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Fintech

Ascendant Strategy on Harrington Starr’s Fintech Focus TV

Ascendant’s Alastair Rutherford talks with Harrington Starr’s Toby Babb on their Fintech Focus TV about collaboration in post-trade, and where digital assets might help to reduce inefficiencies in TradFi. Watch the interview here
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The Future of Post Trade will be driven by collaboration, not isolation

Ascendant Strategy has consistently found that the majority – at least 60% – of post trade “total cost of ownership” (TCO) across operations and technology for its clients is made up of people cost. Much of this is resolving processing exceptions by communicating with participants in the transaction, so purely internal changes may only result...
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Re-DeFi-ning the post trade landscape within capital markets

‘The industry spends $131 billion on post-trade settlement and servicing, driven by stubbornly high levels of inter- and intra-firm reconciliation, a lack of operational scale and an archaic and overly complex asset-servicing stack.’ Capital Markets Vision 2022 – Accenture, 2017 This was one of the headlines in the Accenture paper of 2017 titled ‘Capital Markets...
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Your Digital Assets Pathway for Post Trade

One of the fundamental challenges for any organisation trying to understand their digital asset future is how and what they are looking to offer. The emergence of this new asset class and the technology that underpins it has transformational potential for banks, but how and what to deploy varies wildly depending on where an organisation...
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Ascendant Strategy are on the Financial Technologist magazine’s THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FINTECH FIRMS OF 2022

We are very proud to be on the list for the fourth year running! Don’t forget to check out Ascendant’s Alastair Rutherford article on the gritty topic of WHY POST TRADE NEEDS FINTECHS, which can be found here The full Financial Technologist magazine can be downloaded here.  
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Ascendant Strategy contribute to the Asset Servicing Times

James Maxfield and Alastair Rutherford (Co-Chairs of the ISITC Europe CIC’s Post Trade Forum) and Gary Wright (Director of ISITC Europe CIC) talk to Asset Servicing Times’ Jenna Lomax about the association’s upcoming post-trade survey — and what it aims to outline — as the industry continues to feel the advantages and pressures of global...
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Why The Rise of Digital Assets Will Transform Capital Markets Operating Models

The blockchain/crypto/digital/de-fi evolution of financial services continues to gather momentum – with industry commentators predicting business model disruption that delivers a banking industry that looks very different from today. But whilst conceptual parallels with the world of crypto stimulate debate and industry consortiums explore proof of concepts, many across the industry struggle to conceptualise what...
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Outlook 2022 – Who Will Make The Post Trade “Quantum Shift” in Capital Markets?

The pandemic shook off some of the inertia that has dogged the capital markets industry, but many organisations are still hamstrung by the inefficiency of their front to back operating models. Whilst a decade of regulation and electronification may have streamlined the front part of business models, for many their middle and back office has...
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Building Operational Resilience – Does this finally create a ‘silver-bullet’ for post trade transformation within capital markets?

Having had six months to digest the policy guidance from UK supervisors around operational resilience, many organisations are still trying to understand what this means in practice. And as importantly, what level of response is appropriate to to ensure compliance is robust. With an increasing focus across the capital markets spectrum around digitalisation, proactive organisations...
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Article by Ascendant’s James Maxfield published by Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence

As the topic of Operational Resilience becomes more and more prominent driven by Regulators’ activity, Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence asked Ascendant’s James Maxfield for his insights. See the document here.   Originally published by Thomson Reuters . © Thomson Reuters.  
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