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Colt offers substantial infrastructure ecosystem

Colt offers substantial infrastructure ecosystem

Colt Technologies is a private telecoms company owned by Fidelity. It delivers secure, on-demand services designed to meet the stringent requirements and speed of the financial markets. Among the more than 400 capital markets firms it supports worldwide includes 18 of the 25 largest global banks and 13 European central banks. With both sell-side and buy-side firms looking for reliable access to market data under MiFID II, having the requisite market infrastructure in place is a potentially daunting task.

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Setting out a compliance roadmap

Setting out a compliance roadmap

At the last count, there were approximately 1,384 pieces of information to look through under MiFID II. For Chief Compliance Officers, that is an awful lot of work to get on top of, which is why implementing a compliance roadmap as early as possible is so important. 

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Choosing the right MiFID II vendors is mission-critical

Choosing the right MiFID II vendors is mission-critical

The introduction of MiFID II and MiFIR on 3 January 2018 will impact every aspect of how financial institutions do business. The scale of the task cannot be underestimated. For buy-side firms, getting the right vendor relationships in place will be vital to ensuring that they operate under the regulations in as efficient and compliant a way as possible. 

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Brexit causes lower European real estate valuations in 2017

Brexit causes lower European real estate valuations in 2017

The INREV Annual Index for 2017 reveals that the Netherlands posted the strongest non-listed real estate performance on record with total returns of 14 per cent. Despite this boost, annual returns across Europe dropped to 6.0 per cent in 2016 from a nine-year high of 9.7 per cent in the previous year, the survey finds, ascribing much of the fall to weaker performance in Q2 and Q3 which stemmed from much lower valuations in the UK during the turmoil of a Brexit referendum.