Services Insights

The future landscape of payments

The future landscape of payments

18th August 2011

Company: Cognizant
By Tony Virdi,vice-president and head of banking and financial services practice, CognizantTony Virdi, vice-president and head of Cognizant’s banking and financial services practice for the UK and Ireland, discusses the changing face of the payments industryThe last fifty years have seen a vast change in the way that payments are undertaken. At a... read more
Going with the flow: Rewriting the economic rulebook with high frequency trading

Going with the flow: Rewriting the economic rulebook with high frequency trading

18th August 2011

Company: Equinix
By Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, EquinixLast year, high frequency trading (HFT) and the need for speed was all the rage. Then two things happened: firstly, the flash crash stunned the public consciousness, which was already reeling from crisis and recession; then secondly, an influx of market participants, including many small start-ups, rushed... read more
Basel III: a panacea or too little, too late?

Basel III: a panacea or too little, too late?

16th August 2011

By Selwyn Blair-Ford, head of global regulatory policy, Wolters Kluwer Financial ServicesOver the last few years measures have been proposed and debated at length by regulators, bankers, politicians and others in order to address the issues raised by the financial crisis. As the organisation responsible for providing a supranational framework for... read more

Entity data - a key component in understanding risk and identifying exposure

2nd August 2011

by Darren Marsh, business manager, Risk Management & Compliance Services, Interactive DataSingle name exposure or ‘issuer risk’ is the exposure to a single name issuer or group of issuers by virtue of the securities held in an investment portfolio or fund. Understanding single name exposure is an essential component of the risk management... read more

Know your insider

1st August 2011

By Simon Romp, principal consultant, Rule FinancialThere has been much publicity around the recent data security breaches of high profile firms such as Citibank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). While these have made anti-heroes out of the hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous, the attacks have also raised the issue of data protection... read more

UK banking regulation must move beyond "confusing nonsense" say industry experts

11th July 2011

Company: bobsguide
“Confusing and complicated” and “an onslaught of regulatory nonsense” are not phrases often heard when discussing incoming financial regulation - but these were the comments made by Howard Davies, first chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Division, when debating... read more

How intelligent finance can be a business’s flexible friend

30th June 2011

Company: Centralis Ltd
By Rob Greenslade, director at Centralis With a number of commercial and technology factors driving desktop migration and transformation, intelligent finance can enable businesses to benefit now and pay later for an enhanced IT service delivery.Many businesses are currently looking to refresh or transform their desktop environment by adopting... read more
Koger: Can Private Equity Firms Afford The Risk of Spreadsheets?

Koger: Can Private Equity Firms Afford The Risk of Spreadsheets?

28th April 2011

Company: Koger Inc.
Private equity firms continue to rely heavily on Excel spreadsheets when it comes to data calculation management, but a recent review paper by the UK’s financial services watchdog has prompted a rethink of this business practice. The paper by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) recently highlighted that data management was a key area in where... read more
Achieving international payments

Achieving international payments

25th February 2011

By Adrian Stafford-Jones, managing director, Albany Software, David Sear, global managing director, Travelex Global Business PaymentsOver the past decade the payments landscape in the UK has changed dramatically. From the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of Bacs payments to the explosive growth of the internet and online communities, companies... read more
Corporate actions - creating the perfect storm

Corporate actions - creating the perfect storm

10th February 2011

By Kevin Maxwell,Marketing Manager ValueLink,Understanding the underlying problems that create risk within the processing of corporate actions now demands a much more strategic thought process. Many firms have invested in people to research and interpret the details of a corporate action. However, this has proven to be costly, time consuming and... read more