INTERNATIONAL BANKING STUDY - "Collateralized trading business in new realities"
The market for financial institutions has changed fundamentally. Increasing uncertainty and collapsing margins in conventional areas of business have led financial services providers to use collateralized trading for active liquidity management and an additional source of income.
The increasing volumes involved in the market and low interest rates are hitting margins, though. This is putting the banking industry under pressure from many sides at the same time, especially when it comes to making a profit in securities financing and OTC derivatives. Many financial services providers can no longer cover their costs in this business. Partly because they need to invest in connection with impending regulatory changes, such as the introduction of CCP, banks could do a lot to optimize the collateralized trading business.
These are the main findings of this international banking study.