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Carlo R.W. De Meijer

CSDs have a role to play in a blockchain environment

There is a broad consensus amongst the post-trade industry that blockchain technology will revolutionise the securities post-trade world and could radically change how assets are maintained and stored...

06 Aug 2019
Blockchain Observations
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Towards a central bank digital currency: retail versus wholesale

Since Facebook announced its plans to come up with their own digital currency named Libra, a heated debate has risen about whether central banks should issue their own digital currency. Central banks ...

26 Jul 2019
Blockchain Observations
Mark Demo

BCBS and IOSCO Add Sixth Phase to Global Regulatory Initial Margin Rollout

Today, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) recommended that prudential regulators add a sixth phase to the global reg...

23 Jul 2019
Financial Services Regulation
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Facebook and Libra: the new global currency?

Since Facebook announced to launch a new digital currency, the Libra, a complete media craze arose. The one blogger stumbled as it were over the other. And while the one group sings hosanna over this ...

01 Jul 2019
Blockchain Observations
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain: A game-changer for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises?

In many countries Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbones of their economy. Their role is crucial to worldwide economic and social developments, with more than half of the overall ...

18 Jun 2019
Blockchain Observations
Simon Richards

How Ops teams can reclaim their weekends

It’s the weekend. The markets are closed and the trading floor has fallen silent. The usual cacophony of voices negotiating complex FICC transactions has moved on, making its way to a nearby bar where...

18 Jun 2019
Unified Communications in Financial Services
Mark Demo

Monitoring OTC trades to ensure IM compliance

In late March, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued guidance to national regulators stating that Phase 4 and 5 ...

10 Jun 2019
Financial Services Regulation
Priya Raj

Why FIX Session Testing is so crucial for a Trading Infrastructure

In today’s critical and regulation-based trading scenarios, the best implementation of FIX testing is required to meet regulatory requirements and to create an optimum risk averting environment at the...

06 Jun 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain-as-a-Service: the accelerator for blockchain adoption

Blockchain technology has attracted growing interest from various businesses from large corporates to SMEs. But a large scale adoption by corporates and others has long time been hindered by the lack ...

30 May 2019
Blockchain Observations
Priya Raj

Leveraging FIX Protocol to automate manual IPO Processes

The current trending initiative from FIX Trading Community is the new process to automate initial public offerings as the UK regulator reviews technological innovation in primary market services. The ...

24 May 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain and Stable Coins: opening the crypto markets?

In my recent blog about IBM’s Blockchain World Wire I mentioned the use of Stable Coins as settlement instrument for global payment transactions. Not many are familiar with the term Stable Coins, beca...

14 May 2019
Blockchain Observations
Simon Richards

How many patches are you sitting on?

You could be forgiven for thinking this should be a rhetorical question – the answer is surely none? However, such is the scale and complexity of managing FICC voice trading systems, with all their in...

14 May 2019
Unified Communications in Financial Services