Latest articles from Frances Maguire

How banks can break the foreign exchange bottleneck

August 4, 2008

With FX volumes surging to unprecedented levels, Frances Maguire finds out if avoiding bottlenecks is just a case of scaling up operations or if more dramatic industry-wide change is needed.

Healthy competition

May 5, 2008

Regulators and users alike are working to break down the barriers between world exchanges in a fight to open up the market and reduce costs, writes Frances Maguire.

Competitive clearing

May 5, 2008

Competition and consolidation among exchanges, on both sides of the Atlantic, is reshaping the clearing models for exchange-traded derivatives, reports Frances Maguire.

Sepa takes first tentative steps

April 7, 2008

Sepa, the European Commission’s plan to create a domestic environment for euro payments, has launched. However, as Frances Maguire reports, the process has just begun on what will be a very long journey.

Becoming smarter across the board

March 4, 2008

Prime brokers are investing in smarter systems to manage risk and collateral across multiple asset classes. Frances Maguire looks at how far this ability to mark-to-market in real-time will go.

Transition code misses the mark

March 4, 2008

The T-Charter, a code of best practice for transition managers, was unveiled at the end of 2007, but even before the ink was dry it appeared that it did not go far enough. Frances Maguire looks into whether the industry is better or worse off.

Operational risk gets a roadmap

March 4, 2008

Specialist advice in operational risk management is readily available but practical, constructive tools and techniques for the day-to-day management of risks are less developed. Frances Maguire reports on the move to benchmark best practices in operational risk.

Cash-rich corporates sit out the storm

December 1, 2007

As cash rapidly becomes a strategic asset for corporates and asset managers, Frances Maguire looks at the outlook for 2008, post credit crisis.

Algorithmic trading: villain or scapegoat?

November 5, 2007

Algorithmic trading was blamed for the escalating volatility spikes in August. Frances Maguire asks if this is a fair criticism as well as looking at how algorithms are getting smarter.

Will cash be king again?

October 1, 2007

The US subprime crisis ended one of the biggest bull markets to date but will it cause corporates to revert back to cash? Frances Maguire reports.

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