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Operational Resilience – Or Revolution?

On the 29th March 2021, the UK supervisory authorities publicised the final policy statements surrounding operational resilience. These had been in the pipeline since 2018, when the original discussion paper was published, and ends an extensive period of consultation across the industry. The objective had been to find a common set of standards across the...
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Key takeaways from Ascendant Webinar – How Close is the Blockchain Revolution in Capital Markets?

Two years ago, there was talk of a blockchain revolution in the post trade space, but in fact, there was little evidence of success in this area or capital markets in general. There were “proofs of concept”, small start-ups but not the big bang type of breakthrough that had been signalled. Confusion also reigned over...
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Not Quite The Capital Markets Block Chain Revolution, But Perhaps Evolution In Post Trade?

Over recent years, DLT solutions have been hailed as a driver for post trade transformation.  2021 is apparently the year that blockchain begins its climb out of the ‘trough of disillusionment’ according to the Gartner hype-cycle report of 2019[1]. What sparks this climb, according to the research, will be advances in technology and ‘pragmatic use...
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Bridging the Post Trade Gap – How to innovate successfully within Capital Markets

At the start of the year, the cost and complexity of the post-trade environment was already a challenge for most organisations. The global pandemic highlighted even further the stubborn post-trade problems that persist in the industry. And whilst fintech innovation may have flourished over recent years, many firms are still struggling to use it to...
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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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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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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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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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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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