Futurist in London: The Future of Capital Markets, Accenture Capital Markets Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

Investments and the capital markets, arguably, sit at the heart of our capitalist society, but they, and the industries they rely on to find Alpha, are starting to change at a faster rate than at any point in their illustrious history and it’s sending shockwaves around the world.

 

Firstly, I’d like to thank Tom and Sapna from Accenture, the world’s largest and most recognised global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people and serving clients in more than 120 countries, for inviting me to be the keynote at this year’s Capital Markets Summit held at the iconic Level 42 in the Leadenhall Building in London. It was my privilege to present the “Future of Capital Markets,” shining a light on the effect that digital transformation, emerging technologies, and all of the changes that are now rapidly rippling through the industry’s associated downstream industries, from Agriculture, Manufacturing and Retail, to Aerospace, Energy, Healthcare and Transportation, will continue to change how incumbents invest, their investment patterns and alter the shape and direction of the markets.

 

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During the keynote I discussed, naturally, the impact that Blockchain will have on the trust economy and market disintermediation, the emergence and benefits of Quantum Computing and DNA Computing, and how, increasingly, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is helping companies as diverse as Aiydia, Bridgewater Associates, who over $160 Billion in global investments, and Goldman Sachs perform nothing less than a “spectacular” metamorphosis and enter the race to become the world’s first fully autonomous organisations.

 

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Throughout the day we also heard from the Accenture’s European Head of Cyber Security on the changing nature of the cyber security landscape, and the role that AI is now playing, and will continue to play, and the continued, rapid expansion of the threats that organisations of every flavour will face as they all race to re-wire and re-write the digital fabric of their organisations and industries. And then as the day drew to a close the surprises didn’t stop coming and Steve Rubel, Global Head of Collateral Management at Deutsche Bank Securities took to the podium to provide his own unique take on the transformation of the industry and the trends driving it. All in all it was a great day, hosted by an amazing team and I wish them all the very best for the future.

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