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Out of the Shadows: The Benefits and Burden of Shadow IT

On the surface, the concept of shadow IT seems simple: A project is started without proper authorization because those involved want to avoid having to jump through the various hoops required to get the green light to build the technology. In actuality,…

Why Can’t the Buy Side Get to Grips with Mifid II?

With nine months left to prepare for the arrival of Mifid II in Europe, John asks why the buy-side community is still struggling to get to grips with how the regulation will impact technology infrastructures and applications.

Skynet Is Falling: A Rational Fear of AI

Artificial intelligence is becoming more sophisticated. And, while she understands the benefits of this evolution, Emilia confesses that every new advancement in AI also scares her.

Will OTFs End OTC Markets?

Aggelos explains that both the European Commission and the European Securities and Markets Authority have been explicit in their communication when it comes to derivatives trading in general and transparency around OTC products in particular, in the run…

The Technology Impacts of Mifid II (Part 2)

In the first article of this three-part series, Richard Bentley looked at the implications of Mifid II for banks’ and brokers’ technology stacks to support their electronic order flow, with specific focus on pre-trade workflows. He now turns his focus to…

CAT Constructor: Why Thesys Won, Finra Lost and What Comes Next

On January 17, the self-regulatory organizations announced that Thesys Technologies had won the right to build the Consolidated Audit Trail, putting it in charge of what will be one of the biggest financial technology projects in the history of the…

The Technology Impacts of Mifid II (Part 1)

Mifid II, set to come into force at the start of January 2018, will have far-reaching consequences for large numbers of European market participants, not only from an operational perspective, but also, significantly, in terms of their technology stacks…

Variation Margin Requirements: The New Big Bang

On March 1 this year, a new set of requirements for variation margins on derivatives trades take effect that will affect nearly all market participants across both cleared and non-cleared derivatives. In the run-up to the deadline, John Brazier finds…