29 April 2013

SmartStream supports SWIFT’s Global Electronic Trade Confirmation (GETC) solution

London, April 29, 2013 - SmartStream Technologies, the financial Transaction Lifecycle Management specialist, today announced that its TLM Trade Process Management solution, which addresses the post-trade allocation, confirmation, clearing and settlement processes, now fully supports SWIFT's Global Electronic Trade Communication (GETC) solution.

GETC uses well established SWIFT ISO 15022 messages to provide a standardised process for matching fixed income and equities trades for both buy and sell-side firms. The post-trade world still has a large amount of manual processing and GETC enables participants to reuse their existing SWIFT infrastructure to create a standardised and automated approach to confirmation matching. GETC minimises operational risk, increases STP and significantly reduces the costs of post-trade processing.

Dr Darryl Twiggs, Head of Product Management, SmartStream Technologies, comments: "With the ever increasing pressure to reduce costs in the middle and back-office while at the same time lowering the risk of failed or late trades, customers are looking for alternative post-trade solutions. By supporting the GETC solution our customers now have more options for handling post-trade processing. In addition to supporting the automation of allocation only or block allocation confirmations, SmartStream's TLM Trade Process Management solution offers the complete automation of the transaction across the middle and back-office from point of execution to settlement".

Paul Taylor, Director New Business Development - Global Matching, SWIFT, says: "It is a pleasure to be working with SmartStream to make our GETC local confirmation solution even more accessible to the marketplace. As the industry strives to improve post-trade operational efficiency, many buy and sell-side firms are opting for local matching solutions for the automation of trade confirmations. By supporting the use of GETC, and providing an installed local matching engine that accepts GETC messages, SmartStream is making a great contribution towards helping the community drive out cost and risk from this vital post-trade function."

GETC is an ISO standards-based messaging solution for the automation of block trade, confirmation, allocation and affirmation process. TLM Trade Process Management collects, validates and enriches trades before intelligently routing them to the most appropriate matching venue, whether that is centrally or locally matched, with rules determining the appropriate venue before handling the final settlement of the trade.

 

About SmartStream Technologies
SmartStream Technologies is a recognised leader in financial transaction management software that enables firms to overcome critical transaction processing issues through increased automation. SmartStream's industry-leading automated match rates create more proactive, exceptions-based processes that lower the cost per transaction while enabling firms to reduce operational risk, strengthen compliance and controls, and improve customer service. As a result, more than 1,500 clients, including 75 of the world's top 100 banks, 8 of the top 10 asset managers, and 8 of the top 10 custodians rely on SmartStream Transaction Lifecycle Management (TLM®) solutions to deliver greater efficiency to their trading operations.

For more information about SmartStream and our solutions visit: http://www.smartstream-stp.com/

About SWIFT and GETC
SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,000 financial institutions and corporations in 212 countries and territories. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardised financial information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest.

SWIFT's Global Electronic Trade Confirmation (GETC) solution is enabling the automation of allocation and confirmation processes for a fast-growing number of investment managers and broker/dealers around the world. These firms are tapping into the security, reliability, resilience and reach of the SWIFT network. They are also reaping cost savings of in excess of 50 per cent of the costs of other providers in this space.

So far, three investment managers and sixteen brokers are live, and there is a significant pipeline of further buy-side, outsourcer and broker dealer users for 2013 forward.

For more information, please refer to our website http://www.swift.com/ or contact:

Cognito Europe
Paul Bowhay / Bryony Scragg
Tel: +44 (0) 207 426 9400
swift@cognitomedia.com