Cost-basis reporting industry is ‘still evolving’, analyst says

5 July 2011

The cost basis reporting (CBR) industry is continuing to evolve following the introduction of new regulations, a Celent analyst has said.

Alexander Camargo made the comments following the publication of a white paper, produced in collaboration with Scivantage, analysing the current condition of the cost-basis reporting market.

He said: “The market is continuing to evolve. There was an implementation in 2010 but many firms indicated that they didn’t have sufficient time to select a long-term answer for their reporting needs.

“Instead they selected a short-term solution and are planning on re-considering a second round in the next two or three years.”

Findings from the report, which questioned more than 40 broker-dealers, technology providers and custodians, showed that the majority of firms expect their CBR budgets to increase over the course of the next 12-24 months.

A majority of respondents also said that they opted to use a third party supplier when developing a CBR solution.

“On the technology side very few firms elected to build an in-house solution with cost and complexity being the main reasons,” Mr Camargo explained.

Further results from the paper showed that CBR is viewed in terms of compliance - and not as a value-added function which can enhance solution and service.

By Jim Ottewill

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