Insights

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...
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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...
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Article by Ascendant’s James Maxfield published in The Journal of Securities Operations and Custody

Ascendant’s James Maxfield was requested by the publication to capture his thoughts on Post Trade transformation. This paper was first published in the Journal of Securities Operations & Custody Volume...
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Ascendant Strategy on Harrington Starr’s Fintech Focus TV: Post trade outlook

Ascendant Strategy co-founder Alastair Rutherford sharing our outlook with Harrington Starr’s Toby Babb on their Fintech Focus TV  
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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