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Oliver Hughes is the CEO of Tinkoff Group, one of the world’s most successful digital banking groups with over ten million customers.

Tinkoff is publicly listed, which brings clarity to its operating model in a time when many noteworthy consumer digital banks are pursuing customer acquisition at the expense of profitability.

Oliver has led Tinkoff through three financial crises, so brings experience and perspective to the current COVID crisis.

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Innovate Finance: Spotlight on Innovation: Canada Fintech Podcast

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Powering the fintech revolution - Rebank Podcast: How to Build a Profitable Digital Bank with TinkoffWelcome to part two of Spotlight on Innovation, a series of discussions that look in detail at fintech in global markets recorded in partnership with Innovate Finance.

This episode will look in detail at the fintech landscape in Canada. Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell and Innovate Finance’s Head of Commercial and Business Development Caroline Vaughan are joined by two guests to discuss everything from investment into Canadian fintech and emerging trends to the effects of Covid-19 on innovate firms.

With special thanks to Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO of Toronto Finance International and Robert Baldassare, Senior Advisor – Fintech at MaRS for their time and insights.

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Fintech Fridays EP40: Why Bitcoin Exists and Education for the Masses

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EP40: Why Bitcoin Exists and Education for the Masses

HOST: Manseeb Khan, Fintech Fridays podcast episode

GUEST: AUSTIN HUBBELL, Founder and CEO, Consilium Crypto (Linkedin)

About this episode: On this episode our host Manseeb Khan sits down with Austin Hubbell from Consilum Crypto. They chat about how quarantine is going, the state crypto and much more. Enjoy!

 

BIO:  Austin is the CEO and co-founder of Consilium Crypto (https://consiliumcrypto.ai/), a big data company developing institutional grade investment analytics and liquidity access tools for the digital asset markets, helping funds find alpha and place large orders efficiently in times of thin liquidity. With a background in software development and machine learning, as well as previous tech startup experience, Austin brings a skillset balanced between the technology and business worlds. He previously worked with a distributed team based in L.A./San Francisco to build predictive models for crime hotspotting in major US cities, before transferring to the FinTech world to build machine learning based trading systems for currency markets. Enjoy!

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Intro: Welcome fintech Friday's a weekly podcast brought to you by the National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada and partners.Covering all things fintech block chain be AI and alternative finance.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:00:19] Hey everybody Manseeb Khan. Thank you for tuning into another fantastical episode of the Fintech Fridays podcast, Quarantine Edition. Hopefully you guys are staying safe, but also staying said it might feel like the movie Groundhog Day. I know it does for me personally. Everyday feels like Sunday and also Tuesday. It's very weird, very strange. But you know what? It is what it is. On this week's episode, we have Austin Hubbell from Consilium Crypto to kick off the first episode of the Fintech Friday Qurantine edition. So enjoy it. Awesome. Austin, Thank you so much for joining me today.

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:00:56] Thanks a lot for having me, Manseeb. Great to be here.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:00:58] Awesome. So awesome. Give us a little bit of who you are and what you do.

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:01:03] Absolutely. So I'm a CEO and co-founder of Consilium Crypto.  Consilium s a big data company that captures siloed data sets from digital asset markets around the globe and brings them into one system where they can be easily transformed into valuable insights for investors. Every month we capture and analyze more transactions than the Toronto, London and Hong Kong stock exchanges all combined. And we're a B2B company, so we work with funds, exchanges and ATC desks to provide machine learning powered trading tools.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:01:35] That's awesome. So how have you been holding up during this whole quarantine thing? I know I'm definitely getting a little star crazy. You know, before before we jumped on me, my best friends jumped on a Zoom call, and we all watched the NFL draft together just to get some sort of semblance of human interaction. How have you been holding up how is especially being a CEO especially working remote? How's that transition been going?

