This is a survey summary for our annual research series: Trends in E-commerce and Electronic Trading.
The context for capital markets trading activity is evolving as a result of ongoing regulatory efforts and new opportunities created by technology. Specifically, trading activities in capital markets are changing to reflect variances in supply and demand for e-trading services and the accompanying competition between banks for buyside client market share. Post-financial crisis regulatory regimes are prompting greater market transparency and, as a result, a renewed focus for banks on risk-averse behaviour. At the same time, technology initiatives from other industries are filtering into investment banking. In particular, this means that the number of sophisticated, off-the-shelf technology vendor offerings is increasing and that data science is improving the performance of bank activities. These drivers have consequences that are changing the overall context of capital markets trading.
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