Traditional asset managers increased their allocations to private market strategies in light of impressive returns and a need to counter the mounting pressures they face. Charles Gubert takes a look at how custodians are adapting their legacy servicing relationships to meet this trend, and how the technology platforms of both clients and providers will adapt.
On Earth Day, we reflect on the evolution of ESG, a concept which has transitioned from an afterthought to a mainstream consideration for asset servicers and their clients.
Brexit, the pandemic and regulation have had profound impacts on three fund domiciles in particular, making for a story of break-ups, new beginnings and deepening rivalries, adding a dramatic twist to Europe’s fund landscape story, writes Jonathan Watkins.
Is the growth of regional sub-custody offerings a response to client demand or an inevitable development path dictated by economics?
Following the UK’s official exit from the EU single market, regulators on both sides of the Channel appear to be splitting on post-trade regulations. What are the potential consequences for this on the post-trade industry?
Asset managers are increasingly turning to providers that can help them leapfrog their own legacy technologies in order to compete for the next five to 20 years.
Margin compression, new markets, and COVID-19 has created huge strains for asset managers, forcing them to review their investment operations. What solutions will firms look to turn to as they aim to transform their operations?
We look at how readiness for Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) has progressed in the build-up to the new rules, and whether this legislation really will lead to the end of so-called ‘greenwashing’.
Mandates are being won and lost on front-to-back capabilities, meaning we are likely to see more partnerships between custodians and front-office providers. What does this shift mean for the future custody landscape and what are the costs and opportunities of these moves?
Experts voice concerns over industry preparedness, data, extraterritoriality and more, ahead of the investment sustainability regulation hitting fund managers in a month’s time.
Four years ago, Mike Trinkaus survived an avalanche on the 4Pines trail in Wyoming and would go on to launch a fund services provider named after the host of this frightful experience.
Justin Chapman of Northern Trust and Alex Manson of SC Ventures discuss the launch of Zodia, an institutional grade cryptocurrency custody offering developed by the two banks.
In its latest annual survey of the asset management industry, Deloitte drew a rather worrying conclusion for asset servicing providers, warning that when it comes to digitisation, asset servicers are not cutting the mustard. So what are service providers doing in response?
With a greater need to reduce costs, custodians may be looking to partnerships and collaboration, possibly under a utility model. But with a poor track record of achieving this due to competition issues, are securities services firms finally ready to band together for the greater good – and what areas of asset servicing could be primed for this move?
China is opening up its $4.2 trillion capital market to foreign investors following a recent wave of regulatory relaxation. The race is now on for international custodians to set up shop and service both foreign and domestic fund managers.