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Global Fragmentation Looms in FRTB Data Pooling Stand-Off

The upcoming FRTB market risk framework allows financial firms to take different approaches to non-modelable risk factors: either capitalize risk factors that lack observable pricing in-house, or use a vendor-run data pooling utility. But, as Dan…

India’s Data Takeaway Leaves Index Derivatives in a Pickle

Investors with exposure to India via index futures are reeling from a decision by the country’s exchanges to end data licensing agreements that allow overseas markets to create derivatives based on its indexes. Wei-Shen Wong investigates whether the move…

Mind the Governance Gap: Data Key to SEC Modernization Compliance

Good data governance plans will be key to compliance with new sweeping legislative changes from the SEC. But for those who haven’t established effective data governance practices—and even for many who have—the changes could prove a steep and arduous…

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.

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