THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Fund administrators: Rethinking what constitutes digital competency

Proprietary technology rarely, if ever, creates the ROI or differentiation service providers anticipate; a new “curated” approach to innovation is helping independent administrators refocus on their core value proposition, according to Goji CEO David Genn.

SDR necessitates a best-practice approach to post-trade processing

The securities industry is still grappling with many aspects of the Settlement Discipline Regime (SDR), and firms are faced with the huge task of automating as much of the post-trade/pre-settlement process, according to Matthew Johnson, associate director, ITP product management at the DTCC.

Becoming a market leader in governance

As part of its vision to become the depositary of the future, NatWest Trustee and Depositary Services is proactively looking to provide best-in-class governance by making its voice heard, according to head of the business, Mark Crathern.

Why third-party clearing models are the answer to new market infrastructure in Asia-Pacific

A popular BNP Paribas white paper found that Asia-Pacific based brokers had reached a tipping point as firms shift to third-party clearing and away from account operator or self-clearing models. Gary O’Brien, head of custody solutions, Asia-Pacific for BNP Paribas Securities Services asks: How have Asia-Pacific’s markets evolved in the last three years? Can we link ongoing regulatory changes, market activity and technical evolution impacted the direction brokerage firms are taking? Will the 2020s be the age of third-party clearing in Asia-Pacific?

Technologies to guide us through the present; and define our future

When the going got tough this year, SmartStream was able to expedite deals, offer new solutions and pivot its service. Here, the organisation’s chief executive officer, Haytham Kaddoura, discusses the journey and highlights the technologies and data services that will define our future.

Building the depositary of the future

When RBS International hired securities services veteran Mark Crathern last year, the organisation set an ambitious goal to transform the bank’s trustee and depositary business by leveraging technology and data to provide genuine insight to managers, fund boards and across the industry.

Will my service provider be there for me during challenging times?

Mike McCabe, global head of business development, product and marketing at MUFG Investor Services, asks should the pandemic change the way fund shops evaluate their providers and what qualities have been made more important due to the global shift?

Beyond front-to-back: The evolution of the vendor value proposition

Investment managers are re-evaluating their technology stacks and vendor line-ups following the global pandemic, says Bill Stone, CEO of SS&C Technologies, who highlights the catalysts driving these decisions along with key considerations when implementing front-to-back technology.