Influence of Gen Z 

Centennials and the Power of Like
Welcome to a virtual world where chats disappear, anything you want to watch or listen to is free and ‘truth’ lives in a search engine. If it is that important, then there’s an app. In this world, influence is power and the priority is making sure you don’t miss out.

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Euro Clash

Should I stay or should I go, now?
On Thursday June 23rd, the British people will vote on continued participation in the European Union. An astonishing array of celebrities, domestic and international political figures have been wheeled out to persuade British citizens of the catastrophic consequences of leaving. One or two have also addressed the merits of staying.

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Innovation or Diversion?

FinTech models that challenge the status quo
Innovation is a truly slippery subject. The problem is that hype must first overcome experience: without the benefit of hindsight it’s incredibly difficult to tell a genuinely innovative development from an interesting diversion. Take eBay, for example. The idea of creating a global online auction house in which people could bid against each other to buy goods was one of the early successes of the internet age. But which aspects of this innovation proved really durable?

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Is globalisation dead?

“No matter what your profession – doctor, lawyer, architect, accountant – if you are an American, you better be good at the touchy-feely service stuff, because anything that can be digitized can be outsourced to either the smartest or the cheapest producer.” ― Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

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Big Data & DNA

Is there a dark side to genetic databases?

“DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.” ― Bill Gates, The Road Ahead
With epigenetics and cheaper ways to check for faulty genes, DNA has the potential to be big business. By next year, the DNA sequencing market could hit $10 billion and that’s before the profits of the consumer industries have been taken into account.

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FinTech & Banks

How disrupted is the banking industry?

For all the clamour about FinTech and its disruption of the traditional banking industry—well documented last year by McKinsey that suggested that between 20% and 60% of banking profits globally were vulnerable to predation by FinTech entrants—the surprise should be that it has taken this long to gain real momentum. Andy Davis suggests that the most interesting question to ask is ‘why?’.

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A World of Risk

How long until Doomsday?

“I violated the Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn’t count; building arks does” ― Warren Buffett

Is there such a thing as living in harmony with risk? The general consensus is that if you can measure risk, you can manage it. But how do you pick which risk to manage? The Doomsday Clock is counting them all and tracks how vulnerable the world is to catastrophe.

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Securitising a Legacy

Banking, Bonds & BowieNet

“I don’t think we have even seen the tip of the iceberg. I think the potential of what the Internet is going to do to society both good and bad is unimaginable. I think we are on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.” ― David Bowie (BBC Newsnight, 1999)

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New Blue Trend

Does BlueCrest’s latest news send a message?

“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Much ink has flowed about the state hedge fund industry during the past year. CalPERS’ high-profile decision to exit the asset class was blamed on poor returns and high fees.

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