The 'Technology Innovation in Focus 2021' special report comprises four separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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Collateral management as a catalyst for innovation - Tapping into cloud can drive efficiency, reduce cost and risk, says Stuart Connolly

Collateral management as a catalyst for innovation - Tapping into cloud can drive efficiency, reduce cost and risk, says Stuart Connolly

Managers who have embraced the transition to cloud-based collateral management have been rewarded. Their teams are focused on mitigating risk (operational, counterparty credit as well as reputational) and increasing efficiencies. Automation enables them to address exceptions rather than tying up staff with manual processes prone to error or with expensive, time-wasting updates to legacy, on-premise technology. Therefore, those with the vision to adopt a cloud-based approach are saving money, time and risk firm-wide. This has implications not only for the back office but for the front office as well.

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Beyond conventional economic metrics

Beyond conventional economic metrics

By Howard Rees (pictured), Chief Commercial Officer, Macrobond – The pandemic and the resulting economic recession have made it abundantly clear that macroeconomists need to look beyond conventional measures to assess the economy in real time. The use of nowcasting and increased application of alternative data has been further accelerated by this global crisis, highlighting the need to ensure data is accurate, timely and relevant.

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The evolution of investment management – New technology for a digital age

The evolution of investment management – New technology for a digital age

Strong forces are reshaping Investment Management: customers want more digital engagement, more customisation and regulatory requirements are evolving towards greater transparency. This requires fresh new thinking which places technology at the front and centre of the corporate agenda. We spoke with Pierre Mendelsohn (pictured), founder and CEO of ALPIMA, about how firms can respond.