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  • 12.10.17

    Blockchain and Banking: 2B or not 2B

    When you strip back the hype, blockchain is a form of database for recording digital transactions. Once entered, records become both permanent and immutable, creating an accurate and tamperproof history of transacted values – one of the reasons it has created so much interest, given the increasing focus on security. Blockchain is often described as ‘distributed’ or ‘de-centralised’ because it does not require a central entity to maintain it – which is why it is believed to pose a threat to existing intermediaries and central administrators, whose reason for being is to perform this role.

  • 22.03.17

    Data and collaboration: turning regulatory challenge into opportunity

    The regulatory requirements placed on firms since the 2008 crisis have rarely been out of the financial press and with MiFID II’s implementation date now less than one year away this trend looks set to continue. To meet the complex challenges posed by this continued wave of new regulation, financial services firms must focus on making better use of their data and optimising strategic collaboration both within their organisations and across the sector.