• Unfinished Business - Measuring Blockchain’s Financial Services Benefits and Mapping Its Future
    SmartStream and WatersTechnology surveyed a diverse mix of personnel at leading investment banks, asset managers, exchange operators and technology firms to assess the industry’s state of readiness around Distributed Ledger Technologies and identify the significant challenges to adoption still at hand.

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  • Applying Emerging Technologies to Real-World Business Challenges in Financial Services

    This whitepaper takes a no-nonsense approach to exploring how new technologies could be used by financial services firms in the very near future, as well as in two or three years’ time. For example, artificial intelligence and machine learning could potentially solve real operational challenges in post-trade operations, while distributed ledger technology could transform trade processing from end-to-end. Find out more about: 

    • What do the terms “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning,” and “distributed ledger technology” actually mean? 
    • How can artificial intelligence, machine learning be used to solve challenges around post-trade operations? 
    • What kinds of challenges could distributed ledger technology solve? 
    • What do the regulators think of these new technologies and how financial services firms want to use them?

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  • Systematic Internalisation under MiFID II: What's Needed Now

    This paper will explore the impact that the SI regime is having on financial services firms as they prepare for the September 1 deadline. Firms deciding on SI registration need answers to crucial questions, such as: 

    • Does the firm need to become an SI due to existing or expected trade volumes? 
    • Does the firm need to become an SI in order to become or remain competitive? 
    • What does the firm need to do from an operational workflow, technology and data perspective to implement the infrastructure needed to become an SI?

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  • AI Across Capital Markets - Opportunities, Challenges and Use-Cases
    AI today represents an umbrella for a number of subset technology groups, and depending on the nature of the task and their internal commitment to the technology, firms must choose which one is suitable. Most financial technologies are also viewed as laissez-faire and plug-and-play; by contrast, some in the industry see ample reason to regulate AI. With that in mind, how can a mutually beneficial outcome be achieved?

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  • The Reference Data Utility: How Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are breaking the reference data mold

    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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  • Corporate Actions Processing in the Financial Services Industry
    Research Paper
    The Corporate Actions survey was conducted by Lepus Research over a four month period and completed in 2013. The purpose of the survey was to ascertain the state of the market for automation of corporate actions processing using vendor solutions among buy-side as well as sell-side institutions.

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  • The Regulatory Opportunity: Preparing for a New Era of Cash and Liquidity Management

    How confident are you that your organisation is making the most of the work that goes into preparing for new regulation?

    In the past decade, the financial services industry has ramped up its focus on compliance and poured billions into preparing for new regulations. Professionals with in-depth understanding of regulation have been in more demand than ever before, and the vendors positioned to meet changing requirements have been inundated with enquiries. 

    A WatersTechnology survey revealed that one in five firms have disparate systems for cash, intraday liquidity, collateral management and corporate actions, and only a small percentage of the market has combined all of these functions into a single view. Considering the sheer volume of new regulations set to impact cash and liquidity management in the near future, however, it is no surprise that the majority say the main driver for investments in cash and liquidity management projects right now is the need for centralising liquidity management. 

    In addition to strengthening the case for centralising data and systems, regulation has also led to increased recognition of the benefits of intraday visibility.

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  • Boosting Profitability: Driving Operational Efficiency Across Asia's Private Banking Sector

    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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  • Building the Business Case for Joining the Reference Data Utility

    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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  • A Team: Preparing for MiFID II Data Requirements

    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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  • Collateral Management: Regulatory Forces Driving the Behaviour of Financial Firms in Asia

    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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  • Reconciliations: The Road to End-to-End Automation

    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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  • Waters: Utilitizing Reference Data

    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 Utility Approach for Operational Process Improvement
    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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  • A New Approach: Assessing Data Management Practices and Current Demand for a Reference Data Utility
    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 for regulatory future-proofing
    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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  • Intraday Liquidity Management -
    The Time is Now

    The time has come for banks to identify the implications and solutions needed to meet the intraday liquidity regulatory monitors, scheduled for enforcement from January 2015. This paper highlights concerns from an operational and regulatory perspective.

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  • Research Paper: Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) - There's More to LEs Than Meets the I
    In the wake of the Credit Crisis, firms are under pressure to reduce systemic risk, in part through the improvement of their view of counterparty risk. Regulatory impetus has led to the development of a standard global identifier for legal entities – the LEI – aimed at addressing the lack of market information about counterparties and issuers.

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  • What makes it cost-effective? - Total Cost of Ownership with TLM OnDemand
    The TCO OnDemand savings can be dramatic: In many cases between 100% and 150% of the comparable on premise software licence amount over a 3 year budget horizon. It's no surprise that the SaaS model is claiming attention - this paper explains what's behind the numbers.

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  • How to increase efficiency and internal control by automating the financial close
    Why leading organisations are looking to create efficiencies, shorten period-end cycle time and build up internal controls by automating the financial close.

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  • Post trade processing - Making multi-asset class automation a reality
    This paper will examine the ongoing challenges in post-trade processing, the technology and process foundations needed to deliver automation, and the benefits that centralised, multi-asset class automation can deliver.

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  • Achieving 100% ROI and break even in a year by implementing a Reconciliations Utility
    Understanding the value proposition, assessment framework and ROI for an enterprise reconciliation and exception management utility

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