Financial Markets IT Spend to Hit US$18 Billion in Asia-Pacific

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


Ovum 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 compound annual growth rate (CAGR), of 8.8 percent from 2011 to 2015. Meanwhile, Hong Kong will experience a CAGR of 8.1 percent for the same period and Singapore 7.1

percent. 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 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.


“While there will be growth in nearly every major market, the Asia-Pacific countries will be at the forefront," says Daniel Mayo, Ovum financial markets technology analyst. "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 percent 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.


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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