, Special Correspondent. The ongoing necessity for many trading professionals to work from home has placed an additional burden on compliance teams struggling to ensure their firms play by the rules while staff operate away from designed-for-purpose trading floors. The situation has been a catalyst for change in how surveillance against financial crime…

FCA Cracks Down on OMS Reporting Errors: Regulated Firms Pay the Price

By Matt Smith, CEO, SteelEye. Certain Order Management Systems (OMSs) have recently come under scrutiny from the FCA because of quality issues around MiFIR reporting. Firms that heavily rely on their OMS for daily regulatory reporting have been found to consistently over or under report their transactions. The responsibility for accurate reporting rests solely with…

SteelEye Teams with txtsmarter for Messaging Data Capture

Financial compliance and analytics specialist SteelEye is adding txtsmarter’s messaging capture and archiving capability to its communications surveillance solution, giving clients access to native messaging data sourced from Android SMS/MMS, WhatsApp and – uniquely – Apple iMessage, in real time. The combined solution adds mobile phone messages to the range of electronic communications that users…

S&P Global Acquisition of IHS Markit Creates Financial Data and Analytics Powerhouse

S&P Global’s $44 billion acquisition of IHS Markit will create a financial data and analytics powerhouse capable of challenging Bloomberg’s market leading $11 billion revenue and towering over the proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refintiv by the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The combined company will benefit from increased scale, a wider product portfolio and a…

Electronification in Fixed Income – Where is it Headed?

By Mike O’Hara, Special Correspondent. As we approach the third anniversary of its implementation date, the impact of the EU’s MiFID II continues to be felt around the world as global players adopt key measures as a form of best practice. Part of its wide remit to recast the mould for European institutional financial markets…

A-Team Group Introduces 2021 Innovation Awards

Here at A-Team Group we have been working hard on plans to celebrate innovative projects and teams with the launch of our A-Team Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to reward teams that have found innovative ways to make use of new and emerging technologies to solve challenges at financial institutions in capital markets. The…

Eflow Pushes Performance of Trade Surveillance Platform with Refinitiv Market Data

Eflow, a London-based regulatory compliance firm, has added Refinitiv market data including tick history to its TZ trade surveillance platform. The data expands the company’s existing market data store and will increase the number of instruments and records available for testing in TZ. It will also strengthen the accuracy of any alerts generated. Refinitiv’s fast…

Time for Exchanges to Overcome Longstanding Barriers to Fair Pricing

By Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of Horizon Software. From Euronext beating off stiff competition for the Milan stock exchange, to Cboe agreeing to purchase block trading venue BIDs, October was quite the month for exchange deal making. But given how so many post-2008 regulations aimed to increase exchange competition as opposed to reducing it, this recent…

Cloud-Delivered Market Data for Institutional Users – A Reality Check

By Mike O’Hara, Special Correspondent. Cloud-delivered market data was once ‘over my dead body’ territory for institutional market data managers, who understandably fretted aloud about performance, security and licence compliance issues. But Covid-19 has forced those same data managers to confront the fact that many of their professional market data users are able to work…

Trade Surveillance – Monitoring News and Social Media to Detect Insider Trading

By Helen Bevis, Head of Operations and Strategic Partnerships at SteelEye. To mitigate and manage the risk of insider trading, firms need to use the best tools to effectively identify, investigate and report on signs of wrongdoing. A key component of this is access to benchmark data, which for insider trading should include both news and…