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Ross McGill

Corporate Actions Automation - a contradiction in terms?

I was quite intrigued back in October when I was walking around the exhibition halls at SIBOS in Boston to see how many software vendors on the corporate actions side were promoting their solutions fo...

29 Nov 2007
SWIFT Matters
Paul Penrose

Tony Kirby dusts off his gardening tools

My moles tell me that STP stalwart Tony Kirby is getting his fingers green courtesy of a stint of gardening leave from Accenture. Tony's been around the block a few times, taking on roles at Swift, G...

28 Nov 2007
Where are they now?
Retired Member

One throat to choke

Isn't it better to have one throat to choke? The explosions of the personal computer saw two hardware and operating system vendor models emerge. The first was the IBM compatible or “PC” camp where har...

15 Nov 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Retired Member

Successful Private Equity Exit on SmartStream

As you may have seen, SmartStream, a leader in trade reconciliation and STP solutions for financial institutions, was acquired by DIFC Investments. Due to various confidentiality agreements, I cannot...

14 Nov 2007
Private Equity Investing in Financial Technology
Alan Goodrich

Will UK Banks Get the X-Factor? It's the Same Difference!

What is it that keeps the excruciatingly happy brother and sister act of Sean and Sarah, Same Difference, out of the bottom two each week? My theory is very simple – they have understood what their cu...

12 Nov 2007
SEPA and European Payments
John Cant

Avoiding a MiFID Hangover

So you survived MiFID Day, and indeed the first MiFID week; survived the incessant MiFID blogs and weeklong MiFID press coverage, History of MiFID, MiFID in numbers, and special features on MIFID from...

07 Nov 2007
MiFID
Alan Goodrich

The Distribution Dilemma

Hmmm... I wondered whether it was worth blogging about anything other than MiFID this week... but then decided that perhaps someone might want to read about something else..? Anyway, I finished my pr...

01 Nov 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Paul Penrose

The Finexpo chronicles

Registration has opened for Finexpo, Finextra’s sixth annual capital markets exhibition and conference, which takes place at The Brewery in London on Wednesday 30 January. Finexpo runs three simulta...

01 Nov 2007
Finexpo
John Cant

We understand there is still some confusion ...

I think this direct quote from one of the template MiFID letters being sent by clients to their brokers is a slight understatement! With only a few hours to go before the MiFID gun fires, a massive pa...

31 Oct 2007
MiFID
Alan Goodrich

How Fickle We Are With Funds

No, I’m not suggesting we are careless or eclectic with our money! Or, are we sometimes – in a way..? I was part of the packed audience in Room 210 at one of the opening sessions, on the Monday mornin...

26 Oct 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Elton Cane

When investment banking technology goes horribly wrong

Popular digital arts community and message board B3ta.com poses an interesting question of the week – What’s the most expensive mistake you’ve ever made? Not surprisingly, IT cock-ups make up a large ...

26 Oct 2007
Alan Goodrich

Blinded by Blue Mist?

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Ann Cairns, at the Financial Services Club, giving her personal perspective on "Managing technology change in the financial services in...

25 Oct 2007
Financial Supply Chain