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Alastair Rutherford

ipushpull and Ascendant Strategy announce partnership to deliver Innovative Solutions for Post-trade Workflow Automation

London, UK – 18th July 2019: ipushpull, the live data sharing and real-time workflow automation platform, are delighted to announce a partnership that brings together the award-winning ipushpull platform with the post-trade expertise and delivery capability of Ascendant Strategy. The partnership between ipushpull and Ascendant Strategy brings significant value to capital markets post-trade functions who want to...
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Unlocking the Post-Trade Puzzle: New Approaches to Solving the Issue of Operational Costs in the Post-Trade Environment

Unlocking the Post-Trade Puzzle: New Approaches to Solving the Issue of Operational Costs in the Post-Trade Environment Following the 2008 financial crisis, the US and European approaches to reforming the financial sector were markedly different, with European rules resulting in far more onerous capital and trade reporting requirements. Over a decade later the impact of...
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Thoughts from the 2019 Network Forum in Athens

Last week saw us attend the Network Forum’s annual meeting in Athens, where custodians, market infrastructure providers and banks get together to compare notes on current and future challenges. It was an interesting couple of days, with the agenda a good mix of regulatory driven challenges (such as CSDR) alongside some of the obstacles to...
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The Link Between Post Trade Infrastructure & Treasury Innovation in Capital Markets

The Link Between Post Trade Infrastructure & Treasury Innovation in Capital Markets Ascendant Strategy MD James Maxfield reflects on a Treasury Automation conference Last week I had the good fortune to attend a conference on automation of the treasury function and the drive towards real time treasury. We have been active in this space recently,...
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Cash (management) is King!

Cash (management) is king ! The increasing importance of efficient cash management on cost/income performance   20 years ago I cut my teeth in the cash management area of several different investment banks as I started out in the City. In those days, the glamour areas of the post trade world where securities and OTC...
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Beyond the Buzz: Finding an Accurate Outlook for Blockchain in Capital Markets

Beyond the Buzz: Finding an Accurate Outlook for Blockchain in Capital Markets Roundtable discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Ascendant Strategy on 7th February, 2019. Blockchain and DLT technology have been two of the industry’s biggest buzzwords for the past three years. Yet despite the numerous proofs of concept that have been launched...
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Ascendant Strategy talk post-trade and fintech with Harrington Starr

Catch Ascendant Strategy co-founder James Maxfield talking Post Trade on Fintech Focus TV with Harrington Starr’s Toby Babb
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Ascendant Strategy named in “The Definitive List of the Most Influential Fintechs of 2019”

Ascendant Strategy are delighted to announce their inclusion in the “The Definitive List of the Most Influential Fintechs of 2019”. This coveted accolade is published in the Financial Technologist magazine produced by Harrington Starr, and is judged by a panel of industry experts. Full details, including an interview with Ascendant Strategy MD James Maxfield on...
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Time for a Reality Check: How Close is the Blockchain Revolution in Capital Markets?

Despite the frequent claims that blockchain is a ‘solution looking for a problem’, the past three years have seen nearly all major capital markets firms embarking on some form of blockchain or other distributed ledger technology (DLT) project. And for good reason. According to Accenture, organisational complexity and legacy structures are costing the industry roughly...
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Uncleared Margin Rules – will you avoid the chaos?

• Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) have been put in place globally to mitigate credit exposures and reduce systemic risk in derivative markets • Firms are required to calculate initial and variation margin requirements on a daily basis • Daily initial margin requirements must be supported by both the posting AND receiving of collateral which must...
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