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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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Why Front-to-Back Modernisation Agendas Fail in Financial Services – And How to Enable Success?

The evolution of financial services during the last decade was driven by an overwhelming tide of industry restructuring and regulation associated with fall-out from the 2008 crisis. This dominated management focus and forced business models to adjust (and in some cases pivot entirely to something new) to the new age in which they found themselves....
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Ascendant Strategy are on the Financial Technologist magazine’s THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES OF 2021

We are very proud to be on the list for the third year running! See the full magazine here, and don’t forget to check out Ascendant’s Alastair Rutherford on the hot topic of  TECH INNOVATION IN POST-TRADE starting page 30…
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Outlook 2021: Post-trade Transformation – Why Digitalisation & Resilience of Operations Matters to CXO’s in 2021

Post-trade transformation still required? Was 2020 ‘Job done’ or just another year of only just getting away with it? What do CXOs need to do in 2021 to challenge complacency and drive effective digital transformation? Click here to read our view
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Webinar – How Close is the Blockchain Revolution in Capital Markets?

Ascendant Strategy joined up again with The Realisation Group to take another look – 2 years on – at how DLT technology has impacted Post Trade in Capital Markets. Before, we were confirmed sceptics, but now… why not relive the webinar here? Thanks to participants Sophia Grami, Olaf Ransome, Jannah Patchay who joined Ascendant’s Alastair...
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Time For Another Reality Check – How Close Is The Blockchain Revolution In Capital Markets?

Will Blockchain revolutionise the post-trade environment in capital markets? Two years ago we were a bit sceptical… since then things have moved on and we’ve put the team back together to discuss. The outcome from our perspective is a bit more positive, cautiously optimistic even! To read the FMI document, click here
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Creating Economic Value By Transforming The Collateral Management Journey

The economic imperative for collateral optimisation has taken centre stage over the last decade, as the increased regulatory requirement for collateralisation of products has led to higher demand for the assets that underpin it. Whilst traditionally seen as back office function, the emergence of collateral as an asset class in its own right has led...
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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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