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CFTC adopts new rules for cyber security testing

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has voted to adopt new rules to govern security testing for contract markets, swap execution facilities, and swap data repositories as well as derivatives clearing organisations. These amendments are in line with the recently released ‘Guidance on Cyber Resilience for Financial Markets’ published by the Bank of International »

Bank of England weighs merits of digital currency

Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England, has reiterated the Bank of England’s commitment to investigating central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC). The Bank of England first brought up the possibility of a government-sponsored digital currency in a February 2015 research paper, that inspired UCL researchers to develop RSCoin, a prototype for a CBDC. »

Round-up: Regulatory and Company News

SWIFT criticises negligent banks in leaked email SWIFT, the interbank payments consortium, has warned banks that there have been successful cyber attacks on its members since the $81m February theft from the Bangladesh central bank. In a letter obtained by Reuters, SWIFT suggested that the attacks exploited lax security measures to send fraudulent transfer requests. »

Book Review: Robo Advisors – It’s All in the Game

Book Review: Robo Advisors – It’s All in the Game

Back in February, we ran an article on QA-Financial entitled: “Are Regulators Right to Focus on Robo-Investing?” The answer is, well, maybe. While asset management firms are making big investments in robo-investment platforms, the advice those platforms are giving, together with the algorithms that are driving that advice, are actually rather straightforward. The modern portfolio »

Hong Kong opens door to fintech

Hong Kong. Credit: Mike Behnken. Following in the path of London and Singapore, Norman T.L. Chan, chief executive at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced the launch of a fintech innovation hub and a supervisory sandbox at the Treasury Markets Summit 2016. Chan said that there was a widespread perception that: “The development of »

ABN Amro embraces private cloud for testing

ABN manager takes steps towards private cloud

Mobile Labs, an Atlanta-based mobile app testing provider, has announced a deal with Dutch bank ABN Amro to provide access to deviceConnect, Mobile Labs’ private cloud solution for mobile testing. The deviceConnect service is run on a machine the size of a photocopier located inside the customer firm and connected to the customer’s private  internal »

Australian bank moves towards continuous delivery

The Australian Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has chosen TestPlant’s eggPlant tool to implement automated testing. The test automation project, which began in Q2 of this year, was conducted in cooperation with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The implementation enabled Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to move from manual testing to automated testing and continuous delivery. The eggPlant »

Round-up: Regulatory and Company News

MAS opens fintech lab to foster innovation and help start-ups The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced that it will open a FinTech Innovation Lab inside the MAS building. The regulator said that the lab, called Looking Glass @ MAS after the novel by Lewis Caroll, will help the foster fintech solutions in cooperation »

Bats MiFID II record-keeping solution ready for testing

Global exchange operator Bats has made its MiFID II record keeping solution available for testing 16 months before reporting obligations come into force. Under the upcoming EU regulation, venues will be required to maintain a record of all orders advertised. The solution will store all the data that is required under MiFID II. The data »

HPE releases new version of Mobile Center

Technology vendor Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has released a new version of its mobile testing platform, Mobile Center 2.0. This latest version will integrate with the Amazon Device Farm on Amazon Web Services. The HPE Mobile Center facilitates the monitoring and execution of security, manual, functional, and performance testing by providing a single platform to »

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