ANTs – Active Non-Transparent ETFs
ANTs – Active Non-Transparent ETFs 800 400 Efi Pylarinou

ANTs – Active Non-Transparent ETFs

Figure, the Lending new unicorn powered by Blockchain Earlier this year the SEC approved a new ETF wrapper and several companies will be able to launch active ETFs or license the wrapper to asset managers. Undoubtedly, the growth of low cost, indexing, passive ETFs has been supported by digital innovations in wealth management. However, it…

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ETF Market
The ETF market championed during the February historic market drop 800 600 Efi Pylarinou

The ETF market championed during the February historic market drop

Figure, the Lending new unicorn powered by Blockchain During the last week of February, market indices dropped precipitously, wiping out trillions of dollars in a historic drop. I kept worrying about the liquidity issues that robo-advisors could be facing, as I kept fresh in my mind the Betterment/Brexit incident in July 2016! When the unexpected…

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Figure, the Lending new unicorn powered by Blockchain
Figure, the Lending new unicorn powered by Blockchain 800 450 Efi Pylarinou

Figure, the Lending new unicorn powered by Blockchain

Figure, the Lending new unicorn powered by Blockchain Figure is a Blockchain 4 Finance unicorn cofounded by Mike Cagney, the founder and ex-CEO of Sofi, and his wife June Ou (ex- CTO at Sofi). It is a 2 year old well-funded San Francisco-based startup focused on changing the entire lifecycle of Loans and beyond. From…

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Passive investing
Passive investing has led to excessive Corporate Control by the Big Three 800 533 Efi Pylarinou

Passive investing has led to excessive Corporate Control by the Big Three

Passive investing has led to excessive Corporate Control by the Big Three The growth of passive investing is not limited to the ETF wrapper. Other indexing investment products have also been growing, with mutual funds dominating. Vanguard has pushed the industry towards such investment products with low expense ratios. Vanguard boasts an average expense ratio…

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Celebrating the WEF 50th anniversary with 50 bytes from Davos 2020
Celebrating the WEF 50th anniversary with 50 bytes from Davos 2020 800 450 Efi Pylarinou

Celebrating the WEF 50th anniversary with 50 bytes from Davos 2020

Celebrating the WEF 50th anniversary with 50 bytes from Davos 2020 I am transparently stealing Ben Pring`s format, with my own 50 diverse takeaways. Some are my own big picture opinions from spending two intense full days in Davos and participating in two side events. Others are takeaways from the diverse speakers that I had…

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AntForest, an award winning Techfin gamification app – Global Climate Action 800 600 Efi Pylarinou

AntForest, an award winning Techfin gamification app – Global Climate Action

AntForest, an award winning Techfin gamification app – Global Climate Action In early December, the Two lake forum held an event in Zurich around Fintech & Wealth management. The three Z: Zurich, Zheioang, and HangZhou; discussed about the strengths and weaknesses of the two CHs – China and Confederation Helvetica (CH) – and how to…

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The Crosslend & Solaris Bank partnership is key to the European debt Securitization market
The Crosslend & Solaris Bank partnership is key to the European debt Securitization market 800 534 Efi Pylarinou

The Crosslend & Solaris Bank partnership is key to the European debt Securitization market

The Crosslend & Solaris Bank partnership is key to the European debt Securitization market Santander Innoventures has not been shy in investing in Fintechs in the lending space. Kabbage is one of their earlier and well known portfolio companies and strategic investments. Several others that offer banking services in Emerging markets, offer loans. In October, they…

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Walmart. Bricks, Clicks & Voice
Walmart, the retail giant combining Bricks, Clicks & Voice 1500 1000 Efi Pylarinou

Walmart, the retail giant combining Bricks, Clicks & Voice

Walmart, the retail giant combining Bricks, Clicks & Voice Retail giant Walmart is not included in the FANGs or the GAFAs but is part of the THWAC — Target, HomeDepot, Walmart, Amazon, and Costco. Walmart is also the №1 employer in the US, ahead of Amazon, the e-commerce giant that is also in other businesses like cloud, delivery,…

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Zero-commission brokers selling order flow are the new intermediaries. Who will disrupt them?
Zero-commission brokers selling order flow are the new intermediaries. Who will disrupt them? 800 531 Efi Pylarinou

Zero-commission brokers selling order flow are the new intermediaries. Who will disrupt them?

Zero-commission brokers selling order flow are the new intermediaries. Who will disrupt them? In October the US market witnessed the Robinhood effect. Schwab slashed its stock commissions to zero, which in turn forced TD Ameritrade, E-trade, Interactive Brokers, Ally Invest, and Fidelity to follow suit over the next few days. Schwab called this the zero-commission…

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EFT Market
Will Robo advisors take control of the ETF market? 800 533 Efi Pylarinou

Will Robo advisors take control of the ETF market?

Will Robo advisors take control of the ETF market? Betterment and Wealthfront are 11 and 8 years old. They set the tone in the market for Robo-Advisors, that are neither Robots nor Advisors as Paolo Sironi kept saying more than 4 yrs ago. They got leapfrogged by the incumbents which as of today manage 10…

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