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Week 21: Research in a Glance

Breaking down the Blockchain


An e-book compilation of expert, stakeholder and industry veteran opinions on the true utility of blockchain and its disruptive potential in business applications.

Trends in innovation, diversity and inclusion

by Anthemis Group

Drawing from the survey results of senior executives, the report is an overview of innovation, diversity and inclusion priorities of firms in the financial services ecosystem.

IMF Staff Discussion Note- Fintech and Financial Services: Initial Considerations

by International Monetary Fund

This IMF working paper assesses the impact of fintech on an array of financial services, with a large focus on the rapidly changing cross-border payments industry.

Capital Markets Union and the Fintech Opportunity

by Bruegel

A policy note featuring arguments for using fintech to disrupt the financial disintermediation market in Europe and consequentially, the implementation of the European capital markets union. It also proposes urgent questions that European policy makers should consider in order to establish a cost-efficient financial system.

Vietnam FinTech Ecosystem Mapping 2017

by Mekong Business Initiative

A concise infographic on the fintech landscape in Vietnam, including details on existing fintechs, funding rounds, trends and market opportunities.

Sustainable Financial Services in the Digital Age

by UK Finance & Parker Fitzgerald

The report provides a detailed guide to the opportunities, risks and practical applications of three technologies in financial services, namely: AI & machine learning, cloud computing and DLTs.

Automated Investment Services – Our Expectations

by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK

An up-to-date market and regulatory landscape evaluation of the automated investment/robo-advisory sector in the UK from a regulator’s perspective. The report contains evaluations of the robustness of the firms’ Know-Your-Client’ (KYC) procedures, service disclosures, ongoing client relationship maintenance, overall governance and state of regulatory compliance.

Roadmap on Fintech

by European Banking Authority

This roadmap serves as a point of reference for the EBA’s fintech priorities in 2018/2019, and provides details on the establishment of a FinTech Knowledge Hub and a technical timeline for fintech initiatives.

The State of Financial Services Industry – The Customer Value Gap: Re-Calculating Route

by Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman’s annual report on the financial services landscape focuses on the creation of customer value, and how traditional financial services firms are at risk of customer attrition primarily due to ‘big tech.’

Internet Trends Report 2018

by Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers

Legendary venture capitalist Mary Meeker returns with the 2018 edition of the famous Internet Trends Report. Presented at Code 2018, this 294 slide analysis covers everything from mobile and commerce to tech giants and fintech.

Blockchain, Data Protection & the GDPR

by the Blockchain Bundesverband (German Blockchain Association)

This recently-released position paper contains recommendations for the treatment of blockchain technology under GDPR, and is aimed both at law makers and blockchain companies in Germany.

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