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Alastair Rutherford

Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) – 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 be held in...
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Job Description – Business Development Associate (Ref: BDA018_Dec 2019)

About Us At Ascendant Strategy, we help organisations transform their post trade processing architecture and enable their business goals in a practical and pragmatic way. Our USP as an organisation is an ability to leverage our deep practitioner expertise within capital markets to provide strategic thinking, transformational capability and Fintech enablement to drive successful business...
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Outlook 2020 – Time for Real Post Trade Transformation Within Capital Markets

Many banks are facing the horror of ‘double jaws’ – decreasing revenue and increasing costs – taking some to a cost/income ratio of greater than 100%. With restructuring and rationalisation of business models, front office cost has been removed but the post-trade world stubbornly resists proportional reductions. To survive, CXOs must rethink how to transform...
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Job Description – Business Development Associate (Ref: BDA017_Dec 2019)

About Us At Ascendant Strategy, we help organisations transform their post trade processing architecture and enable their business goals in a practical and pragmatic way. Our USP as an organisation is an ability to leverage our deep practitioner expertise within capital markets to provide strategic thinking, transformational capability and Fintech enablement to drive successful business...
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Project in trouble? Do you even know?

Often a project sponsor or project manager can preside knowingly over a failing project, but equally they may be blissfully unaware based on formal reporting. Sometimes a ‘spider sense’ that picks up on the informal communication can be very useful…… and knowing who to call when you have doubts is essential Working in the post-trade...
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Job Description – Business Analyst (Ref: BA012_Oct 2019)

About Us At Ascendant Strategy, we help our clients transform their post trade processing architecture and enable their business goals in a practical and pragmatic way. Our USP is an ability to leverage our deep practitioner expertise within capital markets to provide strategic thinking, transformational capability and Fintech enablement – these drive successful business outcomes....
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Notes from Roundtable session: Different approaches to transformation and cost reduction in Capital Markets post-trade environments

Notes from Roundtable session: Different approaches to transformation and cost reduction in Capital Markets post-trade environments Roundtable discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Ascendant Strategy on 11th of September 2019 Following on from the recent publication on the challenges of the post trade cost puzzle, Ascendant Strategy led an insightful breakfast roundtable session...
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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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