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Outlook 2008: A Nutshell

29 December 2007  |  4826 views  |  1 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Time to consider what the year ahead might have in store. Volatility and uncertainty seem to be at an all-time high making an already difficult project that much more challenging. What follows are what we believe to be the four key drivers underpinning financial affairs in the coming year. 1. U.S. Economy Overall, we expect 2008 to be a year of...

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Technology vendors could help

28 December 2007  |  4646 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Regarding staff shortages, I would argue that the providers of technology to hedgefunds could do a better job of developing an ecosystem of knowledgeable individuals of their software. For example, these vendors could create incentives so that consulting companies can develop "practices" on a specific system. Some consulting firms alread...

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Regulators about to rule on interchange -watch this closely

18 December 2007  |  4167 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Here's something that could have a big impact on how payment schemes are going to compete in the future. European regulators are expected tomorrow to force MasterCard to cut interchange fees, but the ...

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Facebook and the Financial Analyst

14 December 2007  |  4529 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 1

Investing has evolved into a highly social activity, as evidenced by the countless chatrooms, blogs, and message boards populating the Internet. With the Facebook Platform API now available we would e...

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Beijing's Attack on the U.K.

09 December 2007  |  3057 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Recent revelations of China's state-sponsored cyber attacks on U.K. financial institutions underscores that strategic financial power is high on Beijing's list of priorities. Moreover, these attacks ...

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Metadata catches politicians out again...and again..

03 December 2007  |  3057 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

What is it about politics and embarrassing metadata? UK readers will be familiar with the row about dodgy political donations that is currently surrounding the Labour party. It was perhaps only a ma...

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Liquidity, transparency and fragmentation in equity markets

03 December 2007  |  2179 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Reading one of John Cant’s recent blogs, I thought that we should remind ourselves that off-exchange trading existed before MiFID. 50% of UK trading in UK equities has been taking place away from the...

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Man In The Middle

28 November 2007  |  3650 views  |  2 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Sorry to say that the only way to really get past the Man in the Middle attack is to use a second secure channel to carry out the authentication and a transaction specific authentication. It has to b...

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T plus 1 equals A

26 November 2007  |  2058 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

As my blog stands for Practical Cash Management, first blog posting title should be a bit easier to understand than it is now. But as we are only few days away from the first real SEPA implementations...

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PE and Fintech: Finding Each Other At Last

26 November 2007  |  6125 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

I recently came across a report from TowerGroup entitled "Private Equity and Financial Technology Vendors: Finding Each Other at Last" published by Stephen Bruel last July. In his report, ...

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