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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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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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Thoughts From The Global Back Office & Operational Efficiency Summit

We enjoyed the opportunity to sit on some of the panels at a recent back-office and operational efficiency summit in Barcelona. In attendance were a diverse mix of senior management from different financial institutions, who discussed a wide-range of topics from RPA/AI transformation across middle and back office through to some of the challenges around...
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Practical steps: Strategies for Successful Innovation Within Capital Markets

Roundtable discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Ascendant Strategy, TreoTrade and Nomura on 3 October, 2018. The importance of creating a culture of innovation has long been recognised in the capital markets industry, but why this can prove hard to achieve continues to be a matter of some debate. The reasons given for...
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