The global Future of Finance Study, of c-level executives across 300 international financial institutions found that over two thirds of firms expect the economic outlook to improve over the next 12-months, with an even greater number (more than 70%) believing that inflation would slow by the end of 2023. What’s more, over 90% of executives believe their organization is positioned for strong or moderate growth over the next three years.

Overall, respondents at investment banks had the most positive view of their growth prospects, followed by those at retail banks and asset managers. Wealth managers and asset servicing companies sit at the other end of the spectrum, but it is worth noting that in each of the sectors surveyed, at least three quarters of respondents expect strong or moderate growth.

As to what’s driving growth expectation, adoption of new business models is one of the most commonly given reason, as well as internal efficiencies savings generated by digitalization.  Advanced data and analytics are also recognized as a major driver of potential business expansion, as the opportunities to use fresh insights to generate returns become increasingly attractive. The remaining driver for growth is new and alternative asset classes, including crypto. Confidence in the ability of non-traditional assets to deliver growth is greatest among asset managers, asset services, and both retail and investment banks.

Despite buoyant expectations overall, the potential of geopolitical uncertainties to impede or slow down growth was one of the most widely recognized challenge among respondents.  A quarter of respondents (25%) see geopolitics as the greatest obstacle on their path to growth.

“During this spell of declining GDP and rising inflation, a return to more prosperous times can seem like a lifetime away, but all downturns are ultimately temporary,” said SIX CEO Jos Dijsselhof. “The difference is that the current downturn, unlike previous ones, is underpinned by transformational factors which is giving finance executives the confidence to see future growth through the fog of recession. Crypto and digital assets are here to stay and the industry has only scratched the surface of return opportunity that can be derived from the use of data and analytics. It is for these reasons that executives are ultimately optimistic about the future of finance.”

The full Future of Finance Study, comprised of four chapters covering growth, sustainability, skills, and technology, is available here.

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SIX provides and operates stable and efficient infrastructure for the Swiss and Spanish financial centers, thus ensuring access to the capital markets and the flow of information and money between financial market players. As a global provider of financial information, SIX delivers high-quality reference, pricing, corporate actions, and ESG data and provides regulatory services and indices to clients around the world. The company is owned by its users (more than 120 banks) with a workforce of 4,160 employees and a presence in 19 countries.