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May 2019

Securitisation Swaps: An Introduction

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May 16, 2019

Securitisation swaps are a critical, yet often neglected area of finance markets. This handbook provides an introduction to the basics, through to a detailed discussion of all the key risks and how a transaction is put together from start to finish. In Chapter 7, the authors offer some numerical examples to provide ballpark CFVA costs. These example use sophisticated Monte Carlo analytics developed by Quantifi. Quantifi has an established reputation as the market leader in analytics and is built on the latest technology and incorporating advanced numerical methods. Read More

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April 2019

Why are Firms Rethinking Their Risk Technology?

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April 9, 2019

Forward-looking investment management firms are searching for ways to outperform their peers. The firms that we see succeeding are executing based on a combination of focused business models, agile operational competency, and strong cost discipline, especially around core investment and risk functions. This survey was conducted during a webinar Quantifi hosted, featuring Celent, on ‘Trends Shaping Portfolio and Investment Risk Management’. Over 100 individuals from across the buy-side industry registered for the webinar.  Read More

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March 2019

An Overview of the Cryptoasset Capital Market

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March 18, 2019

Recently there has been substantial growth in cryptoasset marketplaces and product offerings. The marketplace is complex and comprises of the traditional stock market, foreign exchange and the cryptoasset market. This blog post provides details on both crypto-only and fiat-supporting markets. We also explore trading venues, such as centralised and decentralised exchanges and the over-the-counter (OTC) markets. Read More

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February 2019

What are the Main Challenges Facing Commodity Trading Firms?

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February 7, 2019

Avadhut Naik, Head of Solutions, Quantifi, talks to Commodities People about the major challenges faced by commodity trading firms and how to mitigate and manage these issues. Commodity trading firms have to be prepared to respond quickly, while still planning for the future. They also need to balance the need for increased efficiency with the risk of excessive cost cutting. Quantifi is built on the latest technology and is designed to help our clients improve their risk management capabilities, enhance operational efficiencies and reduce costs.

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January 2019

Understanding the Basics of the Cryptoasset Market

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January 25, 2019

The technological advancements  behind cryptoassets have come a long way and have the potential to disrupt the financial system as we know it. This global phenomenon is creating confusion on multiple levels i.e. how individual cryptoassets differ from one another and the role of the major participants in the cryptoasset ecosystem. With the buzz around bitcoin, altcoins, cryptocurrencies and tokens, a whole new financial ecosystem has been created. This blogs looks at the taxonomy of cryptoassets, market participants and the current capital market landscape. Read More

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What are the Latest Technology Trends in Financial Markets?

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January 5, 2019

Technology is transforming the financial service industry. New, disruptive technology including AI, Big Data, Cloud, Microservices, Modern CPUs, In-Memory Computing, Lambda Architectures, and Blockchain have the potential to radically change how firms operate. Quantifi is on the forefront of these changes and our advanced architecture and significant investment in R&D provides our clients with the latest innovations and a significant competitive advantage. Read More

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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 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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