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    Silicon Valley Meets Houston: the emergence of collaboration in energy markets

    Business utilities, a new breed of company in the energy market, are poised to tackle severe inefficiencies that have plagued the sector for decades. Energy players that recognize the potential of these emerging models can, and will, wield a competitive edge. But are large energy companies standing in their own way? In this article, Rashed Haq highlights how the energy markets can take inspiration from Silicon Valley to establish collaborative business models that unlock unimaginable opportunities. Download the PDF In today’s energy marketplace, businesses are feeling intense economic and regulatory pressure on many fronts. There is pressure in terms of [...]

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    INVESTMENT BOOK OF RECORD: improving decision support and transparency in an increasingly complex environment

    Rapid technology innovations during the past few years are disrupting business models within the financial services industry that have largely remained untouched for decades, challenging operational processes and rendering traditional architecture options suboptimal. With increased regulation stemming from the global financial crisis and competition from new financial services providers, leveraging innovation in the quest for alpha is now a necessity for buy-side firms. In this article, Joshua Satten and Sidhartha Adholekar outline why the Investment Book of Record (IBOR) is critical to empower operational and investment process functions. They also address why an IBOR is equally beneficial to funds, fund [...]

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    BULK NOVATIONS: addressing the five key challenges

    With new, tighter regulations driving capital markets firms to fundamentally transform their business models, many have turned to bulk novations in response to the structural reorganization of their legal entities as their portfolios are repositioned. But several issues have emerged throughout the bulk novation lifecycle, leading to inefficient transfers and undesirable risk exposure. In this article, James Bakelmun, Nick Fry, Sarah McLellan and Nathan O’Reilly outline these challenges and explain what firms can do to migrate their portfolios more efficiently and mitigate their operational risk or potential reputational damage. Download the PDF In the financial markets, novations—the act of legally [...]

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    EMRR: a crucial component to successful risk management

    Exceptions, or processing failures due to erroneous data, are a daily occurrence for market participants as they fulfill their regulatory reporting obligations. However, as regulators seek more granular data for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trading activity, exceptions are becoming more frequent and more complex. That’s driving the need for exception management in regulatory reporting (EMRR), which is the process of identifying, investigating and resolving conflicts during data reporting transfers. In this article, Basu Bishal and Rohit Narula explain why EMRR should be a component of every trading firm’s risk management system and how effective implementation can minimize compliance costs while freeing [...]

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    THE BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION IMPERATIVE: change now or become obsolete

    The financial services landscape is changing faster than at any time in history. The FinTech revolution is creating an entirely new breed of competitor that is forcing “the establishment” to look closely at themselves and determine how they can transform to continue to be leaders in tomorrow’s marketplace. Goldman Sachs estimates that $4.7 trillion worth of revenue is at stake and could be claimed by new entrants to the financial services space if today’s market leaders do not adapt and change. While this is a concern for most CEOs, it is also a great opportunity. In this article, Josh Sutton [...]

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    SHIPPING ANALYTICS: improving business growth, competitive advantage and risk mitigation

    Data analytics is driving incremental value for ship owners and charterers by influencing decisions across the various business functions of the marine business—such as voyage management, vessel operations and manning, as well as chartering and third-party risk assessment. As information collection and integration throughout the shipping value chain continues to evolve, shipping companies are beginning to harness data to make a range of decisions, from managing routine activities to improving operations and driving strategic decisions focused on transforming the business. In this article, Kunal Bahl presents analytics use cases that show how charterers and ship owners can utilize the power [...]

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    ENERGY INTELLIGENCE: the key to competitive advantage in the volatile LNG market

    Today’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry faces extreme price volatility and uncertainty in supply and demand. The recent oil price bust, continued growth of LNG spot trades over the last decade, and an increase in the number of LNG exporters and importers across the globe have added more complexity to the process of identifying the right market (for maximum profit) in which to trade LNG. As a result, firms that are interested in remaining competitive and protecting profits have begun to critically evaluate their business processes and the technology that enables them. Many are exploring ways to become more efficient, [...]

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