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:02:02] It's been it's been an adjustment for sure. I think our company, as long as well as a lot of other tech companies, are in a better position than a lot of other small businesses just because we continue to operate despite some of these restrictions. It definitely has had an effect on communication with the team. I think there's a few things going around right now apart from Corona. So a few of our our team members have been sick and out of work for a little while. But apart from that, things are going fairly well. We're also fortunate to have a little bit of practice with the remote work just because we do have a team in Toronto and a team in Montreal. So we do have a little bit of practice kind of keeping that team cohesion from a distance. But there's no doubt that it's had a lot of negative impacts on our business, just like everyone else's.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:02:48] Yeah, I know for sure. It's definitely a very interesting shift and it should be very interesting to see how businesses are going to currently adapt by working remotely.  You know, some companies are going to thrive from working remotely like, you know, hopefully you guys are and some are not. But, you know, let's let's let's dig into the how did how did you get started into the whole crypto realm, as you say?  I mean, you know, for me, I was just a you know, my crypto journey probably started two years ago. I was just Googling a bunch of things and just found this crypto thing fun to watch people on LinkedIn. And then I kind of jumped up like, honestly, that's the whole purpose of this show, is to sit down with amazing experts like you so I can kind of learn more and, you know, let my audience learn more as well.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:03:33] Well, it's a bit of a winding path. Like most people are getting into crypto previously worked at a proprietary trading firm in Montreal focusing on forex. So global currencies, we were looking at G10 spot markets and trying to do some interesting things with machine learning to get an edge in that market for trading purposes. At the time, I had a few friends that were very involved and then blockchain and crypto and they kept kind of bugging me about it more or less. They kept coming to me and saying, You have to check this out, you have to check this out. And so near the end of 2016, I started studying for the C4 certificate. So it's the crypto currency certification consortium. I'm missing one of the C's in there, but that's one of the really great. Yeah, exactly. Well, it's one of these online courses that teaches you the fundamentals of Bitcoin and blockchain. And one thing that I thought was really cool about that, course is in the end, you take this test and if you pass, you can get a certificate, but they force you to pay for that certificate in Bitcoin. You can't use PayPal, you can't use your credit card. So you have to actually go get some Bitcoin somehow, create a transaction and actually pay for it in Bitcoins. So that was my my intro into the crypto world. And then about seven or eight months later would have been around Q3 2017. The opportunity just kind of presented itself to make the leap over from Forex and start something new in cryptocurrency. And basically what I saw was the opportunity to collect this amazing dataset of raw transaction data, bids and ask to order book data, from these exchanges and distill it into value for investors. And that's something that would be incredibly expensive to do in traditional markets and within crypto. It was a lot easier at the time, at least.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:05:25] Yeah, no, that's That's. Wow, that's awesome. The fact that you have to actually purchase is difficult in Bitcoin That's.  Wow, that that's amazing. You know.  Creating a system or creating a program that helps funds understand Crypto more, I guess what would be your, I guess know, diluted tips and tricks of the trade that you can share with our audience, that things that there should be kind of looking for things that you've picked up along the way.  I mean, granted, you're definitely a lot better now at understanding and like analyzing these assets than you were from day one. Were there like a couple of things that you kept in mind that's helped you stay the course?

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:06:12] Well, I think it's important to treat these things as a technology first and an investment second, so really understanding how these things operate. The risks involved, especially the tail risk involved with these things. For example, vulnerabilities in smart contracts, things like that. Companies that operate in the cryptocurrency world, if they're not very careful about how their funds are managed and that the security protocols in place, it really creates a price on your back for hackers. So I would say that for people who are just coming into crypto, don't treat it as a speculative investment, treat it as a new technology. So think of buying an individual crypto asset as buying an app on the app store. So put in five to ten dollars, play with it for a while until you have a thoroughly understanding of how it works and then decide if you want to go up a tier or how you want to actually engage with this if you want to use it for its intended purpose of kind of maybe remittances or transferring payments or peer to peer cash or if you want to use it as an investment. And so once you've kind of made that decision, I would say at some point the next step would be to manage your own wallet. So it's a very powerful process to control your own private keys and understand the signing process works and really just go slow and steady, ask for help at every step in the process if you need it, and just focus on education and really understanding the tech side rather than just treating it like some kind of slot machine.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:07:41] Yeah, I know for sure. I mean, understanding that, you know, it is not a lot like looking much is not speculative.  The app, the app things, it was it was a great example. Education is going to be the key education's That's. Hey, that's that's the purpose of this show, right. Of letting people know what it is. What's the purpose of it?  You know you know, us being a global pandemic right now is a really interesting test case of, you know, banks are shutting down. ATMs are going to have limited cash like, you know, like three months ago you might have wanted to buy a house. Guess what? You can't. You want to buy that. You can't. Right. Like, it's everybody's everybody's money is now held up. This is why crypto came into place, right, so the should be very interesting test case for Crypto.

