Are we getting the best foreign exchange conversion rate? Pension plans and other asset owners asking their fund managers that question might hear a resounding yes, but that’s not always the case as highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not all benchmarks are created equal, according to London-based Raidne, which claims it has come up with a […]
ADRs: Will Blockchain Create a Better Mousetrap?
Unsponsored American Depositary Receipts could be a lot less expensive and more efficient for investors to own and to receive dividends and other corporate action distributions thanks to a new permission-based blockchain platform designed by RISE Financial Technologies, according to the Boston and London-based blockchain technology firm. RISE Financial predicts its new blockchain-based infrastructure, set to […]
Blockchain Attorney Klayman Battles MoFo Over Blocked Partnership
Did Joshua Ashley Klayman, one of the US’ top blockchain attorneys, cost herself a partnership in a prominent global law firm, because she chose to focus on the novel field of blockchain and smart contracts, because was female, or because she got pregnant and took three maternity leaves? Those are among the many questions that […]
Goodbye NSCC: Hello Paxos for Clearing US Equities?
US clearinghouses, such as the National Securities Clearing Corp. (NSCC), could become either a thing of the past or take a backseat, if custodian Paxos has its way in clearing and settling US securities. The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent no-action letter to Paxos allows the firm to serve as a clearinghouse for a […]
Artificial Intelligence: Do Risk Managers Get It?
When it comes to artificial intelligence, investment analysts, customer service managers and compliance managers seem to agree that the technology can help them make informed decisions more quickly and reduce investment, credit and regulatory risk. What about risk managers? They don’t understand how to incorporate AI into their risk metrics or participate in the decision-making […]
US Broker Pushes SEC to Make Blockchain Rules
US financial firms, concerned about how to implement blockchain technology without running afoul of future regulations, might soon find some long overdue guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The US regulatory agency has been called to action by Ouisa Capital, a New York broker-dealer that operates an alternative trading system (ATS) for trading unregistered securities. […]
Private Equity Admin: Blockchain Revolution?
In another entry of blockchain into a new operational realm, Northern Trust’s announcement that it has installed the first functioning blockchain for private equity funds administration has been drawing a lot of attention. Yet that’s no guarantee that institutional investors in private equity funds or other fund administrators will be enamored with the idea. say investment, operations, […]
Euroclear Bank Taskizes Failed Settlements
Banks and broker-dealer members of international securities depository Euroclear Bank in Brussels will now find it a lot easier to clean up trades which failed to settle on time. Euroclear, which specializes in settling Eurobonds and cross-border transactions of domestic equities and fixed-income instruments, is offering its participants a free cloud-based platform to communicate information […]
Blockchain’s Smart Contracts: What’s Smart, What’s Not
Can smart contracts be made smart enough to be accurate, ensure the right balance between confidentiality and transparency, and reach widespread acceptance? Yes, but not without a lot more work. That is the consensus of a group of blockchain developers, advocates and analysts that spoke and attended a recent event held by the Wall Street Blockchain […]
Seeking a Few Good Men (Women) for ISIN Governance Role
Do you work for a fund manager, bank, broker dealer or altenative trading platform and have extensive product knowledge of interest rate, foreign exchange, credit and commodity derivatives, understand reference data, data management, architecture and implementation of data standards? If the answer is yes to all or most of the criteria, you could end up […]