The purpose of a Positions/Holdings & Trades reconciliation is to check and verify that an organization is holding the same number of securities with a counterparty, as per the counterparty’s internal system statements. Some participants in the securities market are mandated by law to perform this reconciliation regularly, but more and more, it is simply becoming a daily best practice from a trading and operational risk perspective.
The process involves matching of position balances between two or more sources, usually a custodian/broker record and an internal system. The setup in ReconArt software is totally flexible depending on your business – accounts could be organized by Client, Fund or Portfolio. The goal is to automatically match all comparable positions and identify breaks on a daily basis so that they can be categorized and corrected if needed, either with a request to the custodian/broker, or in the internal system. The next day, a fresh data set flows in for the same records, identifying matches and breaks for the current day. …
ReconArt solution offers robust, user-friendly tools for data clean-up and enrichment. This means we can handle all kinds of data formats, which is key in the industry because the trading space relies on a variety of security IDs depending on geography, exchange platform, and type of instrument (common examples: Ticker, ISIN, SEDOL, CUSIP, SIN). ReconArt’s ability to create complex matching and update rules is also a big benefit, as the automatic resolution of all the benign mis-matches and the automatic classification of risk-carrying breaks are essential to the integrity of the trading process.
Additionally, if available, ReconArt is able to capture the Trade details associated with Positions balances in a special sub-account. This greatly enhances the ability to investigate and resolve breaks. A complete audit trail (with notes and attachments, if applicable) is kept perpetually and operational and compliance reports and dashboards can be automatically produced and saved for your records.