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November 2017

FRTB - Moving Towards a Practical Implementation

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November 1, 2017

In January of 2016, the evolution of FRTB culminated in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) publishing the finalised standards, titled Minimum Capital Requirements for Market Risk. The new standards replaced the existing regulatory framework for market risk and go beyond just dealing with quantitative measurement of risk. FRTB is set to revolutionise current market risk practices, placing emphasis on the coordination of operational, risk and data management processes as well as systems and technology. Read More

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August 2017

How Are Firms Managing Liquidity Risk?

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August 29, 2017

In this blog post, Quantifi breaks down the results from its recent survey on managing liquidity. 108 delegates were surveyed to measure opinion on how their firms are dealing with liquidity and their approach to IT and operational challenges. The survey was conducted as part of a webinar co-hosted by Quantifi, OTC Partners & BlackRock on ‘Identifying Liquidity Risk for Financial Stability’. Read More

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Managing Liquidity Risk – Industry Perspectives

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August 10, 2017

This Q+A is taken from a webinar recently hosted by Quantifi, OTC Partners and BlackRock. The participants shared their perspectives on the importance of liquidity in the functioning of financial markets and the increasing regulatory pressures on buy side firms to ensure strong liquidity risk management practices are being carried out. Read More

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July 2017

Vectorization, Part 3: Applying Vectorization to CVA Aggregation

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July 10, 2017

As noted, the Finance domain provides many good candidates for vectorization. A particularly good example is the aggregation of Credit Value Adjustment (CVA) and other measures of counterparty risk. The most common general purpose approach to calculation of CVA is based on a Monte-Carlo simulation of the distribution of forward values for all derivative trades with a counterparty. The evolution of market prices over a series of forward dates is simulated, then the value of each derivative trade is calculated at that forward date using the simulated market prices. Read More

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June 2017

Explaining the Two Key FRTB Frameworks

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June 28, 2017

FRTB is intended to address the undercapitalisation of trading book exposures witnessed during the financial crisis. While the basic goals and ideas of FRTB are simple, it differs materially from the existing Market Risk regulations. FRTB is likely to have a substantial influence in the way firms are organised, and their approach to measuring and reporting risk. There will also be an overall business and operational impact.  Banks need to decide whether the costs associated with operational and IT change is justified.  Read More

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Vectorization, Part 2: Why and What?

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June 22, 2017

This is the second in a series of blogs on Vectorization, which is a key tool for dramatically improving the performance of code running on modern CPUs. Vectorization is the process of converting an algorithm from operating on a single value at a time to operating on a set of values at one time. Modern CPUs provide direct support for vector operations where a single instruction is applied to multiple data (SIMD). Read More

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Vectorization, Part 1: The Rise of Parallelism

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June 15, 2017

New challenges in the financial markets driven by changes in market structure and regulations and accounting rules like Basel III, EMIR, Dodd Frank, MiFID II, Solvency II, IFRS 13, IRFS 9, and FRTB have increased demand for higher performance risk and analytics. Problems like XVA require orders of magnitude more calculations for accurate results. This demand for higher performance has put a focus on how to get the most out of the latest generation of hardware. Read More

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April 2017

What is .Net Core?

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April 7, 2017

In June of 2016, Microsoft announced the release of .NET Core, describing it as a “cross-platform, open source, and modular .NET platform for creating modern web apps, microservices, libraries and console applications”. In this Q+A, Quantifi CTO, Mark Traudt, explains what .Net Core is and outlines how it benefits for Quantifi customers. Read More

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March 2017

FRTB: Are Banks Prepared?

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March 16, 2017

In this blog post, Quantifi breaks down the results from our recent survey on FRTB. Over 100 banking practitioners took part in the survey to measure opinion on how prepared their firms are for dealing with the impact of FRTB and their approach to addressing implementation challenges. Read More

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February 2017

Survey Reveals Strong Trend Towards Microservices Architecture

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February 22, 2017

Most firms have invested in technology capabilities to satisfy new practices and regulatory requirements, however, much remains to be done to operate efficiently. As traditional systems grow and more updates are bolted on they become too complex and inflexible to the extent that they become incompatible with new technologies and tools. Microservices is emerging as the critical differentiator, as companies can take advantage of the flexibility, efficiency, resiliency and scalability, which ultimately facilitate a lower total cost of ownership. Read More

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