The Future of Finance Meetings

Future of Finance Meetings and Webinars for

2020

The Future of Finance Meetings for 2020 will boast a variety of high-profile financial speakers, we will host a series of Breakfast Meetings considering four overarching themes – Customers, Control, Culture and Competition. Follow this page for further updates.

Upcoming Meetings and Webinars

  • 22/09/2020 - Future of Finance 0 Comments
    THE STRANGE LACK OF TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE WEBINAR WITH FINTECHS PLANING TO DISRUPT THE GLOBAL FX MARKETS WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND DATA


    Thursday 12 November 2020, 2.00-3.00 pm UK time


    Despite their importance, size and liquidity the global FX markets have remained largely immune to the digital technology revolution. The reasons for this include their global scale, amorphous and fragmented structure and lack of an over-arching regulatory framework, but the principal cause of the lack of innovation is the domination of the FX markets by a small coterie of large global banks. Even the FX services for consumers developed by household name FinTechs have done little more than reduce the margins banks enjoy in one area of their business. In the wholesale FX markets large corporations, asset managers and asset owners continue to pay high prices for FX execution and hedging. This Future of Finance event engages with a group of innovators that have identified ways to challenge the banking oligopoly in FX.

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  • 20/09/2020 - Future of Finance 0 Comments
    HOW CSDS CAN FIX THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH THEY SEE IN FRONT OF THEM

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE WEBINAR ON THE ROLE CSDS COULD PLAY IN DIGITAL ASSET MARKETS


    4th December 2020 at 14.00 UK Time


    Central securities depositories (CSDs) are in the front-line if, when and as the securities markets are transformed into digital asset markets. In theory, their core functions in issuance, settlement, registration and asset servicing can all be performed more efficiently by blockchain technology. But blockchain is also rich in opportunities for CSDs to accelerate the evolution of the digital asset markets by supplying a much-needed measure of trust. By adopting the new technology they can also enlarge the scope of their existing functions to encompass new asset classes and geographies. Pioneering investments, regulatory and central bank policy changes and secular developments in the capital markets are all conspiring to make a strategic decision by the CSDs more urgent. This Future of Finance panel explores the nature of the threat, the new possibilities created by blockchain technology, and what CSDs should do now.

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  • 04/09/2020 - Future of Finance 1 Comment
    DIGITAL IDENTITY

    The Future of Finance Webinar will bring Bankers, Compliance Officers, Regulators, Central Banks, Asset Managers and Transfer Agents together to discuss and explore the current state of play, likely future outcomes, and how all parts of the eco-system can work and evolve together to discuss Digital Identity.


    Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 2.00-3.00pm UK Time

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  • 03/08/2020 - Future of Finance 0 Comments
    THE NIGERIAN FINTECH OPPORTUNITY

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE WEBINAR ON FINTECH OPPORTUNITIES IN NIGERIA


    A SERIES OF OF FOUR WEBINARS TO TAKE PLACE FROM SEPTEMBER 2020 TO NOVEMBER 2020


    Lagos is not the obvious location for a thriving FinTech sector, but it certainly has one. London-based Asoko Insight has counted 60 FinTechs in Nigeria, most of them based in the commercial capital. With a population of more than 200 million people, half of them living in urban areas, and 160 million mobile telephones, and a Nigerian diaspora estimated at a further 15 million people, there is a predictable concentration on mobile phone-based payment and remittance services.

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  • 16/06/2020 - Future of Finance 1 Comment
    WHY WEALTH MANAGERS NEED TO DIGITISE NOW

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE WEBINAR WITH WEALTH MANAGERS, INDEPENDENT EXPERTS AND TECHNOLOGY VENDORS


    Wednesday 28th October 2020 2.00-3.00 pm UK time


    The wealth management industry has maintained its profitability even as other parts of the financial services industry have seen their margins squeezed. It has stickier clients paying fatter margins for the core product, provides ample opportunity to cross-sell adjacent services such as tax and pension advice, and is riding a secular boom driven by an ageing population, regulatory hostility to commission-based advice, a mandatory as well as market-led switch from defined benefit to defined contribution pension schemes and dying Baby Boomers bequeathing wealth to their children. So it is not surprising that wealth management not only underpins universal and private bank valuations, and delivers better returns than asset management, but now enjoys the ultimate accolade: interest from a private equity industry that is usually wary of investing in highly regulated activities. That interest indicates that, for all its signs of robust good health, wealth management has room to cut costs through adoption of technology and achieve economies of scale through consolidation. This Future of Finance event will examine whether the private equity assessment of the wealth management industry is correct.

