Market Structures

This blog collects thought leadership from SunGard’s market structure experts, looking at how transparency, efficiency and networks are shaping the future of this critical area of financial services. For more of SunGard’s views, see http://blogs.sungard.com/ten/

7
Apr
2014

Win or Die? Risk Management Matters in the Game of Thrones

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April 2014 sees the beginning of a new era. An era of consequences, both intended and unintended, heralding a period of increasing centralized power, where understanding the strength of peers will determine success or failure. The month after the latest Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review (CCAR) results, as the Volcker rule becomes law and with single counterparty limits on the horizon, April will also reveal the much-anticipated fourth season of the fantasy HBO series, Game of Thrones (GoT).... read more

20
Mar
2014

SunGard Viewpoint: A Q&A on Stress Testing

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This SunGard Viewpoint Q&A features commentary from Marcus Cree, vice president, risk solutions, SunGard's capital markets business. Q. The next stress testing milestone is just around the corner, but what is the bigger picture? A. At the end of March 2014, regulators will be collecting the first annual Dodd-Frank stress test results from banks in the $10-50billion bracket. From Q2 onwards, these banks will have the opportunity to improve upon their stress testing processes by incorporating regulatory feedback and industry best practices. The next round of Dodd-Frank stress test scenarios are then expected to be released by November 15, 2014, with public disclosures of stress test results being a requirement starting in 2015.... read more

20
Mar
2014

Lewis on Lending: The Value of Freedom for Shareholders

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In a free market, capitalist economy investors have the power to vote with their money. They do not have to wait for democratic consensus; they can choose to entrust their money with certain companies in the expectation that their trust is rewarded with a return on that investment as those they back put that capital to work. They can also choose to divest themselves of that investment should they need their money back or want to find an alternative place to invest.... read more

20
Mar
2014

Will Fuel Cell Producers Run Out of Energy?

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A version of this blog post was originally published in Forbes. According to data from SunGard’s Astec Analytics, fuel cell producers have been seeing some of the greatest short interest in recent days, with Plug Power and FuelCell Energy leading the pack.... read more

5
Mar
2014

Securities Lending: The Battle for the High Street

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A version of this blog post was originally published by Securities Lending Times. With consumer spending accounting for approximately 60% of the United Kingdom’s GDP, it is of little surprise that we can be referred to as a nation of shopkeepers. The health of the Great British high streets and the shops they contain is often quoted as a bellwether for the wider economy, with even minor changes in spending habits and footfall taken as signs of impending economic desolation or fabulous wealth just around the corner. The last 15 to 20 years have seen a seismic change in the make-up of our high streets, with those very streets being the battleground for the retail giants’ struggle to grab market share.... read more