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Reconciliations
Reconciliations: The Road to End-to-End Automation
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Are your reconciliations systems and processes ready to support future growth? 

Financial reconciliations have come under scrutiny as firms are increasingly realizing the problems associated with often manually intensive operations, which are challenging to scale in order to meet changing business and regulatory requirements. A competitive market environment and pressure on margins have led to a focus on improving efficiencies and reducing operational overheads, and for many there are clear benefits from improving automation of reconciliations.

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Whitepaper: Preparing for MiFID II
A Team: Preparing for MiFID II Data Requirements
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MiFID II is scheduled to come into force on January 3, 2018; firms need to make arrangements now for meeting their requirements concerning pre-trade checks, data validation, data enrichment and regulatory reporting. Understanding what’s needed is a top priority, as even the simplest concept – pre-trade price transparency or post-trade reporting, say – can have complex repercussions for a firm’s data-collection and reporting obligations.

This paper examines the data requirements of key aspects of MiFID II, and offers guidance on approaches to sourcing and managing the data needed to ensure compliance with this complex regulation.

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Waters: Utilitizing Reference Data
Waters: Utilitizing Reference Data
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Can you afford to miss out on an opportunity to share the costs and benefits of managing reference data in a utility? 

That is the question for capital markets firms in 2016, as the financial services industry sees the introduction of a fully operational industry-led reference data utility and early backers prepare to reap the benefits. With support from Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, SmartStream launched the Reference Data Utility (RDU) in 2015—the offering is designed to deliver data improvements and cost savings to clients by providing a shared service for cleansing, consolidating and normalizing securities data.

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A-Team Group: Business Case for The SmartStream Reference Data Utility
Building the Business Case for Joining the Reference Data Utility
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The benefits of joining a utility for managing reference data are clear: it’s an opportunity to enjoy improved data quality, simplify overly complex data management infrastructures, meet constantly expanding (and changing) regulatory requirements and – significantly – realise significant reductions in operating costs.

This white paper describes the four key business cases that can be addressed by adopting a utility-based approach to reference data management. It also describes common objections and how The SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU) business model addresses them. And finally it takes a look at the roles of the decision-makers and influencers and how to work to bring them onboard.

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Whitepaper: The Reference Data Utility
The Reference Data Utility: How Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are breaking the reference data mold
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For years, reference data management has been regarded as a necessary evil: a mission-critical function that requires significant resource in terms of data, staff and IT infrastructure, but which represents no true commercial differentiator for financial institutions across the board. Banks, brokerages and asset managers across the industry have long dedicated similar levels of resource to cleansing, normalising and aggregating the same data sets, creating a massive duplication of effort.

Past efforts to create some form of shared central utility to take away the pain of this have failed. Until now. The industry has its first viable utility in the form of the SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU), backed by its founding partners. This paper examines what was behind the decision for these Tier 1 banks to buy into the concept, the benefits they are receiving and how can adopting such a model help other financial institutions.

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Collateral Management Whitepaper
Collateral Management: Regulatory Forces Driving the Behaviour of Financial Firms in Asia
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Starting in September 2016, the OTC Derivatives market will fall under new collateral and risk management standards as per the requirements developed by the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Experts say that these requirements present work for both the buy-side and sell-side to ensure that systems and processes comply.

This white paper looks at how regulatory forces are driving the behaviour of financial institutions across the Asia Pacific region and includes comments from a number of key industry experts.

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Asia Private Banking Whitepaper
Boosting Profitability: Driving Operational Efficiency Across Asia's Private Banking Sector
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Poised at the epicentre of explosion in High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), the potential for Asia’s private banks is huge. Yet realising this potential is challenging, with rapidly evolving international and local regulatory requirements, higher customer expectations, often outdated sales and service models, and fierce competition. 

This white paper looks at how reducing costs through better operational and process efficiency in the middle and back office can help private banks not only to survive these challenges, but to thrive despite them.

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A Utility Approach for Operational Process Improvement
A Utility Approach for Operational Process Improvement
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Data management is a high-cost, no-margin activity for financial institutions across the board. Continuing business requirements and the ongoing regulatory burden demand more depth of processing and breadth of reporting than ever before. Higher quality data sourcing, validation and enrichment are essential to achieving operational optimization to meet both current and future obligations. With most firms reluctant to increase investment to realize this step-up in data quality, financial institutions are looking at mechanisms to offset the effort of data management - which is multiplied across the industry - firms are looking at new operational models.

This paper looks at how a data utility can transform the way a financial institution thinks about data, but how it operates across the board.

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The SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU) Whitepaper
A New Approach: Assessing Data Management Practices and Current Demand for a Reference Data Utility
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Solving issues relating to data quality and timeliness should be the top priority for an industry-led reference data utility, according to nearly half of the respondents to a recent WatersTechnology survey sponsored by SmartStream Technologies.

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A Utility Approach to Data Management
A utility approach to data management for regulatory future-proofing
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New regulations have intensified the reporting and data requirements facing financial institutions globally. Rather than turning to short term solutions, firms are beginning to realise that in the long term, improved data transparency and consistency across operations will reduce risk everywhere. In response data managers and enterprise operations teams are seeking new operating models to help them meet the new requirements.

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