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The Future of Finance: Digital Capital, Blockchain and Beyond

Private capital has always been a powerful tool for helping solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Today this potential is bigger than ever before. New, creative investment vehicles ranging from green bonds to social impact bonds to vaccine bonds are revolutionizing the global investment landscape. These new, creative solutions have set in motion a wave of innovation that has led to the strong growth of sustainable and impact investment platforms. At the same time, another quiet revolution is taking place in finance. A digital tornado is reshaping the banking and financial services industry as we know it. Fintech, shorthand for ‘financial technology, is at the center of this tornado, and refers to a new wave of companies changing the way consumers make payments, send money, borrow, lend, and invest. These new fintech platforms aim to provide banking services that are inclusive, secure, frictionless, immediate and practically free. The potential for these innovations to promote a more sustainable, inclusive financial system is enormous. This session will discuss the latest developments in the sector and offer an outlook for the future of finance.

Robert Ruttmann, HEAD INSTITUTE FOR CUSTOMER INSIGHT ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, UNIVERSITY OF ST. GALLEN

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