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Staying ahead of the curve: the fintech trends 2019 (part II)

Release date: 30 Jan 2019 | Eurex Exchange, Eurex Clearing

Staying ahead of the curve: the fintech trends 2019 (part II)

In the first part of this article, we reported on the most important technology trends that experts expect to disrupt, shift and change the way our industry will do business in 2019. What will Deutsche Börse and especially Eurex do to further implement new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and blockchain? We spoke to our in-house experts about “what‘s cooking” at Deutsche Börse and Eurex.

Are there any specific systems or tools Deutsche Börse and Eurex are currently working on or already providing to their customers?

Thomas Book
“Artificial intelligence functionalities could have an unprecedented effect on the world’s economy. The financial markets have been quick to pick up the new technologies to drive efficiency, curb risk and enhance the quality of service through automation. We need to stay ahead of the curve, be open to automating even small tasks, in order to reduce operational risks and costs across the entire derivatives trade processing lifecycle. The decision is simply: will we develop our industry or will we be “developed” away by new players in the market?”

– Thomas Book, Member of the Executive Board at Deutsche Börse and CEO of Eurex

Jens Hachmeister, Head of DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures
“Deutsche Börse Group has already been active with a couple of initiatives in the area of blockchain. Now, Deutsche Börse’s Executive Board has a dedicated DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures team to further advance the topic. Deutsche Börse has been active with the technology in a first phase of ideation and exploration. We invested in various initiatives to create a sound understanding of the trends, the technology and its potential within the traditional segments of our value chain. The possibilities this new technology offers are fascinating and it is great to have the opportunity to hopefully make significant contributions and to drive this topic forward for the Group.”

– Jens Hachmeister, Head of DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures at Deutsche Börse

Marcel Naas, Managing Director, Eurex Repo GmbH
“A very interesting development is our partnership with HQLAx, which strengthens our commitment to new technologies in the post-trade sector. It will lead to significant progress in creating an innovative distributed ledger technology solution and tackle the fragmentation in today’s markets.”

– Marcel Naas, General Manager at Eurex Repo and Head of Product Design Funding & Financing at Eurex


“Thanks to the cloud, Eurex customers can now use a free-of-charge open-access margin estimation service, enabling clients and prospective clients to calculate their portfolios under the Prisma margin methodology. The service is called CPME, short for Cloud Prisma Margin Estimator. As the potential user base for CPME is large we need a highly flexible and easily scalable infrastructure to operate it. Designing it as a cloud solution was an obvious choice that also fitted into the overall strategy of Deutsche Börse Group.”

– Andreas Franke, Head of Risk Methodology OTC at Eurex Clearing

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“I expect changes in the risk management area due to artificial intelligence, robotics and data analytics. All of them may lead to a change in perspective on already familiar difficulties or risk scenarios. We are now able to process extremely large amounts of data very quickly, and algorithms can analyze structures data very efficiently. Consequently, we might detect dependencies and relations, which would change risk management for us as a CCP. While it will probably take some time until data analytics are widely accepted, I strongly believe that our risk management can heavily benefit.”

– Thomas Laux, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Risk Officer at Eurex Clearing

“In 2018, Deutsche Börse’s index provider STOXX launched an index on companies involved in artificial intelligence that uses AI to select its constituents. This was a unique step towards breaking new ground; no other index provider had ever done anything like it. But it was only a first step. Later last year, we launched another index based on AI, which brings an innovative approach to thematic investing: it is a transparent, rules-based and progressive approach that tracks AI using AI technology. It is a digital disruption in AI investment itself.”

– Inderpal Gujral, Head of Product at Stoxx Limited


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