SFTR Inspires Firms to Consolidate Processes for Regulatory Reporting Regimes: IHS Markit and Pirum Survey

A new survey of 80+ in-scope firms by IHS Markit and Pirum shows that more than 70 percent of respondents are aiming to consolidate their diverse regulatory reporting processes under a single platform following the implementation of the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR). Fifty-four percent of surveyed firms also say they have used the SFTR implementation as a catalyst for rethinking their regulatory reporting processes for various regimes, including the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).

Based on overall survey feedback from market participants, IHS Markit believes that SFTR will likely serve as a model for future regulatory reporting requirements. Looking ahead, firms anticipate lengthy consultation periods on new and amended regulations, more prescribed data standards and validation rules, as well as the prospect of additional reporting requirements. Seventy-nine percent of respondents acknowledged that they have additional reporting requirements since SFTR went live.

Key survey insights include:

  • Brexit Transition – 90 percent say that Brexit had a limited impact on their securities financing transactions due to proactive planning which ensured trades can be split for UK and EU reporting requirements.
  • Success of Technology – 87 percent say they are currently experiencing little to no challenges following SFTR implementation.
  • Implementation Preparedness – 67 percent were fully or almost ready with a complete SFTR solution at the time of go-live, while only 10 percent were completely unprepared.
  • Unique Transaction Identifiers (UTI) Pairing – 80 percent indicated they have been able to successfully pair all or most UTIs, compared with only 28 percent who are satisfied with their current UTI pairing efforts for EMIR several years post-implementation.
  • SFTR Reporting Collateral – 45 percent say they are successfully reporting collateral to trade repositories, while 28 percent are experiencing moderate challenges and 27 percent have significant challenges.
  • Data Sourcing – 78 percent have overcome most challenges on sourcing the correct data from their internal/upstream systems and are receiving high rates of acknowledged (ACK) messages from trade repositories.
  • Alignment of Lifecycle Events – 73 percent have overcome most challenges with lifecycle processes, while 27 percent say they are still struggling to manage them. Process automation, UTI pairing at trade repositories and data matching are noted as key drivers of alignment.
  • Delegated Reporting – 70 percent of sellside firms surveyed say they currently or plan to offer delegated reporting to their clients.
  • Repository Reconciliations – Almost 50 percent are currently focusing efforts on improving reconciliations and the resolution of reconciliation breaks between trade repositories.

Commenting on the survey, Pierre Khemdoudi, SVP of Equities and Regulatory Reporting at IHS Markit said, “It is clear that while the implementation of SFTR was complex in many ways, market participants rose to the occasion and successfully navigated challenges through innovation. As firms recognize the value of streamlined reporting and the need for data harmonisation, there is a strong opportunity to leverage enhanced analytics for greater insights on transactions.”

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