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New LSE venture provides moving market intelligence

The London School of Economics and Political Science has created the Moving Markets project to advance understanding of key issues surrounding strategic developments in the clearing and settlement industry.

The aim of this research is to contribute to the broader 'industry good', identify and report on significant trends, generate first-class academic analyses of the transformations taking place, disseminate publications, and provide leading-edge input for university-level teaching at LSE.

Moving Markets also creates an independent forum for industry practitioners to interact with academic experts, policy analysts and regulators. From its LSE base, the project will draw together an international network of researchers and establish a centre of excellence in this area.

Over the next two years, the Moving Markets research project will explore:

  • the role of clearing and settlement in reconfiguring markets;
  • the nature and speed of change in the clearing and settlement industry;
  • identifying driving forces of change;
  • the consequences of changing governance models;
  • potential disintermediation;
  • leveraging IT-enabled liquidity;
  • the development of new clearing and settlement business.

The project builds upon four years of primary research undertaken in the field by Dr Susan Scott, the academic director of the project.

She said: "This important area of financial services is currently under-researched and there is an urgent need for initiatives that generate insights into the significance of the developments taking place."


Contact: Dr Susan Scott on 020 7955 6185 or email MovingMarkets@lse.ac.uk|


Moving Markets brings together a consortium of industry partners to fund expert participation in the design, dissemination, and governance of the research project. The consortium approach marks a distinctive method of funding and reflects LSE's goal to create closer links with industry and produce industry-facing research as part of their portfolio of expertise.

The current consortium members are Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Enterprise LSE Ltd, Euroclear, Global Dimensions Research Fund, and London Clearing House. Involvement in the project provides sponsors with reports on key issues, as well as opportunities to access related research at LSE, round table events, seminars, copies of dedicated publications, online presentations, and executive education. 

7 February 2002