SSGX shifts to Singapore to launch A.I.-led research service

State Street Global Exchange targets asset owners in Singapore and Australia for its machine-learning tool to select academic research

Fund managers: if your clients are beating you at tech, you’re in trouble

Winning mandates and new talent will only get harder for mid-tier asset managers run by cynical or befuddled C-suite types hoping to cut costs and cash out before everyone else drowns.

Story of scale: how fintech Blanco, small in Holland, could reach Asia

Blanco Services in the Netherlands is launching a B2B digital wealth-management service, and founder Joost Walgemoed has global ambitions. What will it take for them to enter far-flung markets, and ca
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AXA Rosenberg using A.I. to rethink quant business

Machine learning restructures data in a way that lets computers suggest buy-and-sell decisions in ways beyond human cognizance – but we need to understand the process better
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What’s at stake in the BNP-AXA FundLink deal?

A blockchain initiative in the arcane world of funds distribution could set the stage for a very different way mutual funds are perceived and used by investors.
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How does Parmenion fit into Standard Life Aberdeen?

The advisory platform is a tiny part of the Aberdeen-Standard Life merger but CEO Martin Jennings says its digital offering is key to meeting the rise of retail investors.

J.P. Morgan exec cautious on pace of innovation for Asia funds

The complexity of doing business across Asia’s diverse markets, and the region’s embedded pattern of wholesale distribution, means innovating its manually intensive mutual-funds industry is going

Calastone says DLT project for more than just cutting costs

When Calastone announced in June that it had completed a blockchain project for the mutual-funds industry, various news outlets emphasized the idea that this was going to cut processing costs. Whic

Aviva positioning Navigator as Singapore’s Nutmeg

Aviva is upgrading Navigator Investment Services, a Singapore-based platform for independent financial advisors, into a digital service to provide pensions and investments to a broader array of and in

Buy-side startup Argomi: taking API-led ops beyond JL Capital

Argomi, a Singapore-based startup taking paper out of the operations of hedge fund JL Capital, is in the process of launching a business for third-party asset managers, says Ned Lowe, co-founder.
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Q&A with Dean Chisholm: “If anyone’s solved it, it’s a miracle”

Dean Chisholm, Invesco’s Hong Kong-based Asia COO, discusses data, A.I. and robo advisory.
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CBA embarks on quest for quantum supremacy

Commonwealth Bank of Australia explains its work with hardware and software specialists in quantum computing.

Where Citi sees blockchain working – and where it doesn’t

Morgan McKenney, a leader in Citi’s internal innovation efforts, says blockchain can improve cross-border payments but is skeptical about its revolutionizing trade finance or correspondent banking.