Firms weigh benefits as EU power market coupling expands

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Day-ahead power market coupling has been in operation across the North West Europe region for over a year. To what extent has it helped prices converge, and what are the next steps aimed at bringing Europe’s electricity markets closer together?

Geeks at the gates

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Hampered by increasingly complex regulations, as well as the cost and inertia of inefficient legacy systems, banks are facing growing competition from innovative non-bank organisations. Unless they start to confront the mission-critical importance of transforming their technology, could they face death by a thousand cuts?

Horizon Software: coping with the compliance burden

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French equity derivatives specialist Horizon Software is concerned about burdensome EU regulation choking liquidity in its core stock options market – but, says Sylvain Thieullent, its chief executive of electronic trading, the firm has learnt the importance of tailoring its approach to suit a local market as a result

Do insurers need a CIO?

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The UK regulator has proposed five ‘controlled function holders’ for insurers without including a chief investment officer. But the role is too important to overlook, says Scott Eason of Barnett Waddingham