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Veronica Augustsson: At the Crossroads of Business and Technology

When you first meet Veronica Augustsson, CEO of Stockholm-based Cinnober Financial Technology, it’s difficult to imagine a more unlikely fintech CEO. But as with so many things in life, appearances can be misleading. By Victor Anderson with photos by…

Bea Martin: The Glue That Bonds UBS

In the April 2018 cover story of Waters, UBS Investment Bank's COO, Beatriz Martín Jiménez, talks with Victor Anderson about blockchain, AI and some of the hurdles she has faced in her career.

Esma Wades In: Regulator Targets Rating Agency Fees

Data consumers have long-bemoaned the fees charged by rating agencies, citing prices and a lack of transparency around how fees are set as key concerns. With no response from the agencies to user groups, Esma is now weighing in on the subject. Pauline…

Esma Probes APAs Amid Mifid Trade Data Issues

Approved Publication Arrangements—a critical component in the new Mifid II European markets regulation—may be falling short of their requirements under the new transparency rules, and have drawn Esma’s attention. By Samuel Wilkes, with additional…

Wrestling Over Competing Mifid II, GDPR Data Demands

The data gathering, retention and reporting requirements of Mifid II seem at odds with the enhanced personal data protection rules of the GDPR. But with careful consideration, financial institutions can balance their regulatory obligations under the two…

The Curious Case of the Trader–Vendor

Tradeworx, now Thesys Group, is the latest in a series of firms that has decided to pull back from trading activities and focus on fintech. And it’s unlikely to be the last.

Hard Labor: Dealing With Alternative Data

Everyone’s excited about the potential untapped alpha promised by “alternative data,” yet those who work with it are far from excited about the prospect of evaluating unwieldy and unstructured datasets. Max Bowie looks at the practical challenges of…

Lock, Stock & Barrel: Securities Lending Under the Gun

Securities finance has a new battlefront: two lawsuits alleging anticompetitive behavior in stock lending. At the center of the allegations lies the difficulty of finding actionable price and inventory data for borrowers and lenders alike. Will this…

London Calling: TP Icap’s Sinclair Eyes Client-Driven Data

Six years after the collapsed merger between TMX and LSE thwarted his plans to relocate from Canada to London, Eric Sinclair is bringing his start-up spirit and focus on client experience to TP Icap, where he told Jamie Hyman and Joanne Faulkner about…

Fee Fight: Ye Olde Market Data Battleground

Market data fees charged by exchanges continue to be a bone of contention for banks, electronic trading firms and asset managers. And although recent events playing out in the US are adding fuel to the fee fire, frustration levels are rising in Europe…

An Officer and a Regulation: Finding A GDPR Superstar

When the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25, most financial companies will require a data protection officer. With an entire industry racing to meet GDPR’s compliance deadline, will there be enough candidates to go around?…

Scott Blandford's Random Collisions

TIAA's chief digital officer sits down with Waters to discuss how the retirement giant is using big data to improve the customer experience and what the institutional side of finance can learn from retail.

Putting the Fintech House in Order

Without adequate standards in place that are globally coordinated, the rampant growth of fintech may introduce more problems than it solves.

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