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, benchmarking data, 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 the 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.

Through this crisis capital markets players have been in a position to assist governments and corporates worldwide in stabilizing the economy and keeping markets transacting as COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions. While the industry has done well, past challenges are returning to front of mind. As Financial Institutions look to 2022, they are rethinking technology strategies due to the change in market and social behaviors, which are likely permanently.

It is more good news than bad for as the industry now knows that a step change in business model and delivery is possible. The balance of innovation versus pragmatism is tilting to the former. Still with shareholders demanding results in the shorter term and awareness of sustainability higher than ever, there are hard decisions to make and opportunities to capture. The pace of change is accelerating as new technologies such as those underpinning the burgeoning decentralized finance (DeFI) world translate into new market paradigms.

Throughout 2021 the Capital Markets team will be focused on a number of key trends such as next gen cloud adoption, data management, ESG-based investing, rise of platforms, monetization 2.0, digital asses/DeFI, and the increasing technical sophistication of the buy side. Regarding the solutions landscape, areas of keen interest will include front-to-back solutions, fixed income trading, and the emerging instiutiontal DLT/crypto/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.


The Capital Markets team offers 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
  • Digital Transformation through Next Gen Application Development

ABCD Reports and Software Analyses

  • Front-to-Back Investment Management Systems
  • NAV Oversight and Contingency Solutions and Tools
  • Fixed Income Technology Solutions
  • Low Code/No Code Vendors
  • 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

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