State Street Corporation, the world’s leading provider of financial services to institutional investors, announced today the launch of an industry leading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives servicing platform. Already beta-tested, the OTC Hub is now live with PIMCO, a leading global asset manager and long-time State Street customer.
The OTC Hub is a global, end-to-end servicing solution that automates a number of stages in derivatives processing including customer reporting, electronic trade flow and the reconciliation of positions and cash flows between the middle and back offices. The State Street platform will now reconcile data from the industry utilities and dealers to customer trade details and automates acquisition of vendor prices. The platform is flexible to allow for enhanced services and capabilities as the derivatives market evolves and industry technologies mature.
"This cutting-edge technology provides an excellent opportunity to automate what has been a manually driven and complex part of our investment servicing operations," said Richard Tyson, executive vice president of PIMCO. "Throughout our long partnership, State Street has consistently delivered advanced technological solutions for the challenges that come with a changing marketplace."
State Street’s new platform, The OTC Hub, automates the processing of OTC derivatives, one of the fastest growing asset classes. Since 1999, the volume of derivatives contracts has surpassed an estimated US$600 trillion, 83 percent of which has originated in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.
"The use of over-the-counter derivatives is growing rapidly and this new scalable solution will enable us to handle both the increasing voflume and complexity of these transactions," said Joe Antonellis, vice chairman of State Street. "We are pleased to offer PIMCO, a world leader in fixed-income asset management, and our customers globally a seamless solution for their derivatives."
State Street’s enhanced platform fully supports Financial products Markup Language (FpML), a key component to servicing derivatives, and provides rich validation rules to ISDA FpML standards. Its strong price validation functionality includes both internal and customer model calculations for comparison. Additionally, t he OTC Hub also provides greater depth of trade details and economics, which allows enhanced research and issue resolution.
State Street’s customers will benefit from having all aspects of their derivatives transactions automated with online access to detailed information such as resets and settlements, valuations, exposure and other risk information. These capabilities will be available via State Street’s industry leading portal, my.statestreet.com.
"The interactive-views function enables customers to easily and efficiently navigate the complexity of their derivative transactions and drill down, graph, customize and export data in a variety of ways," said Neil Wright, senior vice president and product manager for derivatives at State Street. "Information from the OTC Hub delivered via my.statestreet.com is customized for specific customer roles, easing the implementation and adoption of State Street’s derivatives processing capabilities."
Further demonstrating its experience in the derivatives space, State Street will launch its next Vision Series report on the topic of derivatives in late September 2008.