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Practical Data Strategies for meeting ESG Obligations in Financial Services

The ESG investing landscape is poised to become more defined, as competing definitions, standards and regulatory initiatives start to converge. The impact of ESG will be felt far and wide across the financial services community, which will face practical challenges in developing and implementing an ESG strategy that is both effective and avoids box-ticking –...

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Next-Generation Network and Vendor Management: mitigating operational risk in relationship networks

The complex network of relationships that financial institutions have built with multiple partners has created a huge operational burden, resulting in significant operational risk as well as financial and compliance risk. Dating back decades, many of these relationships are now managed as a separate business function, costing organisations millions of dollars. Add in regulatory obligations,...

Practical Data Strategies for meeting ESG Obligations in Financial Services

The ESG investing landscape is poised to become more defined, as competing definitions, standards and regulatory initiatives start to converge. The impact of ESG will be felt far and wide across the financial services community, which will face practical challenges in developing and implementing an ESG strategy that is both effective and avoids box-ticking –...

Data integrity: Your key to confidence in a complex regulatory environment

Despite the recent challenges of the Covid pandemic, regulators have made it clear that they will not accept reporting errors, particularly those that are related to data. Enforcement is more stringent, scrutiny is more in-depth, and the pressure is on to ensure – and demonstrate – that the data underpinning your reporting and activities is...

Financial Markets Operations Response to COVID-19: Best Practices for Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting all walks of life, and carries with it implications for society beyond even the obvious and immediate health impact. Business is being hit across the board, with many corporations sending staff home in an effort to keep them both safe and working. It’s clear that firms can’t rely on a...

Addressing the Reference Data Challenges of SFTR

The EU’s Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), which comes into effect in April 2020, is a data-heavy transaction reporting regulation along the lines of MiFIR and EMIR, but has a significant reference data element as well. The regulation is extensive, with some 150 data fields in its mandatory regulatory reports, a dozen of which will...

Trade Surveillance and Mobile Recording in the Era of Data Privacy

The EU’s MiFID II and other regulations globally have placed greater emphasis than ever on market surveillance, recording of trading communications and records-retention processes in an attempt to stamp out market abuse and boost investor confidence and protections. At the same time, the public’s attitude toward data privacy has hardened, most visibly through new regulations...

Solving the KYC & AML Challenge for Cryptocurrencies, Tokens & ICOs

The cryptocurrency market is at an inflection point. It has gained substantial momentum from early investors (private & retail), day traders and prop shops but it has so far failed to get substantive engagement from wider institutional players. The crypto marketplace today is a mix of exchange and OTC-traded activity with little of the market...

Getting eComms Surveillance Right

Demand for electronic communications (eComms) surveillance has risen in response to regulatory requirements and compliance needs to pinpoint problems such as market abuse without wasting time and resources reviewing false positives. Innovative technologies such as machine learning, natural language understanding (NLU) and other strands of artificial intelligence (AI) are improving financial services firms’ ability  to...

Quantity vs. Quality: An Evolving Research Paradigm

A revolution is under way in how buy-side firms conceptualize value in the research they consume. However, sell-side houses may be behind the curve in recognizing this. Driving this change in perception among buy-side firms is the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II). Under MiFID II, buy-side firms have to pay for...

Minimising Market Manipulation False Positives: The Trick is in the Data

The focus on market manipulation has probably never been higher. In the wake of the Financial Crisis of 2008, with its multiple market manipulation scandals, regulators have ratcheted up compliance requirements for firms. The media has also sharpened its focus – the cost of a controls failure in this area can be catastrophic in terms...