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FRTB: Five Ops Steps to Recalculating Market Risk

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Bank trading desk, risk, and data managers are quickly realizing that the term fundamental in the new Fundamental Review of the Trading Book legislation should be taken literally and they don’t have much time left to prepare. The European Union has set January 2022 as the timetable for banks in its jurisdiction to meet more […]

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SEC’s Proxy Voting Guidance: What About Corporate Actions?

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent guidance on proxy voting may have unintentionally raised the issue of whether fund managers are meeting their fiduciary obligations when they vote in one-off voluntary corporate action events. Compliance managers at several US fund management firms tell FinOps Report that following the publication of the SEC’s publication of […]

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SEC: Old Transfer Agent Rules Apply to New Blockchain

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to register blockchain-enabled transfer agents has resurrected the issue of how it can apply securities laws to a nascent unproven technology. San Francisco-based Securitize has laid claim to being the first “agent” registered by the SEC to have developed an open-source blockchain based protocol for shareholder recordkeeping with […]

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State Street’s US$88M Fine Highlights Deceptive “Pass-Along” Custody Fees

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How can a global custodian bank convince clients for almost two decades that a twenty-five cent cost for a SWIFT message transmission is really worth a $5 “pass-along” fee? Easily, when fund managers aren’t paying attention and no one at the custodian bank is minding the shop. That’s no longer the case now that the […]

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IRS: Get Your Data Right on FATCA and QI Certifications (Or Else)

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The US Internal Revenue Service is turning tax operations and compliance departments into data and paperwork geeks when it comes to meeting their requirements for FATCA and QI. Did your tax operations department withhold the correct amount of tax for the right account and file the form correctly by deadline? That’s what an IRS auditor […]

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IRS: Get Your Data Right on FATCA and QI Certifications (Or Else)

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The US Internal Revenue Service is turning tax operations and compliance departments into data and paperwork geeks when it comes to meeting their requirements for FATCA and QI. Did your tax operations department withhold the correct amount of tax for the right account and file the form correctly by deadline? That’s what an IRS auditor […]

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Cryptoasset Valuation: Fair Value or Fair Game?

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Fair value– the term used by accountants to refer to the correct valuation of assets for financial reporting purposes — should’nt be taken at face value by fund managers or investors when comes to cryptoassets. Anyone who comes to the table unprepared for a potential dispute is foolish as shown in a recent lawsuit involving […]

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Cryptoasset Valuation: Fair Value or Fair Game?

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Fair value– the term used by accountants to refer to the correct valuation of assets for financial reporting purposes — should’nt be taken at face value by fund managers or investors when comes to cryptoassets. Anyone who comes to the table unprepared for a potential dispute is foolish as shown in a recent lawsuit involving […]

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Unique Product IDs: Next Challenge for Swaps Reporting

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Data operations, trade desk and regulatory reporting managers may soon have gear up for new administrative tasks — and potentially extra fees– when reporting their over-the-counter derivatives transactions to trade repositories using unique product identifiers. The UPIs mark the latest in an array of codes financial firms and trading platforms must use to describe the […]

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Unique Product IDs: Next Challenge for Swaps Reporting

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Data operations, trade desk and regulatory reporting managers may soon have gear up for new administrative tasks — and potentially extra fees– when reporting their over-the-counter derivatives transactions to trade repositories using unique product identifiers. The UPIs mark the latest in an array of codes financial firms and trading platforms must use to describe the […]

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