Redefining global post-trade solutions
The traditional operating model for in-house post-trade processing is becoming unsustainable.
The capital markets industry is beginning to see stronger economic prospects and rising interest rates, particularly in Asia, since the global financial crisis. However, challenges such as declining return on equity (ROE), increasing capital requirements and the pace of evolving technology remain. Investment banks were the initial front runners of digital developments with early interest and investment in front office platforms; capital markets were leading the way for innovation and technology. When looking at post-trade processing, there is a stark contrast where investment in innovation through digital and platform evolution is minimal. Without taking action around post-trade operations, broker-dealers could find themselves with an equivalent difficulty as those retailers who didn’t embrace the move to online in the early 2000s.
Pressures of cost reduction and adapting to increasing regulation continue to be the top challenges for broker-dealers in post-trade processing. Attempted costs savings through headcount reductions, offshoring or simplification of architecture are not enough. Regulations continue to evolve, mature and develop with initial regulations followed by new phases and demands; offsetting savings through increasing demands to invest and prioritise change budgets accordingly.
These challenges present a driver for innovation, however broker-dealers’ complex and disparate operating models are creating a fear that is holding back change. As a result; operational risk is high through inefficient processing prone to human error, and legacy technology creating a dependency on subject matter experts (SMEs).
Broker-dealers are beginning to understand, in order to face these challenges, innovation is no longer optional. As barriers to entry come down and capital markets firms start to question the current operating model landscape, there is an opportunity for broker dealers to evolve and enhance their post-trade capability. The cost of adhering to market and regulatory changes has been prohibitive and the amount of discretionary budget left to re-engineer the operating model is shrinking. Short-term solutions are not sustainable to achieve long-term cost-per-trade targets. Broker-dealers are recognising the need for change, moving away from business as usual with a growing interest and exploration of digital initiatives.
Enabling technologies are emerging demonstrating innovation to change the way broker-dealers operate. Often argued as disruptive, these technology advancements are necessary for any broker-dealer to remain competitive. Initiatives such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), also known as Blockchain, could be game changers for the industry but are more of a proof of concept today as Fintechs continue to explore their potential and practicality. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is slowly being introduced into post trade as a way to increase efficiency and move towards a digital future. Innovation such as cloud technology and externalisation of processes and services are developments that are proven solutions, providing immediate benefit to broker-dealers.
Externalisation of processes and services can provide an effective change to an organisation resulting in either lower cost, greater speed, reduced risk or a combination of all. A move to outsourcing of process enables an organization to become more agile, more quickly adapt to change that matters to them. The drive towards this innovation reflects the increasing requirement and benefit to move away from a fixed cost to a variable, cost-per-trade model.
HSBC Broker Outsourcing
We understand our clients’ key challenges of significant and increasing cost pressures, platform development expectations, legacy and inflexible technology in addition to a challenging risk environment. Post-trade processing functions are becoming more complex and non-differentiating, with a need to simplify processing to an industry standard enabling a focus on core business with flexibility to grow.
HSBC Broker Outsourcing provides our clients with an opportunity to reduce their fixed operating costs and enables a variable cost model that correlates to volume. Through HSBC’s third party clearing proposition, broker-dealers could reduce their operational complexity and the overhead of self-clearing.
Outsourcing to HSBC means a quicker and more efficient adaption to market developments and regulations as the outsourcer becomes the provider of change, where clients can benefit from economies of scale through moving to a service provider. HSBC has established relationships with regulators which could help clients navigate changing market requirements.
Moving to HSBC’s technology enables the demise of our clients’ legacy technology and the use of an innovative, scalable, flexible platform. Our clients will have a single infrastructure for post-trade processing, which can facilitate growth and enable faster entry to new markets.
HSBC’s outsourcing solution has a clear governance framework through proactive monitoring, reporting and escalation of risks. The solution also removes the dependency our clients have on their SMEs through outsourcing to a bank with over 100 years securities services experience.
A full end-to-end service proposition for post-trade processing including; middle office, settlements and asset services. HSBC becomes the books and records provider for the client, providing a suite of reports and control reconciliations.
