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Don’t Just Reopen Trading Floors — Reimagine Them

Dispersed trading floors are here to stay. While sell-side traders will eventually make it back to the trading floor, banks are accepting that they will need to maintain partially-remote trading floors for the foreseeable future. Though triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, this is just another step along the path away from trading pits and towards electronic communication and automation. Trading pits gave way to electronic trading, physically separating traders from different firms from each other. This further progressed within the firm as trading floors grew larger and global, leveraging technology to allow trading and sales to sit farther apart – sometimes in different offices. Although the driving cause today is different, traders, sales, support and operations staff within the same firm are forced to physically separate. Technology is filling the space in between. 

Digital Currencies Are Imminent, And Central Banks Are A Big Reason Why

When they burst into public view in 2009, the market for digital currencies was the Wild West. Bitcoin – and the many imitators that it spawned – was a fringe novelty that captured the attention of technologists and those looking for an alternative to mainstream financial services. In that early surge of activity and Utopian optimism, the digital currency market was certainly marked by innovation, but also by misunderstanding, volatility, fraud and minimal oversight.

Human judgement still king in a world of algorithmic trades

As the head of fixed income trading at a European bank in 2007, Jens Kramarczik was troubled by the early stages of the US subprime mortgage crisis.He shifted out of risk assets, shorted Italian government bonds and bought the yen as a flight to safety. In this case, human judgement was the key, and the shift was made “long before the rocket science told us to,” he says. 

FSB: increase in suptech and regtech

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has reported an increase in the use of regulatory technology (regtech) to help institutions meet their regulatory requirements and supervisory technology (suptech) to improve firm’s supervisory capabilities.In a report by the FSB, it explained that opportunities offered by both suptech and regtech have been created by a combination of factors that have come to the fore in recent years. 

Trumid expands platform to include emerging markets bonds

Fixed income e-trading platform, Trumid, has expanded its liquidity offering to include emerging markets bonds. Trumid said it had experienced record growth this year, with volumes up 430% year on year across a growing network of over 500 institutions.   “We’re very excited to be bringing the efficiency and connectivity of Trumid to emerging markets credit trading,” said Trumid founder and chief executive Ronnie Mateo. “We look forward to expanding our trading community to include EM participants and to work together to build best-in-class trading and workflow solutions.”  

PODCAST: Episode 7: The Cboe Theoretical Value

The Cboe Theoretical Value is a sophisticated, next-generation improvement of Cboe’s existing datasets, and forms a foundational element of Cboe Information Solutions’ options analytics product suite. This cohesive dataset helps customers better understand risk, access markets and make more informed trading decisions. Cboe Theo is now available via Cboe Hanweck here and will soon be used across Cboe’s global derivatives marketplace.

BNP Paribas and Curv complete proof of concept for secure transfer of digital assets

BNP Paribas Securities Services has partnered with cloud-based digital asset security infrastructure Curv to transfer security tokens securely between market participants.The security token was transferred using Curv’s multi-party computation solution to ensure the security of the private keys.The proof of concept, which was successfully completed, helped to demonstrate that tokenised securities can be transferred quickly, safely and transparently on the blockchain. 

End-to-End Institutional Trading Platform Comes to Digital Assets Market

Talos, a technology provider for the institutional trading of digital assets, today announced the public launch of its platform that connects the diverse group of participants involved in today’s crypto-asset market structure — institutional investors, prime brokers, exchanges, OTC desks, lenders and custodians. The Talos platform, which has been live for the last year, delivers a suite of solutions that supports clients through the full trading lifecycle — from price discovery to execution through clearing and settlement, across spot, futures and FX markets.

Sibos: SmartStream develops data observational learning alongside Tier 1 banks

In collaboration with Tier 1 banks, SmartStream has launched Affinity, a new artificial intelligence (AI) ‘observational learning’ solution.SmartStream’s new solution is set to meet the technical demands and business agility for operational data management and data quality processes. 

US politicians weigh response to OCC payments charters

With financial technology firms growing fast and big tech outfits increasingly moving into the FS sector, a senior US politician has warned about the risks of "too-big-to-fail" fintechs.In a hearing of the House of Representatives Task Force on Financial Technology, chair Congressman Stephen Lynch said: "Technology and tech companies are playing an ever-increasing role in our finances, and our laws and regulations are struggling, to be kind, to keep pace."

DTCC Proposes Steps Towards Full Dematerialization

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, today issued its latest whitepaper, “From Physical to Digital: Advancing the Dematerialization of U.S. Securities,” outlining the necessary steps to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, certificated U.S. securities. Dematerialization, the transition from physical certificates to electronic records, would reduce the risks and costs associated with manual processing and human touchpoints, as well as increase efficiency and resiliency across the industry at a time when automation is more important than ever.

DTCC lays out roadmap for full adoption of US electronic securities

US financial market participants must pull together to achieve complete securities dematerialisation and improve market stability, according to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) in a new whitepaper.The transition from physical certificates to electronic records, DTCC argues, would reduce the risks and costs associated with manual processing and human touchpoints, while also increasing efficiency and resiliency at a time when automation is more important than ever.  

