Fintech mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity within the investment banking industry is set to increase in 2017, according to a survey of the financial markets industry published by law firm White & Case in November 2016.
While beta is a measure of a fund’s or product’s relative volatility compared to the market as a whole, smart beta is the categorisation of strategies using rule-based screens to attempt to outperform the market, as opposed to the capitalisation-weighted indexes used by passive funds.
A noticeable trend in the financial services industry in 2016 is the exploration of differing software development strategies to exhibit maximum agility across a whole business. Specifically within the banking industry, this trend is fuelled by increasing competition, the heightened cost of regulation and an empirical need to remain profitable.
This article is the third in a series of articles that will be published on GreySpark Partners’ Capital Markets Intelligence Web site over the coming months.
Exploring why and how buyside firms must appraise their current outlay of trade and transaction order and execution management systems used to generate regulatory reporting data in the EU as well as the technology debt associated with any legacy systems.
The complex network of separate pipes that must be installed and maintained by end-users to receive real-time market data is helping drive the global spending on this information skywards. This article examines the open source initiative, OpenMAMA, looking to disrupt the market data marketplace by replumbing the market data distribution system and help end-users conquer the rising costs of this information.
The implementation of new EU transaction reporting regulations in 2018 will alter the ways in which the front-office of buyside firms and investment banks interact with clients as well as put additional pressure on back-office systems.
Sellside FICC trading business models are targeted for reform under the Basel Committee’s Fundamental Review of the Trading Book proposals. This article explores how the long-standing businesses within banks are subject to change under the regulations and what the implications of these changes will be for the industry as a whole.
The August 2016 launch of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Stock Connect program signalled the start of a second phase of financial markets infrastructure development in China. But will the new linked exchange facility bear fruit for domestic and foreign investors alike?
This opinion piece explores the reasons why GreySpark Partners believes that the forthcoming implementation of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book regulations means that it is imperative that banks rethink their risk infrastructure and develop a plan for compliance.