Back Office and Custody

Back Office and Custody - Articles & White Papers

Articles and white papers relating to back office and custody issues. This section covers research for investment operations professionals, clearing & settlement staff, fund accounting managers and global custody executives. Particularly popular papers in this section include those which tackle the operational challenges facing investment managers as they manage complexity and change in investment operations. Surveys of fund operations and investment banking operations have also been well received. A number of papers examine middle office operations: should the middle office be outsourced, or can you transform the asset management middle office to a bottom-line contributor? Other back office research in this section includes white papers on global custody, custodian ratings, clearing and settlement, settlement systems, securities lending and collateral management. A number of articles examine back office issues relating to alternative investments, specifically hedge fund administration, prime brokers and alternative investment fund operations and domiciles. Other reports cover the effect of investment regulation on the back office, for example, IFRS9 (impairment of financial assets and AIFMD).
  • Michael Page

    UK Front Office Banking & Asset Management Salary Survey 2017

    This 22 page report from Michael Page details average remuneration (salary plus bonus) for a range of front office banking and fund management positions, including compensation for asset managers, quants, investment strategists, equity analysts, multi-asset portfolio managers, debt and credit analysts, and those in research/strategy and sales/trading roles in the UK. The ...

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  • Robeco

    How will Blockchain impact the Financial Industry? (Robeco, 2016)

    There is growing agreement that Blockchain technology, though overhyped, is here to stay. This excellent report from Robeco explains the distributed ledger technology, transaction flows and the eco-system. It then examines the ways in which it might transform the asset management industry in the future. 

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  • Vanguard

    Securities Lending: Key considerations (Vanguard, 2016)

    The authors of this paper review the participants and mechanics in a securities-lending transaction. They explore the strategies used to generate return, the primary sources of risk, and the role of the lending agent (if any) in shaping both.

  • KPMG

    Real use cases for Blockchain and DLT in the Asset Management sector (KPMG, 2017)

    • 11 Jul 2017
    • Company: KPMG

    This 11-page paper by KPMG aims to cut through the hype of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) to offer real and practical examples of how these technologies work in the asset management space. The authors examine specific areas where blockchain and DLT are disrupting the status quo for asset managers and their value chains.

  • Bruegel

    Brexit and the European financial system: mapping, markets, players and jobs (Bruegel, 2017)

    When the UK leaves the EU and its single market by the spring of 2019, UK-based financial firms will lose their passport to do direct business with EU27 clients. Brexit will thus lead to a partial migration of financial firms from London to the EU27 (EU minus the UK) . This 13-page paper by Bruegel provides a comparison between London and four major cities (Frankfurt, Paris, Dublin ...

  • The 2016 Hays Asia Salary Guide

    This bumper 110 page survey reveals salaries in the major Asian centres of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Turn to pages 34-43 for typical ranges of the following: a) Front office salaries in asset management, private equity, hedge funds; including execution & trading, quant, structuring, research, strategy and wealth management, b) Middle office salaries in credit ...

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

    How to transform the asset management middle office to a bottom-line contributor

    The authors of this paper argue that asset managers will most probably face lagging margins and scarce resources if they fail to effectively transform the middle office into a contributor to the bottom-line. The market has become more and more competitive. In their view, asset managers can overcome institutional roadblocks and be successful by means of appropriate planning. Every ...

  • Operational challenges facing investment managers in 2015 (Swift)

    This 25 page report is based on a survey of the heads of investment operation and fund distribution at large asset management companies. The report discuss the impact of regulation upon fund management companies, the risks associated with outsourcing, and issues surrounding corporate actions, collateral management, trade processing and fund distribution.

  • Oliver Wyman

    The Impact of the UK's Exit from the EU on the UK-based financial services sector (Aug 2017)

    The UK’s exit from the EU and the new relationship with the EU are critical issues for the UK-based financial services sector, and for the wider economy it serves. To inform the UK Government’s approach to the UK’s exit from the EU negotiations TheCityUK commissioned Oliver Wyman to develop a comprehensive fact-base on the size of the sector and the potential impact of the ...

  • McKinsey & Company

    Reinventing Equity Research As a Profit-Making Business (McKinsey, June 2017)

    The traditional business of providing equity research to asset managers has been under pressure in recent years, as managers, challenged to deliver alpha to their clients, seek new forms of research and asset owners turn increasingly to passive strategies. Now, new regulation, specifically the advent of MiFID II in Europe in 2018, is about to escalate these pressures. The result ...

  • FX Global Code 2017: Principles of Good Practice in Foreign Exchange

    This set of global principles of good practice in the foreign exchange market (Global Code) has been developed to provide a common set of guidelines to promote the integrity and effective functioning of the wholesale foreign exchange market (FX Market). It is intended to promote a robust, fair, liquid, open, and appropriately transparent market in which a diverse set of Market ...

  • Office of Financial Research

    Benefits and Risks of Central Clearing in the Repo Market (OFR, March 2017)

    Recent regulatory changes have raised the cost of activity in the repurchase agreement (repo) market for bank-affiliated dealers. Many transactions between dealers are centrally cleared. Expanding the use of central clearing to transactions between dealers and nondealers could reduce costs and improve market access for market participants. But what are the trade-offs? Data from the ...

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority - FINRA

    Distributed Ledger Technology: Implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry (FINRA, 2017)

    Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) - also known as blockchain technology or distributed database technology - has attracted significant interest and funding in the financial services industry in recent years. Several large financial institutions have established dedicated teams to explore the technology, and some market participants have formed consortia to create industry ...

  • Vanguard

    Explaining the differences in funds' securities lending returns (Vanguard)

    What impact does securities lending have on the returns of regulated funds? According to the authors of this paper, this is an issue that is not well understood within the investment industry. In this paper, they aim to give a comprehensive view of the contribution of securities lending to fund returns. To do this, they collected data from a large sample of funds across several ...

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