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Hedge funds seek outsize returns, leading to high reward for specialists and those who add value through innovating. Success attracts more capital, not just deployed through the successful hedge funds but through others seeking to exploit the same opportunity.

In alternative lending markets, though the returns payable to lenders are high, this is tolerable because new capital is made available in markets where capital is scarce. The increased competition alluded to above increases capital available and thus eventually reduces the cost of borrowing. …

Enterprises have truly embraced cloud computing, with a recent survey showing more than 88% of corporates indicating they not only use cloud, but are likely to increase their usage in coming months. In the same survey, nearly one-quarter indicated that they plan to move all applications to the cloud by next year [1] .

It’s clear there has been a paradigm shift over the past decade in how companies run software applications and process the associated data. It’s also clear cloud computing is increasingly the backbone of modern IT systems.

This shift has exposed new challenges that enterprises must now…

As promised during our presentation at CordaCon last week, we want give more detail on our initiatives building on Corda, sharing our experiences with the community. For a refresher, please check out our CordaCon presentation here.

When we set out to develop our own digital assets issuance and administration platform (the IAN) for private fixed income instruments on the eve of 2020, we had little doubt that R3 Corda was the right technology platform. It made a lot of sense: open source core, strong transaction-level privacy, very mature technology stack (Java), strong developer community, excellent documentation, and — last but…

We asked Ian to share his experience of advising us. In this blog, he shares his motivation for backing us and his experience ever since.

  1. Why do you believe in the vision of Bond180?

I have been closely involved in buy-side innovation for many years, and repeatedly see the disconnect between the issuance of assets and the needs of the investor: the issuer wants to fund their business, while the investor seeks assets with attributes that closely fit their portfolio’s objectives. In Bond180 I saw a business that wanted to address this disconnect head-on.

2. What role do you play…

We are in a time of disruption[1], made more acute by the COVID-19 outbreak. Many industries are being forced to adapt. Banks bore the brunt of change post-financial crisis, and now investment businesses are in the spotlight.

There are many key industry trends driving this change, including:

  1. Increased competition from passive alternatives
  2. Greater regulatory transparency demanded, putting legacy systems under strain
  3. Low returns on traditional assets are directly impacting returns

However, out of every crisis, comes opportunity! Those that can use their competitive advantages, such as premium customer service or consistent outperformance, are well-placed to benefit. …

Data is at the heart of investment decision making, yet the investment industry suffers from a lack of data standardization. Every firm has its own mechanisms to derive value from data, often relying on large spreadsheets and redundant processes. In recent years, industry leaders have begun propagating open standards for defining fund and investment data[1], but adoption remains slow as legacy systems do not always support these formats.

In this blog, we break down the barriers to empowering your data into three and touch briefly on the potential future state. We also briefly discuss how Bond180 is overcoming these barriers.

1. Data uniformity


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