Rocaton pioneers the use of RiskFirst’s PFaroe platform in the US

Rocaton Investment Advisors, a full service, independent investment advisory consulting firm, last week announced that it had adopted RiskFirst’s award-winning PFaroe platform to help clients better analyse and manage pension plan risk. Rocaton are the first investment consultants to utilize the platform in the US, evidence of the increased demand for more sophisticated risk analytics in the US.

The news was picked up by: Planadviser, Institutional Asset Manager, Waters Technology, FTFnews, Finextra and Financial IT.net.

BNY Mellon’s Mike Sparks provides FX-MM’s ‘Expert View’

The impact of new regulations on financial institutions in the wake of the financial crisis has been significant. Yet while the regulatory changes are undoubtedly challenging – in terms of the practical difficulties and cost of compliance – they present the financial industry with the opportunity to re-evaluate the way it works. In FX-MM, Mike Sparks, Senior Risk Manager, Managing Director, BNY Mellon, describes the impacts of regulatory demands and explains why their sheer scale could be a catalyst for beneficial change.

To read the full article, please click here

The Financial Times looks at Falcon Group’s key role in facilitating Middle Eastern trade

The growth of Falcon Group’s loan book from US$4 million to US$3 billion over the past 20 years is described in a Financial Times article on Middle Eastern trade. The article — which includes discussion with Falcon chairman Kamel Alzarka — also describes Falcon’s geographical growth, as well as its unique approach to trade finance.

Please click here to read the full article as a pdf or on the FT website.

BNY Mellon discusses the challenges of cross border payments in Börsen-Zeitung

As financial market evolution continues, managing cross-border payments can be a significant challenge and banks are under increasing pressure to provide a suite of solutions catering to a range of complex cross-border payment requirements. In Germany’s Börsen-Zeitung, BNY Mellon’s Wendy Miller (Product Manager FX Initiatives, Global Markets) and Dany Eder (Managing Director, Product Line Manager non-USD services, Treasury Services EMEA) explain that the sharing of knowledge and best-practice is as important to addressing end-client requirements as solutions-development.

To read the full German article, please click here

The ICC Global Survey reveals global shortfall in trade finance

The launch of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Global Survey 2014: Rethinking Trade and Finance, following closely behind the release of the ICC’s Trade Register Report 2014, has enforced the ICC’s advocacy of trade finance as a low risk financing technique.

Through Moorgate’s efforts, the survey – which also discusses the stated shortfall in the availability of trade finance globally, as well as the impact of KYC and AML compliance, Basel accords and regulations imposed by G20 countries – was picked up by The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and City AM

By targeting key specialist press, Moorgate also gained widespread coverage in International Business Times, Global Banking and Finance, The Financial, Insurance Journal, Trade and Receivables Finance, GT News, Trade Finance Magazine, Treasury Management International, Cash and Trade, Global Capital, CPI Financials, MSN Money, Trade and Forfaiting Review, Global Trade Review, and Trade and Export Finance.

Moorgate ups the pace in JPMorgan Corporate Challenge

Brilliant sunshine and a cooling breeze made for perfect conditions for this year’s JPMorgan Corporate Challenge; a 5.6km fun run around Battersea Park to raise funds for WaterAid. For Moorgate’s crack team of athletes, preparations varied. For those who actually frequent the gym, and have owned running shorts for longer than 24 hours, excitement was building and increasingly competitive times were debated and defended. For those of us who hadn’t broken into a sweat since school PE lessons, other questions were more important: would six months of carb-loading suffice? Exactly how flat is the park – there definitely aren’t any uphill sections?

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While running abilities varied, there was no doubting the level of enthusiasm throughout the team. With Moorgate shirts donned, and bananas and running bibs in hand, we made our way to the start line to join the throngs – and the rest is a blur. Some sprinted with intermittent walking breaks, others took it at a strong and steady pace, and two slowly limped around, strategically saving any energy reserves for a professional-looking sprint finish at the end.

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Special mention must go to our two fastest athletes – Sarah Whitehead and Tom Strachan-McCarter – who sped around the course in 29:42 and 29:56 respectively, and are deserving winners of this year’s “Moorgate Challenge”. We were also delighted to spot a number of familiar faces at the event, including runners from BNY Mellon and Natixis.

All in all, a fun evening out for an excellent cause – so look out for the Moorgate team at future sporting events!

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Natixis considers bond bubbles in Investment Week

While some investors may be concerned over a growing ‘bubble’ in the bond market – no thanks to the presence of low short-term interest rates and abundant central bank money supply skewing investor behaviour towards risky assets – it’s important to consider the realities of the situation. In an article for Investment Week, Patrick Artus – chief economist at Natixis – evaluates the dangers of the current boom in the short and medium-term, to see if the current investor unease is justified.

To read the full article on Investment Week, please click here or here for the pdf.

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