Contributor: Alfred Sanders
The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) standards requirement contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act has been largely overlooked in light of other priorities contained in the law. Yet, it is potentially a change that will require a significant amount of system and data changes for the industry. LEIs are a new concept that would provide industry regulators with additional transparency and risk management of exposure by being able to match open positions of individual legal entities across multiple market participants.... read more
deputy head of strategy, SunGard’s capital markets business
Contributor: Tony Scianna
Have settlement fails become unsettling?
In a time when industry participants are grappling with numerous daunting challenges spanning financial regulation, cost control, and operational efficiency, settlement fails have suddenly become a newsworthy concern. Why? On February 1, 2012, the Treasury Market Practice Group (TMPG) expanded penalties to cover mortgages and agency debt fails.... read more
head of post-trade securities, SunGard's capital markets business
Contributor: Alex Walker
In the following video interview with Finextra, I discuss several trends and challenges facing the middle and back office in the securities industry today.
Some of the key topics covered in the video are:
What an increase in cross-border or “borderless” trading may mean for the middle and back office.
The focus on increasing interoperability of CCPs.
New questions that post-trade securities professionals are asking in response to the tsunami of regulatory changes.... read more
solution specialist, SunGard’s capital markets business
Contributor: Jane Milner
There’s much talk around surviving the recovery and post crisis and there is a commonality of ‘interest hotspots’ that is emerging amongst our customers. These fit well under SunGard’s focus of TEN for 2010: Transparency, Efficiency, Networks. These three key elements are applicable to many different areas in financial markets, especially in the world of securities finance.... read more
Contributor: Dr. Christopher Marshall
The credit crisis has pushed OTC derivatives and securities financing across the world to move to a centralized counterparty (CCP) approach where a single counterparty assumes the settlement and pre-settlement risks of its members. Recent changes to the Basel II accord, namely capital reductions for transactions with CCPs, are fueling this trend. But beware – there is a catch. Moving to a CCP only makes sense if the CCP has a higher credit rating and superior risk management capabilities than the counterparties it is servicing.... read more