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Customering - not Banking

10 June 2014  |  1323 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

Having a customer focus is contrary to the way that most complex organisations think and operate. During troubled times, that distancing from customers tends to increase: the organisation's focus is on survival and getting its employees to do what's best for the organisation, which is too often not what is best for its customers. Knowing this and ...

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Chris PicklesConsultant - England

ESMA announces consultations on MiFID II reforms

22 May 2014  |  2609 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched the consultation process for the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR). This is the first step in the process of translating the MiFID II/MiFIR requirements into practically applicable rules and regulations to addr...

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Venture Capital, Risk Management and the Dealing Room

13 June 2013  |  2628 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

I remember an old spy book from the 1960s that said “if you notice someone once, it’s chance; if you notice them twice, it’s a coincidence; but if you notice them three times, they’re following you”. ...

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Chicago - where the Big Data grows

25 March 2013  |  3703 views  |  3  |  Recommends 0

Watching how data volumes coming out of the Chicago derivatives markets have been growing is what you do when you have to build IT infrastructure to support a modern bank or broker anywhere in the wor...

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25 years of the German Exchange

22 March 2013  |  2312 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Sometimes it’s useful to remember how things were so that we can work out how we got to where we are today. 25 years ago Germany had eight separate securities exchanges, of which Dusseldorf was the l...

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Proving best-execution compliance for all trades

06 February 2013  |  2944 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Despite the growth of automated, electronic trading – whether high-speed or algorithmic or plain vanilla – voice trading is still a key element of markets in most asset classes, and in particular wher...

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Chris PicklesConsultant - England

Who pays a transaction tax?

04 February 2013  |  2411 views  |  2  |  Recommends 0

One sometimes wonders how distanced politicians are from commerce, business and financial services. There is the impression that they have a desire to punish financial institutions for actions that l...

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Payments and the Eurozone

30 January 2013  |  2948 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

I’m in the Netherland today, talking to financial institutions about Payments. Since the Euro was introduced in the EU, the challenge for payment processors has been pretty clear: how do you become t...

TagsMobile & onlinePayments
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Consolidated Audit Trail and really BIG Data

29 January 2013  |  3562 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

In New York the meeting was held today for the organisations that are interested in bidding to provide and run CAT NMS – the Consolidated Audit Trail system for the National Market System of the USA. ...

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Chris PicklesConsultant - England

Dematerialisation and digital notaries

24 January 2013  |  3165 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Reading on Finextra last week about dematerialisation in the Netherlands reminded me about the issues that you face when you want to move from paper documents to electronic documents – particularly wh...

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