The so-called digitalisation of the capital markets arena – in which an increasingly larger number of previously manual processes within investment banks gradually become automated – is an on-going process that traces its roots to the late 1980s, when e-trading was originally pioneered.
A noticeable trend in the financial services industry in 2016 is the exploration of differing software development strategies to exhibit maximum agility across a whole business. Specifically within the banking industry, this trend is fuelled by increasing competition, the heightened cost of regulation and an empirical need to remain profitable.
The August 2016 launch of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Stock Connect program signalled the start of a second phase of financial markets infrastructure development in China. But will the new linked exchange facility bear fruit for domestic and foreign investors alike?