A SUMMARY AND FULL REVIEW OF THE DISCUSSION AT THE WEBINAR ON 7 JULY 2020
The Future of Finance
A SUMMARY AND FULL REVIEW OF THE DISCUSSION AT THE WEBINAR ON 29 JUNE 2020
Covid-19 may well be re-writing the way to make money in real estate. Picking a promising location, borrowing a large amount of money, constructing a building and then collecting rent and service charges while the capital value of the investment increases is not a prudent methodology when a viral pandemic is putting the whole idea of commuting to a downtown office at risk. The real estate industry needs a new model that can help investors understand the present to better predict the future, because what worked in the past is no longer a reliable guide to what might happen next.
The main reason that central banks are cautious about issuing central bank digital currencies is that they threaten to undermine the source of funding of the commercial banks, and therefore their ability to lend. It is hard to see how this risk can be avoided.
Increasing operational resilience means investment, and every investment is a cost. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of consultants to persuade financial institutions that investing in operational resilience creates competitive advantages and generates returns, it is in the end just another cost of compliance whose returns accrue to others.
With virtually every central bank on the planet investigating the risks and benefits of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) it is easy to lose sight of the differences between their approaches. The Banque de France, in keeping with its longstanding suspicion of market-led innovation, is trying to control the pace of the digital currency revolution.
The much-heralded arrival of Open Banking has proved a disappointment. Neither the second iteration of the Payment Services Directive (PSD II), nor the concomitant efforts of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to use digital technology to widen consumer choice and improve customer experience in retail banking, have had much effect.
L4S is a start-up led by people who know that a successful blockchain revolution in securities clearing and settlement cannot ignore either the technical limitations of the technology or the prevailing dispensation of service providers, market infrastructures, transaction processing technologies and accounting methodologies. If their approach catches on, blockchain in securities services could just be in the foothills of the Slope of Enlightenment.
Francesco Corea, Ph.D., is a complexity scientist and tech investor who is mainly focusing on science-driven companies in high-social-impact verticals including
life sciences, energy, and artificial general intelligence. Francesco has a background that ranges from economics and finance to applied machine learning,
and he's been working on a variety of different data problems over the past few years (e.g., sentiment analysis, fraud detection, behavioural science, etc.).
He has worked with AI companies as well as an emerging VC funds and strategic consulting firms. Dr. Corea holds a Ph.D. in Economics.
There is a lot of talk about the possible existence of a so-called quantum computer. The popular science press often covers articles on that topic, and although many important universities have allocated very important research funds to the development of said computers, it may well be the case, that at present no such computer really yet exists (or at least it is not public knowledge).
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and China, an interesting blend of ethics, ambition and world domination. In February 2018, the FT published an article ‘Why we are in danger of overestimating AI’, arguing that ‘considerably more work is needed before we can reach the long-dreamt-of moment when machine intelligence matches the human variety’. By 2030, just 11 years from now, China intends to lead the world in AI. Is this a realistic ambition, or has China become over-confident in her re-emerged wealth and growing geopolitical muscle?