July 2012 Vol. 17 No. 07
Fixed income post-trade automation
Category: Australia, Global
By Julie Feaunati*
Learning from the past and preparing for the future
As firms seek to further diversify their portfolios and capitalise on revenue opportunities during a time of significant market volatility, middle and back office operations – for better or for worse – have somewhat been an afterthought, to the detriment of reducing risk in the trade lifecycle. While the front office has traditionally been far more automated and benefited from significant IT investment, the middle office and back office (post-trade) have not, especially when talking about fixed income securities. But times are changing. Robust, stable automated post-trade processes are becoming increasingly important as firms seek to reduce costs and risks and keep up with a global regulatory environment that is more focused on post-trade operations than ever. Clients who have invested in fixed income post-trade automation have successfully navigated the current market volatility by gaining visibility across the trade process while increasing the operational stability required to be successful in today’s environment.
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