December 10, 2019

RBC Launches Collateral Management Service for Asset Managers

RBC provides a platform for asset managers to operationally implement margin agreements

RBC Investor & Treasury Services (I&TS), part of Royal Bank of Canada, today announced the launch of its Collateral Management service. This innovative middle office solution centralizes and interprets collateral management data to help asset managers comply with BCBS and IOSCO¹ rules for non-cleared derivatives.

Collateral Management is part of RBC I&TS’ evolving Middle Office solution and leverages industry-leading technology provided by CloudMargin via IHS Markit. This technology, combined with RBC I&TS’ specialist asset servicing expertise, has created a powerful solution for its clients, including:

  • The centralization of standing settlement instructions and CSA contracts
  • The ability to make, receive and monitor margin calls with bilateral counterparts, and determine collateral eligibility
  • The validation of incoming collateral calls from bilateral counterparts and enrichment and instructions of movements to third party custodians
  • The optimization of inventory availability and waterfall selection of preferred assets to pledge

New rules around collateral have resulted in asset managers facing increased reporting requirements and significant operational demands” said Joanna Meager, Head of Digital Client Experience, Product & Marketing at RBC I&TS. “In an already competitive environment, this has posed a number of challenges for our clients. RBC I&TS’ new solution enables asset managers to remain competitive by improving their middle and back office efficiencies, transforming their front office decisions through data transparency and mitigating risks of regulatory breaches.”

RBC I&TS has launched the service initially with BIMCOR in Canada.

“We were looking for an automated solution to collateralize our OTC derivative and Repo transactions in order to meet our ISDA/CSA requirements as well as manage our counterparty risk. We were impressed with RBC I&TS’ investments in market leading technology, and connectivity to market utilities to streamline the process. We also greatly appreciated them involving us in the end to end process, from testing to go live” commented Remy Orsoli, Vice President, Finance & Operations at BIMCOR.

About RBC Investor & Treasury Services
RBC Investor & Treasury Services (RBC I&TS) is a specialist provider of asset services, custody, payments and treasury and market services for financial and other institutional investors worldwide, with over 4,500 employees in 17 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. We deliver services which safeguard client assets, underpinned by client-centric digital solutions which continue to be enhanced and evolved in line with our clients’ changing needs. Trusted with CAD 4.2 trillion in client assets under administration, RBC I&TS has been rated by our clients as the #1 global custodian for eight consecutive years and is a financially strong partner with among the highest credit ratings globally.

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