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:08:28] Absolutely. Yeah. I'm glad you brought that up, actually, because I have a little anecdote from the last two weeks. Oh, perfect. You were just trying to. Sorry. We were just trying to convert some USD to CAD within our own bank account. So it's not not a complex transaction. Should be very simple. I couldn't do this through the online system with our bank. I called their their their support number and they said that there's super long wait time. I waited for about an hour and a half on there. Got transferred between different departments and their final say was, I'm sorry, you have to go into an actual branch to do this. And that's crazy. So I said, OK, well, I don't want to do that. No. One, because that's just what the opposite of what everyone's supposed to be doing right now. This is really not an essential thing for my life to be done. And then secondly, I looked up at my branch was completely closed. So what do you do now? You know, this is just craziness, but how do the funds been in stable coins, for example? So a Canadian dollar stable coin and a U.S. dollar stable coin. I would have been able to go to any number of exchanges and go make that transaction instantly and get those funds and move on with my life. And so I think that's one area that that hopefully banks will take a second look at one, this whole storm passes and they kind of revisit these processes.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:09:51] Yeah. No, I mean, hopefully it's something Banks again, hopefully some people actually look into, right of education is gonna be the key. Knowledge is power in a sense of understanding. They're like, hey, you know what the current economic systems are in are extremely vulnerable. This is exactly why new digitalization of money is coming in. This is why it is going to such a huge push from people in our industry for the digitization of money. Cryptocurrency blockchain because in the next world pandemic, which is now inevitable of, you know, now just the countdown of what is going to happen. Hopefully the next time around, a lot of people have more money and assets where they're not wasting half an hour on call to transfer funds. I mean, anecdote, for me was a couple days ago, I ran to the local bank to the ATM just to get up, get money out.  Unfortunately I wasn't with that bank and that ATM was locked. So I'm like, OK, I need cash. I had to walk to walk to the actual drive through of the ATM to pull out cash. And I was like, OK, well, this is it. This is ridiculous. Like, what are we doing here?

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:11:02] And 2020, to have that be the process, just to go buy something with your own money that you should control at all times. It seemed a little bit crazy to me.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:11:10] Yeah, no, it's it's just it's ridiculous. So aside from the new digitilization of money. What are you most excited about when it comes to the space? When it when it comes to fintech? What are you most excited and what are you most passionate about?

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:11:28] I think that the education side, when it comes to personal money management or wealth management, having people understand the different ways that a portfolio can be created, whether that's gold based investing, where you're you're actually looking towards a certain thing that you want to purchase in the future, whether it's a vacation or house or something like that, and really just diving into how people can retain control of their money. Well, still manage it and sophisticated, smart ways. So I think the ability for technology to do a little bit more hand holding with the end user or with the person whose funds are being managed as opposed to just kind of completely handing it off and hoping for the best and hoping that you're either financial adviser or robo advisor does a good job without really understanding the underlying principles. I think that's a huge opportunity for FinTech. And then the second one, I would say just to circle back the blockchain a little bit, would be the digitization and tokenization of assets. So I think fractional ownership in assets and the ability for people to trade these things peer-to-peer around the world and really bring the kind of less fortunate emerging markets, third world, whatever you want to call it, and bring that into the capital market system and give them access to capital and give investors access to those amazing opportunities and ideas without the friction of the financial systems and different countries and having their own infrastructure and kind of payment rails and whatnot. I think that's a huge opportunity.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:13:04] Yeah, 100 percent.  The fact that opening up micro investments into like into like, hey, you know, you can own a fraction of a classic car or a condo or or a commercial like real estate like opening up those little markets is going to make and break is going to be make the biggest difference in the world. Right. Especially now where, you know, a lot of people want to be a lot more liquid. A lot of people want are definitely rethinking where to put their money. I mean, are you going to put on stocks or not? Probably not going to buy a house for enough. Good luck. Are you gonna do that?  Like, it's like having the access of, hey, buying a 67 Camaro. Pretty, pretty awesome right now. You realize that that's a young, dumb investment that I definitely make right now. If I had that. If I had the ability to for sure.

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:13:56] Amazing, yeah. Everybody's got their own their own 67 Camaro that they want one day. So I'll think with the right education, the right tools. We can all get there.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:14:06] 100 percent. So what do you see? The biggest shifts being in the industry post-covid.  Right. You know, businesses are definitely become more remote. This is I mean, aside from the whole money aspect of it, how companies are gonna start working and interacting. You're going to see a lot more virtual teams, right? A lot of crypto companies, a lot of blockchain companies are in all aspects. They're global. Right. So unfortunately, can't all be in a room, but they all can be in a virtual room. So how do you see the shift happening in the industry? Post this pandemic?

