SIX survey reveals industry need for automated corporate actions solutions

There is a great industry need for automated corporate actions solutions, according to a survey by SIX conducted among leading global asset managers, wealth managers, custodians, clearing houses and investment banks. 

The survey was carried out from April to June 2020 to analyse their current corporate actions’ operational and technology challenges and opportunities. 

With the vast majority (87 per cent) of those surveyed currently processing part of their corporate actions manually and some 30 per cent processing more than half of their corporate actions manually, it is clear that the time for automated solutions is now. But firms will face challenges in the form of data quality and legacy technology/infrastructure, as over half (51 per cent) reveal that this is the biggest barrier they encounter when turning to automation.
The main findings of the survey reveal that nearly half (45 per cent) of respondents expressed a desire for corporate actions to be processed as close to real time as possible and a quarter (25 per cent) of respondents are looking to initiate an automated project imminently.

Among the benefits of automating corporate actions processing, respondents selected reducing operating costs as the biggest driver with managing growing corporate actions volumes coming in second and improved quality of client service as the third biggest driver.
The survey also provided insight on the types of technology that firms believe will improve the quality of corporate actions processing with over 40 per cent of firms selecting artificial intelligence (AI), 20 per cent selecting cloud-based solutions and a quarter selecting blockchain/distributed ledger technology .
Annelotte De Nanassy, Senior Product Manager, Financial Information, SIX, says: “This survey shows the increasing requirement for automation to allow firms to process data as close to real time as possible, eliminating failures and strengthening a firm’s offering. By relieving themselves of such a manual labour-intensive task, they will be able to reduce operating costs, manage growing corporate actions volumes and, in turn, service their clients better.”