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    HOUSING BUBBLE 2.0: ready for another housing market crash?

    A study of the current housing finance market reveals the multidimensional reaction to events from the last decade is still in play throughout the global financial system. New regulation and regulatory bodies, wholesale legislative changes, the formation and adoption of new risk-management frameworks, reduced securitizations by private-label banks and increased scrutiny by the press are just a few of the factors contrasting today’s mortgage market with the pre-crisis era. But are mortgage markets truly more stable now than they were before 2008? In this article, Hans Godfrey and Adi Ghosh discuss how the government and regulators, as well as the [...]

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    DERIVATIVES GOVERNANCE: enabling product innovation for asset managers

    Derivatives are becoming a valuable tool for asset managers to boost product innovation and deliver outperformance in a risk-controlled manner. But current, reactive governance structures are creating a long lead time for assessing and approving a new derivative instrument. Geoff Cole and Jackie Colella explain how strengthening governance, approval and operational due diligence can help investment managers reduce time to market and more quickly respond to portfolio managers’ needs. Typically considered an instrument reserved for hedge funds and complex investment strategies, derivatives are becoming far more common within investment portfolios and are increasingly desired by portfolio managers for exposure and [...]

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    OTC DERIVATIVES: the data management challenge, risks and opportunities

    Even as regulators struggle to harmonize significant inconsistency in rules across jurisdictions, they are now shifting from rulemaking to enforcement. To avoid the risk of noncompliance, trading firms are beginning to invest in data management as a discipline within their organizations. As internal architectures are reshaped, costs will likely increase in the short term. However, the return on investment is potentially exponential. In this article, Paul Gibson and Matthew Rodgers discuss how poor data management practices and a fundamental lack of standardization still pose a risk in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. But as businesses work toward providing regulators with [...]

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    DYNAMICS OF DISRUPTION: an ‘Uber’ approach to compliance reporting

    With MiFID II requirements looming, firms face the need to build the new capabilities necessary to meet complex mandates for trade and transaction reporting. Or do they? As Uber and Airbnb continue reshaping the transportation and hospitality industries, a growing number of firms are adopting a similarly disruptive approach to trade and transaction reporting— positioning themselves for greater cost efficiency, reduced risk and more time to invest in meeting customers’ expectations. In this article, Cian Ó Braonáin and Randall Orbon explore why it is no longer a matter of if—but rather when and how—firms will exit the “business” of trade [...]

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    CHOOSING AN APPROACH TO ANALYTICS: is a single technology platform the right investment?

    There is virtually no debate about the business value of analytics. Effective analytics provide insights into what happened, why it happened and what is likely to happen in the future, as well as the factors that could help shape different outcomes. But when it comes to the “how” of analytics—including which technology platform(s) will be used to support them—there is far less clarity. In this article, Abhishek Bhattacharya explores some of the fundamental challenges of building an analytics capability, including the pros and cons of investing in an all-encompassing technology platform. THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF SUCCESSFUL ANALYTICS Although technology platforms [...]

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    STOCHASTIC ANALYTICS: increasing confidence in business decisions

    With the increasing complexity of the energy supply chain and markets, it is becoming imperative for businesses to make decisions faster and with more confidence, in the face of increasing uncertainty. In this article, Tomas Simovic and Rashed Haq discuss how today’s technology and advanced models are enabling firms to do more than simply improve decision-making, but rather to reengineer it entirely. They also explain how by solving the right problem, using the right tools, approximating business problems and leveraging visualization, companies can impart valuable insights to their business users. INTRODUCTION Whether in financial markets or commodity trading, decision makers [...]

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    FUEL MARKETING OPTIMIZATION: providing an advantage in an increasingly complex and competitive market

    Fuel marketing companies are faced with a volatile commodity market and an increasingly stringent regulatory environment. Better decision support systems are required to provide insights to grow margins and effectively utilize assets. In this article, Pooja Malhotra, Rathin Gupta and Rajiv Gupta discuss how recent advances in computing make a strong case for fuel marketing companies to evaluate and invest in optimization tools. They also explain how users can leverage these tools to more efficiently and effectively evaluate multiple scenarios, uncover opportunities and make better business decisions. For decades, fuel marketing companies have been connecting customers to refiners, giving refiners [...]

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