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Ian Stone

Planning for the Unpredictable

It’s been said many times before, but it’s worth saying again – the modern business landscape is fast, furious and ever-changing. Market conditions can shift from day-to-day, never-mind on a quarterly...

27 Nov 2014
Retired Member

Supply and Demand: The OPEC Dilemma

Factors driving down the price of oil causing deep divisions among OPEC nations! To many, it is known as black gold - the thick sludge that gushes out of wells across the Middle East, where a huge por...

27 Nov 2014
Robert Siciliano

The Credit Card Fraud Mob Boss

There once was a guy named Albert Gonzalez who dressed like a woman—but not because he got off on this, but because he wanted to conceal his actual appearance while he used a ream of phony cards to st...

26 Nov 2014
Retired Member

Back in Block

On the way in this morning, I was listening to my favourite AC/DC album and thinking about the challenges of block trading. The problem is well known - a combination of multi-market trading, algos and...

25 Nov 2014
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PRA consults on further Solvency II reforms

The Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) has published a consultation paper on further measures for the implementation of Solvency II. With only a few months left before the official application of t...

25 Nov 2014
Robert Siciliano

How The Internet of Things can go very wrong

The Internet—one of history’s greatest inventions—is also one of history’s greatest platforms for crime. Here are ways things can go very wrong with the Internet of Things. Med-hacking. Researchers ...

25 Nov 2014
Retired Member

Is cloud the key to cost control and agility?

Cloud and cost control. It fits like a glove, doesn't it? I read with interest in the Ovum report, "The Critical Role for Cloud in the Transformation of Retail Banks", that there has been a...

25 Nov 2014
Tim Brew

A murmuration of bankers is gathering!

It was with great interest that I read the article last week about the plans to launch a new bank called Starling when Anne Boden, former AIB COO, announced her plans for the new digital bank. Along ...

25 Nov 2014
Daniel Szmukler

From Vision to Focus

Major progress was made in 2014 on the common understanding of the strategic importance of alternative payments for the European banking sector, against the background of transforming private and publ...

25 Nov 2014
EBAday
Retired Member

Synchronising regulation

US securities industry regulator FINRA recently implemented new time-stamping rules, a topic also on ESMA’s MiFID II task list. FINRA requires US firms to express time in milliseconds when reporting ...

25 Nov 2014
Akshay Berry

Payments Bank - New wine in an old bottle?

Not many policy pundits expected India's Central Bank, known for its cautious stance in issuing Banking licenses, to propagate differentiated banking licenses itself. Payments and Small Banks reflect ...

25 Nov 2014
Kris Kubiena

The real-time payments challenge facing North America

The need for establishing a real-time payment infrastructure is firmly on the agenda in North America right now. The US Federal Reserve announced back in September that it was preparing to publish a r...

25 Nov 2014