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JPMorgan & BlackRock Team Up With Saphyre

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) and BlackRock Inc. have teamed up with Saphyre, an artificial intelligence technology startup to digitalize and automate the opening of custody accounts. The AI-powered system remembers when an asset manager uploads a specific document required to open a custody account, making the process much faster and easier in comparison to the heavily manual process burdened with paperwork, spreadsheets, and faxes.

“The custody side, historically, has been a very traditional industry operating steadily and reliably with faxes and spreadsheets. Asset managers are starting to realize that the lack of automation is causing issues, and is actually a missed opportunity to be more efficient,” stated Naveen TV, managing director, product development in securities services at JPMorgan.

JPMorgan with $27.4 trillion of assets under custody, acquired $1 trillion of BlackRock’s assets in 2017. The COVID-19 imposed lockdowns have further slowed down the process of setting up custody accounts, as a lot of the documents require manual intervention by multiple parties and banks do not allow printing of sensitive documents at home as most people are working remotely amid the pandemic.

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(Read Original Story: JPMorgan and BlackRock tap AI startup to automate opening custody accounts in Reuters)


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