As asset managers will outsource more of their business to cut costs and meet sweeping regulatory change, boosting the revenue of outsourcing providers by over 40% in the next five years, new research has shown.
The study conducted by consultancy Aite Group estimates outsourcing revenue will hit US$9.6 billion this year,
rising to US$13.7 billion in 2016.
While the outsourcing of traditional back office functions
grows, asset managers have increasingly looked to subcontract middle and front
office functions in recent years. Trade compliance and trade routing, both front office
functions, are more likely to be outsourced now, compared to results from the
same survey Aite published in 2009.
Five of the world’s top ten outsourcing providers took part
in the Outsourcing Services Landscape for Investment Managers survey, conducted
in September and October, namely BBH, Citigroup, HSBC, Northern Trust,
Regulation was a key driver of change, with impending rules
in Europe under EMIR forcing over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives to be cleared
centrally, and in the US with Dodd-Frank reforms bringing in similar changes.
Lyn Marcrum, senior analyst, securities and investments, Aite Group, wrote that firms were cutting costs in
response to the depressed macroeconomic environment and the suite of new rules with which they must comply.
“Due to the sweeping nature of
current regulatory change, these solutions will be differentiators for the next
two to three years. As the push for transparency increases and performance
measurement and risk analytics come under scrutiny, asset managers will look to
outsourcing providers to bear the increasingly heavy burden of this typically
middle-office function,” Marcrum wrote.
The service level agreements (SLA) which define the
relationship between asset managers and providers have also tightened in recent
years, with reduced reporting timelines and stricter wording to meet expected
New rules on OTC derivatives are expected to come into force
in the US next year under Dodd-Frank mandated regulation through both the
Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Meanwhile, in Europe, new EMIR rules agreed upon earlier this year will
force OTC derivatives trades through central counterparties and will be applied