From Pre- to Post-trade: Scalable Structure, Data Validation, and Efficient Reporting

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16 November 2021
Eiichiro Yanagawa

A recap of TFITS 2021, Part 3: Trading panel

Tokyo Financial Information & Technology Summit (TFITS) is the only event in Japan focused on the opportunities and challenges facing IT, data, and operations executives from financial institutions.

TFITS is a one-day conference hosted by WatersTechnology and sponsored by four solution providers across APAC, with 25 speakers and 250+ delegates. The 2021 summit was held on October 27 and featured an agenda packed with practical insights including the following questions:

  • Futurist Outlook―Building a Successful API-powered Digital Ecosystem
  • A Spotlight on Cyber: Priorities, Cost, and Business Decisions
  • Optimizing Data Architecture to Unleash the Power of AI
  • Deep Dive into the Trading Desk―From Pre- to Post-trade: Scalable Structure, Data Validation, and Efficient Reporting
  • Transforming Anti-money Laundering Operations: Automation, Efficiency, and Compliance
  • ESG Data: Road Bumps, Standards, and Development from Japan to APAC

I had the privilege of moderating a main stage strategic panel discussion titled “Deep Dive into the Trading Desk―From Pre- to Post-trade: Scalable Structure, Data Validation, and Efficient Reporting.

Our esteemed panelists:

  • Masayuki Ichioka, Vice President, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Ken Utsunomiya, Global Joint Head of Operations, Mizuho Securities
  • James Marsden, Managing Director, Head of Post Trade, Asia Pacific, Broadridge Japan

The only trading-focused technology panel at this year's TFITS featured three thought leaders with deep knowledge of Tokyo capital markets. We discussed the overall modernization of capital markets technology, cross-asset class initiatives, efforts to integrate front/middle/back office systems and operations initiatives, and the possibilities and challenges.

Panel topics included the following questions:

  • Integrating various technologies into a scalable IT infrastructure: How to optimize your trading infrastructure around data, processing, and integration?
  • Optimizing the trading lifecycle: What are the secrets to capturing end-to-end operational alpha?
  • Innovation in post-trade operations: Will simplifying and speeding up the reporting process revolutionize post-trade operations? What are the challenges and initiatives there?

To open the panel, Celent provided a keynote on global trends in trading technology.

Moderator Keynote: "End-to-End Operating Model Leads to Operational Efficiency and Alpha Generation"

  • The buy side of economics and efficiency, from front to back office
  • The cloud enables operational efficiency in capital markets
  • How to gain economics and scalability
  • A strategic technology approach to support operational efficiency and alpha generation capabilities
  • Reporting automation: eliminating manual work to achieve scalability and timeliness

Before the emergence of the full-cloud world in capital markets, a new form of "hybrid" is needed in the transition phase. The global marketplace is now turning to hybrid outsourcing and managed service combinations as a way to achieve economics and scalability.

Traditionally, technology vendors have provided licensed technology and software, while service providers (IT outsourcing and process outsourcers such as custodians and fund administrators) have sought to externalize the routine processes of buy side firms through carve-outs and lift-outs.

Rapid technological advances such as cloud-based infrastructure components, advanced analytics, open source, and modularization of IT stacks and applications are creating new possibilities for innovative "hybrid" propositions.

For more information on Operational Alpha on the Buyside, see the Celent report below:

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