Capital Markets Research Outlook 2021

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Celent offers clients insights based on proprietary market research. Our knowledge is delivered through a range of formats, including technology and market trend analyses, case studies, webinars and in-depth vendor evaluations.

By informing decisions around technology investment and strategy, we seek to advance our clients’ competitive positions. Celent is committed to helping our clients assess the technology implications across the financial system, from changes in business models to new strategies and technologies required to respond to this new reality and other changes. We’re in touch with financial institutions and their technology partners around the world and are developing a host of new perspectives, updated regularly, to help you make the right strategic technology choices in the medium- and longer term. Our clients have access to our insights through traditional ways – reports, blogs, Analyst Access – and new media, like interactive virtual roundtables and snap polls.

The world had a tough 2020 but capital markets players have been in a position to assist governments and corporates worldwide in stablizing the economy and keeping markets transacting as COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions. While the industry has done well, it has not been all plain sailing and past challeges are returnign to front of mind. Capital markets entities now need to rethink their technology strategies in 2021 based on what has been learned and behaviours that have changed.

The industry realized that a step change in business model and delivery is possible and now the business of capital markets is entwined more closely with technology than ever before. Balancing innovation versus pragmatism will be more important than ever. Financial instiutions know they need to invest for the long term, but shareholders are demanding results in the shorter term. There are hard decisions to make when it comes to technology strategy around innovation and value generation, but there are opportunities to capture as well.

Throughout 2021 the Capital Markets team will be focused on a number of key technology trends such as next gen cloud adoption, data in the cloud, impact of ESG-based investing, rise of platforms, monetization 2.0, decentralized finance (DeFI), resolving technical debt, move to self-service and the increasing sophistication of the buy side. Regarding the solutions landscape, areas of keen interest will include front-to-back solutions, fixed income trading, data solutions/platforms, NAV tools and the emerging instiutiontal DeFI ecosystem. We don’t have a crystal ball but can predict with confidence that more change is coming –check back with Celent to stay one step ahead.


In 2021 we plan on offer a dual stream of technology research, with one stream focusing on enterprise themes while a second stream focuses on the competitive landscape of certain solutions in the market.

Industry Trends and Case Studies

  • The Future of the Front Office
  • Trends in Outsourcing
  • Next Gen Monetization
  • Focus on Buyside Technology and Trends
  • Institutional approaches to Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

ABCD Reports and Software Analyses

  • Front-to-Back Investment Management Systems
  • NAV Oversight and Contingency Solutions and Tools
  • Fixed Income Technology Solutions
  • CRM Solutions for Capital Markets
  • Crypto and Digital Solutions Supporting the Capital Markets Value Chain

Polls, Panels, and Primers

These and other annual benchmarking reports help executives prepare business plans and make strategic technology choices and investments.

  • Strategic Technology Priorities for Asset Managers: Interview-based Research
  • Head Trader Survey: Heads of Trading on Emerging Technology Adoption
  • The Digital Future of Market Infrastructures (MI): Interview-based Research

Contact us for more information about what we have planned in Q2.

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