94% of attendees at Investit’s recent Intelligence Conference indicated their firm is feeling confident for 2015; with 35% saying they are feeling extremely confident. This is a significant change to sentiment in September 2014 where 36% of attendees felt their firm was in fact braking hard with their position likely to weaken.
Catherine Doherty, Investit CEO commented: ‘We have been running this poll at our conference for the past 10 years and this is the highest level of confidence we have seen. We see this reflected inside the firms themselves, with many firms starting significant projects to invest in their own infrastructure, processes and businesses.’
Members were also asked to indicate their top initiatives for the next 18 months. The top 3 were:
- 63%: Compliance with regulations
- 58%: Data strategy and management (including infrastructure)
- 39%: Operating platform strategy
These areas reflect the topics presented at the Conference. There was discussion around how firms are organising their regulatory programmes and delivery teams; our June report will share leading practices for achieving regulatory compliance cost effectively and efficiently.
Firms are continuing to struggle with data; we explored the impact of managed data services and current providers and the benefits they can bring. Fixed Income Markets are about to change dramatically, Investit’s research investigates potential developments in the fixed income market structure and the impact on buy-side operating platforms.
The members only Conference was attended by more than 70 senior management delegates from 20 top-tier investment managers and investment operations service providers. The day focused on delivering Investit’s industry leading research on the Impact of Managed Data Services and Fixed Income Market Changes.