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CAIXA Asset Management Selects Bloomberg AIM Solutions

CAIXA Asset Management, one of the largest asset managers in Brazil and Latin America, is planning to implement Bloomberg’s Asset and Investment Manager (AIM) solutions, including portfolio analytics and risk management, trade execution and compliance tools. The solutions are expected to increase efficiency and lower costs by optimising operations that ensure compliance with regional rules and regulations. The consistency of data, execution and flow of operations available through Bloomberg AIM is expected to support future growth of CAIXA’s business. The asset manager has also expanded subscriptions to the Bloomberg Terminal.

Financial Stability Board Publishes 2019 G-SIB List

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published the 2019 list of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) using end-2018 data and an assessment methodology designed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). One bank, Toronto Dominion, has been added to the list of G-SIBs that were identified in 2018, increasing the overall number from 29 to 30.

Fenergo Launches Digital KYC

Fenergo today announced the launch of a new product enhancement, Digital KYC, a real-time, rules-driven, API-enabled KYC solution enabling financial institutions to automate and perpetuate KYC compliance reviews. The product works with existing client lifecycle management (CLM) solutions, automating continuous customer due diligence (CDD) reviews for low to medium-risk clients and reducing the need for repeated manual requests for client data.

ESMA Calls on NCAs to Improve Data Quality of Derivatives

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published the results of a 2018 peer review of supervisory actions of six European National Competent Authorities (NCAs), including the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), regarding approaches to enhancing the quality of derivative data reported under European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The report complements ESMA’s Data Quality Action Plan to improve the quality and usability of derivatives data. Its results are mixed, but on the data quality side, have led ESMA to suggest several initiatives to improve the supervision of EMIR data quality in the short and long term.

Finantix Reviews Wealth Managers’ Digital Client Acquisition

Finantix has released the results of a wealth management market survey, ‘New Client Acquisition: How can technology drive sales effectiveness in wealth management’. The survey shows a shift by wealth managers towards a more digital approach to client acquisition: 87% said they will increase digital lead generation in the next 24 months, with 54% making the digital route top priority. Some 75% of tier one multi-market mangers are prioritising digital lead generation, compared to 33% of single-market firms. There is also increasing need for technologies to help build a single view of each client and prospect and drive personalised insights.

FSB publishes UPI governance arrangements

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published a report on governance arrangements for the Unique Product Identifier (UPI). The UPI will uniquely identify the product involved in OTC derivatives transactions reported to trade repositories. This will help authorities aggregate data on OTC derivatives transactions by product, allowing the effective use of OTC derivatives trade reporting data to help authorities assess systemic risk and detect market abuse. The Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) will become the International Governance Body for the UPI and Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI). The UPI Technical Guidance should be implemented by Q3 2022.

Refinitiv partners SigFig on robo advice solution

Refinitiv continues to build its commitment to the wealth management industry through a strategic partnership with SigFig, an enterprise financial technology firm. The partnership delivers digital advice technology solutions to institutional users of Refinitiv’s BETA clearing and custody platform and will enable SigFig and Refinitiv to deliver an integrated, end-to-end digital advice experience for investors that supports efficient and automated investment management. This is based on SigFig’s direct-to-consumer platform technology that can be used to create an end-to-end robo advice solution, featuring account opening, automated investment management, money movement and return client experience for institutional clients.

Asset Managers Migrate to the Cloud

IHS Markit research among asset managers in Europe and North America shows an industry segment becoming more strategic in its approach to data management, but not immune to problems including mounting fees, rising costs and demanding regulations. The research notes 52% of firms use the cloud for data management and a further 28% plan to migrate in the next 18 months. Almost half of firms will have a data warehouse within two years, but two-thirds report that business teams have limited/no visibility of where data came from, who touched it, how it was altered and where it went.

Volante Releases SWIFT Message Validation Service on AWS Cloud

Volante Technologies has introduced financial message validation on the cloud. It is available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on the AWS Marketplace as a microservice to users looking to test their SWIFT Standards Release (SR) 2019 messages ahead of go-live on November 17, 2019. The validation service provides APIs for validating messages ready for applications to use. The service not only identifies valid/invalid messages, but also returns a list of errors encountered. This helps reduce the frequency and severity of formatting errors, and minimises the risk of rejected messages. The cost of the service is based on hourly use.

Broadridge Moves Asset Servicing Solution into AWS Cloud

Broadridge Financial Solutions has made its global asset servicing solution available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. A global Tier 1 investment bank is in live operation with the solution and another is onboarding. The company’s end-to-end solution is designed to address industry, business and operational challenges in global asset servicing by streamlining corporate actions, dividend and coupon processing across multiple asset classes, business lines and regions. Operating the solution on AWS can add increased operational agility, improved and faster client onboarding, quicker deployments, and enhanced security, scale, and resilience.