IBM Promontory

Why the IBM Promontory Deal is Great for RegTech

By now, you might have heard of IBM’s proposed deal to acquire Promontory Financial Group, a risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm. With this acquisition, IBM gains the knowledge and expertise of Promontory’s 600 global professionals, who will train IBM’s Watson to help Financial Services firms better manage financial risk and compliance. While this is[…]

FIA Panalytics

FIA to Feature Panalytics in Innovators Pavilion

FIA announced that Panalytics is one of 18 companies chosen to exhibit in the 2016 Innovators Pavilion at the Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18-20. Innovators Pavilion showcases startup companies providing forward-thinking solutions for the futures, options and cleared swaps industry. IRVINE, CA — FIA announced that Panalytics is one of 18[…]


5 Key Takeaways from the 2016 FINRA Annual Conference

The 2016 FINRA Annual Conference stood out in many ways, including the roster of speakers and the attendees. Even the quality of the program was very high. As usual, FINRA conferences are about discussing and debating top regulatory concerns, as well as current issues affecting the industry. The 2016 conference wasn’t any different. With the[…]


All You Need to Know About RegTech

Coming in quickly on the heels of FinTech’s pending disruption of the financial services industry, RegTech acts as the answer to a simple problem that’s arisen as the industry has become increasingly data driven, automated, regulated, and volatile. With new regulations springing up and tripping banks with alarming regularity, it behooves all financial services organizations to apply appropriate[…]

2016 Compliance Risk Study

4 Key Challenges from Accenture’s 2016 Compliance Risk Study

Hot off the presses, Accenture just published their 2016 Compliance Risk Study and the consulting firm arrived at one critical conclusion: that the Compliance function in many financial services firms is at a crossroads and, as such, Compliance needs to figure out the exact role that it wants to play in the future. This year’s Compliance Risk Study, which[…]

Market abuse surveillance

4 key takeaways regarding the state of market abuse surveillance

Recently, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK published the findings from their 2016 market abuse surveillance survey. The survey was given to twenty of the largest global banks and the results aren’t surprising. Over the past five years, financial services firms have been investigated and fined with increased frequency across a wide range of alleged market abuses. And according to the Bank of[…]

Finra Culture of Compliance Questions

Finra asks 8 questions to assess your firm’s culture of compliance

This week, Finra issued a targeted examination letter to 12 firms designed to help the regulator better assess and understand how firms have established a “culture of compliance.” As you may be aware, the term “culture of compliance” has garnered much attention (read this) thus far this year, as Finra doubles-down on the notion that a firm[…]

Risk and compliance analytics for small and mid-size firms

Risk and compliance analytics for small and midsize firms

Risk and compliance analytics for small and midsize firms We often hear the following questions and comments when discussing risk and compliance analytics with small and midsize firms: I’ve had surveillance tools and processes in place for years, they’re working just fine. We’re a small firm, how can we benefit from risk and compliance analytics? We don’t have[…]

Culture of Compliance

Culture of compliance term is on the rise

Culture of compliance term is on the rise Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an analysis (paywall) on the use of the term “culture of compliance” across published articles, using Factiva as a datasource. As many in the Financial Services industry know, compliance as been top-of-mind for many years, but it really took the spotlight[…]