Financial Markets Insights

Providing insights into trends, challenges and developments in the Financial Markets industry, through in-depth conversations with C-level executives and key experts within the sector.

Evolution, not Revolution for Custodians

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Whilst the cost pressure on the capital markets industry has been well publicised, less has been spoken about how the custody business needs to evolve in the face of this changing dynamic.

Navigating strict privacy regulations in a MiFID II world

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Recent regulations have obliged financial services companies to provide greater visibility into their operations. The European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) and its UK sibling, the Markets Abuse Regulation (MAR), has […]

Taming the Mobile Beast: How can mobile devices and trading floors work together under MiFID II?

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The use of mobile devices in a trading environment has been a contentious issue for as long as mobile phones have been in mainstream use. As early as 2004, The Times was reporting on the […]

Unlocking the Post-Trade Puzzle: New Approaches to Solving the Issue of Operational Costs in the Post-Trade Environment

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Following the 2008 financial crisis, the US and European approaches to reforming the financial sector were markedly different, with European rules resulting in far more onerous capital and trade reporting requirements.

Doing the Right Thing: Why financial institutions are banking on accessibility

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In June 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published version 2.1 of its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the international standard for making Web and mobile content more accessible to people with disabilities.

The crypto challenge: Boosting institutional trading in a fast-evolving market

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It’s been dubbed the “Next Big Thing” of finance. It’s been compared to options trading in the 1980s. It’s been described as an innovation with revolutionary implications for the marketplace. Perhaps less favourably, it has […]

Singapore’s FX Take Off: How Singapore aims to become the price discovery venue for foreign exchange in Asia

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In 2018 the Hollywood movie Crazy Rich Asians became the highest grossing romantic comedy for more than a decade. The film tells the story of the culture clash between Asian-American Rachel Chu and her boyfriend's […]

Seizing the opportunity; understanding the reality – Capitalising on the growth of instant B2B payments

Across all channels, client segments and geographies, payments are getting faster – even if not always quite real time, nor quickly enough to keep up with the momentum of demand.

Accessing Asia Pacific Liquidity: Capitalising on Opportunities in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

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In comparison to relatively stagnant rates of growth in the US and Europe, the dynamics of the Asia Pacific markets hold an obvious appeal. Financial institutions are increasingly keen to capitalise on these opportunities, while […]