Thursday, 5 January 2017

What will the loan industry look like in 2017?

2016 was a busy year for the UK lending industry. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) continued to tighten regulation, while consumer credit grew at its fastest rate since before the financial crash. Sarah Jackson, Director, Equiniti Pancredit, looks ahead at the trends and technologies that will shape the sector in 2017

Outsourcing will get smarter

Deloitte’s Global Outsourcing Survey revealed that not only is the use of outsourcing increasing, but attitudes among banks about how they engage with outsourcers is also on the move. Once seen as merely a cost-cutting approach – and make no mistake, this remains a significant motivator – service providers have widened their offerings to provide end-to-end solutions that offer a far greater depth of service support than before. More than ever before, outsourcers are becoming key business enablers that actively promote innovation. This is a key trend that will continue to shape the industry in 2017.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Another year (nearly) over

It was all change at IBS Journal and IBS Intelligence this year. I joined as Senior Editor in February (having previously been Group Editor of rival banking technology title, FStech). Just in case you missed my debut Editor’s Letter, which can be found in the March issue of IBS Journal, I have almost 20 years of experience in journalism, during which time I have held senior editorial positions at and contributed to a number of business and technology-related publications. At FStech, I covered various financial sector technology topics, and my main areas of expertise include FinTech, core banking systems, Bitcoin and the blockchain, the European, US and Australian retail banking sectors, mobile payments and challenger banks.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, IBS Intelligence has become a division of Cedar Management Consulting International, a leading global management and technology consulting practice. So, new owners, new Senior Editor, new Senior Reporter (congrats to Alex Hamilton who was recently promoted from the position of Reporter) and also this year IBS Journal underwent a major redesign. Out went the front cover stories, replaced by a more modern take on the magazine’s contents. And in came a number of new sections, with an increased focus on FinTech, including Startup of the Month (which has proved to be particularly popular), The Big Interview, Who’s Been Saying What? and The Month in Numbers. Some of our rivals have ditched their printed editions, but here at IBS Intelligence the magazine continues to be a major part of who we are.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Tesco cyber-attack provides regulatory food for thought

Every little helps when it comes to controlling the financial system, but Giles Kenwright of Delta Capita explains why the Tesco cyber-attack will hopefully trigger banks and regulators to look at the bigger compliance picture 

A cyber-attack that wiped £2.5 million from a major supermarket’s client accounts in just a few hours, should ring alarm bells across the boardrooms of Britain’s biggest banks. While the damage to Tesco’s brand reputation may be substantial, more significant still is that this attack could be a sign of things to come for the wider banking sector.

It is not as if the major players have been burying their heads in the sand. Eight of the largest firms, including JP Morgan, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, teamed up earlier this year to tackle the growing cyberthreat. While still in its infancy, the group is already sharing information with eachother about where future threats could materialise. The trouble is that, at the same time, these conglomerates are entangled in the weeds of other regulatory issues, which is eating into time that could be spent developing a longer-term plan to tackle cybercrime.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Back to the future for IBOR

The complexity of the investment management industry is growing and the data that needs to be analysed is richer than ever before. This is a consequence of the thinning geographical boundaries within portfolios and the search for alpha that drives managers to incorporate different and more esoteric asset classes within a single portfolio.

The impact of this changing environment has been a resurgence in the industry's use of the Investment Book of Record (IBOR), a central and comprehensive source that tells the complete story of a firm's portfolio activity. An IBOR provides a timely view of a firm's exposures, portfolio positions and cash. The fullness and clarity of the picture it paints means that it provides the intelligence and insights on which many portfolio decisions are made.

Monday, 14 November 2016

The new Basel IRRBB: regulatory and internal consequences

Last April, the Basel Committee issued its new standard on the interest rate risk in the banking book presenting a new standardised framework. This new standard is to be implemented by 2018. Here Xavier Dubois, Senior Risk & Finance Specialist for Wolters Kluwer’s Finance, Risk and Reporting business looks at some aspects of the standardised framework, how it could be implemented in Europe and its interest for the bank governing bodies.

In April, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued standards for Interest Rate Risk in the Banking Book (IRRBB). The standards revise the Committee's 2004 Principles for the management and supervision of interest rate risk, which set out supervisory expectations for banks' identification, measurement, monitoring and control of IRRBB as well as its supervision.

In a nutshell the new standard realises a significant improvement in the management of interest rate risk in the banking book. Not only does it provide a standardised measurement closer to economic reality, and thus more useful for the bank management, particularly in this time of low interest rates, but it also provides standardisation that increases transparency, not only from banks, but also from supervisors. Banks will have to adopt this new framework and should take this opportunity to move towards a technologically sound and solid risk framework with automation and integration, for supervision and, last but not least, for the governing body.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Why banks need consumers to detect imposters

In the first half of 2016 alone, there were more than one million incidents of financial fraud, an increase of 53 per cent on the same period last year; with identity fraud against individuals costing an estimated five billion pounds last year.

Identity fraud occurs when an imposter pretends to be someone else. To prevent this, banks ask customers for passwords, but judging from the fraud figures, this isn’t working and things are getting worse. The reason is simple: data cannot differentiate. A password provided by the true customer is exactly the same when that same password is provided by an impostor.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Key to the highway: The changing face of high and low touch execution

In the beginning, there was high touch where brokers provided a high-value, solution-based approach to finding the liquidity their buy-side clients were looking for. This worked in an era of high fees and low scrutiny of what end investor trading commissions were actually funding. But as markets electronified, and buy-side operations tooled up, a new paradigm was born, low touch. This reflected the buy-side's growing desire for cheaper execution, especially for trades that weren’t that hard to execute, and it also offered a path that minimised information leakage.

The result? Two routes to market with very different price tags. The problem was that brokers had to duplicate their trading infrastructure despite receiving fewer net commission dollars. This spawned the short-lived concept of mid touch which offered the worst of both worlds: junior sales traders with neither the experience nor the expertise to manage either. And so the industry muddled along ignoring the operational overhead of running two technology stacks.