Wendy Loftin

We Live in Interesting Times – Chinese FinTech Takes on the World

Yesterday, buried beneath the headlines of Trump’s Chinese trade-war was a curious announcement from the media firm, Caixin Global. Alibaba’s affiliate, Ant Financial, has set up a joint venture with the Shanghai subsidiary of US financial giant, Vanguard. While Congress and the S.E.C. continue to debate whether America’s conflicted wealth managers have a fiduciary responsibility …

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FinTech or FauxTech – Are Banks Really Serious About Innovation?

Last night, Cambrian Consulting hosted its latest panel discussion with over 40 of our clients and partners to explore how the new boys (and girls) on the FinTech block interact with the old-school banks, who are scared stiff about being disrupted. Panelists from UBS, BoA Merrill, FinTech Collective and Advizr provided some fabulous insights, (grisly …

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US DeFANGed

With all the righteous outrage over surveillance capitalism, it’s easy to forget how much the U.S. stock market owes the oligopolistic FANGs (Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google). While the case for increased regulation is strong, we must also recognize the innovation created by our nerdy cousins on the left coast. Yes, their technologies have destroyed jobs, …

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Complex Ecosystems Can Offer A Better Guide To Risk

I agree fully with Robin Wigglesworth’s description of financial markets representing complex ecosystems, connecting every human on the planet. Unfortunately, the risk models that are currently being used to monitor financial tremors are still based on classical economics from more than 50 years ago, which assume linear systems that demonstrate equilibria, rationality and efficiency. Like …

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