Arcesium: A Modular Approach to Post-Trade
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Arcesium: A Modular Approach to Post-Trade

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David Nable, Managing Director & Head of Commercial Strategy, ArcesiumDavid Nable, Managing Director & Head of Commercial Strategy
An ace in solving post-trade challenges for asset managers, Arcesium’s comprehensive and fully integrated platform brings efficiency to treasury, reconciliation, accounting, and enterprise data management teams. Now a suite of modular technology solutions makes discrete parts of the platform more broadly accessible to meet a demand in the marketplace for targeted solutions. “Our modular offerings use the best-in-class technology of our full platform and are designed to act parallel to our mainstream business offerings. These will be the go-to solutions for clients looking to improve their existing processes without adding headcount or undertaking a legacy system overhaul,” says David Nable, managing director and head of commercial strategy at Arcesium.

Born in 2015 out of the D. E. Shaw group, one of the world’s leading asset managers, Arcesium provides comprehensive and flexible middle- and back-office solutions for sophisticated asset managers and currently supports more than $100 billion in client assets. Arcesium’s modular offering, launched in Q1 2019, comprises products and solutions for reconciliation, treasury, swaps management, and data warehousing and management that were previously only available as part of a full-platform implementation. “Our solution is a series of rapidly deployed, highly configurable modular components that easily integrate with one another and with other client systems,” explains Nable.The key solution is Financial Data Stack, a series of tools developed to provide asset managers with the ability to master, store, and distribute relevant data sets in order to make critical business decisions from a single source of truth. Once implemented, a single source of truth for data can be relied upon throughout a manager’s entire ecosystem, including trading, portfolio management, risk, accounting, and reconciliation systems.

While discussing the integration process of Arcesium’s solution with existing systems, Nable draws an analogy: “Have you ever thought about the underlying technology of the Uber app while hailing a cab? In a nutshell, Uber connects to GoogleMaps and various payment portals.” Now, these are the services of different vendors and Uber connects with them through an amalgamation of APIs. He explains, “Arcesium uses modern APIs to connect different systems in our technologies, designed to create a golden record of financial data for the client.”

Arcesium has performed reconciliation for several years as part of their broader client engagements. But presently, they are offering the Reconciliation solution as a standalone module to managers who want to automate reconciliation but maintain control and oversight over the whole process. The modular Reconciliation solution provides flexible deployment options in the form of cloud-based technology, operational outsourcing agreements, and software-as-a-service to support the operation of the most complex asset classes at a massive scale. Alongside, the Reconciliation solution empowers clients with real-time transparency into the entire workflow.

In response to the market gap created by information asymmetry, Arcesium has developed the Treasury Suite. This toolkit is designed to empower fund managers to optimize funding decisions across their prime brokers, swap counterparties, and others. It creates a transparent view of complex margins and financial agreements, which is designed to allow clients to manage exposure, fund sources, supervise counterparties, evaluate and yield investment enhancement opportunities, and automate collateral management processes.

Similarly, the asset-class-specific Swaps Management solution is exclusively designed to simplify the post-trade lifecycle and scale swap operations. Engineered as a highly automated proprietary tool to model complex swap instruments, it scales high volume data, new bespoke types of contracts and structures, as well as third-party terms to bring precision to complex swaps portfolios.

Backed by vigorous research and years of rich experience in asset management, Arcesium announced the launch of these modular products in February 2019. At launch, Arcesium already had several pilot clients live on the platforms.