Initiatives

AcadiaSoft fosters openness and collaboration across the collateral industry by leveraging its working groups and partnerships to jointly explore industry trends, generate benchmark insights, create standards, and coordinate standards implementation across the market.

Working Groups

AcadiaSoft Working Groups develop industry standards and practices in response to regulatory changes and other shared industry concerns.

COLLATERAL WORKFLOW GROUP

The Collateral Workflow Working Group defines standards and practices for the industry-wide workflow lifecycle that extends from trade position capture through notification of collateral transfer.

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DATA WORKING GROUP (INITIAL MARGIN)

The Data Working Group defines standards and practices for the industry-wide processes of capturing data and calculating margin.

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TESTING AND IMPLEMENTATION WORKING GROUP

The Testing and Implementation Working Group orchestrates testing, implementation and launch activities for market participants and sets standards for acceptable practice.

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MESSAGING BEST PRACTICES GROUP

The Messaging Best Practices Group reviews changes in market practice and defines their impact on AcadiaSoft message standards.

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Industry initiatives

With uncleared margin rules due to take effect in September of 2016, the industry demands a new, highly automated and cooperative way to comply. To solve this looming industry challenge, AcadiaSoft has partnered with TriOptima and DTCC-EuroClear Global Collateral joint venture on its AcadiaSoft Hub Initiative.

The Hub links AcadiaSoft’s industry-leading electronic messaging service for OTC derivatives with ICAP TriOptima’s triResolve OTC trade reconciliation service and the Margin Transit Utility (MTU) to be operated by the DTCC-Euroclear Global Collateral joint venture.

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EXPLORATIONS

AcadiaSoft Explorations study topics of significant interest to the AcadiaSoft community with the goal of developing industry-standard solutions.

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OPERATIONAL EXPLORATION

INITIAL MARGIN REGULATION IMPACT ON BALANCE SHEETS AND FUNDING COSTS

This exploration assesses the impact of the changes required in Variation Margin processing under the new Uncleared Margin Rules. The objective of the exploration is to define standards and practices that can be adopted within the Margin and Collateral process in advance of the March 2017 broad implementation of the regulations.

TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION

INITIAL MARGIN REGULATION IMPACT ON BALANCE SHEETS AND FUNDING COSTS

This exploration evaluates the impact of the new Initial Margin rules on the balance sheet and funding costs of market participants. The objective is to determine if/how industry-wide collaboration can help firms reduce this impact.

DATA EXPLORATION

DATA PROTECTION BEST PRACTICES

This exploration evaluates how new technologies can be applied to optimally secure trade and sensitivities data when exchanged between collateral counterparties. The objective of the exploration is to assess if/how the most current technologies, including Advanced Cryptography and Blockchain, can be used to further enhance data security.