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76. Checking in on Fintech Ecosystems with Henri Arslanian

76. Checking in on Fintech Ecosystems with Henri Arslanian

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Key takeaways

1) When it comes to Crypto Currencies, we need to consider how we look at regulations and question how it is being enforced.
2) In the next 5 to 10 years, Crypto Currencies can have a centralized role where exchanges are regulated, along with properly segregated client accounts and proof of reserves, along with everything being public.
3) On the other hand, you have the whole Decentralized Finance (DeFi) world, which enables financial services with no intermediaries and we need to be prepared for elements of DeFi entering the centralized financial world.

This week on WealthTech Unwrapped, Neds speaks to his long-time friend and best-selling author, Henri Arslanian, Co-Founder of Nine Blocks Capital Management. They discuss various Fintech ecosystems and how they will shape the future of finance across the globe.

As they discussed Crypto Currencies, Henri highlights that we need to have this moral and intellectual duty to at least try to understand the technology, what it does, and what the potential use cases could be before placing judgment. He emphasizes that taking an educated point of view is very important to the future of this technology while assisting with proper regulations behind it.

When it comes to banking trends, Henri predicts that the one thing we need to look out for has to do with Central Bank digital currencies. He mentions the irony behind how it is the opposite of BitCoin as Central Bank digital currencies are way more centralized and created more intrusively from a privacy perspective than regular money. Central Bank digital currencies run on similar features to Bitcoin but with tighter control.

With that being said, he also highlights Decentralised Finance (DeFi), which allows you to have financial services with no intermediaries, it could be something to look out for over the next couple of years as well, as it is gaining popularity enabling trading borrowing, lending, and even insurance, all purely in a decentralized way.

Meet Our Guest Speaker

Henri Arslanian

Nine Blocks Capital Management

Passionate about the future of Finance and money along with a focus on crypto, Henri Arslanian is the Co-Founder of crypto hedge fund Nine Blocks Capital Management. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia. Henri is a TEDx speaker and a published author and is also the host of CryptoCapsules™, a social media video series, and the host of The Future of Money weekly podcast and newsletter. He currently sits on several financial, academic, government, civil society, and FinTech/RegTech-related boards and advisory boards in Asia and globally. He is a member of the Hong Kong regulator’s SFC FinTech Advisory Group and the Hong Kong government’s FSDC Fintech working group. He also sits on the board of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and the board of the International RegTech Association. Henri holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence). READ LESS

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