Sunday, 12 February 2017

What is Big Data?

Explaining Big Data

"Big Data is the next big thing in computing. This video explains Big Data characteristics, technologies and opportunities." 

Introduction to Hadoop and MapReduce
Udacity offers a set of video tutorials about Hadoop and MapReduce

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Data Visualization

The beauty of data visualization - David McCandless (TED-Ed)
"David McCandless turns complex data sets, like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates, into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world."

David and his team try to distill the word's data, information and knowledge into beautiful and useful graphics and diagrams. 

Their graphics and diagrams are based on facts and data, and illustrate multiple perspectives to help everyone make better, clearer and more informed decisions.

Image result for hans roslingThe best stats you've ever seen - Hans Rosling (TED-Ed)

"You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world.""

Monday, 26 December 2016


MiFID II: Get ready for a much more digitized marketplace - Bloomberg

"As the January 2018 deadline to comply with MiFID II closes in, trading businesses of all types are scrambling to overhaul their operations—and becoming much more “electronified” in the process.

Although the transition will be a big lift, according to a panel of experts at Bloomberg’s recent MiFID II: The Market Practitioner’s View conference in London, the changes will provide a significant competitive boost for those that manage them well."

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Articles about Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics - HBR
"What big data and analytics really mean — and how they can help your business."

Business Intelligence and Analytics: FROM BIG DATA TO BIG IMPACT - 

MIS Quarterly

"The excitement surrounding BI&A and Big Data has arguably been generated primarily from the web and e-commerce communities." 

Big Data Analytics -

"Big data used to be a technical problem. Now it’s a business opportunity."

XVA Explained

Here is an interesting article related to Valuation Adjustments I thought I would share with you.

XVA Explained (From PWC)

"Valuation adjustments and their impact on the banking sector 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Done and Dusted... :-)

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been a while since my last post. I do apologize, but I was trying to focus on my studies for my final year at university. I have already started looking for a job and have had a couple of interviews, on which I am waiting for their final response, so fingers crossed.

Looking for something to write about in my next post, I came across a very interesting video from and I thought I should share it with you.


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Friday, 8 November 2013


This is just a quick post. I continue to look into the area of Factoring/Invoice Trading. One of my favourite web-based invoice auction site is MarketInvoice. I took the liberty to link a few of their blog posts onto my website. Please take a look, I am sure you will find them very interesting.

Breaking Down Barriers to Finance

How To Call a Bank Manager's Bluff

London's Startups show the way in Remaking Finance

Lending Club shares surge in US stock market

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Factoring...A new twist to an old idea.

During this summer, I spent time as an Intern in a finance department, where I was processing a large number of invoices. That gave me the chance to become more familiar with the issues of factoring, which I had been introduced to during my studies.

Just for the record, the definition of factoring, as stated on the internet is as follows:

“Factoring is a financial transaction in which a business sells its accounts receivable/ invoices to a third party, the factor, at a discount.
In "advance" factoring, the business owner sells his receivables in the form of invoice to the factor, who makes an advance of 70-85% of the purchase price of the receivable amount. The factor collects the full amount from the customer in due course and pays the balance amount due to the business owner after deducting his commission and other charges”.

The latest development is that various investors can now become factors and can bypass the traditional role of the banks in the factoring process. The invoice holders are now provided with increased liquidity and lower financing costs. Even the government is trying to induce this type of factoring by participating in the process as an investor/factor.

 “As part of the Government’s Business Finance Partnership, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (‘BIS’) is committing £5m as an Investor Member on MarketInvoice, with expected yearly returns of approximately 10-12%. With funds on MarketInvoice recycled every 45 days, this £5m commitment will equate to approximately £40m in investment to SMEs over the next year.

I am attaching some links to websites that allow individuals to participate in the process of factoring as investors.

The following link gives a few reasons why this type of funding of working capital is becoming more popular.

There will be more on this subject on my next blog at the Accountant Magazine (The Accountant Blog)
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