An unhealthy interest

The rise of impaired annuity providers at the start of the decade prompted a migration of the least healthy annuitants away from traditional providers, skewing their mortality assumptions and capital reserves. But as mainstream annuity providers use an…

The MiFID Threat

Thanks to compliance, many of the European Union’s smaller exchanges now face fresh competition.

Banks need to focus on Pillars II and III says Celent

Banks may be over-emphasising the requirements for Basel II’s Pillar I, which sets the standard for risk-adjusted capital adequacy ratios, while overlooking the importance of Pillars II and III, which cover topics such as corporate governance, according…

More IT for MiFID

MiFID's success hinges on IT prospects, write Choongo Moonga and Phil Craig . But many in the industry are balking at the costs involved

Crisis Point

In the moments after the London bombings in July, the financial markets reacted quickly and learned some lessons along the way.

Risk Into Value

Investment firms have plenty to consider in the race to achieve Basel II and operational risk mandates.

Mutual fund proposals may spur tech uptake

NEW YORK – Mutual funds may have to make more technology implementations if legislation introduced by the US House of Representatives' financial services committee becomes law. The bill, proposed last month, is intended to improve mutual funds'…

Reputation in automation

The introduction of ISO 15022 brings a glimmer of hope to those wrong-footed by nonautomated corporate actions. Pamela Brewster, senior analyst at Celent Communications looks at limiting errors and containing costs.

The Corporate Action Challenge

Concern (often justified) over the maturity of third-party systems and the lack of industry standards is putting the brakes on the progress of corporate-action automation.

Celent, TowerGroup: Deep IT Cuts Proving Harmful

BOSTON - Market research firms Celent Communications and TowerGroup predict that IT spending by securities firms will decrease this year, but say user firms have slashed IT staff nearly to the point that they are harming themselves.

Time for buy-side IT push

Buy-side firms now recognise the strategic benefits and operational efficiencies that technology can bring. And, despite adverse market conditions, Fritz McCormick of Celent Communications believes IT investment is set for continued growth, especially…

New Market, New OMS Sales Pitch

Baring Asset Management is doing something that a lot of trade order management vendors and market analysts wish the rest of the financial world would do: after implementing a new third-party order management system to replace its older in-house system,…

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