Markit Securities Lending Q1 2017 quarterly review (with data on scrip dividends)

We would like to welcome you to our securities finance quarterly review. Our team has been hard at work over the last few months to ensure that this report provides you with a comprehensive overview of the key trends that drove our market during Q1. Our only regret is that the reported revenue trends failed to match those generated in Q1 2016!

While there is no denying that this past quarter has been challenging for the industry, especially given the recent calm that had befallen equity markets previously, we are now encouraged to see some revenue opportunities in areas such as fixed income lending and scrip dividends which we highlight in this report.

Another encouraging trend is the return of cash reinvestment which had largely dried up in the era of ultra-loose monetary policy.

These opportunities provide their own specific challenges both in terms of sizing up opportunities and understanding the risks with pursuing them. Our mission at IHS Markit is to empower you with data and services to meet these challenges and ultimately place you in pole position to capture revenue generating chances.

Our firm’s core competency also extends to alleviating the evolving regulatory burden that hasbeenimposedonourindustryoverthelastdecade. Forinstance,ourSFTRsolution which we are currently developing in partnership with Pirum, addresses recent regulatory changes. Preparations will only accelerate in the coming months with the the Regulatory Technical Standards already setting the 15 month clock to implementation.

The full review is available at http://www.markit.com/Commentary/NewsCommentarieFile?CMSID=d3086553f4ff4d05b05d14c424edf420

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