In the past decade, the financial services industry has ramped up its focus on compliance and poured billions into preparing for new regulations. Professionals with in-depth understanding of regulation have been in more demand than ever before, and the vendors positioned to meet changing requirements have been inundated with enquiries. Considering the strong focus on making changes to IT and operations to comply with regulation, there should have also been opportunities for firms to revamp systems and processes to set up for future success. Instead, many are still hindered by silo-based operating environments and end-of-day processing in areas such as liquidity management.
A WatersTechnology survey revealed that one in five firms have disparate systems for cash, intraday liquidity, collateral management and corporate actions, and only a small percentage of the market has combined all of these functions into a single view. Considering the sheer volume of new regulations set to impact cash and liquidity management in the near future, it is no surprise that the majority say the main driver for investments in cash and liquidity management projects right now is the need for centralizing liquidity management and creating liquidity utilities.
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