India’s ambitious plans to double the size of its economy to $5 trillion will mean local custodians will have an increasingly important role to facilitate increased activity from foreign portfolio investments (FPIs) and domestic investment vehicles such as mutual funds, insurance and AIFs. Vineet Potnis, head of custody services for Stock Holding, explains what India’s largest custodian is doing in preparation for this.
The potential ‘big bang’ for buy-side firms being swept into the upcoming initial margin rules for non-cleared derivatives was given a vital delay this summer, with the deadline extended until September 2021.
The investment book of record (IBOR) is a crucial component for a hedge fund manager, but is currently facing a number of challenges as managers search for alpha. Shankar Iyer, chief solutions officer at Viteos (an Intertrust company) , explains how innovation is helping hedge funds alleviate some of these pressures.
Regulatory data has emerged as a perfect complement to the SmartStream Reference Data Utility’s (RDU) product offering, and with the introduction of SFTR on the horizon, the utility model is needed by the industry now more than ever, according to Linda Coffman, global product manager, RDU.
How competitive is the prime brokerage market? The question cannot be answered without looking across the full set of services that prime brokers provide as well as the full range of clients they are provided to, says Wendy Beer, managing director and head of business consulting, Wells Fargo Prime Services.
Changes in market conditions and regulations in recent years have led buy-side firms to consider outsourced trading as an alternative to maintaining an in-house desk. Bobby Croswell, managing director and head of outsourced trading business development at Cowen, explains why.
Fiona Gallagher, global head of securities services, GTB, Deutsche Bank, tells Global Custodian what the securities services industry can learn from online retail businesses and how broader IT innovation can be harnessed to reinforce client efficiency.
Outsourcing and third-party clearing is fast emerging as an attractive solution in the Asia-Pacific region, not just for buy-side firms but also brokers and regional banks, as they look to alleviate capital and operational pressures.
Institutional clients are adopting a much more rigorous process in the selection of their service providers as the future of the financial services industry continues to be defined by the digital agenda underpinned by technology and connectivity say Louise Currie, general manager, and Anke Frankland, senior manager, network and relationship management for Nedbank Investor Services.
DTCC’s ALERT service aims to automate the exchange of standing settlement instructions (SSIs). With over 1800 institutions using the service, Moira Kiernan, director, product management, for DTCC’s Institutional Trade Processing explains the benefits of SSI automation and the optimal custodian managed workflow.