The investment management industry in Asia has seen impressive growth over the last decade, with assets in 2007 reaching $8.7 trillion, an increase of $3.4 trillion since 2003 at a CAGR of 13.1%. However, most firms remain small and price-sensitive to vendor solutions, according to a new Celent report. The global financial crisis has both created and destroyed opportunities for buy side technology vendors. It has benefited products that manage volatility, improve risk management, and lower operating costs. However, it has also depressed the asset management and hedge fund industries and created uncertainties about the pace of adoption of electronic trading in emerging markets. Several factors improve the prospect for greater technology spend in the future, including: future growth in the investment management industry, increasing compliance requirements, greater adoption of electronic trading, and more advanced trades and trading strategies. The financial crisis has also created opportunities for some technology vendors.
Celent’s new report, Buy Side Technology in Asia: Growth of Trading Technologies and Electronic Trading in the Asian Securities Markets, focuses on front-office technologies used by buy side firms in Asia to communicate and perform trades, fulfill compliance standards, and manage portfolios. The report examines both local and foreign asset managers and hedge funds operating in the Asia Pacific Region, in both developed countries (Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore) and emerging economies (China and India). "As the Asian investment management industry grows and new players enter the market, firms are looking for ways to remain competitive,” said Lucy Cheng, Oliver Wyman analyst and co-author of the report, in a press release. “Firms are turning to advanced technologies to give themselves an edge," she said.
This report presents an overview of the leading vendors of technology solutions in each market, including international players such as Bloomberg, Calypso, Charles River, Fidessa, GL Trade, ITG, Linedata, Murex, SunGard, and TradingScreen, and regional vendors including DIR, Meta-Bit, NRI, Quick, XNET and IRESS.