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Why stablecoin regulation is good

Read James Maxfield’s thoughts on this topic here. This article was originally published in Harrington Starr’s Financial Technologist magazine, available here.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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