How Traders Can Join the Fintech Movement | CFTE

How Traders Can Join the Fintech Movement | CFTE

How Traders Can Join the Fintech Movement

As Fintech continues to make waves through the industry of finance, certain lessons are quickly being learned. The impact of technology is already a well-known concept in retail banking, wherein the disruption is self-evident. But what of technology’s impact on capital markets and the trading floor? Is disruption as rife in these sectors, or are investment banks somehow immune to competition from emerging tech?

Earlier this month, on November 6th, CFTE held a fireside chat with finance leaders to address these questions and more. Hosted by MUFG, the 5th largest bank worldwide, in their European Headquarters in London, the evening freely invited CFTE alumni and learners to gain insight from a panel formed of MUFG’s Stephane Alex; Behavox’s Alex Viall; Mosaic Smart Data’s Matt Hodgson, and not leastly our co-founder Huy Nguyen Trieu.

The evening held much discussion on the various strategies and frameworks employed by leading financial figures to adapt to the industry’s rapid digitisation. A packed hall of keen professionals heard from Stephane Alex, Head of Global Customer Marketing at MUFG, as he outlined his firm’s major focus over the past five years: Innovation. Following their expansion out of Japan, the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) were all areas of innovation for MUFG. Meanwhile, as the bank continued to develop schemes based on these emerging technologies, they also had to be innovative on the trading floor. This meant greater importance on the pillars of: Risk Management, Data-driven Predictions, Sales, and Settlement.

As the panel drew on, Matt Hodgson, CEO of Mosaic Smart Data, shared his firm’s response to digitisation. Describing the idea of ‘fixed income’ as a personal pain point, he needed his 2013 company to sufficiently solve this problem. And so, Mosaic Smart Data began selling software which addressed fixed income issues, adding value to the front end. By providing an API framework to entire organisations at a time, their brand offered unique value to the industry. Following this forceful ‘migration’ to electronic and digital channels, a new problem reared its head: communication via a common messaging language. Similar to Stephane and MUFG, Matt and his firm responded by leaning on four pillars for the solution. In their case, this meant:

Once these principles were in place, Matt’s team was able to match their competitors’ pace of innovation and digital transformation. Alex Viall, Head of Regulatory Intelligence at Behavox, opined on how this pace has changed in recent years. Armed with experience as a regulator, he acknowledged his company’s role: to hold huge amounts of data, group them into a manageable data lake, and run algorithms which would generate meaningful findings and insights for clients.

The panel grew into conversation of current and future trends in Finance, and panellists were asked to briefly breakdown important factors in the industry.

Stephane Alex of MUFG spoke on:

Matt Hodgson of Mosaic Smart Data declared:

While Alex Viall of Behavox said:

As promised, the evening also saw discussion on the role of automation, and more specifically how it affects the industry workforce. CFTE co-founder Huy Nguyen Trieu probed the panel on the topic, asking which activities in trading are currently in danger of disappearing. In response, Stephane Alex noted that management must take responsibility and sustain some roles for their employees with their oversight.

Next, the panellists were pressed on specific applications of emerging technologies. Algorithms will continue to dominate the trading floor, predicts Stephane, while Matt noted the importance of efficiency in data. Real-time information was not commonplace half a decade ago, while modern finance is much more capable to understand customers thanks to smarter tools. As a result, the roles of those in sales will dramatically change in terms of strategy as they adopt more intellectual approaches to their processes.

All experts called on more urgency in financial institutions taking larger risks, and to take them more often. The trio also highlighted a multitude of examples that showcase current innovations in capitals markets and banking today. For one, there are considerable changes in infrastructure, as Data Scientists and Data Engineers become more prominent. Another salient point is the difference in large and small firms– large institutions have the access and capability to utilise massive amounts of data, while smaller firms without this flow need to act in clever ways to arrive at the same conclusions. Artificial Intelligence will bridge this gap.

Ultimately, a large amount of the trading workforce remains afraid to lose their jobs to automation as a result of continued digital transformation. To these workers, t
he panel provided some words of encouragement and methods of practice:

This event is one of many in CFTE’s calendar which tackles prominent themes in Fintech. For more information on our future events, please subscribe to our events newsletter below. 

