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Lombard Risk, a Vermeg company, announces support of Resolution Planning Reporting and the latest Bank of England updates

The Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) has been in effect for some time but this will now be accompanied by reporting obligations to both EBA and PRA.

EBA ‘Z’ templates – applicable to all current BRRD firms – and PRA MRL templates – applicable by notification from the Regulator – are both effective as at 2018 year-end and are supported in Lombard Risk’s Regulatory Reporting platform. The return templates will, of course, be supplied with all Regulator mandated validations and concomitant EBA and PRA XBRL production.

Lombard Risk experts will be ready to supply guidance and advice as to necessary data that may not have been included in a firm’s regulatory submissions to date.

Additionally, Bank of England updates due to take effect in 2019 are supported. Two new templates will be effective March 2019.

  • AS: a Securities Holdings report in accordance with Handbook of Securities Statistics;
  • FV (Financial Vehicles): for reporting on entities such as securitisation vehicles.

Moreover, changes to the existing AD (Analysis of Deposits) and AL (Analysis of Lending to UK Residents) are also being rolled out.

Andrew Kesbey, Solutions Director, Lombard Risk commented: “These developments are yet further examples of how Lombard Risk’s Regulatory update service ensures that its client community benefits from our Regulatory Strategy team’s ongoing scrutiny of the regulatory horizon. This aspect of Lombard Risk’s Regulatory Reporting offering gives both comfort and value to clients, removing the headache of monitoring, interpreting and executing regulatory change that is associated with an inhouse or manual solution”.

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Banking Apps to play acrucial role in commercial banking consumerisation

Banking apps are set to have the biggest impact on commercial banking within the next five years according to more than two thirds (68%) of commercial bankers, a study by Fintech provider Fraedom has revealed.

Banking apps are also predicted to become one of the most disruptive technologies during the same time period. Only cryptocurrencies (56%) and virtual assistants (48%) are expected to be greater disrupters, according to a study that polled 1000 decision-makers in commercial banks including senior managers, middle managers and shareholders.

The research also found that just under half (45%) of respondents listed digital wallets to have a substantial impact on the industry while nearly one third (32%) noted machine learning as having a future influence.

Kyle Ferguson, CEO, Fraedom, said: “The research highlights that the commercial banking world is beginning to shift towards a more consumer focused approach. Business executives are increasingly wanting a real-time view for their payments, just like they can in their personal lives. This trend is also mirrored by commercial banks who are planning to invest in the key technology areas to make consumerisation possible.”

The study revealed that data analytics (55%) and enhanced mobility (41%) are two of the most likely areas of a commercial bank to receive investment within the next five years. Unsurprisingly updating security systems was most likely area to receive an investment boost, as cited by 65% of respondents.

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An interview with John Kamara, Director for Global Gaming Africa, on how Africa has embraced Blockchain technology, by Katy Micallef: 

What kind of solutions can blockchain technology offer the continent? Is Africa on the road to becoming a blockchain hub?

Africa is rising and technology is at the forefront of our growth as a continent. We have seen the explosion of the mobile space in the continent and how it has allowed a number of services and solutions to become easier. Blockchain is about to help solve a number of issues we are currently facing in the public and private sector. Pockets of blockchain innovation are fast springing up in innovation hubs across Africa, as the public and private sector alike seek effective new systems of record with trust embedded.

With Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa among the countries taking the lead in blockchain experimentation, the financial sector looks set to be the continent’s earliest big adopter. However, development and trials are also underway to apply blockchain technology to virtually every industry sector – from health and social development to retail and agriculture. Governments are exploring ways of using blockchain to aid corruption across multiple verticals and also to push value to service sectors.

One company planning to maximize blockchain’s potential in Africa is Ecobank, a pan-African banking conglomerate with operations in 36 African countries. Ecobank’s Fintech Challenge actively seeks out fintech innovations harnessing Blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other…

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Lehman Brothers 10 years on – Investment opportunities that have weathered the storm
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The returns achieved from the MSCI AC World Index in the last decade as well as other significant investment opportunities over this period show that stock market investments have fared well against cash savings, even in the toughest of environments.

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