By

Alastair Rutherford

Building The Bridges of Post-Trade Pragmatism

Given the regulators’ increasing focus on resilience and the relentless economic pressures driving the need for greater efficiency, most firms recognise the need for action. But does the sheer size and scope of the challenge limit the ability of ‘off the shelf’ solutions to deliver impactfully and make it a daunting prospect for the C-suite...
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The Economic Imperative for Post Trade Resilience in Capital Markets – Why & How

As the world reflects upon the impact of the last 6 months and starts to revise strategy based upon the ‘new normal’ that it now finds itself in, we look at what C-level leaders should be doing to catalyse change across their middle and back office domains. Click here to read on….
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Ascendant’s James Maxfield in The Financial Technologist Magazine’s Fintech Phoenix issue

See James’ thoughts on how Fintechs can leverage the current business environment – click here. To download the entire magazine – click here
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Solving for Post-Trade Data: Enabling, not Disabling, Innovation- notes from webinar

Solving for Post-Trade Data: Enabling, not Disabling, Innovation Held on 7th July, 2020 Following on from our recent publication on “Solving for Post Trade Data: Enabling, not Disabling Innovation in Capital Markets”, Ascendant Strategy hosted a panel discussion to discuss the challenges of data management and innovation in the post-trade space. In our original report,...
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Solving for Post Trade Data – Enabling, Not Disabling Innovation within Capital Markets

Is the industry obsession with data as a panacea for inefficiency misguided and distracting focus from elsewhere? Or is the solution more complex than the C-suite are led to believe and so requires a different approach? To read our thoughts, click here
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The Future Of Custody – Evolving Through Innovation

The phrase ‘legacy technology’ often creates negative connotations for the capital markets industry as a whole, where it is perceived as a blocker for change. But what is often misunderstood is that for most, it is this legacy technology that underpins the ‘safe’ in safe custody. With rip-and-replace strategies typically impractical due to the risk...
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The Future of Custody – How the Winners Will Plan & Prepare to Win

As the industry pauses for reflection during the unprecedented times that the world now finds itself in, the role of technology and its potential to transform operating models becomes increasingly evident. Digitalisation was already at the forefront of the agenda for much of the industry, where leadership understood the transformational impact it could have upon...
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Article by Ascendant’s James Maxfield published in The Journal of Securities Operations and Custody

Ascendant’s James Maxfield was requested by the publication to capture his thoughts on Post Trade transformation. This paper was first published in the Journal of Securities Operations & Custody Volume 12 Number 2 View document here    
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Ascendant Strategy on Harrington Starr’s Fintech Focus TV: Post trade outlook

Ascendant Strategy co-founder Alastair Rutherford sharing our outlook with Harrington Starr’s Toby Babb on their Fintech Focus TV  
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Ascendant Strategy Outlook article in Harrington Starr’s Financial Technology magazine

Harrington Starr’s recent Financial Technology magazine features their list of “THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES OF 2020” – and Ascendant Strategy are on that list. Here is the article from the magazine that captures the outlook for 2020 from Ascendant’s perspective…. View document here
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