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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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Ascendant’s James Maxfield in The Financial Technologist Magazine’s Fintech Phoenix issue

See James’ thoughts on how Fintechs can leverage the current business environment – click here. To download the entire magazine – click here
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Solving for Post Trade Data – Enabling, Not Disabling Innovation within Capital Markets

Is the industry obsession with data as a panacea for inefficiency misguided and distracting focus from elsewhere? Or is the solution more complex than the C-suite are led to believe and so requires a different approach? To read our thoughts, click here
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The Future Of Custody – Evolving Through Innovation

The phrase ‘legacy technology’ often creates negative connotations for the capital markets industry as a whole, where it is perceived as a blocker for change. But what is often misunderstood is that for most, it is this legacy technology that underpins the ‘safe’ in safe custody. With rip-and-replace strategies typically impractical due to the risk...
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Ascendant Strategy Outlook article in Harrington Starr’s Financial Technology magazine

Harrington Starr’s recent Financial Technology magazine features their list of “THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES OF 2020” – and Ascendant Strategy are on that list. Here is the article from the magazine that captures the outlook for 2020 from Ascendant’s perspective…. View document here
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Ascendant Strategy named in Harrington Starr’s list of “The Most Influential Financial Technology Companies of 2020”

Ascendant Strategy are delighted to announce their inclusion in the list of  “The Most Influential Financial Technology Companies of 2020”. This coveted accolade is published in the Financial Technologist magazine produced by Harrington Starr, and is judged by a panel of industry experts. Full details, including an article outlining  Ascendant Strategy’s market views on page...
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Evolution, not revolution, for custodians

Restructuring the business model of global custodians has been compared to changing a jet engine in mid-flight. Whilst the cost pressure on the capital markets industry has been well publicised, less has been spoken about how the custody business needs to evolve in the face of this changing dynamic. Reliance upon the traditional value proposition...
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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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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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