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Are you paid what you are worth?

It should be a great time to be a testing specialist working for a financial firm. Competition among firms to acquire the right skill-sets has never been more fierce. But are you getting the raise and bonus you deserve this year? QA-Financial.com has partnered with Emolument.com – the leading salary database – to provide its »

BAE Systems blog details Bangladesh malware

Security specialist BAE Systems published blog on Monday April 25th revealing extensive details, including code, of the malware it says was used to hide traces of fraudulent payments by the gang that stole $81m from the Bangladesh central bank last February. According to the blog, authored by BAE Systems security analyst Sergei Shevchenko, the malware was »

Company and product news briefs

FCA to receive applicants for regulatory sandbox scheme Christopher Woolard, director of strategy and competition at the FCA, speaking at the Innovate Finance Global Summit on April 11th, announced that on May 9th the FCA would start receiving applications for its regulatory sandbox. The FCA first announced the scheme in a November 2015 report. The »

Time-stamping trades and MiFID II — clocking up the options

MiFID II time-stamping will not be easy.

When European Union legislators drafted the the second instalment of the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), they wanted trading firms to time-stamp trades to levels of accuracy in line with the speeds of high-frequency trading. When it comes into effect in January 2018, the directive will require all trades to be time-stamped to »

Accenture builds LatAm platform for Zurich Insurance

Zurich Insurance Group, the SIX Swiss Exchange-listed insurer, is expanding its South American operations with a new insurance IT system in Colombia that will handle property and casualty business. The system was built by Accenture, which had previously helped Zurich Insurance Group implement similar systems in Venezuela and Brazil. The new system is based on Danish »

SAP’s new platform is coming — at a price

  From 2025 SAP will no longer support any other enterprise resource management platform than its latest, 2015, release: S/4 HANA. Migration from legacy SAP platforms may be costly and time-consuming, but financial firms that are SAP customers should start planning now, especially because S/4 HANA — while it will be faster — will be »

Company and product news briefs

Micro Focus releases Atlas 3.0 Micro Focus, the London-listed software developer, has released the latest version of Atlas, its lifecycle software development platform. According to Micro Focus vice president Renato Quédas, Atlas 3.0 will be particularly useful for banks trying to keep pace with regulatory change. “Given their heavily regulated and risk averse natures, financial »

Lombard Risk merges regulatory products

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Lombard Risk, a UK-listed company that develops regulatory reporting software for financial firms, has consolidated its European and Asian and US product platforms into AgileReporter, and also announced an update for new credit risk reporting requirements under Basel III rules. AgileReporter is designed to automate the submission of reports to regulatory bodies; typically these reports are »

The QA expert interview: Mike Salsbury, Caplin

Mike Salsbury is head of product development at Caplin, the London-based software vendor which designs trading technology for banks and other financial firms. Caplin specialises in web-based trading platforms for cross-asset trading, though the firm has carved an especially strong position in electronic FX markets. QA Financial met Salsbury at Caplin’s London headquarters. Q: Mike, »

The QA expert interview: Dale Bulmer, Markit

Data is the fuel for financial markets. Since its launch in 2003, Markit has grown to challenge the leading suppliers, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters in its core markets, such as credit benchmarks. We met up with Dale Bulmer to discuss the key trends in mobile, security and vendor risk management, and how those trends translate »

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