Robotic process automation (RPA) is undoubtedly the hottest topic in discussions about the architecture and functionality of modern financial back-office support systems, including post-trade operations. What started as efforts to improve productivity of various, isolated labor-intensive data processing operations has quickly become an integral component of digital transformation strategies for financial institutions around the world.
By Adam Sherman, Social Media Director at New York Life. Fiction Factory, a Scottish pop group from the 80s, was in rotation on Sirius XM’s New Wave channel this morning. The band’s name struck a chord with me. It turns out the music group’s moniker aptly captures the zeitgeist that is playing out in our
By Jacopo Trombetta, client reporting & performance specialist at Impax Asset Management. In a competitive market environment, retaining and growing client relationships is critical and it requires clear and transparent attribution analysis to help clients fully understand a portfolio’s return. This is one of the reasons why performance attribution has become an increasingly valuable instrument, not only
Guest Contributor: David Bates, Citisoft A few years ago I was intrigued by the Rumsfeld documentary “The Unknown Known”. Without getting into politics or views on the man himself, the idea of striving for continual awareness of what you know and don’t know along with how it influences your management strategy and risk is highly
Last month, FTF brought together financial services operations leaders, fintech solutions providers, and top-of-the-line financial consultants to discuss the state of post-trade reconciliations. Post-trade reconciliations: The concept of reconciliations is to compare one set of records with another. Operations teams reconcile post-trade: before that trade is settled and afterwards to confirm that no mistakes (also known
Guest Contributor: Ted Leveroni, Executive Director – Strategy & Buy Side Relations at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Global regulatory reform and market changes are impacting how the buy- and sell-side function in the exchange-traded derivatives (ETD) space. The increased focus on central clearing over the counter derivatives (OTC) and trade reporting has placed
Guest Contributor: David Kubersky, President and Managing Director, SimCorp North America Fragmented position-keeping across the trade lifecycle presents significant risks to buy-side firms. As the SimCorp Journal paper, “The Investment Book of Record: One Version of Truth from Front- to Back-Office,” explains, “When investment processes and asset classes are supported by multiple systems across the
Derivatives Processing on Legacy Technology: Fear factor or real factor? Are legacy investment management systems the bane of your derivatives processing? An increasing number of buy-side organizations are implementing sophisticated strategies that employ derivatives. However outdated systems across the front-to-back office have not kept pace with the increasingly broad and bespoke range of investment products.
Guest Contributor: David Kubersky, SimCorp North American Managing Director We have long left behind typewriters, walkmans and VHS tapes, yet millions in assets are still managed on systems that existed before Windows 1.0. The inherent characteristics of legacy systems act as major detriments to a capital markets firm’s performance. Legacy systems utilize antiquated programming languages,
Guest Contributor: David Penney, Executive Vice President , SmartStream Technologies Ltd Reconciliations are an essential part of back office processing throughout financial services and markets. Experience with our customers leads to the conclusion that Internal Utilities are already well established with a Centre of Excellence as best practice. I am convinced Shared Service Centres are