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From AI to RPA – GBST looks at the most effective technologies for automating capital markets post-trade

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Published: 20/09/2017

  • New White Paper provides expert guidance on post-trade automation in Capital Markets
  • Outlines strategies to take CM automation to next level

Sydney 20 September 2017  — GBST (ASX:GBT), a global provider of technology services to the financial services industry, today released a White Paper which provides a roadmap for the Capital Markets industry to navigate growth in post-trade automation.

The White Paper, Delivering the Last Mile in Post-Trade Automation, builds on the analysis provided in GBST’s May 2016 paper which looked at different scenarios for Blockchain in Capital Markets.

GBST provides decision-making roadmap

Nick Clarke, GBST Executive Manager of Institutional Product, said the White Paper provides comprehensive decision-making processes that Capital Market firms could use when looking at improving automation in their post-trade operations.

“We have outlined the different options offered by new automation technologies, but it is important to understand and acknowledge the different circumstances that different Capital Markets firms face, depending on far down the automation road they may already be, and the capabilities offered by their existing core processing systems.” he said.

Newer core transaction processing systems may provide higher levels of automation out of the box compared to papering over older systems through technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). GBST has looked at all the issues currently being experienced by its Capital Markets clients and provided guidance on what needs to be considered when looking at systems upgrades.

New technologies and advancements in automation

The GBST White Paper identifies a range of new technologies that can provide specific benefits to post-trade automation, including Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT/Blockchain), Workflow, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

GBST Head of Asia Pacific Denis Orrock said: “Now that firms are emerging from years of regulatory spend and cost cuts through offshoring, many are looking at options to automate post-trade operations and gear up for the next phase of growth whilst controlling costs. This White Paper is specifically targeted to the unique challenges faced by post-trade and provides guidance on the best ways to introduce automation technology.”

The GBST White Paper is available at

About GBST

GBST is a specialist financial technology company which provides administration and transaction processing software for retail wealth management organisations and global and regional investment banks. Founded in 1983, GBST is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under ASX ticker code GBT.

  • In Australia, GBST provides its full range of retail wealth and institutional solutions for the wealth management and capital markets industries. The company’s industry-leading software platforms include GBST Composer®, which provides end to end funds administration and management software for the wealth management industry; GBST Syn∽®, which provides a new generation post-trade processing platform for equities, derivatives, fixed income and managed fund processing; and GBST Shares, which is the most widely-used back- and middle-office processing equities software in Australia
  • In the United Kingdom, GBST Composer® offers an integrated system for the administration of wrap platforms, including individual savings accounts (ISAs), pensions, self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and superannuation; as well as master trusts, unit trusts, risk and debt; and other investment assets.
  • In the Rest of the World, the GBST Syn∽® platform supports institutional capital markets primarily in Asia and North America.

Further information from:

Denis Orrock | Head of Asia Pacific | GBST
D: +61 2 9253 6540 | M: +61 401 285 176 | F: +61 2 8580 5245

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