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How to sustain Fintech Growth by avoiding “Gravity Drag”

Fintech Growth – How to avoid gravity drag Fintech growth rate has been impeccable thus far. Arguably, 2015 has been the best year  for Fintech ( defined in its broadest sense – see the Fintech Taxonomy Map) . Whether its London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney,  Amsterdam, Johannesburg or anywhere else in  the world, …

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Solvency II Training – An Executive Challenge

SOLVENCY II TRAINING: What needs to be improved and the consequences of not doing so. Solvency II has been reinvigorated as Brussels start to get their act together.  Compliance will require strategic, behavioural and operational changes across the board. There are a number of aspects that must be considered, such as whether or not the …

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African Odyssey – Exploring Knowledge Based Outsourcing to South Africa

The following article was published in June 2012 edition of Actuary Magazine   Compared with other professions, actuaries are a rare breed. In 2005, globally, there were 42,824 fully qualified actuaries in full member associations. Figures for other professions that year showed 9.5 million doctors, 5.5 million accountants, 6.5 million engineers and 67,000 chartered financial …

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Why Bank CEO’ss Should be Reviewing Their Risk Functions

The recent spate of scandals affecting the banks yet again calls into question the effectiveness of risk functions. In recent years, a whole new risk infrastructure has been established to demonstrate that firms have a better handle on risk. Why so? – “because the regulator says so” is the meek response. The sceptics (often in …

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Can Solvency II Gain Back Customer Trust in Financial Services Firms?

Solvency II aims to improve risk management, but will this benefit customers of financial services firms? If so, do they know this? At Vedanvi we have another bone to pick with the current level of disclosure in the financial services sector. We reckon that the sector has got to be more pro-active in winning back …

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FSA Will Hold Eexecutives Personally Responsible for Poor Risk Management & Controls

Corporate Failures: Executives and Their Advisors Are Held Personally Responsible and Face Fines as well as Prosecution Regulators have to become harsher in light of the financial crisis – they are inflicting some very serious penalties for wrong doings – could you be the next one considered not “fit or proper?” In an attempt to …

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