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Peak blockchain or peaked blockchain?

Statistics show growing pessimism for blockchain, while start-ups touting the technology are falling in their thousands. Are we being too hasty in our judgements or has blockchain had its day, asks Charles Gubert.

Should we view T2S as a failure?

An 11-year project with immeasurable costs and missed targets, but one which has delivered on its promise to harmonise Europe’s settlement market, should we class T2S as a success or failure? Asks Jonathan Watkins.

The self-service client model

Self-service has become prevalent in the customer service experience through new technologies at supermarkets and airports, but can this spread to securities services?

Custody in a digital asset world

Institutional money requires institutional-level custody. Third-party custody of traditional assets is an established and secure service offering, but these services are not readily applicable to digital assets, says Jeanette Turner, chief regulatory officer, Compliance Solutions Strategies.

Arrival

The securities services industry is beginning to roll out chatbots to respond to client queries, so what can we expect from this new technology going forward? Jonathan Watkins investigates.

The DIY investment model

Tokenisation is opening up a whole new world of tradable assets, along with revolutionising the way the market can trade traditional products. Jonathan Watkins investigates.

The billion dollar drop

Corporate actions and proxy voting is rarely viewed as a high priority for asset managers and trading firms. But if they only knew what they were missing out on, maybe they would take a bit more notice.

Old kid, new block

Six years ago, BNP Paribas was the only top five global custodian without a presence in the US. Since then, it has established a New York-based operation. How has the bank approached the challenge of breaking in to such a mature market?

What’s in a name?

Are distinctions between developed, emerging and frontier markets still useful? asks Richard Schwartz, as Global Custodian prepares to publish its annual emerging markets survey.

Time to monetise your data

Custodians are sitting on a mountain of valuable data which could be a new revenue stream if used properly, but as recent scandals have shown, navigating the data collection world can be a minefield, writes Charles Gubert.

End of the great re-regulation

After a relentless stream of regulations over the past decade, we are entering a quiet period where market players can put their regulatory work to one side and concentrate on other business matters guilt free.

Can old operating models cope with new technologies?

Alternative investment managers are having to weigh up the costs of carrying out an overhaul of their internal technology to meet current regulatory and investor demands, or instead to outsource.