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    SIMM: tackling the initial margin obligation in OTC derivatives

    Regulatory reforms following the financial crisis have tested banks’ ability to adapt and fundamentally changed business models. The Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM) is another addition that could reshape many derivatives trading and risk management practices. In this article, Sapient Global Markets’ Thomas Schiebe and Sendi Cigura in partnership with Patrice Touraine and Matthieu Maurice of Global Market Solutions look at what it means for banks and how they must tackle a new wave of data and technology challenges. Following the introduction of mandatory clearing for standardized derivatives, regulators created measures to deal with non-centrally cleared and non-standardized derivatives. This [...]

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    THREE TECH TRENDS OF 2017: it’s all about the humans

    As 2016 draws to a close, many financial services firms find themselves in the unusual position of having technology at their disposal that is more advanced than their processes and their humans. It is time to play catch up. And technical know-how is only part of the equation as new regulations, client requirements and competitive forces demand a new approach. In the battle between running the old and introducing the new, something will have to give. In this article, Dr. Leda Glyptis explains three of the most important technology trends for the year ahead—and the paradigm shift they represent. Once [...]

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    ALTERNATIVE CREDIT SCORES: opportunities and challenges

    As new institutions step into banks’ traditional lending domain, alternative credit score models are causing disruption in the way loans are underwritten and applicants are assessed. Thanks to technology innovations focused on data science, revenue opportunities abound as new entrants look to serve a large, overlooked yet creditworthy market. In this article, Adi Ghosh and Harsh Sharma examine the changing landscape of lending; the opportunities for new entrants in the alternative credit score market; and the risks and challenges that emerging and traditional players face. As the financial services industry looks to the future, there is widespread recognition to leverage [...]

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    THE NEW ASSET MANAGEMENT ECOSYSTEM: how asset managers can grow loyalty, AUM

    Asset managers are grappling with a complex environment beset by higher expectations, more competition and greater pressure on profit margins. That’s moving the industry into a targeted, personalized and intelligent future, requiring managers to more strategically engage with their customers to cultivate loyalty and grow assets. In this article, Jarlath Forde outlines the new asset management ecosystem, highlighting how asset managers can leverage the Salesforce platform in conjunction with automation tools to grow revenue and improve customer service across client segments, including retail, advisor and institutional. Across the industry, asset managers are facing a confluence of challenges impacting not only [...]

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    AGRICULTURE: an industry ripe for disruption

    The growing demand for agricultural products is increasing the complexity of production, trading and risk management amid continued price volatility that is being driven by a variety of macroeconomic and environmental factors. As the agricultural industry enters an era of digital agriculture, firms today are making the transition from “price takers” to “price optimizers” while facing ever-increasing risk as they strive to gain more from their existing assets and optimize their supply chains. Jake Riley and Pranjal Srivastava explain how innovative firms are taking advantage of technology to leverage the disruption in agriculture by essentially creating a new class of [...]

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    MILLENNIALS AND MORTGAGES: how a shifting demographic is redefining the housing market

    Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1997, introduce a set of norms and expectations befitting a new generation, now the largest in the United States.1 Traits, such as digital savviness, remaining single longer and elevated debt levels, represent not only a cultural transformation, but also a shift in the way this generation views its housing needs. In this article, Jocelyn St. James discusses how lenders looking to rebound in the real estate market will need to build systems and processes that address millennials’ specific priorities in order to remain ahead of more digitally enhanced competitors to create advantages in both [...]

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    BENCHMARK REGULATION: are EU markets ready?

    Volatility has foiled financial markets since the subprime crisis exposed a variety of shortcomings, prompting regulators to intervene with more stringent requirements. The crisis revealed a significant issue when major banks in the United Kingdom were accused of manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), a key benchmark for financial deals worth $300 trillion.1 Following the Libor scandal, regulators have voiced their concern about the potential manipulation of Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor), Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (Hibor) and other key interest rate benchmarks. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has responded with a new Benchmark Regulation (BMR) [...]

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