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There is no doubt that the existing capital markets infrastructure urgently needs a new lease of technology enabled life. Credible estimates set the potential for efficiency and elimination savings at somewhere between €30 and €50 billion annually. Either the industry itself, in its current configuration, will pursue and deliver those savings or, ‘outsiders’ will seize the impetus.
Efficient global trade of physical goods relies on availability of three key factors: credit, solid logistics and transparent payment. Trade finance addresses the challenges with well-established instruments to issue credit, document the transfer of exported or imported goods and execute subsequent payments. Yet, in spite of its established nature, our clients state that the trade finance business is becoming harder to manage than ever. Why?
Digital technologies open limitless possibilities for ‘disruptive’ approaches to product and service creation and delivery. From driverless cars to cars driven by complete strangers to staying in a stranger’s house, ‘set in stone’ approaches to established industries are being transformed. For this transformation to extend without disintermediation of established players, financial institutions will need to take action around three key dimensions.
We are delighted to share the seventh issue for 2016 of Capco's Regulatory Monitoring Newsletter, developed by industry experts in our Regulatory Monitoring Team.
The intent of this newsletter is to provide you with a regular update on some of the most important regulatory changes - along with a Capco view on the implications of these changes.
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We are delighted to share the sixth issue for 2016 of Capco's Regulatory Monitoring Newsletter, developed by industry experts in our Regulatory Monitoring Team.
Information available on Millennials can be pretty confusing. There are a lot of different research studies with some conflicting results. Although, each study keeps highlighting an interesting conundrum for banks: how can they best serve millennials. Millennials are individuals born between 1980 and 2000, are the largest adult demographic in the U.S., and at present have $1.4 trillion dollars in investable assets.
Over the past several decades, the Canadian wealth management industry has enjoyed steady growth in assets under management (AUM). In the last decade in particular, Canadian wealth management firms witnessed consolidation in this industry that led to a smaller number of players and limited foreign competition. After the financial crisis of 2008, Canadian banks invested in their wealth management businesses to improve profitability as a consequence of slower growth in lending, deal making and exiting from certain businesses due to regulatory requirements. Despite the growth witnessed, Canadian wealth managers must brace themselves for several trends that will impact their industry:
We are delighted to share the fifth issue for 2016 of Capco's Regulatory Monitoring Newsletter, developed by industry experts in our European Regulatory Monitoring Team.
“Financial Inclusion is about ensuring that every adult in the United Kingdom is connected to the financial ‘mains’, just as he or she is connected to mains electricity or mains water.” Financial Inclusion Commission, 2015
We are delighted to share the fourth issue for 2016 of Capco's Regulatory Monitoring Newsletter, developed by industry experts in our European Regulatory Monitoring Team.
The wealth management industry is at a crossroads. Evolving client needs, disruptive technology and general cost, revenue and regulatory pressures are putting a strain on overall profitability. Firms continue to invest in obsolete, complex and rigid platforms that are decades old and cobbled together from mergers and acquisitions. Data has become siloed, making it more difficult to unwind manual processes and technology. The cost of investments to maintain the status quo continues to hamper the bottom line. As a result, wealth management firms continue to operate a suboptimal business model that prohibits growth. Firms must take steps now in order to transform the way they do business to manage a changing and challenging landscape.
The Department of Labor’s (DoL’s) Revised Fiduciary Standard is poised to strike the core DNA of how investment firms and wealth managers will operate going forward. A complete overhaul of ERISA, the Revised Fiduciary Standard puts pressure on Wealth Managers to keep the best interest of the client: investment advice is a fiduciary contract which opens up advisors to legal recourse for non-compliance.
A successful, efficient onboarding experience is paramount to building a strong foundation for the client relationship. The onboarding process is the first experience that a client will have with your firm, is integral to driving time to revenue for your firm, and with the unprecedented change in industry regulation, firms are rapidly outgrowing legacy client onboarding capabilities. As individuals become more dependent on the conveniences of the digital world, and banks strive to remain ahead of the curve, client onboarding becomes a natural candidate for improvement.
The transition from a T+3 to T+2 settlement cycle continues to be an ongoing industry-wide initiative with a target go-live date of September 5, 2017. Many firms have performed assessments of their preparedness for the necessary operations and technologies, and are well on their way to completing the design and development phase. As organizations modify and reshape the day-to-day processes and infrastructure necessary for a successful migration, the need for robust end-to-end testing is paramount. Conducting thorough testing will be a critical step in the journey and will serve as the validation point for readiness.
Russia is an important market for Swiss wealth management providers, which despite sanctions and pressure on the Russian economy has great potential: Russia holds approximately one third of the Eastern Europe private wealth. Switzerland provides a reliable and efficient banking system for Russian clients, and a safe-haven from the structural imbalances in the Russian economy and the political situation. Switzerland, together with the UK and Monaco, is one of the countries where some wealthy Russians have moved or are moving their tax residency in response to the “puzzle” posed by the Russian de-offshorization laws.
We are delighted to share the third issue for 2016 of Capco's Regulatory Monitoring Newsletter, developed by industry experts in our European Regulatory Monitoring Team.
The Payment Services Directive 2 – PSD2 – builds on the 2007 Directive, offering Access to Accounts – XS2A. This promises major disruption of the status quo in the European payments services industry. The big question now is: Do banks react to this development exclusively as a threat to ”old” lines of business, or do they recognize and exploit it for the true digital innovation opportunity it really is?