Market Volatility and the U.S. Presidential Election

Market volatility has been the order of the day in 2020, as firms across the globe react instantly to the latest developments, whether that be Covid-19, the global economic downturn or geopolitical tensions. This volatility shows no signs of letting up, with the uncertainty around this year’s presidential election stoking yet another wave of uncertainty.

ESMA publishes draft rules for third country firms under MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS and ITS) for third-country firms under the new Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) and the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) regimes.The aims of the new rules are to give ESMA the information for all trading activity done in the EU by firms outside the EU. 

Dated Technology and Manual Processes Cost Hedge Funds Millions

Hedge Funds are absorbing a punishing $8 million annual hit to their Assets Under Management (AUM) due to high levels of manual processes and outdated trading systems that are causing delays in sending orders out to market. According to a new analysis from TradingScreen, a typical mid-sized long/short equity hedge fund ($5 billion AUM) wastes, on average, 2.5 hours per day dealing with 200 orders.

Fintechs show appetite for growth despite market anxieties

The pandemic and upcoming negotiations around Brexit are causing unprecedented uncertainty for fintech market participants, but many are still seeking to expand internationally, according to research conducted by Newfound, seen by bobsguide.The study – which was produced in July and surveyed 50 fintech executives - revealed that 68 percent of fintech executives expect to expand internationally in the next 18 months whilst only two percent said they wouldn’t expand anytime soon.

Apifiny partners ECS Fin to pilot blockchain payments for banks

Apifiny, a leading fintech company that is building a new internet of financial services, today announced that ECS Fin will begin a pilot program to test the integration of Apifiny’s Roxe instant settlement network.The Roxe network is designed to save financial institutions significant time and costs by using blockchain technology to provide highly reliable, secure, and real-time clearing and cross-border settlement of payments and remittances, traditional assets, and digital assets.

Video: Re-thinking the value of digital infrastructure

Anders la Cour, CEO, Banking Circle, speaks about how financial institutions of all types need to learn the lessons of the past and the pandemic, to future-proof their businesses and better understand the role financial infrastructure plays in developing and delivering the best solutions. We learn how working together is the best way to optimise delivery of the right propositions to best meet customer needs and how banks are far more confident than FinTechs and PSPs in the face of approaching global recession.

BidFX launches remote working FX desktop application on OpenFin

Institutional foreign exchange trading platform provider BidFX has launched a trading desktop application that will support the layout of multiple screens for traders via the operating system (OS) OpenFin.BidFX will now offer a desktop-installed web application supporting the layout of window-based components that interoperate across a trader’s multi-screen workstation via OpenFin.

Nasdaq launches AML investigation technology

Today Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) announced the launch of the cloud-deployed Nasdaq Automated Investigator for AML, the first automated solution for investigating anti-money laundering (AML) for retail and commercial banks and other financial institutions.Designed, built and offered in partnership with UK-based Caspian, Nasdaq Automated Investigator for AML further expands Nasdaq’s global efforts in combatting financial crime and promoting market integrity in the capital markets and beyond.

Fintech sector faces “existential crisis” says McKinsey

The global fintech sector faces an "existential crisis", says McKinsey, as sources of funding dry up during the ongoing Covid pandemic.To navigate the economic fall-out from Covid-19, Europe’s fintechs will need to adjust their playbook, says the consultancy, which points to a deep drop in funding for the sector.

Automation tipping point for financial transaction taxes arrives

Financial transaction taxes (FTT), a levy on financial transactions such as the purchase or sale of financial instruments, have been on the radar of capital markets firms for over a decade.The 2008 global financial crisis created political pressure to ensure that the financial sector contributed fairly to the costs of the crisis. As a result, France in 2012 successfully introduced an FTT on equity and high frequency trades, followed in 2013 by Italy implementing a similar levy on equity, derivative and high frequency trades.

J.P. Morgan and BlackRock automate account opening for securities services

J.P. Morgan and BlackRock have adopted fintech company Saphyre’s platform to digitise the account opening workflow, eliminate manual processes, improve scalability and enable buy-side clients to be ready to trade more quickly.Saphyre provides BlackRock and other buy-side firms with an efficient process for opening accounts with custodians and broker-dealers. 

Phoenix American and AIX team up to deliver STP for alternative investments

Phoenix American, a transfer agent and fund administration provider, and the Alternative Investment Exchange (AIX) have formed an integration partnership that will enable investors to purchase alternative investment products digitally.The partnership will allow investors to use the AIX platform resulting in a complete and active investment record in the Phoenix American transfer agent system, STAR-XMS, with no manual intervention.

JP Morgan, State Street and Citi invest in FX FinTech firm Capitolis

JP Morgan, Citi and State Street have jointly invested in New York-based FinTech firm Capitolis that will help drive further industry adoption of its technology solutions.The investment from the three banks comes after the firm announced it had raised $40 million in a Series B funding round in November last year.Capitolis said it intends to use the funds from this latest investment to further accelerate its technology and product development, as well as expand sales and marketing initiatives.
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