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Firms Drag Heels on MiFID II Research Rulebook Rewrite

MiFID II’s ban on broker-subsidized free research will leave sell-side firms with a multitude of challenges—not least how to price research so as not to lose customers who might direct trading elsewhere, without appearing to incentivize clients to trade…

Asia’s MiFID II Compliance Countdown

The countdown to Jan. 3, 2018, when MiFID II will take effect, is starting to sound like the ominous ticking of a time bomb. Many details of the regulation have been available for some time, yet as the clock ticks down, questions still remain over…

Baking a Distributed Ledger Layer Cake in a Data Oven

Much of distributed ledgers’ potential lies in their shared data layer. Yet ledgers’ rapid rise has moved mostly apart from data management and data managers. Tim Bourgaize Murray explores the reasons why, and the possible opportunities within the world…

A Costly Race to MiFID II Reporting Compliance

Trade reporting and publication mechanisms are a key part of the new MiFID II legislation. So why are alarming numbers of firms yet to choose their providers? With a last-gasp sprint on the cards in a crowded field of participants, Jamie Hyman…

ESG: Turning Green into Green

ESG is booming, but there's room for further development—Waters speaks to executives from banks, hedge funds, asset managers and vendors to explain how this sector is growing and how AI can speed up its development.

Quantum Computing: Beyond Zeros and Ones

Traditional computers as we know them are reaching a fundamental barrier where they will not be able to solve certain problems or go any faster—enter quantum computing.

Secret Formula: Sequencing the Genome of Data Scientists

Many firms are creating data science teams to gain insights from new sources of unstructured and alternative data. But finding people with the right skillsets within the financial markets ecosystem is proving to be a barrier that slows firms’ ability to…

Cutbacks and Opportunities: The Market Data Job Market

In spite—or because—of the rising cost and complexity of data, cost-cutting and streamlining initiatives continue at financial institutions. Kirsten Hyde looks at how these efforts are affecting the headcount and structure of market data departments, and…

Model Behavior: Banks Must Get Data Right for IFRS 9

New regulations and accounting standards are the main drivers of changes to how banks worldwide must operate, maintain their books, and manage their data, with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standard) 9 one of the most significant. As Wei-Shen…

Scaling the Governance Mountain

The perfect data governance strategy is a unicorn, data executives say; yet from setting policies and data quality evaluation to metadata generation, all large financial firms need one. As many firms augment strategy in this area to become more data…

The Balkanization of JavaScript

JavaScript has spawned many different frameworks and libraries—each with some cutting-edge functionality, and each with its own set of challenges. In this environment, CTOs must balance allowing freedom to experiment with new tools while making sure the…

Bumpy Ride Ahead for EU Benchmarks Under BMR

Regulators turn their attention from one type of benchmark to another, prompting some firms to hive off index businesses, and leaving those that remain-and the acquirers-with significant compliance burdens.