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PwC Capital Markets 2020 Overview

Capital Markets will look very different in 2020 than they do today. Based on feedback from clients, many have gloomily predicted a shrinking capital markets landscape, over-regulation and the fall of traditionally powerful financial centers such as London and New York. However, we have a different vision for 2020 – one of a New Equilibrium. This New Equilibrium consists of: government intervention receding (as memories of the financial and sovereign debt crises fade), traditional financial axis of power further solidifying their positions at the top, and the world seeking stability and predictability in the context of riskier and more uncertain geopolitical situations. In addition, much of the landscape where financial institutions operate will change significantly. This change will come from economic and government policies, from innovation, operational restructuring, technology, from smarter and more demanding clients, companies harnessing powerful data, and from continued growth of the shadow banking system.

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Fiercest Competitor Workshop

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About the survey

The key objective of the research was to gauge the opinions of senior capital market industry leaders on the possible future shape of the capital markets industry globally, alongside the global economy. Six main themes were addressed – an overview of the future of capital markets, managing risk, regulation and capital, culture and conduct, redefining the business operating model, client focused innovation and gaining an information advantage.

A total of 261 completed surveys were achieved with C-suite level or other senior respondents from global, regional and national organisations across 19 markets with a turnover range of US$ 100 million to 75 billion+.

Six priorities for 2020:

  1. Proactively managing risk, regulations and capital
  2. Establish stronger culture and conduct
  3. Redefine the business model
  4. Strategically renew the operating model
  5. Enable innovation, and the capabilities to foster it
  6. Obtain an information advantage

Contact us

Kevin Burrowes

Global Clients and Industries Leader, PwC United Kingdom

John Garvey

Global Financial Services Leader, PwC United States

Tel: +1 646 471 2422

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