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Olympic sponsor winners and losers: Samsung has a good games, Visa struggles

13th August 2012

Company: bobsguide
Well, it’s all over bar the packing away. The London 2012 Olympic Games finished last night with a musical spectacular and the host nation sitting third in the medal table. What about the sponsors though: who has won gold and who’s missed the podium? A fantastic couple of weeks of sporting action encompassing everything from... read more
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Olympic scale logistics: Cash provisioning

6th August 2012

Company: Fiserv
The London Olympic Games are expected to attract 5.3 million visitors to the UK capital over the summer. Some other visitors may stay away of course, but the overall figure is expected to be up and the demand for cash across the city has already changed as crowds have flocked east to the Olympic Park and deserted traditional shopping areas in... read more
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Failure of card payments at Olympics football match highlights folly of the ‘cashless society’

30th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Neil Ainger In an attempt to get into the Olympic spirit I attended the football match at Wembley Stadium in London last night, but my desire to recreate the true football experience with a beer and a pie at the ‘half time’ interval during the games between Senegal and Uruguay and Great Britain and the UAE was thwarted by the... read more
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Lasting legacy or temporary disruption: Either way the Olympic Games are coming

27th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
Whether you’re looking forward to the spectacle, or dreading the disruption, organisations need to make sure they are ready for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, which start today. Ensuring business continuity via secure remote working during over the next few months will not be easy but there are things that companies can do... read more
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HFT will have minimal impact in the FX space

13th July 2012

According to Patrik Säfvenblad, Investment Partner at Harmonic Capital Partners, despite the industry-shaking, headline-making, flash-crashing repercussions in equities, the impact on FX markets will be more of a rolling thunder than a lightning strike, not at least in part due to the lessons learned from watching equities. Dan... read more
What Impact Does Dodd Frank Have on FX Trading?

What Impact Does Dodd Frank Have on FX Trading?

12th July 2012

Regulation has a significant impact on how businesses operate across the world, and no industry is more tightly regulated than the financial sector. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 regulators responded with a raft of new proposals intended to prevent a future economic collapse. By far the most broad reaching of these is the Dodd... read more
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Security threats: prepare to respond at the speed of a tweet

12th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Steve Durbin, Vice President, Information Security Forum (ISF) trade body The range and complexity of cyber security threats is growing daily. Given the high potential rewards from cybercrime, especially when it comes to banking and finance, this trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Threats are increasingly being... read more
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RBS IT crash: Age will soon get the better of the banks

6th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Daniel Mayo, Ovum There was plenty of speculation about the cause of the recent RBS IT failure that downed the retail bank operation for a week and prevented payments in and out from being processed, causing wages, mortgages and businesses to go unpaid and seriously damaging the reputation of the bank. Many observers were initially... read more
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Show Report: SIFMA Tech 2012

26th June 2012

Company: bobsguide
Tom Groenfeldt, reporting for bobsguide The annual SIFMA Technology Leaders Forum & Expo on 19-21 June at the Hilton in New York City gathered speakers from BATS, NYSE Euronext, CME Group, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldmans, BofA Merrill and various politicians and, crucially, regulators to discuss the changing nature of the... read more
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Lies, damned lies, and fraud statistics

14th June 2012

Company: bobsguide
Card and banking fraud is a topic that sadly won’t go away, says Pat Carroll, chief executive of ValidSoft, but measuring it can be contentious. Some of the latest figures and reports this year, from CIFAS and PwC for instance, show that the problem is growing, while still others, such as the Financial Fraud Action UK figures, show it is... read more