For years, the trading floor was abuzz with frenzied human beings intent on capitalizing on fast-breaking opportunities and avoiding potential catastrophes. But technology has altered the scene, with the traditional open-outcry trading floor being increasingly replaced by innovations such as electronic trading, automation and digitisation.
Capital markets play an essential role in improving the health of the economies within which they operate but never more so than during a period of turmoil. In Europe, policymakers continue to strive to achieve their goals of supporting businesses within a low-carbon agenda, and the Capital Markets Union aims to bring unity among the continent’s capital markets to realize these objectives. Are Europe’s capital markets progressing toward this end?
After the announcement in January from the Malta Financial Services Authority, stating the significant pending changes to Maltese pension regulations, both companies and advisers alike felt the net tighten around their daily practices.
Robotics has long been touted as the next big wave that will boost efficiency, increase customer satisfaction and, most importantly, slash costs and maximize profits. Robo-advisors are now entrenched in the investment industry, but most of these firms are not experiencing all of the benefits of automation; in fact, many of them are losing money. What are the main factors cheating robo-advisors of profitability?
The New Swiss Rules for International Financial-Services Providers Having Clients in Switzerland and Producers of Financial Instruments for the Swiss Market
With the introduction of the Financial Services Act (FinSA) in Switzerland, the regulatory noose is tightening for international providers of financial services to Swiss clients. Although FinSA will not be fully implemented until January 1, 2020, preparations are well underway, and affected providers will need to study up on the new rules to ensure they are in full compliance—or face punishing penalties.
For European banks, regulations (GDPR, MiFID II, PSD II, Open Banking) are aligning at a time when they are already warding off digital disruptors intent on wooing customers with convenient, cutting-edge technology-based offerings. Financial institutions that adopt a wait-and-see approach will likely lose ground in a rapidly changing financial landscape, but those who adapt and maximize their formidable advantages will prevail.
The last financial crisis demanded a response, and that response was regulation…and more regulation, to such an extent that financial institutions are scurrying to hire additional compliance staff to try to make sense of it all. Fortunately technology has come to the rescue once again by spawning regtech, which is evolving to better manage the formidable challenges created by regulatory change.
With the implementation of the Open Banking Standard, the United Kingdom embarked on a new era of openly accessible customer financial data, which should result in greatly improved products and services. If financial institutions work together to innovatively collect, analyse and share data, customers’ needs will be most efficiently satisfied; that is why Open Banking is not confined to the UK but is spreading worldwide.
Financial services firms face a range of headwinds. The last thing they need is a regulatory tornado blowing the house down due to data integrity and reporting errors.
The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II)—a major package of financial reforms for European markets—is due to be introduced at the start of 2018. The new rules are aimed at providing considerably more protection for investors