Top trends and priorities focus on digital acceleration, cybersecurity and compliance

We met with 63 capital markets executives to better understand their top trends, priorities and challenges. Digital acceleration is the most impactful macro trend this year, giving rise to security and regulatory compliance challenges. To address these challenges, executives are investing in cybersecurity (top industry trend and business priority) and IT solutions for ensuring greater compliance (top IT priority).

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Digital acceleration impacts rise
Compared to the rest of banking, the impact of digital acceleration is rising the most for this sector (+14pp versus 2022)

IT hiring challenge lessens
Executives say difficulties in finding IT talent decreased significantly for Capital Markets (-29pp)

Sustainability creates future value
With 67% viewing sustainability as highly core to creating future value, sustainable investing is rising.

Ecosystems included in cyber strategy
47% are extending cybersecurity strategies across their ecosystem.

Analytics empowers advisors
Using data and insights to empower advisors is rising in impact as a trend (#3 trend).

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34% of executives in Capital Markets are producing results from their digital strategies in 2023, up from 31% in 2022. When comparing insights from the 34% producing results  (digital leaders) to those building or launching digital strategies (digital aspirants), common attributes emerge. While there is a significant gap between leaders and aspirants in terms of cybersecurity results (with leaders far ahead), gaps narrow for business and IT alignment and business agility.

Capital Markets Attribute

Are highly agile in addressing digitization

Digital leaders


Digital aspirants


Capital Markets Attribute

Closely align business and IT operations to support strategy

Digital leaders


Digital aspirants


Capital Markets Attribute

Produce results from cybersecurity strategies

Digital leaders


Digital aspirants



Rationalize your cloud journey
by moving non-core systems first and executing a multi-cloud solution strategy.


Modernize legacy
and amplify your modernization investment via business process improvement.


Use automation
to accelerate the delivery of insights and advice.


Extend your data strategy
across the entire value chain to improve customer outcomes.


Tighten security
by upgrading your security infrastructure to address increasingly sophisticated cyber crime.


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