Trade Surveillance and Monitoring: State of the Buy-Side Market

Aite Group’s joint study with Nasdaq shows that 32% of buy-side firms don’t have a process for monitoring electronic communications.


Boston, July 25, 2017 — Aite Group’s latest report, Trade Surveillance and Monitoring: State of the Buy-Side Market, shows that the trade surveillance technology market has been riding a strong wave of growth since 2010. The majority of this growth has been driven by global sell-side firms seeking to shore up their compliance infrastructure in the quest for regulatory unimpeachability with the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MIiFID II), Dodd-Frank, and Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), which are the largest regulatory concerns.

“Protection of reputation was considered by 64% of participants to be the most important reason for investing into compliance,” says Aite Group senior analyst Danielle Tierney. “Even a perceived violation can seriously damage a firm’s public image and directly affect its standing with clients and prospects.”

This study by Aite Group and Nasdaq illuminates the buy-side trade surveillance challenge, focusing on functional requirements, regulatory drivers, and structural trade surveillance pain points. As buy-side firms seek to explore the trade surveillance technology market, technology providers need to better understand their unique requirements. 

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