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FINCAD Recognized (Again!) as a Top Employer
It is my pleasure to report that FINCAD has been recognized as a leading employer in two competitions. FINCAD was named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2021 and a Top Canadian Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) for 2021. BC's Top Employers recognizes the 100 British Columbian employers that lead their industries in offering excellent places to work. FINCAD was recognized for its great work atmosphere
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Industry Events take on the Technology Impact of the Libor Replacement
As the 2021 deadline approaches, the financial sector is abuzz with preparing for the end of Libor. Certainly, there are a myriad of business, operational and IT considerations that firms must tackle in order to ready themselves for the transition to new risk-free rates (RFR’s). Recently I had the pleasure of participating on the panels for two London-based events focused on Libor replacement. The
December 11, 2019
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Is MBS Investing Picking up Steam?
Is MBS Investing Picking up Steam?
Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) are increasingly falling into favor with today’s investors. The appeal with this structured credit product is that it offers a potentially better payoff than vanilla instruments. However, the flip side is there may be greater risk involved. Thus, in terms of investing, one needs to evaluate the risk/reward profile and determine if MBS is a good fit for their firm’s
November 21, 2019
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The Uncertain Fate of Libor and Non-Linear Derivatives
In the financial sector, swift progress is being made to prepare for Libor’s end. Global regulators are publishing timelines that are quickly advancing us towards a transition to alternative rates like SOFR, SONIA and €STR. It is clear that rapid progress has been made for linear products like futures, swaps, bonds, and loans. But there are still a myriad of challenges that must be addressed for
November 14, 2019
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Time for Change: Transitioning from Libor to SONIA
Some of us recall, when in July of 2017, Andrew Bailey, Chairman of the FCA, gave a speech on the future of Libor. In the speech, Bailey expressed that, “Work must begin in earnest on planning the transition to alternative reference rates that are based firmly on transactions.” This day marked the kick-off the Libor transition. Fast forward a couple of years later, and here we are. Timelines have
October 25, 2019
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Are crypto assets a game changer for investors?
As recent as last year, crypto was not taken as seriously as it is today. But now, cryptocurrencies are increasingly growing in popularity as viable investment assets. The reality is that institutions cannot afford to ignore crypto in our current marketplace. Evidence of crypto’s growth can be seen in the expansion of this nascent asset class. One of the most current developments has been the
October 8, 2019
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