Trade Reporting – The gift that keeps on giving

by Alan McIntyre, Industry Relations Lead I attended an industry event on the EMIR RTS ReWrite recently and the main presenter was discussing the continuing pace of change. The changes being discussed include the RTS ReWrite, MiFIR, SFTR and the significant scope of these changes. He quipped that, “as a contractor once said to me, […]


Deutsche Börse and Illuminate Financial invest in RegTek.Solutions

 Investment comes as market participants prepare to comply with a raft of new post-trade reporting rules in Europe, North America and APAC Frankfurt, London, New York; 6 Sept 2017: Deutsche Börse and Illuminate Financial Management LLP have co-led in a US$5 million Series A funding round in RegTek.Solutions Inc., a leading multi-jurisdiction regulatory reporting […]


Article: “What a year: MiFID II/MiFIR, EMIR RTS, SFTR and SEC SBS”

The most recent edition of the Journal of Securities Operations & Custody (Volume 9 Number 4) features an article by Lloyd Altman entitled “What a year: MiFID II/MiFIR, EMIR RTS, SFTR and SEC SBS”.  Opening by paraphrasing Heraclitus, “Change is the only constant”, the article focuses on Europe and the US, going into detail regarding all of […]

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Achieving Regulatory Convergence – “Just not cricket”

– by Alan McIntyre, Industry Relations Lead, Europe Risk Focus were proud to field a few players at yesterday’s innings at the Kia Oval. Fortunately for yours truly as a Scotsman who is baffled by the sport (and assumes you need a Masters degree in Mathematics just to follow the score!), cricket was not on […]


Splunk vs. ELK: Part 4 Training and Events

< Back to Part 3 Splunk vs. ELK Training and Events Once you’ve decided to go with Splunk or ELK, now what?  Both platforms are relatively easy to set up and configure with a little determination and judicious use of online instructions.  Beyond that, you will need to acquire the knowledge and educational relationships necessary to […]


Splunk vs. ELK: Part 2 Support

< Back to Part 1 Splunk Support vs. ELK Support Part of the total value comparison between Splunk and ELK is support, both from the vendor and the surrounding community. “Wait, ELK support isn’t free?” If you’re going to implement and run mission-critical IT monitoring tools, then proper support level agreements (SLAs) and enterprise-level engineering […]


Splunk vs. ELK: Part 1 Cost

Risk Focus is an expert implementation partner of Splunk in the financial services arena and a big proponent of the value Splunk delivers.  We have implemented Splunk in numerous banks, funds and clearing/exchange firms across multiple mission-critical use cases. Yet Splunk is not the only log analyzer out there.  In particular, ELK (elasticsearch + logstash + […]