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'Flash Boys' in a nutshell

16 April 2014  |  1723 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 that the book raises are clearly very serious. This is what you need to know. 1) HFT strategy is under the spotlight, specifically latency arbitrage....

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Regulators reveal budgets for surveillance and technology

16 April 2014  |  652 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, rising to £88.2 million from £76.4 million in 2013-2014. On 4 March 2014 the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the US derivatives m...

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Smartphones can unlock bank vaults

15 April 2014  |  771 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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European Banking Onion unpeeled

25 March 2014  |  1128 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

News that the European Parliament finally agreed the terms for ‘banking union’ on 20 March 2014 raised lacklustre cheers from the world of finance. The ‘union’ here is regulatory, taking the managemen...

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ATMs: No change there then

20 March 2014  |  894 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Regulators from the US to the Philippines have issued warnings to ATM firms that they should be cognisant of upgrading their operating systems by 8 April 2014, the date by which support for Windows XP...

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New Bitcoin ATMs trouble regulators

20 March 2014  |  1567 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Regulators in Boston, USA, have issued warnings about the risks involved in Bitcoin purchase, after a second ATM device was set up in the state on 17 March 2014, offering Bitcoins for sale in exchange...

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FX - The next big crash?

05 March 2014  |  1634 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The news around foreign exchange suggests a storm is brewing, as speculation and light-touch regulation converge. Spot foreign exchange trading will reportedly become more automated where, until recen...

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Switching sides on banking secrecy

27 February 2014  |  883 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

I recall my parents explaining the secret model of Swiss bank accounts when I was a child in the mid-1980s. The purpose of the accounts, I was informed, was so that people who had stolen money could h...

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Rebuilding the Chartered Institute of Bankers?

17 February 2014  |  887 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

In an excellent article in the Financial Times, John Gapper notes that “Banks banged together in a 20-year spree of mergers and leveraged risk-taking, while old skills were replaced by computers, ha...

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The data crater

17 February 2014  |  1034 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Enormous amounts of customer data have been lost in thefts affecting both retailers and banks. A recent case of data loss at Barclays allegedly included psychological profiling of customers, adding a ...

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