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The chief of everything

The traditional COO and CFO roles at alternative investment managers no longer exist as they are now required to be technological, compliance and investor relations experts. How prepared are these firms with the changing nature of their roles, and how are they turning to their service providers to meet these modern-day challenges?

The in-housing project

Asset owners are increasingly taking an active role in managing their money, opening up new avenues for custodians to provide services. But could this spell the end for asset management?

Home and Away

The search for scale has often meant centralising back-office processing in large facilities far from where the assets are traded. Has this processing model stood the test of time?

Front-to-back is the new black

Front-to-back offerings from custodians are in vogue, but what are the features of these new models, and which will resonate with the buy-side?

How JP Morgan is enhancing securities services with markets tech

JP Morgan’s securities services division has become one the most consistently high performing businesses in the industry and last year, completed the transition of BlackRock’s $1 trillion of assets. Teresa Heitsenrether, global head of securities services for JP Morgan, sits down with Global Custodian to discuss the bank’s strategy for the business.

Transforming collateral mobility

HQLAx is a new collateral mobility system using tokenisation to reduce eye-watering costs and inefficiencies of moving high quality liquid assets. Jonathan Watkins takes a look under the hood of the ambitious new project and speaks to its founder.

The tri-party landscape

With the results of Global Custodian's annual Tri-Party Securities Finance Survey set to be released, we take a look back over the past few years of Tri-Party surveys, what has changed and what persists?

The Secret Source

Open source can accelerate the adoption of new technologies within securities services if education on its benefits and processes improves.

Taking a cleared approach to securities lending

The progress of securities lending clearing has accelerated over the past few years, and in 2018 the first buy-side transaction was cleared involving six market participants. Will this encourage further activity in a CCP model and will it translate in the US?

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?