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Trade in Services Agreement threatens bank data sovereignty

10 July 2014  |  2969 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A clash between globalised financial services and domestic governments is looming. Activity by the US authorities particularly – from spying on friendly foreign governments, to aggressively pursuing sanction breakers and tax avoiders domiciled overseas – risks fragmenting globalised industry into regionalised pockets of influence and jurisdiction....

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Google search: What’s my credit score?

01 July 2014  |  1988 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The hype around big data is, ironically, huge. There is more to big data technology than the marketing bandwagon. The scale of the difference that systems like Hadoop – the open-source platform based on Google’s storage model – can have on making sense of lots of input at once is interesting to observe. Using parallelised, decentralised processing...

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Trade finance creates a 10 billion dollar risk

11 June 2014  |  1759 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

BNP Paribas is in a real fix. It faces censure for allegedly being found guilty of breaching US rules on money laundering, and of breaching US sanctions, between 2002 and 2009. These alleged breaches ...

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Bad as gold

29 May 2014  |  1784 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

The news that Barclays has been fined for manipulation of the gold benchmark is another nail in the coffin of trader autonomy and of voluntary data-based benchmarks. It also highlights the risks for s...

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Is Bitcoin mo' money or no money?

29 May 2014  |  1505 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

Last month the Bank of England wrote an in-depth explanation of money, in which it explained why Bitcoin is more like a commodity - e.g. gold - than a currency. Basically it isn’t popular enough. Yet....

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That's settled: T plus 2 settlement takes hold

07 May 2014  |  1322 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The settlement lifecycle for equity trades is being shortened from T+3 to T+2 across developed markets. Cost benefit analyses have shown support from correspondent banks, custodian banks, buy-...

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Defending the indefensible

07 May 2014  |  704 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

An astonishing situation has arisen in UK courts, whereby fraud cases brought by the State are being dropped as the defendants claim to be unable to find defence lawyers, following budget cuts to publ...

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'Flash Boys' in a nutshell

16 April 2014  |  3954 views  |  5  |  Recommends 1

The PR bluster around the new Michael Lewis book ‘Flash Boys’ is deliberately confusing, yet almost no-one seems to have read it. With the FBI investigating high-frequency trading (HFT), the issues th...

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Regulators reveal budgets for surveillance and technology

16 April 2014  |  1213 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Regulators have budgeted for enormous spend on surveillance technology in the year ahead. On 31 March 2014, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority revealed a 15% increase in its IT budget for 2014-2015,...

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Smartphones can unlock bank vaults

15 April 2014  |  1502 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Apps are making the banking sector more vulnerable to cyber-attack, say European regulators, who recommend that firms hold capital as insurance against such an event. The ‘Joint Committee Report on ri...

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