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‘Step Away from the Excel Spreadsheets’

It’s likely that Julie O’Connor, the chief operating officer (COO) for Johnston Asset Management, doesn’t miss the burden of sorting through the endless cells, rows and add-ins of a gigantic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to complete the invoicing process for the...

Lloyds Entities Penalized for LIBOR Schemes

CFTC officials have charged Lloyds Banking Group plc and Lloyds Bank plc (formerly known as Lloyds TSB Bank plc) with “serious misconduct,” including the “manipulation, attempted manipulation, and false reporting of LIBOR.” In response, the two Lloyds entities have agreed...

SEC to Probe 44 Firms for Insider Trading

The number of hedge funds, asset management and other investment firms under suspicion in a SEC insider-trading probe involving an alleged Congressional tip-off recently expanded to 44, giving it the potential to become the largest insider-trading case of all time....

Special Report: Surviving the Phenomenon of FATCA

No matter how hard financial services firms try, they cannot avoid the reach of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a law meant to curtail offshore tax evasion. In this 15-page, in-depth report, FTF News explores the complexities of...

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  • SEC’s New Sheriff vs. the D.C. Corral

    Mary Jo White’s SEC appears to be taking decisive action against the alleged, undeclared insider trading and controversial influence peddling that Congress has taken for granted for decades. This became abundantly clear when the regulator set its sights on 44…
  • A New Way to End ‘Too Big to Fail?’

    Four years on, is the GOP right about Dodd-Frank missing its biggest target – financial services institutions that are “too big to fail?” Are Republicans and many Democrats correctly concerned that Dodd-Frank has come to mean a blank check for…

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  • PIMCO Envisions ‘No Fails in Collateral’

    (Editor’s note: Bond giant Pacific Investment Management Company, a.k.a. PIMCO, successfully “championed the use of electronic, digitized settlement instructions for the movement of collateral,” says Cynthia Meyn, executive vice president for operations at PIMCO. Meyn lists “electronically agreeing collateral, instructing…
  • Velocimetrics Hires Indy Vets from TS-Associates

    Velocimetrics, a provider of real-time business performance monitoring and analysis solutions for the financial industry, has hired industry veterans from TS-Associates, a provider of low-latency trading systems and products that recently went into administration. Velocimetrics reports that Adam Woolhouse is…
  • Eagle Promotes Two in Sales

    Eagle Investment Systems, a financial technologies service provider and subsidiary of BNY Mellon, has promoted two employees to regional head of sales positions, as part of a shake-up to expand Eagle’s global sales force to meet growing demand, according to…
  • BlackLine’s New CTO from Rent.com

    BlackLine Systems is hiring the former chief technology officer (CTO) of Rent.com Alain Avakian to be the next CTO for the Los Angeles-based maker of accounting software for financial closing operations, officials say. Avakian will be responsible for the technology…

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  • The Power of Feedback Loops: Fostering an Environment that Supports a Healthy ERM Program

    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:30:21 +0000

    Guest Contributor: Stephen Taylor, Senior Market Manager, U.S. Enterprise Risk & Compliance, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services In the wake of the financial crisis, strategies for managing enterprise risk have taken center stage of organizational decision making and many institutions have … Continue reading
  • Insurance and Innovation: Are you In or Out?

    Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:24 +0000

    Guest Contributor: Sheryl Brown, Social Media Coordinator, Ash Brokerage So when you say “financial services” or “insurance” do you immediately think of the word “innovation”? Um … likely not. (Hint: We are not the cool kids on the bus. I hate … Continue reading
  • Utilizing Big Data in the Financial Markets

    Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000

    Guest Contributor: Larissa J. Miller, Founder and Board Member of Stuart Investments The financial markets have always been blessed with big data. While other industries are catching up to the markets in terms of size, the financial markets have moved … Continue reading
  • Information Technology Responsibility for Social Media

    Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:45:37 +0000

    Guest Contributor: Blair Rugh, Chief Compliance Officer, Temenos Social media and other forms of electronic communication are becoming the principal advertising and marketing tools of many financial institutions. First, they are inexpensive. Second, they can be targeted as narrowly or broadly … Continue reading