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Greg MacSweeney is editorial director of InformationWeek Financial Services, whose brands include Wall Street & Technology, Bank Systems & Technology, Advanced Trading, and Insurance & Technology.
Articles by Greg MacSweeney
posted in January 2006
This is the time of year when predictions of all kinds are issued.
While Wall Street lives by the quarterly earnings call, executives are starving for a long-term vision, according to the soon-to-be-released "Financial Markets 2015" report (available April 1) from the IBM Institute for Business Value. Daniel Latimore, executive director, and Suzanne Dence, a senior consultant at the institute, share some of the report's findings with WS&T.
Bolstered by record profits in 2005, the securities industry may see an increase in consolidation activity in 2006, according to Robert Hegarty, managing director in TowerGroup's securities and investments practice. Both smaller financial firms and innovative industry-specific technology providers will be on the menu for many bulge-bracket firms in the coming year, he says.
According to Richard Rzasa, CIO at TD Waterhouse, in 2006, executives in the financial services industry have a decision to make: either tighten their own security, work closely with lawmakers and educate the public to increase online security, or risk having consumers move away from using the Internet for financial transactions and self-service.
Currently, financial services companies are scrambling to ready systems and processes for Reg NMS and the NYSE's planned hybrid exchange structure. However, Joe Gawronski, COO at Rosenblatt Securities, says that while it's important to be prepared, don't be surprised if implementation of both Reg NMS and the NYSE's hybrid model are delayed.
Philippe Bibi, senior managing director and CTO at Boston-based Putnam Investments, plans to focus on adding business value in 2006 (instead of spending a lot of time focused solely on regulatory compliance) by developing technology that can automate derivatives transactions and replacing parts of Putnam's legacy systems with off-the-shelf solutions.
After posting record profits in 2005, many financial services firms are looking to acquire smaller players with unique business lines and/or financial products, or to bolster their technology. Consequently, consolidation may reach record levels in 2006.
Let's be frank: In no U.S. industry does a for-profit company have the privilege of regulating itself, let alone its business partners.