New York, NY (PRWEB) February 10, 2014
New Survey Suggests Regulatory Change is Slowing Growth Among Financial Services Firms
New research from SunGard* has highlighted how regulatory change is second only to market volatility as an executive issue for financial services firms. With many new regulations taking effect during the course of 2014, in some cases it is even considered the number one strategic risk. Senior executives are now concerned that regulatory change is distracting attention from core business activities and potentially hindering companies’ ability to grow.
Adapting to new regulations is also causing financial services firms to rethink their approach to compliance and restructure their organizations accordingly. Many, however, still do not feel ready for the changes taking effect this year.
Key findings of the survey include:
Regulation is high on the executive agenda
Despite ongoing efforts, readiness levels remain relatively low
Firms are starting to move beyond checking the box
Jeffrey Wallis, managing partner and president of SunGard Consulting Services, said, “The definition of what regulators are becoming concerned about is broadening to include areas such as operational risk, adding extra strain to the financial services industry. Our survey demonstrates that executives at the highest levels are struggling to marry ensuring regulatory readiness with maintaining a focus on day-to-day operations. In our work with firms on regulatory compliance, we see the most success when a business takes a combined approach to the twin challenges of growth and compliance.”
Sang Lee, managing partner, Aite Group, said, “Regulatory reform is putting the financial services industry under intense pressure, and the situation will not change in the near future. This pressure is being felt all the way up to the C-suite and the board. Regulatory uncertainty has forced some companies to put off key investments in new industries and geographies at a time when they are increasing their investment in compliance across departments. Regulations may be putting a strain on the industry, but we are starting to see some companies use them as an opportunity to reorganize themselves along more efficient lines. These businesses will be the future leaders in the industry.”
*“The Regulatory Pressure Cooker: Assessing Regulatory Stress in the Financial Services Sector”. The survey, commissioned by SunGard and conducted by Longitude Research in late 2013, polled 400 senior financial services executives across the globe. A copy of the report is available here.
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