December 2013 Blog Posts (9)

NYT: How to Buy ERM Software in 2014

In previous blogs, I've covered the differences between ERM and GRC offerings. One critical difference I'd like to explore more fully is the concept of Software-as-a-Service, especially as it pertains to…


Added by Steven Minsky on December 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ERM Report: Target’s Breach a Needless Mishap

[Editor’s Note: Organizations have become myopic with GRC solutions, and they can no longer see the forest through the trees. In my prior blogs, I pointed out that over confidence in technology point solutions has been happening since the Great Wall of China, where corporations have not been investing enough in broader ERM programs that can detect non-technical failures…


Added by Steven Minsky on December 23, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ERM Software – Selecting the Best Solution

As organizations turn to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) software to automate and enhance aspects of their ERM Programs, it’s time to take a critical look at the ERM and GRC marketplace to determine where gaps exist between the current offerings…


Added by Steven Minsky on December 17, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Twinkle twinkle API, why do you make the CIO cry?

Actually, it’s not an API, it’s the lack of one that can make the CIO cry.

API (Application Programming Interface) refers to something quite technical and involves creating a technology capability which ensures the bank can be connected and flexible. They typically serve as a facade to complex back-end systems which provide the products and services delivered to customers. APIs are constructed to expose a specific business function, and harnessing their power enables banks to focus on…


Added by Nick Levy on December 17, 2013 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Background Checks for Volunteers

Risk comes in all forms and shapes...whether it's what we can or can't say in a meeting, the hiring process, how we handle an altercation in the work place, ect. These various scenarios require us to have a certain level of understanding into how to deal with them, and one of them that I believe is critical is having an understanding of the background…


Added by Rebecca Hall on December 12, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Quad-Party Clearing – a Winner’s Curse?

Quad-Party Clearing – a buy-side focused clearing model – was widely perceived as an innovative solution for the clearing obligation under EMIR (European Market Infrastructure Regulation). The benefits for buy-side firms include efficiency, cost and risk reduction.

However there’s a growing concern that these are outweighed by cost and risk factors of market infrastructure providers and sell-side institutions. For example, many experts anticipate a collateral crunch as a consequence…


Added by Henner Bruner on December 10, 2013 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Employment trends and Salary Insights - 2015 edition

Employment is the engine of any economy. The Hudson Report on employment trends is a key economic indicator that helps gauge just how well the engine is running.  

Published annually, Hudson’s Salary Guide is a compensation survey that offers valuable insight into salaries presently being offered to candidates. The report includes salary survey data on a variety of professional fields including: accounting,…


Added by Boris Agranovich on December 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Customer Alert – are banks listening to their customers?

In every customer communication there’s one simple message: “I - the customer - have something to say.” But is anyone listening?

It's as simple as ABC.

A is for ANYTIME and ANY WAY. Banking customers talk to their banks at any time they need them, not just 9 to 5, and not in ways that banks can always control. Customers expect the freedom to connect with their bank – via the telephone, email, social media and any other channel that serves their purpose. Being easy to…


Added by Nick Levy on December 3, 2013 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Europe’s OTF to follow the US’s SEF?

It is still probably too early to derive meaningful conclusions from the impact of Swap Execution Facilities (SEF) on trading behavior. However, European regulators and counterparties can learn from the US experience as they implement the European equivalent of SEF – Organized Trading Facilities (OTF) as part of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).

Although central clearing provides counterparty credit risk mitigation, SEF trading – because it will not become…


Added by Henner Bruner on December 3, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments

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