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A few recent examples of freelance work published in the FS, fintech & treasury press can be seen here. Copywriting work & ghost written material is available upon request. I also tweet all work examples via @Neil_Ainger.


The usefulness of utilities: Survival of the fittest
fxmm - Feb. 2015

To be of use is to be a utility. But how many of the new post-crash financial utilities fit the definition? FX-MM’s Neil Ainger investigates if they will all survive and cut operational costs, risk and the compliance burden. Full story here.

Insurers target cyber threats to evolving ‘internet of things’
Insurance Day - April 2014

The threat posed by cyber attack has hit the headlines in the wakeof the Heartbleedbug, which expose dcompany websites to downtime, and a rash of other attacks in an increasingly digitised world. Meanwhile insurers are expanding the nascent cyber insurance market, which has traditionally been focused on data breaches, into new areas. Full story here.



SEPA revisited
The Treasurer - Jan 2015

The single euro payments area finally became a reality in august, but much work remains to achieve full harmonisation and to release benefits to treasurers. Neil ainger investigates. Full story here.


Power to the people?
Daily news at Sibos - 2014

The growth of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has shown there is an alternative to the traditional lending model of banks. But can crowdfunders ever replace the incumbents, and do they enjoy long-run advantages or face being co-opted? Neil Ainger investigates. Full story here.

Q&A: BdF Central Banker and Basel Committee Member Sylvie Matherat on Capital Adequacy and the Eurozone
GTnews - May 2014

In this Q&A Interview with gtnews’ Neil Ainger, the deputy director general, Banque de France (BdF), and chair of the liquidity group on the Basel Committee, Sylvie Matherat, discusses the incoming Basel III capital adequacy regime and what it might mean for treasurers in terms of trade finance, collateral pricing and bank lending practices. The general economic picture in the eurozone and future of interest rates is also addressed, as the BdF is a key member of the Eurosystem of national central banks that advise the European Central Bank (ECB). Full story here.



Branching out
Best Execution - Summer 2014

Neil Ainger looks at the emerging frontier of technology services. Full story here.


Sun sets on first Sepa migration
Financial News - Oct. 2014

The initial phase of the Single Euro Payments Area was launched on August 1 after more than a decade of delays and debate but more work is still needed, writes Neil Ainger. Click links: Page 1 and page 2.
The great game
Telemedia -issue 34

In a world where everyone is talking about consumers using their mobile phones as an extension of their bank card to pay directly for things online and in shops, where does the opportunity now lie for direct operator billing services? The m-payment and billing world is developing fast but is there still a place in it for traditional players, says Neil Ainger. Full story here.


SaaS can thrive on cloudy thinking
fxmm - April 2015

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is not a new concept, but it is a growing one as utilities rise up the agenda at financial institutions seeking to cut costs and silos, pursue internal digital strategies and increase flexibility. FX-MM’s Neil Ainger examines what is and isn’t SaaS and its adoption in the cloud at banks, treasurers and other FIs. Full story here.


Integrating the digital future - April 2014

Banking Financial technology specialist Misys recently took a leap into the future with the acquisition of Hungarian software company IND Group. Neil Ainger spoke to IND chief executive Balázs Vinnai about changing banking and payments technology needs. Full story here.

KYC: Register your interest
gtnews - 2014

KYC Corporate treasurers may want to register their interest with SWIFT, which is launching a Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry this year for correspondent banks and their treasury clients in order to help them meet their financial crime regulatory and counterparty audit obligations, writes Neil Ainger. The shared platform KYC compliance service will eventually be made available for direct access by treasurers if enough interest is shown says SWIFT, but it faces competition from rivals and SWIFT is first launching a new shared anti-money laundering (AML) platform this spring called Compliance Analytics as part of its drive to add compliance to its existing payment and securities traffic. Full story here.

Building a new construction insurance model
Insurance day - 21 July 2014

Construction business is increasingly written in the major regional hubs, like Dubaiand Singapore, but Lloyd’s is fighting back with a consortium of construction specialists that hope to challenge the giants of the sector. Full story here.



Run-offs: The new breed
Insurance day - 24 June 2014

As the volume of UK runoffs continues to decline, run-off managers are looking at new opportunities in the US and Europe. Full story here.

‘Cautious’ progress for Lloyd’s direct reporting as first birthday nears
Insurance day - 29 August 2014

It has been almost a year since the Lloyd’s Direct Reporting system went live, promising to provide managing agents with an easier, cheaper and automated method of reporting their regulatory and tax information. Full story here.


Acquisitive Xchanging expands Xuber’s reach with deal flurry
Insurance day - 11 July 2014

Xchanging, the business process outsourcing specialist, has been on a buying spree. Last week it announced a £21m ($35.9m) deal to buy software business Total Objects and also Agencyport’s Europeanoperations for £64m... Full story here.

Dtcc-Euroclear Move On Global Collateral Processing
Daily news at Sibos, Day 3 - 2014

The depository Trust & clearing corporation (dTcc) and euroclear have taken the first steps towards the creation of a global collateral processing utility with the announcement that they plan to create a uK-based joint venture, dTcceuroclear global collateral. Full story here.