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  • Blog Post: The Other Dimensions of Transparency: for Markets and Management

    A bank’s peers, partners, clients, counterparties…. All demand and expect greater transparency, to keep the markets efficient and fair. Just as importantly, from a risk and profitability standpoint, organisations must strive to achieve greater internal transparency up and down the chain...
  • Blog Post: Regulatory Transparency and Data Best Practices

    New rules are being written, demanding greater reporting from financial institutions to their respective regulators, and more rigorous stress testing for systemic players. To satisfy both these constraints, banks will need to store more data (both real-time and historic) in a consumable and accessible...
  • Blog Post: Decrypting Financial Reform: The Three Dimensions of Transparency

    The word “data” is used and abused when it comes to Finance and IT – but with new regulations the need for transparency is bringing data strategies to the top of every organisation’s priority list. This series of blogs will examine the new demands, and give examples of how technology...
  • Blog Post: Eliminating the Fog of Markets

    April 2011 marks the 150 th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Civil War, the bloodiest military engagement in U.S. history. Past wars had been fought with muskets and fixed formations. But the technology of war had moved on by the 1860s. Despite this, Civil War officers continued to launch...
  • Blog Post: Public Service or Private Enterprise? Banks and the risks they ought not take

    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, much has been written on the increasing risks banks took to grow profits, and the collateral damage that was caused. Hard questions have been raised on the true role of banks within the economy. Are they operating a public service - enabling the efficient flow...
  • Blog Post: Towards a New Model of Employment and Innovation

    The 2011 Shift Index from Deloitte has a simple message. The way for firms to improve performance is to increase worker passion, while the message for employees is follow your dreams. They may not lead to the same place. For those who are new to the Shift Index, the Deloitte Center for the Edge has...
  • Blog Post: Real Time Risk Management at the Touch of a Button - the challenge of managing 'big data'

    New regulation, more frequent risk scenarios, faster trade flows and higher volumes are accelerating data velocities. Current risk systems need new architectures to scale. Systems that have previously been able to deliver only in hours and days must now capture, aggregate and report accurate accounts...
  • Blog Post: The Future of .NET and Interoperability in Banking

    We are rapidly moving towards a more open environment when it comes to technology. A question that often comes up is why aren't .NET and Java interoperable? Well in fact they are. For example: Both Java and .NET run on Azure Both Java and. NET run on Windows Java and .NET are interoperable...
  • Blog Post: Taking Control of our Data and our Destiny

    Back in October 1996, Wired Magazine published Thomas Bass's now famous interview with Citibank and Citicorp's former head Walter Wriston, famous for his observation that information about money was almost as important as money itself. That insight led to massive technology investments by the then...
  • Blog Post: Standards & Algo’s: Innovation or Control?

    The SEC is socializing the notion of standards in the world of algorithms. Throttles, brakes, back testing and other coding requirements are all on the table. Will these and likely other requirements stifle the creativity and innovation of a market where secrecy and the ability to react with lightning...
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