IT & DevOps in Financial Services (The Phoenix Project)

If, like me, you have to interact with IT —and technology is vital for you or your clients — this excellent novel will enlighten your day-to-day work. The Phoenix Project was first published in 2013 and, in the fast-moving world of technology, one could view this book as ‘outdated.’ But no. The way it articulates the value of DevOps for organisations remains insightful. It remains useful. And it remains worth your attention. Of particular value is the presentation of the Three Ways — the principles from which all observed DevOps behaviours are derived.



Worried about Regulatory Reporting? We have the solution

Mounting regulatory requirements and scrutiny have caused banks to worry about their regulatory reporting requirements. Avantage Reply has extensive knowledge and expertise on dealing with different regulatory reporting issues.



It's all anyone is talking about...

It’s all anyone is talking about and, whilst I really wanted to write about something lighter, I was dragged back to the Reply Risk & Regulatory Academy, which has had the honour to run courses in Cambridge for many years. This led me to an incredible report published by the University there...



Victor Hugo & the Green Swan: An Introduction to the threat of Climate Change on Financial Stability

There is something peculiar in the book released last January by the Bank for International Settlement and Banque de France, The Green Swan. The book builds on the concept of ‘black swans’ first introduced by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in 2007, but this time the swan is green. Green swans (or climate black swans), the authors argue, are extreme financially disruptive events resulting from climate-related risks.



“The ECB is coming”: Let’s have compliant data for regulatory reporting!

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, which had shown that the capacity of banks to manage risks during "stress" periods was insufficient, the Basel Committee took the initiative to publish the BCBS 239 standard.



The Laundromat Movie: Meryl Streep discusses Anti Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorism Financing

Few realise just how corrosive the effects of Money laundering and the financing of terrorism are on society. That’s why, when we have the opportunity to assist our clients with their Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) initiatives, I find it exciting and rewarding.



How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog: Applicability to Financial Services

I had just finished reading Chad Orzel’s bestselling book ‘How to teach quantum physics to your dog’ last week when my colleagues presented what is perhaps one of the first concrete applications of ‘quantum-inspired’ computing in European banking. Before I turn to that, allow me to share a few words on Orzel’s book and how it got me to think about quantum computing in financial services…



ECB SREP 2019 - Key Challenges for Eurozone Banks

On 28 January 2020, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) held a press conference in Frankfurt on the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process 2019 (“SREP 2019”). It highlighted a number of interesting developments in the Eurozone. Allow me to share with you my key take-aways regarding the first three based on his remarks and the Question and Answer session that ensued.



The difficult child of regulatory reporting

In this period of annual closing and maximum effort for all reporting teams, you will probably agree that there is one that is particularly daunting. I am of course talking about the Pillar 3 disclosures.



From the ski slopes of Davos: Do financial institutions have a responsibility to enforce climate and sustainability standards?

One of the main themes of Davos 2020 has been ‘climate and sustainability’. The World Economic Forum was most fascinating to me when it came to the clear divergence in thinking between financial institutions that want to cut polluters off from the financial system — and those that believe it is not the financial institution’s job to police the climate.



Regulatory Reporting: The Mote in The Banker’s Eye

Board members, Executives, Chief Financial Officers and Heads of Regulatory Reporting have plenty to fear as regulatory reporting by financial institutions comes under increasing scrutiny from regulatory bodies.



Click here to kill everybody - especially if you work in financial services

The number one mistake people make regarding technology is they don’t realise that, with smart devices, the internet can kill people. This is a real and relevant risk to the financial services industry, too.