managing director, Asia-Pacific, SunGard's capital markets business
Contributor: Nasser Khodri
The trading landscape in Asia Pacific is becoming more fragmented and regulated. Competition in Asia Pacific will increase, both among Western peers or within the region, as firms bid to provide the highest quality services to clients without incurring unnecessary costs. ... read more
director of pre-sales, Protegent, SunGard's capital markets business
Contributor: Mike Lacson
This blog post originally appeared on AsiaEtrading.
Trading in Hong Kong remains a challenging endeavor for global investors. As authorities work to eradicate insider trading, Hong Kong has served as an informal test case for exploring how far the free market ethos can go before it begins to scare off investors.... read more
vice president, risk solutions, SunGard's capital markets business
Contributor: Marcus Cree
The failure at MF Global has sparked much debate within the financial industry, not least around the apparent shortfall of risk management at the institution. This raises an interesting question about what a good risk management program should be expected to achieve.
When thinking about risk management, it is important to understand the objectives and parameters of what the term “risk management” can mean. Some important definitions are:... read more
manager, product solutions, SunGard’s wealth management business
Contributor: Kelly Durante
According to InvestorWords.com, a defined contribution plan is “A company retirement plan, such as a 401(k) plan or 403(b) plan, in which the employee elects to defer some amount of his/her salary into the plan and bears the investment risk.” While there are many other sources for this definition, I chose this one for a reason. The primary purpose for participating in a defined contribution plan is for participants to save for their own retirement. While I sometimes understand people need to be protected from themselves, participants should be responsible for bearing the investment risk, rather than the plan. Plenty of rules and regulations are already in place to protect the interests of plan participants.... read more
senior vice president, Astec Analytics, SunGard’s capital markets business
Contributor: David Lewis
As small regional banks, such as in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), struggle to find funding, they are increasingly turning to the repo market. In fact, one local GCC banker has claimed that more repo has been done in the past 12 months than in the last 10 years.
Is this an issue to worry about? As with many things, the answer lies in the details.... read more