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Critical factors

June 2, 2004

ABN AMRO's Alexandra Cook and Steven Gregg highlight why financial market strategies should be built on industry sector dynamics and knowledge of global and local markets.

Are ICSDs too close for comfort?

June 2, 2004

While the consultation continues on how the EU might achieve a harmonised infrastructure for cross-border transactions, Frances Maguire finds that another highly charged debate is going on: should ICSDs and CSDs compete with global custodian and agent banks?
When is a bank, not a bank? When it’s an international central securities depository (ICSD). At present, both Europe’s ICSDs, Euroclear and Clearstream, are banks, and despite moves by Euroclear to restructure its banking and its depositories into separate entities, and the European Commission’s accusation that Clearstream is abusing its “dominant supplier position”, the fact still remains that both ICSDs offer “bank accounts” to their securities customers that do not pay interest.

Adapting to change is key

May 3, 2004

Parveen Bansal talks to Bertrand Lavayssičre, head of Capgemini’s Global Financial Services Sector and managing director of Financial Services North American Region.
Speaking with extensive experience on consulting and IT in financial services, Bertrand Lavayssičre shares Capgemini’s view on the main issues in the financial services industry and their possible solutions. He highlights three key issues that continue to plague retail banks: creating customer loyalty, integrating different channels and, in particular, the need to reduce back office costs.

Semblance of order amid the chaos

May 3, 2004

An improbable mix of coincidence, personal ingenuity and innovative technology gave Iraq a sorely needed payments system.

Asset management mindset is valuable

May 3, 2004

The progression towards commercial banks marking their loans to market seems almost inevitable, says Sophie Roell in New York. A new tool from Moody’s KMV can help banks to price loans and, more importantly, could help them with value management.

Regulatory strategy is sadly lacking

May 3, 2004

Few institutions are able to implement strategic programmes for dealing with new regulatory and governance regimes and this has a greater negative impact on smaller organisations, says Anthony Gandy.

SAS solutions break ground

May 3, 2004

SAS HAS created SAS 9, an intelligence platform to help companies do more with their data and systems. The system ensures that more people – from the factory floor to the boardroom – can use the enhanced predictive analytics and data management capabilities of SAS 9 to help solve critical business pains. The SAS 9 Intelligence Platform is the most significant technology change in SAS’s history.

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