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:14:41] I think one of the biggest things will be automation. I think right now and for the next few months, there will be a lot of belt tightening among big companies and small companies that really just kind of taking a step back and looking at the business and saying, OK, what part of these processes can be automated? How much is it gonna cost me to build out those automation's and how much am I going to save in the long term? So I think this has been a big accelerate towards automating all these processes and kind of removing humans from parts of the process where they're just simply not needed. And then the second interesting point that kind of ties into that a little bit is we are doing a little bit of a soft test right now as a society with UBI. So this isn't technically universal basic income, but the amount of support coming from the government right now. This is a little bit of a trial run to see how people react to this, to see how the economy reacts, to see how society reacts. I think the intersection of automation and potentially some form of a few UBI down the road might be really interesting to see how that plays out.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:15:47] Yeah, 100 percent. I mean, it should be. What we're running, like you said, was running a test. This is just a trial run to see, you know, what works, what doesn't work. I believe the automation thing that should be very interesting of seeing how companies are going to come out, come out of this and reassess, hey, what in our definition or whatever you want to call it, qualifies as an essential worker. Right. And can we automate these things right? Your SLOWLY seeing it right now or with restaurants, grocery stores, everybody is doing this stuff online.  A lot of people are waking up, knowing, missing, hey, I could do a lot of these things online and out to actually be there in person, which is amazing. Absolutely. For sure. Yeah. Which is incredible. Austin is there any is there any like, finals like things has been top of mind for you since this like pandemic. Anything that I guess popped in your head that hasn't popped before before we before we wrap this up.

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:16:51] Well, at Consilium, we we spend a lot of time looking at markets and whether that's crypto currency markets or traditional markets. I think the biggest takeaway from this is find a way to manage your tail risk or at least be aware of what tail risk can look like because this thing came out of nowhere. There was I would say that there's no real regulation or government policy that could have prevented this, unlike some kind of things like the global financial crisis in 2008. This was something that came out of nowhere that no policy could have prevented. And that's a true kind of black swan or tail risk event. And we're all feeling it in terms of our day to day lives. Also in our portfolios and also just how society as a whole is reacting to this. So just be aware of what tail risks that tail risk can happen. And just just re-examine everything in your life and think about how can I manage this? How can I hedge against this, even if it's in some small way so that you can sleep at night when this next event comes? Hopefully not anytime soon. But I think the way that the trend is that these things will be happening more often throughout the next few decades.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:18:01] Yeah. Awesome. Austin thank you so much. Would be the best way for our audience to either reach out to you if there's any questions about Consilium, if they have any any questions of, you know, mitigating the tail risk.  How would I would on audience contact with you?

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:18:16] Well, as a company, we try to be very active on LinkedIn. So I'd say the first thing would be to follow our company page on LinkedIn. And then also just feel free to reach out through through the Web site contact form. We always reply to everybody that comes through there. So, yes, please feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions or you're looking to learn more about the company or crypto assets as a whole.

 

Manseeb Khan: [00:18:37] Awesome, Austin thank you so much for sitting down with us today. And I'm excited to sit down with you, hopefully in a real room after this pandemic.

 

Austin Hubbell: [00:18:46] Sounds great. Thanks a lot for having me. Manseeb take care.

 

