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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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