Simcorp: majority of buy-side firms are processing complex swaps manually

25 August 2015

Highlights of the survey include:

44% of buy-side professionals manually process complex derivatives, with more than 50% still relying on at least partially manual processes
55% of buy-side professionals do not have a consolidated view of derivatives and other asset classes

Swaps require ‘look-through,’ an interpretation tool that allows firms to see all of the underlying components of the asset itself. The ability to decompose each swap is critical in order to effectively monitor a firm’s overall strategy. Without one consolidated view of swaps positions in relation to all other asset classes, a firm cannot holistically track what it owns, its worth and the exposure across its entire book of business. That, combined with the lack of automation, can result in poor investment -making and be materially detrimental for investors.

More information on the survey is available at Simcorp’s website here.

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