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30Jul2015

Blog : Plus ça change . . .

They are simple folk, software developers, never comprehending the complexities of the real world, only understanding the simplicity of 1s and 0s in their binary environments. Communicating in a weird language replete with abbreviations and obscure acronyms. I had a frustrating conversation with one such individual last week about the possible IT ramifications on a
  • 30 Jul, 2015
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30Jun2015

Blog : Tip of the Client Iceberg

There can be few industries in the world where a supplier sends its products out to all its clients, expecting hopefully to be recompensed at some point, and then only communicating with a small handful to ascertain whether their service is good, bad or indifferent.  And so it is with brokers sending out research and
  • 30 Jun, 2015
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08Jun2015

Events : MPI Europe Commission Sharing Survey

MPI Europe, content-led consultants to the financial sector, launches its 2015 Commission Sharing Survey for both the buy and sell-side.  If you would like a summary of its findings and would like to take part, select ‘Read more’ then click here.
  • 8 Jun, 2015
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  • Commission Sharing, CSA,
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26May2015

Blog : Lies, damned lies and . . . statistics

Statistics, the perennial bane of a student’s life as he or she discovers that almost every scientific subject requires some form of analysis of the underlying numbers.  Some get it, some don’t.  The latter includes, famously, an Ofsted Chief Inspect of Schools who bemoaned the fact that “ . . one in five children .
  • 26 May, 2015
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  • Best Execution, TCA,
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12May2015

News : Further delays for MiFID II

May 2015 : following the changes to the process for drafting the Level 2 texts for MiFID II, the European Commission has agreed to ESMA’s request for an extension to the deadline for submitting the draft technical standards. The drafts will not now be published until September 2015.  Select ‘Read more’, then read the EC’s confirmation
  • 12 May, 2015
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  • ESMA, MiFID,
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01May2015

Blog : Cast Your Votes

Well it’s election time and everyone seems to be after my vote and, being a postal voter, I am now sitting looking at four different ballot papers. Obviously one for the General Election, but there are also papers for the local and parish elections as well as one for the ‘Members’ Council’ of a high
  • 1 May, 2015
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  • Broker Vote, Broker Voting,
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15Apr2015

News : FCA Regulation Round Up (April 2015)

April 2015 : FCA publishes its Regulation Round Up for April, 2015. This includes articles on: (i) hosting a Prudential Supervision Forum on Wednesday 13 May, targeted at both investment managers and stockbrokers , and (ii) seeking feedback, via a survey, on the FCA’s ‘Business Plan 2015/2016’. Select ‘Read more’, then read the Round Up
  • 15 Apr, 2015
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10Apr2015

Blog : Another Straw for the Camel

When I read the headline, “Stress Testing Called for Asset Managers”, I immediately thought that some kindly soul was concerned about the mental well-being of our investment management fraternity after so many years of market and regulatory turbulence.   Expecting calls for Rorschach Tests,  Electrocardiograms and blood pressure checks, I read on.  I was wrong. No,
  • 10 Apr, 2015
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28Mar2015

Blog : Rebundling the Unbundling

I got to thinking about tins of Quality Street the other day and specifically why, on earth, do I buy a tin every December when it’s always been the case that I don’t like coconut and, to be honest, I’m not that bothered about the hard toffee ones.  These tend to be left until the
  • 28 Mar, 2015
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  • Research, Unbundling,
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25Mar2015

News : FCA Business Plan 2015/2016

23 March 2015 : FCA Publishes its ‘Business Plan 2015/2016’.  A key message states that, in order to ensure that the relevant markets function well, it will focus on three operational objectives: (i) to secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers, (ii) to protect the integrity of the UK financial system, and (iii) to promote
  • 25 Mar, 2015
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  • FCA,
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