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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.

Post-trade costs under the spotlight

Regulations have forced all firms to review their pre-trade and execution costs. This is now evolving to include clearing, settlement and custody costs. How will a new focus on post-trade costs impact outsourcing models?

Are custodian mergers on the horizon?

Consolidation has been rife among fund administrators, stock exchanges and asset managers in recent years, and with regulatory, cost and technological pressures facing custodians, could they be next to see an M&A trend, asks Charles Gubert?

Downsized cap intro teams lead to the rise of new players

Seasoned veterans are leaving capital introduction roles leading to questions over whether it is a sustainable business or just a value-add. Joe Parsons investigates whether new players are stepping in to fill the void.

Jostling for prime position

Prime services has become one of the most profitable business lines at many of top bank’s equities divisions, some making larger waves than others. Will this mean a potential revamp of the prime broker hierarchy?