Global securities exchanges have much to gain from automating nontrading operations, yet digital improvements in this area are lagging. Our new report explores the factors driving digital transformation in banking, the characteristics and capabilities of the exchange of the future, and guidance on how to get your transformation journey started.
Global futures and securities exchanges have heavily invested and continue to invest in technologies to support high-frequency trading, colocation venues, and direct market access for trading partners. However, digital improvements to nontrading operations are lagging.
Exchanges that automate nontrading operations as part of a larger digital transformation may gain significant benefits, including increased efficiency, a reduced operational footprint, and support for future growth.
Securities exchanges of the future will be characterized by new revenue streams, streamlined operations, and a symbiotic network of ecosystem partners made possible by emerging digital shifts.
Today there are over 130 global securities exchanges that are trading equities, options, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), futures, swaps, and derivatives for cash, energy, and commodities. All are operating in a banking and capital markets industry being reshaped by business challenges, strategic choices, and the possibilities that emerging technologies offer. Current drivers include:
As futures and securities exchanges pursue better margins and improved shareholder value, we are seeing evidence of investments in technologies to support high-frequency trading, colocation venues, and direct market access for trading partners. Not keeping pace are digital improvements to exchanges’ nontrading operations; many functions remain dependent on spreadsheets, manually intensive operations, and a limited control environment.
Global securities exchanges that automate these nontrading operations as part of a larger digital transformation may gain significant benefits, including increased efficiency for traditional trading activities, a reduced operational footprint, and support for future growth via alternative mechanisms for revenue generation and an enhanced customer experience.
Securities exchange nontrading operations include these eight areas:
Over the past few years, some global exchanges have embarked on journeys in digital transformation to reshape their business models, redefine and refresh the customer experience, support new product and service offerings, and strengthen regulatory compliance. Among key focus areas for technology enablement:
Digital transformation in capital markets is being enabled by a portfolio of emerging technologies that address current front- and back-end challenges while also making exchanges “future-ready.”
The exchange of the future will be characterized by new revenue streams, more efficient operations, and a symbiotic network of ecosystem partners made possible by emerging digital shifts. It will be characterized by:
In this future-state model, global exchange operators should be well-equipped to engage in numerous initiatives to enhance revenue generation and streamline operations. Potential application areas include IPO listing and continued-listing compliance, securities lending and borrowing, data monetization, small market “storefronts,” complete value-chain coverage for small and mid-sized enterprise institutions, open application programming interface-enabled platforms, shared Know Your Customer compliance, market surveillance, and continuous model validation for clearing and margin.
While the journey to digital transformation in capital markets will not be easy, security exchanges risk being displaced should they not move forward. An important initial step is to answer questions that will guide overall strategy and prioritize functions for modernization.
Thriving global exchanges of the future likely will be characterized by their understanding and adoption of innovative solutions and enabling technologies that are designed to attract a broader ecosystem of players and provide them with access to more data for decision-making and the ability to access markets seamlessly.
The future of banking will look very different from today. Faced with changing consumer expectations, emerging technologies, and new business models, banks will need to start putting strategies in place now to help them prepare for banking in 2030.
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