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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Size matters Digital Deployment
Digital deployment in small and medium sized banks remains anemic 800 533 Efi Pylarinou

Digital deployment in small and medium sized banks remains anemic

Digital deployment in small and medium sized banks remains anemic Temenos released in April its annual report[1] on the State of digital sales in banking and Jim Marous provided insights in Banks Not Meeting Digital Sales Expectations. In late August, in The Illusion of Digital Transformation in Banking he categorized the digital readiness of banks in 5…

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Dumb Pipes
Spotting `dump pipes` during the re-bundling of banking, is not easy 800 439 Efi Pylarinou

Spotting `dump pipes` during the re-bundling of banking, is not easy

Spotting `dump pipes` during the re-bundling of banking, is not easy `Buy versus build` continues to be a discussion for incumbents.  Shared infrastructure allows for rapid deployment, economies of scale, and expansion in additional markets. On the other hand, incumbents have cultural issues and technology integration challenges that are real. Increased Saas model adoption and…

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One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai
One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai 800 578 Efi Pylarinou

One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai

One of the Top 20 AI Blockchain projects – Numerai LiveTiles brought to my attention 20 AI Blockchain projects through a great infographic. Numerai is one that I profiled in 2017 backed by Fred Ehrsam, Joey Krug, Juan Benet, Olaf Carlson-Wee and Union Square Ventures. Numerai is creating a meta-model from all the Machine Learning…

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