Pre-matching for Smarter Settlements

Shankar Sundaram | 23 February 2021

More than $20 billion is spent on trade processing every year by financial institutions, according to a report published by The Bank of England in June 2020

Yet, about 12% of all securities settlements fail for several reasons, including lack of pre-matched instructions, liquidity and funding issues, inventory, data inaccuracies, and manual errors according to European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

These fails adversely impact firms causing unsatisfactory client experience, reputation risk, adverse balance sheet impact through RWA provisioning, and regulatory non-compliance. In addition, there are significant hidden costs of investigating a failed trade, communicating with a client, following a compensation process, and reconciliation.

An intelligent automation solution for pre-matching can help address some of the concerns around failed transactions.

State of post-trade settlements operations

Recent guidelines from the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) impose stiff penalties and a minimum RWA provisioning of 8% for participants failing to deliver on their settlement obligations, leading to a significant balance sheet /cost of carry impact.

On a typical day, a mid to large securities market participant handles about 500 or more trades, executed with over 20 counterparties, across several markets, depots and currencies.

The Settlements Operations teams perform a series of critical, time-consuming tasks that require exercising judgement to enable the settlement of these trades. This includes:

  1. extracting reports from settlements systems
  2. identifying failed trades based on trade status
  3. pulling out the SSI information on each trade
  4. determining counterparties and their contact information from reference data systems
  5. preparing emails for each counterparty
  6. attaching the SSI information on each trade, and
  7. sending mails out and tracking responses from counterparties

All this is done to ensure the Place of Settlement is correctly identified and affirmed to ensure that the trade does not fail due to lack of adequate liquidity / available positions, required to fulfil the settlement obligations

Pre-matching for Smarter Settlements

To enable successful post-trade processing, an intelligent and automated pre-matching system is a critical step.

LatentBridge’s solution reduces the fails management costs by 75% and improves efficiency by 80%. It ensures enhanced client experience and effective controls and monitoring

The automated pre-matching solution enables a faster, accurate, and scalable deployment by:

  1. Identifying failed trades for a given expected date of settlement for one or more settlement depots.
  2. Investigating fails and identifying SSIs of each trade.
  3. Preparing failed trades report and sending to relevant counterparties.
  4. Identifying appropriate counterparties to the trade in different capacities like trading or parent trading company or settlement agent or custodian and applying intelligent mailing rules.
  5. Scanning counterparty email responses and updating fails status
  6. Scheduling automated pre-matching process across several markets and settlement depots and enabling operations to become more resilient and scalable.

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