Insights

Where's my delta?

Where's my delta?

15th December 2011

By Jor Molchan, director, Sapient Global Markets, Fabrice Douglas Rouah, director, Sapient Global Markets The increased use of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, such as barrier options, is presenting new challenges for writers of these options who wish to hedge their positions. Hedging involves eliminating risk in one investment by... read more
2011: The year of “mobile-assisted shopping”

2011: The year of “mobile-assisted shopping”

15th December 2011

Company: Sybase
By Haridas Nair, vice-president, mCommerce Solutions and Services, Sybase 365Will holiday shoppers bring mobile purchasing into the mainstream this year? They are ready, according to a recent joint survey done recently by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Sybase 365. (1) Almost two-thirds of US consumers - 62 per cent - say they would be... read more
E-business suitability myths and strategies for the insurance industry

E-business suitability myths and strategies for the insurance industry

15th December 2011

By Randy Croce CPCU, CIC, Tata Consultancy Services The insurance industry is cautious by nature; after all, it is a business based on managing risk. Slower to embrace e-business strategies compared to securities, brokers and investment companies, this industry has made circumspective steps in progressing towards an online presence; primarily, by... read more
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OTC markets: Increasing transparency in the valuation process

15th December 2011

By Anthony Belcher, director, EMEA Valuations, Interactive DataIn the post-crisis world there has been a much greater demand for information in the financial markets. Clients, auditors and regulators are seeking a holistic view and are calling for more openness and insight into the investment activity of financial firms. The need for greater... read more
And so here comes the egg before the chicken

And so here comes the egg before the chicken

15th December 2011

Company: Fixnetix
Snippets from pending regulatory environments in Europe and USKaren Bertoli, chief marketing officer, Fixnetix and Bob Fuller, chairman of the MiFID IT Sub Group and director, FixnetixNews is news when it first occurs and we have all heard the phrase “old news is no news”. One would be hard pressed to not see, hear or read the daily worldwide... read more
Securing mobile payment app provisioning: The forgotten side of the security coin

Securing mobile payment app provisioning: The forgotten side of the security coin

13th December 2011

By Steve Brunswick, strategy manager,Thales e-SecurityWith more people owning mobile phones than bank accounts, it is clear that mobile payments will become an increasingly important part of our daily lives. Juniper Research, a European based provider of business intelligence, released a study forecasting that mobile contactless payment... read more
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Leveraging cloud computing for the financial services sector

12th December 2011

Company: Vordel
By Mark O’Neill, CTO, Vordel Cloud computing adoption continues to gain momentum across a broad range of industries including financial services. Once organisations manage to filter through the noise surrounding the cloud, there are actually some very pragmatic ways in which the IT organisations of banks, insurers and similar institutions can... read more
OTC automation could spur cross-asset crashes

OTC automation could spur cross-asset crashes

12th December 2011

Dr Richard Bentley, Industry Vice President, Banking & Capital MarketsRegulators in Europe and the US are grappling with how to make over the counter (OTC) markets more transparent and easier to monitor. Automation is the key and the mandated use of swaps execution facilities (SEFs) and central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs) will revolutionise... read more
Who will own NFC?

Who will own NFC?

7th December 2011

Company: Sybase
By Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President for mCommerce at Sybase 365 Google officially launched Google Wallet, “the app that makes your phone your wallet,” at the end of September (for customers of US telecom operator, Sprint, with a Nexus S 4G phone). Hot on its heels was the announcement from Isis, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon consortium, that... read more
Online banking success hinges on creating a positive user experience

Online banking success hinges on creating a positive user experience

7th December 2011

Company: Compuware
By David Flower, VP EMEA, Compuware APMThe number of customers opting to do their banking online continues to grow. In the UK mobile banking has overtaken telephone banking while a US Consumer Briefing shows that 17 per cent of the population now use mobile banking (1). Around the world the Internet is becoming the preferred way to access personal... read more