The intersection of finance and technology is ripe with innovation today, transforming the Financial sector in ways that will only continue to grow in importance and inﬂuence. If the hallmark of the Industrial Revolution was the emergence of the manufacturing supply chain, enabling enterprises to specialize on discrete pieces of the chain with scale, today’s revolution is shaped by open platforms and new ecosystems providing data classification, interpretation and standardization, digital identities, federated transactions and machine learning.
The relationships between firms, customers, suppliers and partners are changing, too. And at Thomson Reuters we are embracing the disruption, partnering with start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as established customers to foster sustained innovation that drives vibrant, profitable, transparent and competitive financial markets and better serves our clients and the industry.
In our first issue of 2016, we feature a conversation between Crowdnetic CEO Luan Cox and our chief product and content officer Debra Walton on the growing marketplace lending and crowdfunding industry and the value of partnership. Thomson Reuters colleagues Tim Baker and Hanna Helin give us a tour of the crowdfinance landscape; Andrew Fletcher discusses embracing disruption; Sarah Andrews and Scott Manuel provide insight on blockchain; Laura Gaze gives a glimpse into the future of money; Kris Carlson writes on the power of the crowd and Breakingviews editor Rob Cox opines on the uberization of finance.
Additionally, Matthew Toole reviews why 2015 was such a record-breaking year for M&A in global capital markets; Chris Hollands looks at block trading’s comeback and Marion Leslie writes on implementing BCBS 239. This issue also includes contributions from McKinsey consultants Gergely Bacso, Miklos Dietz and Miklos Radnai on “Decoding FinTech” and Tuck Business School professors Matthew Slaughter and Matthew Rees on “The financial inclusion revolution.”
FinTech is a rich topic of great importance to our industry and one we’ll continue to engage in and provide insight on in the year ahead. As always, we look forward to hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.