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  • 15/06/2020 - Future of Finance 1 Comment
    SETTLEMENT AND CUSTODY OF DIGITAL ASSETS PART II

    22nd September 2020 2.00-3.00 pm BST time


    Incumbents in the securities services industry concluded last year that blockchain would not disrupt post-trade services after all. Yet the potential advantages of tokenising equity and debt securities, especially in terms of operational, intermediation and liquidity cost savings, remain compelling. And paths through the obstacles to progress are becoming clearer. Payment tokens and Stablecoins are filing the gaps at least until Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) finally solve the problem of on-chain (or on-network) settlement in multiple fiat currencies. Effective tools for safekeeping digital assets, and the orthodox financial assets that underpin some of them, are being designed. Work is under way to agree the technical standards that will allow tokenisation platforms and established trading platforms to inter-operate. Governments are gradually publishing rulings and even laws which offer issuers of digital tokens and their investors the regulatory certainty they need. This Future of Finance event picks up where the first left off and explores the current state of play in these four areas: settlement, safekeeping, standards and regulation.

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  • 15/06/2020 - Future of Finance 0 Comments
    HOW CAN OPERATIONAL RESILIENCE BE TURNED INTO A SOURCE OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE WEBINAR WITH BANKERS, OUTSOURCING SERVICE PROVIDERS AND OPERATIONAL RISK EXPERTS


    4th November 2020 2.00-3.00 pm UK time


    Operational risk has become a major concern of financial markets regulators. Natural hazards have always threatened business continuity, and the damage caused by warfare and terrorist attacks can be traced back as far. But advances in digital technology are creating new forms of technical vulnerability and cyber-risk, while outsourcing and the Cloud have created new network, interdependence and concentration risks. In the United Kingdom, regulators are pressing financial institutions to improve their operational risk management policies and procedures. In common with every Future of Finance event, this panel will bring together established service providers, potential disruptors and experts in the field to discuss how regulatory demands can be met without forfeiting competitiveness and blunting innovation.

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  • 15/06/2020 - Future of Finance 3 Comments
    TRADE FINANCE: EVERYONE NEEDS BUT NO-ONE WANTS A REVOLUTION IN TRADE FINANCE

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE WEBINAR WITH TRADE FINANCE BANKERS, CORPORATES, TECHNOLOGY VENDORS AND FINTECHS 


    Date October 7 2020 2.00-3.00 pm UK time


    Trade finance is one of the biggest and simplest of banking businesses, but also one of the oldest. Its working practices remain archaic. Documentation is paper-based and the adoption of standards is patchy and slow. The result is higher levels of manual processing and lower levels of automation than in most financial markets. The manifold inefficiencies of trade finance have attracted technology vendors for more than 20 years. They are now joined by a horde of FinTechs which also see opportunities to cut the wastage of money and time, mitigate operational risk and accelerate the sourcing of finance and the payment of invoices. But a combination of bank resistance to change, plus the dependence of the benefits on network effects, are slowing progress down. This Future of Finance panel asks how it can be speeded up.

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  • 14/06/2020 - Future of Finance 0 Comments
    DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE MORE THAN THE WAY BANKING IS DONE

    A FUTURE OF FINANCE MEETING WITH TECHNOLOGY VENDORS AND BANKERS


    Q1 2021, The Walbrook Club, 37a Walbrook, London EC4N 8BS


    Open Banking and APIs have made it much easier for retail customers to change their bank. This has spawned a host of digital start-ups that aim to poach customers from traditional banks. But customer attrition might be only the beginning of a total transformation, for digital technology has the potential to do far more than change the way banking is done. It could change the very nature of money, securities and banking. At this Future of Finance event at the Walbrook Club, our expert panellists will explore with an invited audience how traditional banks and digital challengers can best position themselves to benefit from the coming revolution.

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