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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?

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.