2014 Capital Markets Outlook: Repositioning for growth

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After five years of tumultuous change, it is no surprise that capital markets firms have yet to find steady ground. However, heading into 2014, there is increasing evidence that they may have a chance to shift to a higher gear – or perhaps even accelerate.What’s ahead for capital markets firms as we look to 2014? Is it the best of times? Is it the worst of times? Or is it both?

While the economy is showing some signs of life, challenges remain for industry executives. Margins are under extreme pressure and business models and product structures are becoming more standardized, mortgages and derivatives being two examples. And regulatory concerns have shifted, from uncertainty over direction to uncertainty over long-term outcomes.

So how can firms begin to pivot toward growth amidst current pressures and challenges? How can they drive increased agility into their operations to take advantage of the ongoing uncertainty in the market, rather than simply waiting for more stable conditions to emerge?

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2014 Capital Markets Outlook: Repositioning for growth

  1. 1. 2014 Banking and Capital Markets Outlook Repositioning for growth Contact To learn more about the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, its solutions, thought leadership, and events please visit: www.deloitte.com/us/cfs Subscribe To receive email communications, please register at: www.deloitte.com/us/cfs Engage Follow us on Twitter at: @DeloitteFinSvs For more information and to download the full 2014 banking and capital markets outlook visit www.deloitte.com/us/2014outlooks/bankingandcapitalmarkets Deloitte Center for Financial Services The Deloitte Center for Financial Services offers actionable insights to assist senior-level executives in the industry to make impactful business decisions. After five years of tumultuous change, it is no surprise that banking and capital markets firms have yet to find steady ground. However, heading into 2014, there is increasing evidence that they may have a chance to shift to a higher gear — or perhaps even accelerate. Repositioning for growth M&A could be spurred by increased competition • Large bank specialization and small bank need for scale may drive M&A • Diversification and slim margins may lead to continued consolidation of exchanges • OTC derivatives reform may increase competition and reduce margins CFOs take role in strategy to the next level • CFOs to take on a more strategic role to improve capital efficiency • Deploy capital management tools at the business and transaction level • Improving cost management via new infrastructure will support investment budgets Customer experience could hinge on new ways to differentiate • Leverage analytics to improve segmentation and cross selling • Optimize branch structures and fully integrate delivery channels • Fee-based products, especially wealth management, will remain a focus • Technology investments are likely to support growth, customer experience, and security • Priority to integrate fragmented platforms for real-time insights • Fully integrated mobile solutions may be a key retail differentiator Technology may enable a new era Re-regulation is the new norm Agility may drive operational efficiencies • Increase efforts around “getting to strong” • Push for an enterprise-wide view of customers and counterparties • Enhance management and governance of cyberthreats • Agility will enable firms to respond to uncertain and rapidly changing environments • Foster agility by focusing on strategies, ecosystems, and minds • Exploring industrialization of processes may unlock new sources of efficiency

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