Announcements from two major exchanges Tuesday pointed to the growing importance of indexes as a revenue generation tool for marketplaces. The announcements from Deutsche Borse and Nasdaq follow London Stock Exchange's recent acquisition of the Russell Indexes.
It is estimated that global systemically important banks spend hundreds of millions of dollars on anti-money laundering compliance. As is often the case with large financial institutions, the challenge of managing data in one of the most arduous and costliest parts of the process.
IBM's announcement of the massive support it is throwing behind Apache Spark gives additional strength to the big data analytics movement. By backing the open source Apache Spark project, IBM is not just stepping deeper into big data analytics, but it is recognizing the importance of processing speed in completing the big data picture.
A recently published BNY Mellon paper on big data compares the finance industry to Rockefeller's Standard Oil: it generates and stores the raw materials of data but refines only a small portion of it for use. With technology supplying the tools and shrinking margins providing the motivation, the industry now has the opportunity to grow that portion, and widen the scope of insight it can get from the industry, according to the paper.
Is the financial industry's strict culture of compliance to regulatory procedures slowing its capacity to remediate cyber threats?
Different elements of the Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules for overhauling asset management reporting will likely both add and reduce costs and effort for the industry. Industry experts say it is still too early to tell how much new costs of systemic risk reporting and benefits of standardized electronic report distribution will offset each other.
In the visible banking paradigm, banks make themselves more visible across social media, and they use the medium to better understand their key influencers – both the supporters and the critics.
Last Thursday, EU and U.S. regulators met to try to harmonize rules regarding central clearing in the derivatives market. Despite the optimistic nature of the joint statement regulators released after that meeting pledging to work toward a summer full of resolutions on issues, most reactions seemed less upbeat.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has pressed the pause button on its controversial CARDS program, bowing to pressure from financial firms that have widely criticized the project.
Firms have long faced pressure to maintain clean, consistent and accurate reference data, critical for processing trades, and for managing events like corporate actions related to securities held in portfolios. A combination of regulations, technology and increasing trading volumes may be putting new pressures on reference data and in some cases changing how firms view and use it.