Asset Safety

On Thursday 28 April, Thomas Murray hosted a half-day event in Luxembourg entitled Post-trade risk roundtable: How to effectively identify, monitor and manage post-trade risk. The event sought to explore the regulatory hurdles faced by those involved with the funds industry, and how firms can mitigate risks in their post-trade networks.

On Tuesday 01 March, Thomas Murray hosted a half day event in London entitled Post-Trade Risk Roundtable. The event sought to explore the regulatory hurdles being faced by those involved with the funds industry, and how firms can prepare to clear these challenges in their post-trade networks.

Topics discussed on the day included: 

Segregation of assets in accounts that bear the name of the owner is one of the unstoppable regulatory and commercial trends of our time. While custodian banks have invested considerable resources in the development of ingenious arguments against segregation, one third party lender is pleasantly surprised to find concerns about asset safety are increasing the attractions of its business model.

For most investors, a planned and executed trade is the end of the affair. Once a counterparty has been found and the terms of the deal agreed, we assume we’ve addressed the risks we were looking to offset in changing the composition of the portfolio.

But what if risks lurk in the post-trade processing of our transaction? How do we know that securities and cash have moved correctly, that the change of ownership is recorded accurately and, once the movement has taken place, that our ownership rights are secure?

The £126 million fine levied by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on BNY Mellon in April for breaches of the rules on the safekeeping of client assets was the latest in a series of similar sanctions.  The fine was the eighteenth penalty levied in four years on UK financial institutions for breaches of the UK’s custody rules (or “CASS”) regime, apparently highlighting a widespread industry problem.

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