How Traders Can Join the Fintech Movement

As Fintech continues to make waves through the industry of finance, certain lessons are quickly being learned. The impact of technology is already a well-known concept in retail banking, wherein the disruption is self-evident. But what of technology’s impact on capital markets and the trading floor? Is disruption as rife in these sectors, or are investment banks somehow immune to competition from emerging tech?

Earlier this month, on November 6th, CFTE held a fireside chat with finance leaders to address these questions and more. Hosted by MUFG, the 5th largest bank worldwide, in their European Headquarters in London, the evening freely invited CFTE alumni and learners to gain insight from a panel formed of MUFG’s Stephane Alex; Behavox’s Alex Viall; Mosaic Smart Data’s Matt Hodgson, and not leastly our co-founder Huy Nguyen Trieu.

The evening held much discussion on the various strategies and frameworks employed by leading financial figures to adapt to the industry’s rapid digitisation. A packed hall of keen professionals heard from Stephane Alex, Head of Global Customer Marketing at MUFG, as he outlined his firm’s major focus over the past five years: Innovation. Following their expansion out of Japan, the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) were all areas of innovation for MUFG. Meanwhile, as the bank continued to develop schemes based on these emerging technologies, they also had to be innovative on the trading floor. This meant greater importance on the pillars of: Risk Management, Data-driven Predictions, Sales, and Settlement.

As the panel drew on, Matt Hodgson, CEO of Mosaic Smart Data, shared his firm’s response to digitisation. Describing the idea of ‘fixed income’ as a personal pain point, he needed his 2013 company to sufficiently solve this problem. And so, Mosaic Smart Data began selling software which addressed fixed income issues, adding value to the front end. By providing an API framework to entire organisations at a time, their brand offered unique value to the industry. Following this forceful ‘migration’ to electronic and digital channels, a new problem reared its head: communication via a common messaging language. Similar to Stephane and MUFG, Matt and his firm responded by leaning on four pillars for the solution. In their case, this meant:

Once these principles were in place, Matt’s team was able to match their competitors’ pace of innovation and digital transformation. Alex Viall, Head of Regulatory Intelligence at Behavox, opined on how this pace has changed in recent years. Armed with experience as a regulator, he acknowledged his company’s role: to hold huge amounts of data, group them into a manageable data lake, and run algorithms which would generate meaningful findings and insights for clients.

The panel grew into conversation of current and future trends in Finance, and panellists were asked to briefly breakdown important factors in the industry.

Stephane Alex of MUFG spoke on:

Matt Hodgson of Mosaic Smart Data declared:

While Alex Viall of Behavox said:

As promised, the evening also saw discussion on the role of automation, and more specifically how it affects the industry workforce. CFTE co-founder Huy Nguyen Trieu probed the panel on the topic, asking which activities in trading are currently in danger of disappearing. In response, Stephane Alex noted that management must take responsibility and sustain some roles for their employees with their oversight.

Next, the panellists were pressed on specific applications of emerging technologies. Algorithms will continue to dominate the trading floor, predicts Stephane, while Matt noted the importance of efficiency in data. Real-time information was not commonplace half a decade ago, while modern finance is much more capable to understand customers thanks to smarter tools. As a result, the roles of those in sales will dramatically change in terms of strategy as they adopt more intellectual approaches to their processes.

All experts called on more urgency in financial institutions taking larger risks, and to take them more often. The trio also highlighted a multitude of examples that showcase current innovations in capitals markets and banking today. For one, there are considerable changes in infrastructure, as Data Scientists and Data Engineers become more prominent. Another salient point is the difference in large and small firms– large institutions have the access and capability to utilise massive amounts of data, while smaller firms without this flow need to act in clever ways to arrive at the same conclusions. Artificial Intelligence will bridge this gap.

Ultimately, a large amount of the trading workforce remains afraid to lose their jobs to automation as a result of continued digital transformation. To these workers, t
he panel provided some words of encouragement and methods of practice:

This event is one of many in CFTE’s calendar which tackles prominent themes in Fintech. For more information on our future events, please subscribe to our events newsletter below.

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