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November 2018

Blockchain Technology Explained

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November 7, 2018

Blockchain is the most recognised form of distributed ledger. Blockchain based DLT, which was first applied as the underlying technology for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, has a number of possible applications within finance. For example, DLT could be applied to digital record keeping, smart contracts, digital currencies and digital assets. In this blog post we illustrate few selected characteristics. This new technology has the potential to redefine operations and improve the efficiency, security and economics of the financial industry. It is time for financial institutions to change and benefit from the possibilities of distributed technologies. Read More

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August 2018

Explaining Blockchain Technology's Impact on the Financial Markets

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August 24, 2018

Blockchain is one of the most disruptive technologies available at present, designed to simplify the value chains around trading, payment and market infrastructure. If fully adopted, blockchain will create a more efficient, more transparent and more secure marketplace while reducing transaction processing costs. While the potential is huge, so too is the uncertainty. The key to turning blockchain’s potential into reality is a collective effort among industry participants to learn, share, cooperate and see themselves as part of the blockchain network as opposed to as individual firms. Read More

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July 2018

Q&A with Vasily Strela, Global Head of FICC Quantitative Strategies, RBC Capital Markets

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July 30, 2018

Vasily Strela, Global Head of FICC Quantitative Strategies, RBC Capital Markets, talks about market developments, regulation and technology. Vasily is the Global Head of FICC Quantitative Strategies at RBC Capital Markets, he is responsible for running the Fixed Income (rates, credit, muni, FX, mortgages) & Commodities quantitative teams. His team provides quant support to the business, which involves looking at new ways to enhance and adapt models to current market conditions i.e. new algorithms and how to apply them to the business. Read More

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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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