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The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation represents a significant
change to the industry and the reporting obligation is expected to be
with us in Q2 2019, so focus is required by all market participants
early in 2018 if not already underway.
SFTR is part of the EU’s response to the financial crisis and reflects
Policy recommendations made by the Financial Stability Board (FSB)
as part of its examination of shadow banking. These recommendations
are outlined in the FSBs “Policy Framework addressing Shadow Banking
Risks in Securities Lending and Repos” published in August 2013.
ESMA has used the FSB recommendations as the foundation for SFTR
whilst following the rules and processes already contained within EMIR
The main features of reporting under SFTR are as follows:
However, as explained earlier, SFTs are not homogenous. Consequently, the lowest level of the waterfall differs depending on the SFT i.e. Securities lending will have the collateral provider generating the UTI, whilst the collateral taker would provide the UTI for a repo or buy/sell back.
It is clear that to comply with the new regulation, many firms will need to change their existing processes – SFTR is not just a reporting requirement from existing data.
Challenges are likely to include:
Message Automation (MA) provides a proven technology solution that facilitates end-
We are completely independent of all trade repositories, ARMs, APAs, and other market participants and we offer our clients the same independence. Our platform provides a single abstraction layer between multiple internal systems and multiple external destinations. This approach prevents our clients being inextricably linked to a single external provider, with the associated potential concerns of commercial inflexibility and unsatisfactory operational performance. With MA it is possible to use more than one destination for each jurisdiction concurrently, perhaps per asset class or purpose, and destinations can be changed at any time with minimal disruption.
With 153 reportable fields, it is unlikely that most firms will have all the required data for SFTR in their source systems. Obtaining data such as cleared initial margin posted, variation margin posted, excess collateral, and making sure these numbers relate exclusively to SFT’s will be a time consuming task. Within our data model MA already harmonises margin and collateral data from over 50 CCPs globally. This is one of the many examples where MA can be used to help enrich the data to be sent to the trade repositories or a firm’s SFTR solution.
The operational overhead of understanding why trades are reportable or not reportable, dealing with responses from the TR, managing and categorising exceptions, and then ensuring completeness and accuracy of reporting is often overlooked until a firm has the reporting obligation and the additional workload. Our experience in multi-
Using the proven MA software our clients gather all relevant data in one place before deciding ‘what should be sent where’ under configurable fully audited rules. Only data that needs to leave your organisation is released and the dashboard provides a full history including powerful data lineage functionality. This operational oversight of all of your reporting is of critical importance in staying compliant within the SFTR regulations, particularly when a number of third parties are offering reporting services for part of your trading book.
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