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What CSDs can do about Tokenisation

Nobody has thought more about the future of CSDs than we have. It’s why we call Future of Finance slow media. We read a lot, talk a lot and think a lot about what is going to happen next, and then share our findings with our members. 

Which is exactly What CSDs Can Do About Tokenisation does for CSDs and their users. In it, we share our views on how the tokenisation of securities could disrupt CSDs and explain what we think CSDs should do now and in the future to neutralise the threats and seize the opportunities that disruption will create.

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Why should you care?
Tokenisation is tiny today but could get very big, very quickly. Act now while time is still on your side.
What should you do?
CSDs have three choices: Accept disintermediation, find new roles, or reinvent themselves to become the architects of a tokenised future.
When should you do it?
Some CSDs must act now, while others can wait, but there is no CSD which can afford to do nothing at all.
Who should you monitor?
Keep an eye on other CSDs, challenger CSDs, your customers, your regulators, any central bank planning a CBDC and digital identity schemes.
What works best for you?
Understand which assets in your markets are likely to tokenise first and what your strengths and weaknesses are in rising to the challenge.

What we do


Every Future of Finance Research Institute project consists of some combination of the following components: 

  • Structured interviews with members of a target audience
  • A review of all relevant literature in the target area
  • Identification of reliable data sources
  • The distribution of one or more multiple choice polls
  • Analysis of the findings and preparation of conclusions
  • Preparation of internal management analyses and recommendations
  • Drafting and editing of articles based on research findings 
  • Drafting and editing of white papers based on the research findings
  • One or more webinars (or physical events) aimed at the target audience 
  • Publication of white papers for download
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The Future of Finance Research Institute provides services to explore market, product and strategic questions for banks, investment banks, fund administrators, market infrastructures, FinTechs and technology vendors. 

A typical project begins with a client needing a question answered or an issue resolved. After discussions with us, a defined project is agreed. The essence of what we do is go out in the marketplace, drawing on our extensive network of relationships, to investigate and test ideas. We complement this by analysing data from public and proprietary sources.

Every research project is different, but projects completed by the Future of Finance Research Institute always begin with structured conversations with customers, competitors, vendors and industry experts. 

The purpose is to establish the competitive dynamics and trends in any market a client operates in. Typically, clients want to understand their competitive position, or work out how to approach a market with a new or improved product or service, or identify the factors critical to success or failure with a new venture. 

Some projects are launched explicitly to inform corporate strategy. In these cases, a separate and confidential report is delivered to management, complete with analysis and recommendations. 

Other projects are focused on producing marketing materials. Any project, being research-driven, is a natural source of original content. White papers, thought leadership, videos, articles and webinars can be based on the findings. 

Most projects are designed to serve both management needs and marketing goals.

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