Are disruptive innovations transforming the financial services landscape, or are we simply in the middle of a new technology cycle?

Since being propelled into the spotlight in 2009, the FinTech industry has grown exponentially and now stands at more 12,000 FinTech companies worldwide. Whilst the drive and passion of the founders of these companies is as strong as ever, the mood inside has changed from one of disintermediation to collaboration, accompanied by a shift in focus from front office to back office innovations.

New developments in the RMB’s road to internationalisation

The growing importance of the RMB currency and its role in financial markets is evident. The rapid growth of Hong Kong’s renminbi (RMB) market (the CNH market) since its inception has been one of the most significant developments for investors and risk managers with RMB exposure. As the internationalisation of the RMB accelerates, the demand to hedge currency risk in the CNH market is increasing.

Education: Cyber 101 – Artificial Intelligence for Information Security

InfoSec (information security) professionals are facing cyber threats that are increasing in both volume and complexity. Over the past year many discussions have taken place with security leaders about the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in InfoSec. Those discussions have highlighted a level of confusion concerning AI concepts. Specifically this confusion concerns the differences between Machine Learning (ML) and AI, and also raises the question, “What is Deep Learning?”.

Capital markets: Big data, big deal

The explosion of unstructured data volumes held in Hadoop coupled with the regulator and internal stakeholders’ ‘on demand’ queries, is driving the need for in-memory and predictive analytics in capital markets. Use cases in risk, finance and post trade data are driving the next generation analytics infrastructure. Hear SAP’s view on the way forward with real-world use cases.

Digital disruption in securities services: Fear and courage

Digitization is fundamentally changing the competitive landscape in securities services as well as the value chain, client offerings, and sourcing arrangements. Clients are demanding more customization, more advanced solutions while continuing to put pressure on cost. At the same time, regulators are expecting providers to be able to explain to them the design and implementation of digital solutions and operating models.

The future at your fingertips – The European market infrastructure of tomorrow

The European market infrastructure landscape is transforming, and it’s transforming fast. Since announcing its vision for the future, the Eurosystem has been investigating concrete steps to turn it into a reality. Consolidating and enhancing market infrastructure, and creating a single interface for cash, securities and collateral is under consideration. This exciting endeavour calls for unity and collaboration between the public and private sectors. How can the needs of the market be met? How can we prepare for what’s to come?

After the Brexit, what's next: A BRICS-it towards a multilateral financial system?

Challenges and ways forward for financial regulators, market infrastructures and FIs as BRICS hits its second decade.
Topics for discussion:
- Globalisation vs segmentation
- How infrastructures can best serve clients and investors – confronting the view from MIs and their participants
- Key drivers for the financial markets in the coming decade
- FinTech for market infrastructures, individual banks, and the community