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Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Central bank digital currencies: towards a global approach

In one of my earlier blogs, I mentioned that Facebook’s efforts to launch its Libra cryptocurrency triggered intense debates over who would control money in the future. It has also forced Central Bank...

12 Feb 2020
Blockchain Observations
John Pucciarelli

Regulation: A Surprising Catalyst for Innovation

Created in response to the global financial crisis, the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) are one of the most consequential regulatory events for the derivatives industry in recent years. While the rules w...

03 Feb 2020
Financial Services Regulation
Yousaf Hafeez

Future-gazing 2020: technology continues to drive financial markets

I have now spent a good few years working with financial services firms and can confidently say that the perpetual change is the only constant in global capital markets – that, and the fact that it’s ...

06 Jan 2020
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

What may we expect for blockchain and the crypto markets in 2020?

2019 has almost come to an end and we can safely say that this was a remarkable year for blockchain technology. A lot of things, some unexpected, happened. But now it is time to bring our attention to...

30 Dec 2019
Blockchain Observations
Simon Richards

The parable of the breakfast cereal - and what banks' Ops teams can learn from it

There’s an iconic TV advert in the UK for a breakfast cereal, where even the ‘hero’ can’t eat more than two Shredded Wheat. It was even cited by David Cameron when he was Prime Minister, when he decl...

18 Nov 2019
Unified Communications in Financial Services
John Cant

Easy to say, but hard to deliver

I attended the Substantive Research Unbundling Uncovered MiFID research conference this week. The panels at this event were made up of a mix of market participants and vendors. The mix made for some e...

13 Nov 2019
Satish Saini

Complex Problem Simple Solution

Complex Problem: Operational challenges Trade financing, where banks and financial institutions provide credit facilities in order to guarantee exchange of goods, is a centuries old industry that hasn...

11 Nov 2019
Artificial Intelligence and Financial Services
Marc Gratacos

SFTR and the need for data integration & management

Background With the European Union’s Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR) countdown clock ticking, the industry is awaiting the official publication by International Organization for Sta...

07 Nov 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Simon Bennet

20022 after 2020

SWIFT payments and related messages are changing to ISO 20022 standard in the coming three years and these changes will be market mandatory over the medium term. At this point the key action item is ...

28 Oct 2019
Payments strategies 2015-2020-2030
Simon Richards

How banks can avoid falling foul of MiFID II reporting requirements

The red light is ‘blinking’ – but are you sure you’re recording? Investment banks know they need to record their trades or face the wrath of the regulator. However, too often it is taken for granted w...

21 Oct 2019
Unified Communications in Financial Services
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain: the Ten Commandments for CIOs

In my last blog about Gartner and Blockchain I mentioned the importance of the role of CIOs. They are supposed to play a leading role in determining if this technology could be of use for their busine...

17 Oct 2019
Blockchain Observations
Mark Demo


Approximately 250 firms, including many more buy-side firms, could fall into scope for Phase 5 of the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR), according to AcadiaSoft’s estimates. At the same time, firms will ne...

08 Oct 2019
Financial Services Regulation