Financial technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, with early disruptions giving rise to the adoption of new industry standards in a very short period of time. From the early days of disruptions in payment systems and mobile banking to the latest trends in social media-driven retail investing and cryptocurrencies, technologists have continually pushed the edge of what’s possible.
Powered by the analytical power of Bloomberg and the award-winning reporting of Bloomberg News, the Bloomberg Financial Innovation Summit will examine the next generation of fintech and what it means for institutions, their clients and society at large.
We will explore how innovations make their way from drawing board to mainstream, highlight the latest overnight success stories, and dive deep into the technologies that are shaping our financial future.
Few spaces have drawn more attention than the place where ESG investing intersects with new financial instruments. Is there a future where carbon offsets are tokenized and traded on exchanges? Could such innovations make the energy-intensive crypto mining industry carbon neutral?
Stablecoins play a linchpin role in the crypto ecosystem as a common form of collateral for loans and other contracts, allowing traders to quickly move fiat currency (or the next best thing) between global exchanges to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities that might disappear if they waited for a bank wire to clear.
The top tier of the crypto ecosystem continues to be Bitcoin. As more and more institutional players move into the space, Bitcoin has seen its price skyrocket. This in turn has spurred more innovation as start-ups and legacy financial institutions alike race to keep pace with this trillion-dollar market.
Tech tools specifically designed to level the playing field for marginalized, unbanked/under-banked communities have long been on the drawing board but a slew of new startups is showing the way forward in putting ideas into practice. Who are the people leading the charge on these initiatives and what can legacy institutions learn from them?
DeFi projects could offer a lot of benefits to investors and advantages such as decentralization and democratization by eliminating intermediaries. Will DeFi projects become mainstream? How can institutional investors participate in DeFi projects? What is the investor's view on DeFi Yield Farming?
There has been explosive growth in digital payments over the past few years as more commerce moves online. Now, with the banks and largest players dominating the payments market, are there any opportunities left for disruption?
With global equities once again on the march upwards, savvy technologists and financiers continue to pile into the space, each hoping to lay claim to an as-yet exploited corner of the market. Where are the biggest areas for growth?
As financial products have grown more technologically sophisticated so too have the tools used by cyber-criminals to exploit gaps in security. Protecting the online financial ecosystem from attack is an industry unto itself and the potential for growth seemingly has no ceiling.