A Future of Finance Webinar in conjunction with The Africa and Middle East Depositories Association (AMEDA) and sponsors Percival Software, a leading provider of CSD systems, to explore the counter-intuitive idea that security tokens could transform central securities depositories (CSDs) into the principal agents of the transformation of the securities markets. It is easy toContinue reading “Is tokenisation of securities markets the nemesis or the apotheosis of the CSD? (16 May 2022)”
Bitt CIO explains why Nigeria introduced a CBDC and how it is working Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) can seem like nuclear fusion: a proven technology delayed by engineering problems. It is an analogy that Simon Chantry will enjoy since he began his career as a nuclear engineer before co-founding the blockchain-based digital currency technologyContinue reading “Bitt CIO explains why Nigeria introduced a CBDC and how it is working”
The future of post-trade financial market infrastructures is visible now Post-trade was an early target of the blockchain revolution. Yet progress has proved to be arduous, with legacy technologies, regulatory uncertainty and the protectionism of incumbents making it hard for even successful proofs of concept and pilots to grow into scalable innovations. Signs are nowContinue reading “The future of post-trade financial market infrastructures is visible now”
The difficult art of planning for the future at a CSD Central securities depositories (CSDs) have always led an unglamorous existence. They are overshadowed by trading and investment activities, even when the post-trade revenues they generate are more reliable or more profitable or even just larger. The rise of the digital asset has not improvedContinue reading “The difficult art of planning for the future at a CSD”
The transformation of the CSD industry edged closer in the summer of 2019 when Orange, an outsider to the securities industry, backed the first new CSD in Europe to go live with blockchain technology. Less than two and half years later, Orange reversed its decision. The closure of ID2S has prompted questions, not only aboutContinue reading “What I learned from managing the first blockchain CSD in Europe”
Future of Finance Webinar with The Americas’ Central Securities Depositories Association (ACSDA) and Sponsors Percival Software, a leading provider of CSD Systems, to explore the nature of the threats and the opportunities that Tokenisation poses for CSDs. Thursday November 25 2021, 14.30 – 16.00 UK time Central securities depositories (CSDs) are a target of theContinue reading “What CSDs can do about the tokenization of securities markets (25 November 2021)”
How to ensure that your CSD is relevant even in a tokenised future Central securities depositories (CSDs) are of more recent provenance than impatient reformers of the global financial system sometimes assume. Though they did exist before the great paper-driven securities settlement crunch of the late 1980s – notably in the United States, which choseContinue reading “How to ensure that your CSD is relevant even in a tokenised future”
The custodian banks and central securities depositories (CSDs) that make up the global securities services industry are understandably intrigued by institutional investment in crypto-currencies, disintermediating experiments in the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) market and the looming possibility of exponential growth in security tokens.
Even conservative observers of the financial markets believe security tokens may be about to embark on a period of exponential growth, If they do, tokenisation will threaten the ways in which CSDs currently support the securities markets.
Central securities depositories (CSDs) were imposed by regulators in the 1990s to solve the securities settlement problems of the 1980s. They have succeeded admirably in that task but so far only a handful have sought to move decisively beyond it and embrace the new opportunities created by the tokenisation of financial assets on blockchain-based networks.