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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|9150||2007||24 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||11960 کلمه|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 31, Issue 10, October 2007, Pages 3034–3057
Despite a lot of restructuring and many innovations in recent years, the securities transaction industry in the European Union is still a highly inefficient and inconsistently configured system for cross-border transactions. This paper analyzes the functions performed, the institutions involved and the parameters concerned that shape market and ownership structure in the industry. Of particular interest are microeconomic incentives of the main players that can be in contradiction to social welfare. We develop a framework and analyze three consistent systems for the securities transaction industry in the EU that offer superior efficiency than the current, inefficient arrangement. Some policy advice is given to select the ‘best’ system for the Single European Financial Market.
Different and sometimes intertwined forces are at play in the European securities transaction industry stemming from the motives of the different opponents. These are often influenced or even biased by strategic deliberations and the desire to advance the industry structure to the own advantage. A hotly debated issue is whether horizontal or vertical integration is more suitable to achieve efficient capital markets in Europe. This can be discerned from the on-going consolidation efforts of Deutsche Börse pursuing both the London Stock Exchange and, more recently, Euronext. Both attempts failed so far, because of concerns about substantial differences in the business models with regard to the extent of vertical integration in a combined group. As a consequence, a merger of both the French and the English stock exchange with American counterparts – the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ, respectively – seems more likely at the moment. This paper sheds some light on these issues by applying economic tools to identify the underlying economies in the industry and to comment on an efficient securities transaction system for the European Union. Our contribution is to provide a framework for the analysis of this industry which interprets efficiency in a broad sense and offers policy advice by proposing consistently configured trading, clearing, and settlement systems (TCS-systems) that achieve high levels of efficiency from the perspective of a benevolent organizational designer.2 The result of restructuring and innovations in recent years is a securities transaction industry in the European Union (EU) that is still a highly inefficient and inconsistently configured design for cross-border transactions. Many EU politicians eagerly promote the completion of the Single European Market, but – few exceptions aside – the industry structure still resembles closely the former fragmented market structure of largely independent organizations operating along national lines. This causes higher costs in the handling of cross-border securities3 which ultimately translates into higher costs of capital – a significant competitive disadvantage for European firms compared to companies in the USA. Industry experts point to several aspects that impede the realization of an efficient securities transaction system. While trading is widely seen as efficient, clearing and settlement processes across different countries are still too costly. The fragmented industry structure which does not allow for capturing the significant benefits from scale, scope, and network effects is paralyzed by several obstacles to consolidation. Besides political, cultural, and legal barriers among the different countries, the motives of the market participants such as infrastructure providers and direct users sometimes contribute to the impediment of consolidation efforts and thus prevent a socially optimal solution. What has become increasingly visible is the lack of a common communication standard among service providers. This could be a result of vertically integrated providers with incompatible information dissemination standards and post-trading routines. As a consequence, the typical cross-border trade requires substantial interaction among the pertaining different trading, clearing, and settlement systems which can only be effectively dealt with by additional intermediaries such as (sub)custodians. This extends the length of the value chain and thereby increases the costs for the investors. More interaction requirements are also more risky due to the higher complexity of the trade and a higher likelihood of failures. Higher risks usually mean additional collateral requirements, which is a further cost driver. Applying the methods of systems theory, this paper provides answers to the following two questions: (1) Which strategic decisions can be conducted by the industry players, and what are the consequences thereof? (2) What are consistently configured organizational designs that provide superior efficiency to alternative set-ups?
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The introduction of the Single European Market was a strong catalyst that upset the system of a regulated monopoly that many European countries had in place. Many features of the established system were suddenly and simultaneously changed. By simply opening the markets and leaving everything else unchanged, the resulting design, however, is inefficient. Too many inconsistent configurations of important elements are in place: Too many regulators increase the costs and thereby decrease social welfare. Publicly owned or heavily regulated institutions do not have the incentives to make the right decisions. And previously vertically integrated institutions can bar others from using parts of their infrastructure. Divergent objectives of the many regulators or unhealthy competition between them decreases efficiency even further. The response by many regulators was to withdraw a bit and let the market mechanism work. The system in the securities industry in the European Union in the 1990s therefore had some characteristics of the system of competitive fragmentation: The rate of innovations like automated trading and the demutualization of exchanges increased dramatically, and many new entrants tried to do business in the industry. The total amount of new investments was high and duplication of investments occurred in the process of battling for the dominant position in a segment of the market. The users were fully aware of the costs imposed by the incompatible communication standards between the national institutions and tried to shape the industry to their liking. Now that the investment boom is over and the rate of technological progress has receded a bit, the securities industry in the European Union is again at a crossroads. The rate of consolidation – horizontally as well as vertically – remains high, and many unsuccessful ventures are forced to close and leave the industry. New entrants who could keep up the pressure to innovate cannot be seen. The surviving providers try to entrench their monopoly position by vertical integration and proprietary communication standards. It is an open question how and if their rent appropriation possibilities will be countered either by tougher regulation that would put the European securities industry back to a system of a regulated monopoly (although now at the European level) or whether the users of the infrastructure can ensure together with a cut-down regulator that the system of contestable monopolies can be reached, which is our policy advice. It is very crucial that a consistent configuration of key parameters is achieved to avoid a system with a quasi-unregulated monopoly which might be preferred by infrastructure providers, but certainly not by the users and society at large.