Innovation in Focus | The Age of Trade Lifecycle Optimization in Securities Trading

Moving from Theory to Practice
by David Easthope, August 22, 2013
Industry Trends
EMEA, North America


Trade lifecycle optimization (TLO) is a conceptual framework for addressing challenges and opportunities across the front, middle, and back office of securities trading, operations, and IT. The Age of TLO could take several years to dawn. To achieve full trade lifecycle optimization, firms will have to align their strategic business goals with technology enablers.


In an Innovation in Focus report, The Age of Trade Lifecycle Optimization: Moving from Theory to Practice, Celent defines and describes the innovative concept that some firms are using to reshape their trading technology and operations. Celent believes TLO offers more informed decisions, which lead to multiple levels of improvement, including trading efficiency, collateral efficiency, and clearing and settlement efficiency.

Proponents of TLO include vendors, who have extensive solutions, and some senior executives in the industry, who see the potential to reshape securities trading due to cost and capital constraints, high capacity, and lack of an integrated approach for IT and operations.

“TLO is really reached via building blocks rather than a single approach,” says David Easthope, Research Director with Celent’s Securities & Investments Group and coauthor of the report. “Although still conceptual, Celent believes early adopters of TLO may be able to gain competitive advantage in operational efficiency and trading performance.”

Buy and sell side firms will have to utilize and retain a number of different technology platforms. “Celent believes that certain vendors exceed others in different segments of the trade lifecycle,” says Medy Agami, analyst and coauthor of the report. “While these types of vendors all have various pieces of the puzzle, none complete it.” As we move closer to the age of TLO, Celent believes that technology tools in greater demand will include high performance hardware and software, integration services, order and execution management systems, portfolio management systems, front office analytics and predictive tools, collateral optimization tools, and other specialized third party software.

This report contains three figures and one table.

Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary



A Conceptual Framework



Moving to Practical Implementation




The Opportunity for TLO



The Setting



Definition of TLO



The Benefits


TLO Considerations



The Building Blocks



The Challenges


Moving to the Age of TLO



Our Crystal Ball



Innovative Technology Enabling Trade Optimization




Leveraging Celent’s Expertise



Support for Financial Institutions



Support for Vendors


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