Everyone in the capital markets these days is rethinking collateral management. The sell side, the buy side, market utilities, and regulators all want to make the most of it as they strive to reduce risk and boost liquidity. The rewards are significant, but so are the costs and risks. Financial institutions need a strategic approach that optimizes capital, integrates operations, and is enabled by straight-through processing technologies.
Insurers are upgrading their technology to support more complex products, lower operating costs, and get closer to their customers. But they can do more harm than good when they make changes that alienate their independent agents. We’ve identified five steps that can help insurers engage agents early and create a transition plan that meets agents’ needs—converting these important stakeholders into enthusiastic advocates.
What are the latest comparable statistics for mergers and acquisitions and active trades in the financial services industry? Check out PwC's quarterly valuation summaries for the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management sectors. Insights include: trends in market multiples, related transactions, and transaction benchmarking analysis.
Are third parties worth the risk for financial institutions? It’s a multibillion-dollar question when every week, yet another business interruption, data breach, or compliance failure seems to surface in the news. We believe the answer is “yes”—provided a firm takes the right approach to risk management. Ultimately, a robust third party risk management program may even make using third parties less risky than keeping those functions in-house.
Most sell-side financial institutions have sacrificed a coherent IT architecture in favor of speed to market. However, can a firm justify a growing web of applications, tangled in expensive interfaces, now that it’s easier to untangle the mess? In this report, we identify leading application features that can help firms shift to simpler, more integrated IT platforms. We analyze these features across critical functional areas and show how IT executives can make the business case for change.
Sophisticated rating capabilities are rapidly becoming the new normal for P&C carriers. Today’s rating solutions provide advanced usage-based models and other analytics that can help carriers thrive in a market being transformed by telematics and new pricing strategies. But many carriers have stumbled on the path to modernization. We explore the most common challenges, and discuss four steps carriers are taking to make the most of their rating modernizations.
The world of 2020 will be more complex for the users of capital markets. Learn what factors are transforming the global capital markets landscape and the 6 imperatives for success in PwC's second instalment of our Banking and Capital Markets 2020 series.
Our webcast provides insight into the impact FASB’s new consolidation standard will have on companies within the financial services industry. Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
A new consolidation standard is imminent. Hear how it may impact financial services companies. PwC's Stephanie L. Stewart, Lee Vanderpool, and Craig Cooke discuss the proposal and potential implications.
This paper discusses the recent areas of focus and applicable accounting or reporting guidance in SEC staff’s comment letters issued over the past few years to registrants within the financial services industry and the identified trends of hot topic areas.
These webcasts will provide you with insights and analysis of recent SEC comment letter trends at an industry level. One webcast discusses trends impacting Commercial and industrial companies sectors and the other is focused on Financial services industries.
The rise of trade-based money laundering presents direct financial, reputational, and compliance risk to the financial services companies, banks, and global trade organizations that provide and utilize trade finance. Financial firms can address these increased AML challenges by leveraging analytics and statistical transaction monitoring techniques to identify information, trends, connections, and anomalies indicative of trade-based money laundering schemes.