Playing catch-up

Automated settlement


When a market such as credit derivatives explodes, everyone wants to seize the opportunity and maximise trading. The front office tends to move fast and has a battery of technology to speed pricing, execution and risk management – usually all electronic and highly automated. But the back office often operates as if it were in a different era. Processes such as confirmation are, in many cases, still paper-based and manual. As a result, confirmation and settlement can take days or weeks, with the

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