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Not So Harmonious After All: Accommodating AnaCredit’s Maturing Requirements

By Frederic Bernard, Manager EMEA Capital & Credit, AxiomSL. In response to the credit crisis, the European Central Bank (ECB) launched the Analytical Credit Dataset (AnaCredit) project in 2011 to create a harmonized database and framework of rules regarding the credit exposure of credit institutions and other loan-providing financial firms. Yet since the inception of…

ESMA Relaxes SFTR Reporting – But Will National Regulators Respond?

Following calls from the industry and in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the EU regulator has effectively agreed to delay SFTR implementation until 13 July, 2020 – a three month reprieve from the original 11 April start date, but earlier than the October push-back trade associations had originally requested. However, with no formal powers to…

FCA on Coronavirus: Take No Prisoners?

Regulators around the world have taken a largely supportive approach to COVID-19, albeit with varying approaches. While some are in total lockdown, others are taking a more measured approach – but according to the word on the street, firms have been surprised by the ‘take-no-prisoners’ stance adopted by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). With…

CSDR – The Clock is Ticking…

The Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR), first published way back in 2014, is finally on its way in – and although final implementation may be delayed from September 2020 to February 2021, that doesn’t take away from its status as one of the biggest data management challenges for financial institutions this year. The new regulation…

Industry Calls for SFTR, EMIR Refit Delay

Following a letter from trade bodies including the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) this week, EU regulator ESMA is expected to issue clarification on whether it might consider a six-month delay to the upcoming Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) currently due to go live in April. The joint…

SWIFT Delays ISO 20022 a Further Year

In its March 2020 meeting, SWIFT endorsed ambitious plans for the group to support financial institutions’ payments and securities businesses – but confirmed that implementation of the ISO 20022 would be delayed by 12 months, following “feedback from the community.” ISO 20022 aims to create a single standardisation approach (including methodology, process, repository) for all…

UK Regulators Welcome Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum

The Bank of England, Prudential Regulation Authority, FCA, Payment Systems Regulator and the Competition and Markets Authority have welcomed HM Treasury’s plans to establish the Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum, announced alongside its response to the first phase of the Government’s review into the financial services future regulatory framework. The Forum will be a joint…

Wolters Kluwer Pushes Forward AI Agenda With New Proof of Concept

In the latest step forward in the field of AI-driven regulatory reporting, Wolters Kluwer has completed a successful Proof of Concept (PoC) showing that a machine can learn how to take over any end-to-end regulatory reporting process for financial institutions and regulators, across every jurisdiction, by using historical source data and its corresponding regulatory submissions….

AFME Publishes Recommendations to Improve CSDR Settlement Rates

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has published recommendations for partial settlement in view of the impending Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR), currently due to come into force in September this year but widely expected to be delayed until February 2021. The recommendations aim to encourage greater and more harmonised use of partial…

TRAction Rolls Out New Regulatory Reporting Solution

Regulatory reporting specialist TRAction has launched a new MiFID II reporting solution utilising Refinitiv data to help UK and European investment managers meet Best Execution requirements. With around a fifth of all investment firms in talks with the FCA about errors in their transaction reporting under MiFID II, according to an FOI request carried about…