Monday, August 8, 2011

Financial markets IT spend to hit $18 billion in Asia-Pacific

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Spending on IT by the financial markets industry will hit $90 billion by 2015 globally, driven by strong growth in Asia-Pacific (AP) and a bounce-back in the hedge funds sector, predicts Ovum.

In a new forecast, the independent technology analyst finds that the Asia-Pacific region will see some of the strongest growth in financial markets IT spend accounting to $18 billion, as global companies continue to transfer power to the region due to its growing economic strength.

In China, IT spending will grow by a CAGR of 8.8 per cent from 2011 to 2015. Hong Kong will experience a CAGR of 8.1 per cent for the same period and Singapore 7.1 per cent. Although the amounts invested will be lower, growth in all three will outstrip the US and the UK and Ireland, which will hit CAGRs of 6 per cent and 5.8 per cent, respectively.

Daniel Mayo, Ovum financial markets technology analyst, commented: “While there will be growth in nearly every major market, the Asia-Pacific countries will be at the forefront. This is mainly due to global companies shifting their decision-making power from New York and London to cities such as Beijing, because of their growing economic influence.”

Meanwhile, AP spending on IT in the hedge funds sector will grow a CAGR of 14 per cent from 2011 to 2015. This is the strongest growth of all the lines of business and is being driven by resurgence in the hedge funds market as investors seeking high returns forgive the woes of 2008/09.

Mayo commented: “The global hedge funds market was badly affected by the financial crash, with investors staying away due to its disastrous performance. As a result, investment in IT fell significantly in 2008 and 2009. However, the Asia Pacific market proved far more resilient and as investors seek higher returns is set to be a major driver for industry growth in 2011.

According to Mayo, much of the investment in all regions and lines of business will be made in risk management systems, as well as reporting systems that allow financial markets companies to provide greater transparency and comply with new industry regulations such as Basel III.

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