HSBC provides direct market connectivity for clearing through account operator (where HSBC operates the client’s account with the Central Securities Depository [CSD]) or third party clearing services (where the broker relinquishes their clearing membership and appoints HSBC as the General Clearing Member [GCM]). Additionally, there are opportunities to leverage HSBC’s wider product suite including FX execution, cash and liquidity management and securities lending.
Global capabilities and expertise
Why choose to partner with HSBC?
Through outsourcing to HSBC, broker-dealers are able to leverage the power of a universal bank across global products and capabilities. Our end-to-end service offering enables clients to benefit from our industry experience in post-trade processing including; middle office, settlement, asset servicing, clearing and custody. HSBC won the ‘Best Bank for Securities Services’ at The Banker’s Transaction Banking Awards in September 2017. We have over 100 years of securities service experience with over 7,000 employees globally across a network of over 35 proprietary markets. We have connections and often partnerships with regulators in emerging markets and an established risk culture. Our strong and well established relationships enables our clients to leverage the product suite of a global bank.
Through outsourcing to HSBC, broker-dealers are able to leverage the power of a universal bank across global products and capabilities. Our end-to-end service offering enables clients to benefit from our industry experience in post-trade processing including middle office, settlement, asset servicing, clearing and custody.
Broker Outsourcing solution studies
Legacy platform transformation – HSBC Global Markets, Asia-Pacific hub
In April 2018, HSBC Broker Outsourcing successfully went live with a programme that enabled HSBC Global Markets to insource their Asia-Pacific business processing for settlements, across people and technology. The scope included trade flow across 54 markets globally, supported through regional hubs with follow-the-sun processing. The migration involved the demise of nine legacy platforms, transitioning to three new strategic platforms, fully integrating with finance infrastructure. With extensive in-house knowledge and a flexible technology platform, Broker Outsourcing successfully migrated processing to support a variety of trading flows, asset classes and currencies, including principal and agency flow. Within the first month of going live with the solution, Broker Outsourcing achieved a settlement STP rate of 96 per cent. A key driver for success was the integrity of data and comprehensive testing as well as a robust migration framework. As the challenges facing the industry increase, technology evolves and client expectations rise, HSBC Global Markets is now well positioned with a sustainable solution for post-trade processing to support their growth ambitions. Broker Outsourcing enables them to continue to drive cost savings and efficiencies, proactively meet their regulatory requirements and manage their business with a clear and flexible operating model.
End-to-end post-trade outsourcing – Tier 1 Investment Bank, Australia
A Tier 1 Investment Bank was looking to replace their legacy infrastructure in Australia. HSBC Broker Outsourcing was able to provide a solution across the entire post-trade lifecycle including; middle office, settlements and asset services for cash equities, as well as becoming the broker’s provider of books and records. This has enabled the client to reduce their costs, benefit from an enhanced operating model and innovative platform, whilst receiving support for ongoing market infrastructure changes.
New market entry – HSBC Global Markets, Singapore
HSBC Global Markets were looking for a post-trade solution in Singapore where it was applying for a membership for an exchange membership. They turned to the bank’s Broker Outsourcing solution which delivered a fully compliant infrastructure for the cash equities business, integrating with front-end platforms and finance infrastructure. Project initiative began in 2013 and within nine months the solution in Singapore was live. Since delivery, the Singapore exchange initiated an upgrade of their post-trade system to modernise their infrastructure. HSBC Broker Outsourcing successfully integrated with the exchange’s new post-trade systems and consolidated processing using SWIFTNet as well as settlement and clearing APIs with the exchange. This enabled a single view of messages, improved straight-through-processing and a single channel for domestic and cross-border messaging. HSBC was the first organization to integrate and implement SWIFTNet for clearing.
For more information on our potential solutions for your business, please contact:
Global Head of Direct Custody
and Clearing and Broker
The Hong Kong and Shanghai
1 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong
T: +852 2822 1377
Regional Head of Product, Asia
The Hong Kong and Shanghai
1 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong
T: +852 28 222 846
Regional Head of Product, Europe
HSBC Bank plc
8 Canada Square,
London E14 5HQ
T: +44 207 992 1778
Published: June 2018
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