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China joins the global LEI initiative

12 August 2013  |  2056 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

One of the issues that could have held back the adoption of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) by market participants and regulators has been the question of “who runs the system?” LEIs are going to be as fundamental to identity management in the financial sector as passports and identity cards are to the world’s population. It shouldn’t be a sur...

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Venture Capital, Risk Management and the Dealing Room

13 June 2013  |  2258 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”. So, remembering that type of “pattern recognition”, when I was in New York last week I was interested to come across two situations where major fin...

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Chicago - where the Big Data grows

25 March 2013  |  3503 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  |  2166 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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Vote for FIX for LEIs and CAT NMS

08 February 2013  |  2505 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Many of the business processes that are going to need to be changed in order to make use of the new Legal Entity Identifiers are already included in the FIX Protocol that many thousands of investments...

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Who pays a transaction tax?

04 February 2013  |  2228 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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Consolidated Audit Trail and really BIG Data

29 January 2013  |  3341 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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Dematerialisation and digital notaries

24 January 2013  |  2984 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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Chris PicklesConsultant - England

How do young employees learn about financial technology?

23 January 2013  |  1580 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

The answer to that question for most of us has probably been “learning by doing”. If you get the right job that puts you in a role where you get the opportunity to deal close-up with technology, you ...

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Security, DoS attacks and magic tricks

21 January 2013  |  3826 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

It’s pretty frightening when I hear my colleagues who specialise in security services describe the kind of things that hackers get up to – maybe because I think that I’m pretty clever (38 years in IT,...

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