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How User Experience is Barging into the Discussions of FinTech Software Evaluation and Adoption

The recent influence of consumer technology is evident across a number of industries, and this includes financial services. Consumer technology has changed the way people communicate with each other in their day-to-day lives, and this communication shift is now visible within financial services. People are beginning to chat with their financial advisors, bank branches and […]

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MiFID II – Top Four Considerations for a U.S. Manager

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) came into force during 2007 to facilitate cross-border financial services throughout Europe and foster competition between trading venues via a level playing field. Following the financial crisis in 2008 and during 2011, proposals were set out to revise MiFID. Since the political agreement on the adoption of MiFID […]

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Freaking Out, Brexit Style

The first line of the Fortune article read “Decades of European integration were blown up by a single vote”. For the Economist, a “senseless, self-inflicted blow”. The Telegraph deemed it the “greatest disaster to befall the block in its 59-year history”. NIKKEI 225 down 7.92%. DAX down 6.82%, CAC 40 down 8.04%, FTSE down 3.15%, […]

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Best of 2015: Another year of new regulations, compliance, automation and a drive toward back-office defragmentation.

Before reading our predictions for next year, why not have a look back at our most read blog posts for 2015 where our experts have addressed the regulatory and compliance issues, as well as operational challenges, the asset management industry faced. Regulatory Black Hole On the back of a vote at the U.S. Senate on […]

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The Global View on Liquidity Risk Management for Mutual Funds

As we all personally look forward to the start of a new year, the global financial services regulatory agenda for 2016 looks far less refreshing. Among other things, 2015 will be remembered as the year the International Monetary Fund (IMF) publically called for re-examining the asset management industry and its potential for posing a risk […]

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Threat from Above: Cyber Criminals Take Aim at the Financial Services Industry

These days it seems you cannot go one day without hearing about another large scale data breach conducted on some of the world’s largest organizations across industries, from healthcare, to retail, to finance. As these attacks become more sophisticated and wide-spread, the need for vigilance and security within all organizations is all the more paramount. […]

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All Stressed Out

Whenever a momentous (or even not so momentous) event occurs, the horrible cliché of “this changes everything” is not far behind. Of course, many horrible clichés are horribly true, as in the case of the financial crisis, which really has “changed everything” about fund and asset manager regulatory reporting. Post crisis, the SEC moved away […]

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Third Countries Bullish for Passport to Europe’s €15.5 Trillion Asset Management Market

Back in December 2014, Paul Soltis provided us with a timely update on the transposition and implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and finished off by alluding to the round of talks scheduled for 2015 in relation to the distribution of non-EU AIFs within Europe under the existing cross-border marketing passport regime […]

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