18:45 - 20:15 hrs Singapore / Malaysia / Hong Kong / Shanghai / Beijing
16:15 - 18:45 hrs India
10:45 - 12:15 hrs London
4:45 - 6:15 hrs Chicago
As the global economy accelerates into the future, investors with an eye on the long term will need to add exposure to the disruptors making our world more digital and sustainable. Technology has brought disruption in all domains. Finance is also one of the sectors which has been affected by disruptive technology. Fintech is one such innovation which has totally changed the way the financial sector is traditionally being run. Transaction and advisories play a crucial role in the world of finance. Technological innovation such as blockchain has changed the way the transactions are conducted.
The takeover of robo-advisors in the classic field of Wealth Management is an emerging trend across the industry. Robo-advisor assets under management are forecasted to reach $4.1 trillion worldwide by 2022. The digital economy means the younger generation grew up with much higher expectations of transparency and access to pertinent information than their parents. As AI tech advances and public sentiment becomes more favorable to automated machines, robo advising is expected to form a new paradigm in the investing world.
Blockchain / Cryptocurrencies
The price of bitcoin hit a record high of over $41,000 on 8th January 2021, according to CoinDesk. It now has a market value of over $700 billion, and, as a result, pushed the value of the entire cryptocurrency market to surpass $1 trillion for the first time. With all the hype, many people are wondering if they should invest in bitcoin. But the cryptocurrency also creates a wide array of concerns: Some worry that bitcoin is a bubble, too risky to invest in or susceptible to fraud, to name a few.
ESG | Sustainable Investing
Sustainable investing considers all relevant social and environmental factors in order to better mitigate risks and identify opportunities. Increased government, business, and consumer emphasis on sustainability, combined with a growing investable opportunity set, means sustainable investing is quickly becoming the preferred approach for investing globally. Until recently environmental or sustainable investing inevitably meant sacrificing returns. But recent studies of ESG investments - those that considered environmental, social and governance criteria - prove this is no longer the case. As such, sustainable strategies across all asset classes will play an even bigger role in a Decade of Transformation.
18:45 - 19:00 hrs: Registration
19:00 - 19:15 hrs: Introductions
19:15 - 20:00 hrs: Panel Discussion
20:00 - 20:15 hrs: QnA
Dhruv Arora - Founder, CEO of Syfe
Kayvon Pirestani, '05 - Head of Institutional Sales, Asia at Coinbase
Ben Charoenwong, '17, Ph.D. - Head of Research & Co-Founder, Chicago Global and Assistant Professor of finance at NUS
Keqi Zhang,'07 (Moderator) - IFC Asset Management
Dhruv Arora (Speaker)
Founder and CEO, Syfe
Kayvon Pirestan (Speaker) '05
Head of Institutional Sales, Asia, Coinbase
Ben Charoenwong, PhD (Speaker) '17
Head of Research & Co-Founder, Chicago Global and Assistant Professor of Finance at NUS
Keqi Zhang (Moderator) '07
Senior Investment Manager, IFC Asset Management