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Australia’s Take on T+2: Why Worry?

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When it comes to reducing the time it takes to settle trades from three days to two days, the Australian and US markets appear to be a study in 0pposites, just like the seasons. Although C-level operations and technology executives may be sweating in the blazing summer heat down under, they sound cool when speaking […]

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Fund Managers: On Countdown for New Uncleared Swaps Margins

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US banking regulators might not have directly overseen the activities of fund management shops in the past, but when it comes to uncleared bilateral swap contracts, that stance is changing fast. The new arrangement will come at a hefty cost for heavy users of the bespoke deals. Under final rules released October 22, a host of […]

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Harmonizing ISO 20022 Messages: Only Best Efforts Apply

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  Understanding unfamiliar accents and dialects can be hard, even if you come from the same country and supposedly speak the same language. Imagine how users of ISO 20022-compliant messages must feel as they struggle to process the current variants of the up-and-coming messaging standard. Their solution: create ISO harmonization groups and hope they can reach […]

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US T+2 Settlement: The Long Journey Officially Begins

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What a difference a day makes. Until September 16, the US financial industry had only been talking about a two-day settlement cycle. Only a preliminary roadmap of the stepping stones to T+2 had been completed, indicating that at least 30 operational workflows will be affected, requiring rule, behavioral and technology changes. On that day Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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Fighting Financial Crime: Making Due With the Omnibus Account

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A bank or broker-dealer opens an account in its name with a securities depository. One of its customers — a fund manager, broker-dealer or other firm — is involved with either money laundering activities or violating regulations involving sanctions against an individual, country or corporation. Even worse, one of their clients did the dirty deed. […]

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Operational Due Diligence: Right Questions, Right Answers

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Do you have a policy to prevent cyber breaches? Do you allow employees to work remotely? Do you have a policy for valuing hard-to-price assets? Do you allow multiple parties access to your compliance system? Do you have a procedure to mitigate risk? Look familiar? These are questions drawn from questionnaires that asset-owners — pension plans, […]

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Euroclear Claims First Matching Service for Payments

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News of the successful launch of pan-European settlement platform Target2 Securities might be barely cold, but Euroclear, owner of the world’s largest international securities depository and several European depositories, is already taking as stab at creating new revenue streams. Based on technology developed in conjunction with London’s Merit Software, Euroclear has just launched a central matching […]

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Europe’s Target2Securities: On Target or Not?

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Will T2S launch as scheduled? Nine years after the European Central Bank proposed the initially controversial idea of launching a single centralized settlement platform for domestic and cross-border European securities transactions, the plans to launch might have hit a snag. It wouldn’t be the first time, but this time it would be at the 11th […]

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News to Use: SEC, Omgeo and OpsCheck

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Another SEC Cybersecurity Reminder: Fund managers have just received a few pointed suggestions from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management on just how they should monitor their cybersecurity risk. Although the new guidance doesn’t carry the force of a rule, it does put fund managers on alert for what the SEC will be looking […]

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US T+2: Getting Rid of Paper Certificates

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Will the US finally go paperless? When it comes to issuing certificates that evidence share ownership, that is. This is the hope of Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC), transfer agents and other industry participants, now that a two-day settlement cycle could be just around the corner for the US. For more than a year they […]

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