Middle and Back Office Solutions Insights

Why collateral management has become the new buzzword

Why collateral management has become the new buzzword

22nd September 2011

Company: ActiveViam
Allen Whipple, US director, Quartet FS. Collateral sufficiency is a well established risk management process but has become a growing concern for the financial community in recent years. Thanks to regulatory initiatives, as well as the increasing complexity arising from the large and ever-growing volumes of collateralised deals, banks need a... read more
The path to payments efficiency: payment factories

The path to payments efficiency: payment factories

22nd September 2011

Alex Wong, solutions consultant, GTS at Bank of America Merrill LynchPayment factories - though not a new invention - are still surprisingly rare. However, their importance on the strategic value creation chain is undoubted. The step itself of realising a treasury function is the most challenging due to the time, resources and investment needed by... read more
Improving data through automation

Improving data through automation

22nd September 2011

Company: Omgeo
By Mark Bouchea, executive director of Product Management, OmgeoWith increased pressure for transparency and less tolerance for risk from regulators and investors alike, banks need to ensure that all of the information pertinent to completing their clients’ trades is accurate at all times. One area where custodian banks are becoming increasingly... read more
Sibos 2011 - The devil is in the regulatory detail

Sibos 2011 - The devil is in the regulatory detail

21st September 2011

Company: bobsguide
“We’ve learned that what is extreme is much more plausible. And what is plausible is much more extreme.” (Lawrence Sweet, senior vice-president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York) Regulation and its impact on the global financial services industry was a key topic as tongues at Sibos 2011 continued to wag well into the second day. Much... read more
SWIFT for Corporates 2020

SWIFT for Corporates 2020

21st September 2011

By Eric Campbellchief technology officerBottomline TechnologiesTen years ago, SWIFT announced the availability of corporate access to its network. However, joining SWIFT was often seen as a challenging project, not for the faint of heart, which required outside expertise. Plus, the process was often disjointed, complex and slow. How much of this... read more
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Six stages to a robust operational risk framework

20th September 2011

Prior to the financial crisis, very few institutions were able to look at their overall risk profile holistically and truly understand the impact strategic decisions would have on the overall organisation. In most cases, these decisions were made based on single lines of business, operating entities, products, geographies or risk factors.... read more
NFC Payments: It starts with the wallet

NFC Payments: It starts with the wallet

15th September 2011

Company: Microsoft
By Colin Kerr, industry solutions manager, worldwide financial services, Microsoft The problem with mobile payments is that everyone has a different definition. Efforts to define what constitutes a mobile payment are complicated by different geographic expectations, mobile users’ experiences, payment systems, regulations and the relative strength... read more
Customer retention through innovation

Customer retention through innovation

14th September 2011

Company: ACI Worldwide
Wholesale payments businesses are expected to be innovators in what has become a commodity market. Craig Ramsey, Wholesale Solutions Lead at ACI Worldwide, offers a three-stage outline on how innovation can be leveraged for competitive differentiation and increased market share.Retail banking is facing a seismic shift in consumer expectations... read more
Dodd-Frank: The benefits of a staged approach to regulation

Dodd-Frank: The benefits of a staged approach to regulation

14th September 2011

Company: Openlink
By Mark Abrams, sales manager, OpenLinkThe Dodd‐Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act intends to introduce significant changes to the US over‐the‐counter (OTC) derivatives market, with the goals of improving transparency, reducing systemic default risk and promoting greater stability. The costs and lack of clarity associated... read more
SWIFT - making it easier to drive e-invoicing adoption

SWIFT - making it easier to drive e-invoicing adoption

13th September 2011

By Marcus Hughes, director of business development, Bottomline TechnologiesCorporate adoption of SWIFT has been a growing trend for many years. As we head into Sibos in Toronto, the focus on SWIFT for corporates has been sharpened due to SWIFT’s new electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) initiative. Whilst there is general agreement on the payments... read more