Financial markets are undergoing an unprecedented transformation.
Technological advances have brought major improvements to the operations of financial services, making them quicker, cheaper, and easier to access. Payment systems have become faster, investment advice is now offered algorithmically, and many borrowing/lending platforms are offering cheaper financing options than banks and credit card companies.
Now more than ever, we need to understand the potential of these technologies, barriers to adoption, security mechanisms, and the economic implications of this transformation. The Center for Digital Finance and Technologies has been created with this purpose in mind, and through its various teaching, research, and outreach initiatives it aims to change the way academic institutions, regulators, and the private sector think.
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Overview of the digital transformation of financial services by Agostino Capponi. Slides available here.