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Straight Through Processing (STP)
The benefit of straight through processing, or STP, is that it enables banks to automate settlement activities which in turn improves operational efficiency and better manage trade related risks.
The bottom line is straight through processing (STP) drives down operational costs and improves trading efficiencies.
SunGard Treasury Systems, eTreasury eXchange and Deutsche Bank
"SunGard treasury management users can initiate foreign-exchange deal requests from within existing treasury applications, automatically receiving bid/offer prices directly from the Deutsche Bank platform.
When the trade is executed, the confirmation and settlement take effect automatically, resulting in straight-through processing (STP).
STP reduces errors by eliminating manual processes, reduces operating costs and increases trading efficiencies." - www.sungard.com
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Example of STP
Portfolio manager originates an order on the buy side.
His trader sees it on his screen.
Relays to a broker.
Broker executes and tickets via computer.
Goals of STP
Computers to handle purely repetitive tasks.
People to monitor and deal with errors.
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