The increasing demands of regulation and compliance pose a significant challenge to the Financial Services Industry
Sopra Steria supports major UK Financial Services institutions across a broad range of regulatory frameworks. Our expertise encompasses the definition, design and implementation of highly responsive solutions which comply with increasingly complex European and domestic regulatory requirements. In order to ensure the accuracy and completeness of reported data, we consolidate information from multiple systems to create a unified and single viewpoint of all customer, portfolio, product and policy data. In addition, we identify any gaps or omissions in existing business intelligence systems and capabilities, delivering additional confidence and assurance to clients when submitting accurate and timely regulatory reports.
Regulatory initiatives such as IFRS9 and BCBS239 will increasingly require greater transparency, granularity, timeliness and automation of reporting.
Organisations across the sector are striving to meet increasing regulatory demands typically by increasing manpower. However meeting the challenge in a more cost effective way really requires a re-appraisal of the data and reporting platforms supporting regulatory reporting.
Common regulatory issues and challenges can include the following:
- Data quality – Data quality issues present a major barrier to accuracy, auditability and traceability required for regulatory reporting
- Transparency and granularity – Regulators are demanding higher levels of transparency which requires increasing levels of granularity, as with IFRS9, which requires impairment calculations to be both forward facing and calculated at the account or near-account level
- Timely regulatory reporting – BCBS239 introduces the principle of timeliness (albeit without specifying standards), but the time scales of regulatory reporting are shortening with increased emphasis on intra-day reporting
- Automation – increasing levels of automation are being demanded by both regulators, (e.g. with BCBS239) to reduce the risk of manual errors, and shareholders, to reduce the costs of delivering regulatory reporting
- Remediation management - financial companies must compensate customers if they have mis-sold them or charged them incorrectly