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    Energy Risk USA: How Energy Markets are Waking Up to Analytics & Collaboration

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    As we head into the Energy Risk USA Conference this year, I look forward to sharing with you insights into analytic and collaboration trends in today’s fast-evolving energy markets. The industry-wide potential and value-generation impact of these trends will be of interest to energy professionals dealing with the logistics and commercial and risk management concerns of their companies. My present...

    Collateral Management: When Does It Make Sense to Outsource?

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    With complex and far-reaching regulations mandated by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFTC), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and other regulators, the environments for both the buy side and sell side have changed dramatically. The proposed regulations bring eligibility rules for collateral and mandatory reporting requirements into focus—making collateral managem...

    ISDA AGM 2015: Fragmentation, harmonization and standardization

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    In April, Sapient Global Markets, along with other market participants, descended on Montreal for ISDA’s 30th Annual General Meeting.  As noted in our pre-event blog, much of the conference focused on the impact of regulation, intended and unintended, and how firms are reacting to the changes. In particular, consideration was given to how markets are fragmenting, and what the industry can do...

    New On Forbes: Oil Prices Won't Recover Without Significant Increase In Demand

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    In his latest column for Forbes, Chip Register, CEO of Sapient Consulting, examines the demand side of oil prices. He cautions that, unlike previous recoveries in demand, the markets have changed due to a mix of technological advancements and government mandates limiting oil consumption.  As such, even if consumers wanted to use more oil, they may not be able to do so. He outlines why increa...

    Outsourcing: From “Run the Bank” to “Change the Bank”

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    Financial services firms have always faced market volatility, but new challenges are forcing most to rethink their traditional operating models—including the way they use outsourcing. Since the 1970s, banks and other businesses have used outsourcing for functions unrelated to their core business. Outsourcers, of course, would do the work at a fraction of the cost of what companies spent to do it ...

    Creating a Nimble, Scalable and Sustainable Model for Global Compliance

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    On April 21, Sapient Global Markets, along with hundreds of other market participants, will convene in Montreal for ISDA’s 30th Annual General Meeting.  The sessions will address a wide range of topics, from trade execution, clearing and the upcoming margin requirements for uncleared trades to reporting and data quality. Increased capital rules and margin on non-cleared derivatives, along wi...