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Best vendor for dealing technology: Integral

Integral saw a significant uptick in demand for its cloud-based services as market participants’ imperative to upgrade their technology gained urgency last year FX participants are under increasing pressure to deliver a great user experience to their customers, and are trying to compete and win while increasing revenue and profitability. When you then add the …

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Retail Broker Quarterly Update Q4 2022

Find out about recent product developments and news about Integral. Newsworthy We’ve won the award for Best Vendor for Dealing Technology at the FX Markets Best Bank Awards 2022. More information about the awards can be found here. Q4 Product Update Round-Up Technology Highlights Our SaaS technology is available at a fixed subscription fee Unparalleled quality in …

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Financial Firms: Five Ways to Use the Cloud to Outrun the Competition

Vikas Srivastava, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Integral, looks at five key reasons as to why taking advantage of the cloud is essential for financial firms in the race for market share and profitability. In today’s technology dominated world of finance, people expect their experience to be easy and convenient. Paying a bill with a smartphone …

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Head in the Cloud – Why Cloud Will Take Over FX Trading Tech?

The momentum behind cloud in the financial markets is building rapidly. Last year, over two thirds (69%) of the respondents to our “Future of FX trading” survey expected FX trading flows to be either entirely in the cloud, or to use a hybrid of cloud and on-premise solutions. Perhaps more significantly, nearly a third expected …

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Why the FX market is pivoting to configurable SaaS technology

Integral was an early adopter in cloud technology and has been earnestly and enthusiastically banging the drum for well over a decade.  Yet we were still excited by the results of our FX trading technology report, which underscored just how pivotal cloud is set to become in the industry. Based on findings in our report, …

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Changing consumer behavior pushes banks to rethink FX infrastructure

Digital transformation is happening across every sector, and banks in particular are beginning to recognize a digital framework that allows their services to be accessed from anywhere will be key going forward. For banks of all sizes, implementing a digital-first infrastructure is top of mind as the latest COVID lockdowns underscore a lasting remote environment. …

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Back to the Future: A Renaissance for FX Single Dealer Platforms?

The importance of relationships in FX has proved central to institutional trading in recent months. Not that relationship trading ever went away in the FX markets. However, in a clear ‘Back to the Future’ development, the role of the single dealer platform (SDP) is once again having a resurgence. The idea of an SDP renaissance …

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The FX industry can achieve “business as usual” at these most unusual of times

As novel COVID-19 has swept the globe, financial institutions can still remain focussed on trying to operate business as usual and serve their clients. No doubt this continuity can be achieved largely in part with access to the right technology. We are facing the biggest black swan event of our generation. The impact of COVID-19 …

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Why increasing cost pressures mean banks need to put their ‘head in the cloud’

It is true that banks are having to do more, with less budget. Recent headlines have demonstrated we’re currently operating in an increasing cost pressured environment. The solution for some banks has been cost cuts through staff reductions – but is this always the right answer? While it’s important to ‘run the lightest ship possible, …

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The Rewards of Outsourcing Risk Management Software.

With increasing popularity to outsource FX technology at banks, Vikas Srivastava, Chief Revenue Officer at Integral, gets to the core of the matter and explores how to outsource the notoriously complex risk management technology stack. Integral recently spoke on a Greenwich Associates Webinar discussing the key technology criteria an FX desk at a bank needs to …

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Why now is the time for a fresh approach towards FX technology at banks

In an era where pundits like to predict doom and gloom for banks FX businesses, Integral’s Chief Revenue Officer Vikas Srivastava offers a different perspective that shows how a change in the approach towards technology can allow heads of FX desks to significantly increase their profits – even during the periods of low volatility. We’re all aware …

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Why uncleared IM rules will spur innovation among asset managers

Just as asset managers recover from the herculean effort of preparing for MiFID II, along comes another rule to adhere to. As of this September, uncleared initial margin rules will hit hundreds of asset managers. The objective is ultimately to make over-the-counter (OTC trades) costlier so that more firms turn towards trading on regulated venues. …

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