First mover advantage

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has been the first adopter of blockchain technology for its equity post-trade infrastructure. Will this move resonate with other clearing houses, and is this the time to embrace blockchain?

Unlocking the collateral value in T2S

The go-live of TARGET2 Securities for the Eurozone was a landmark moment for the post-trade industry. Attention is now shifting towards deriving value from the platform, and the key to its success could be in the tri-party collateral management space.

Buy-side voluntary clearing set to take off

Regulation and collateral costs have made the cleared derivatives market much more attractive for the buy-side, but what else will it take for them to voluntarily take part?

China’s MSCI inclusion: Now it’s time to deliver

China’s inclusion into the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on 1 June 2018 has sparked a wave of excitement for foreign investors, but how active will they be as the market opens up and can the infrastructure handle the incoming trading volumes?

UCITS 30 Years on

Much has changed in the funds industry since the introduction of UCITS 30 years ago. Charles Gubert takes a look at the next set of challenges facing UCITS funds.

Getting the right data from big data

Buy-side firms are increasingly incorporating data analytics into their business processes, but establishing the good from the bad data will determine success.

The most sought after people in securities services

Data scientists will play a crucial role within securities services firms in the future but with a mass shortage of those professionals how can providers compete for this talent? Jonathan Watkins writes.

The road ahead

Vikram Limaye, CEO of India's National Stock Exchange (NSE) outlines his vision of where the Indian securities markets need to focus in the sort to medium-term.

Above the clouds

Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers are fast becoming a critical part of the financial world and, in particular, the securities services industry. But how is this impacting the traditional providers?

East Asia’s saunter to T+2

Stock exchanges in East Asia are preparing to embrace shorter settlement cycles, but will differing approaches signal a shift in regional dynamics? Richard Meyer explains.

Private equity changing course

Charles Gubert summarises the key takeaways from the annual Super Return conference in Berlin, and looks into they key trends for private equity investing.

Are smart contracts really contracts?


Much of the discussion about the applicability of distributed ledger technologies to financial transactions revolves around the notion of ‘smart contracts’.