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NCFA | Samuel He, Market Research Analyst Intern | July 3, 2020 Today, millions live paycheck to paycheck, struggling to get by financially. This lack of resources and a poor credit score makes getting a loan difficult. And the options that are available, make the problem worse with high rates and aggressive rules. Traditional payday loans use aggressive deadlines and lump sum payments that often results in the customer spiraling into a debt trap. The challenge for the customer is accessibility to resources and the opportunity to improve their credit capacity for future, cheaper loans. Founded by Samir Issa, MoneyMates is an alternative lender that prioritizes the welfare of its customers by offering expert guidance not just on getting the loan, but how to improve their credit situation. See:  Shopify expands capital lending program to help Canadian merchants weather COVID-19 They do this by offering customers an extended repayment period of up to two months rather than the typical two weeks. In the event of a missed payment, MoneyMates will work with the customer on a solution to avoid additional fees and penalties. MoneyMates has also added a unique savings feature to help borrowers accrue savings. Customers are given the ...
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IMF Blog | By Ulric Eriksson von Allmen, Purva Khera, Sumiko Ogawa, and Ratna Sahay | July 1, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic could be a game changer for digital financial services. Low-income households and small firms can benefit greatly from advances in mobile money, fintech services, and online banking. Financial inclusion as a result of digital financial services can also boost economic growth. While the pandemic is set to increase use of these services, it has also posed challenges for the growth of the industry’s smaller players and highlighted unequal access to digital infrastructure. Several actions will need to be taken to ensure maximum inclusion going forward. Low-income households and small firms can benefit greatly from advances in mobile money, fintech services and online banking. The shift towards digital financial services was already helping societies advance financial inclusion before the pandemic started, benefiting many low-income households and small firms with typically little access to traditional financial institutions. Lockdowns and social distancing are accelerating the use of digital financial services, just as the SARS epidemic in 2003 hastened China’s launching of digital payments and e-commerce. See:  Cambridge launches the Global Alternative Finance Industry Benchmark & Covid-19 Rapid Assessment Survey in Partnership ...
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Bank of Canada | Release | Jun 30, 2020 The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Bank of Canada announced today they will be launching a BIS Innovation Hub centre to advance fintech innovation within the central banking community. The centre will open in Toronto within two years and is one of four locations scheduled to open in North America and Europe. This partnership will advance the Bank’s understanding of the digital economy and the technological transformation of financial services. It builds on the Bank’s existing research and collaboration with partners in the central bank and technology communities on digital currencies and fintech. “We’re proud to host a BIS innovation centre in Toronto and to strengthen our collaboration with other central banks and the private sector on digital technologies,” said Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem. “This partnership will allow the Bank to continue its work on behalf of Canadians to explore how technology will shape the future of our economy and financial system.” See:  Bank of Canada Speech: Money and Payments in the Digital Age Growth in Canadian FinTechs Having Impact on Canada’s Banking Landscape Open Banking In Canada: Navigating The Future Of Money  “Toronto is an ideal location ...
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Consilium Crypto | Austin Hubbell | Jun 29, 2020 TORONTO, June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Consilium Crypto, provider of Institutional-grade trading & risk management tools for digital asset markets, today launches its Liquidity Routing System for cryptocurrency exchanges, Consilium ORS. This product has multiple one of a kind features built in, designed to meet the needs of high-volume crypto traders (hedge funds, miners, OTC trading desks). High-volume clients can save 10% and more on transactions of select coins including Ethereum, Litecoin and Zcash. Consilium ORS also significantly improves pricing on Bitcoin and other digital assets, spreading orders across multiple exchanges to avoid disrupting prices, enabling users to get more for their money. Furthermore, there is no fixed cost for this service. Costs are a function of the trader's savings. If customers don't save on a transaction, they pay $0! See:  Fintech Fridays EP40: Why Bitcoin Exists and Education for the Masses We offer a streamlined Liquidity Routing System that does not require custody of funds, a new concept in this type of trading. Consilium Crypto users keep complete control over all their assets, from quote to execution. All trading is done directly between the user and the exchange, reducing the risk ...
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FundThrough Blog | Jun 26, 2020 TORONTO – FundThrough, North America’s leading invoice funding solution for small businesses, has announced it will provide $10 million in free funding for clients as the economy reopens from COVID-19. The company announced it as part of a broader initiative to help small businesses, who invoice their customers and wait to for invoice payments, get back on their feet in the wake of the COVID-19 economic shutdown and has expedited this capital commitment for SMBs looking for a practical source of funding. The Toronto-based Fintech company will provide working capital to small businesses in exchange for outstanding customer invoices, based on the creditworthiness of the payor. Clients that sell goods and services to larger customers and need working capital quickly are encouraged to apply. “We are proud to announce this initiative to help kick start the North American economy and ensure that companies get paid immediately for the work they have completed and the products they have delivered,” said FundThrough Co-Founder and CEO Steven Uster. “Large companies often stretch out their payment terms for their suppliers. We are levelling the playing field so that suppliers no longer have to act as a bank for ...
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‘Bring the problem forward’: BlackRock CEO Larry Fink on climate risk

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McKinsey & Company | Rik Kirkland | Apr 21, 2020

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The physical impact of climate change will lead to a major capital reallocation, says the head of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.

During a 40-year career, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has learned that financiers seldom ignore risks to their businesses: “Once they recognize a problem,” says Fink, “they bring that problem forward.” Fink himself has made a practice of bringing problems to the fore in his yearly letters to CEOs and clients. When he focused on climate risk in his 2020 letter to CEOs and a related letter to clients from BlackRock’s global executive committee, citing work by McKinsey and others, he sought to advance a discussion that he’d seen accelerate during the previous year—and to spur executives and policy makers to act. In this commentary, adapted from an interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland in February 2020, Fink expands on certain themes from his 2020 letters, including the threats that climate change poses to the poor and vulnerable, the diverging interests of advanced and developing countries, the importance of fair policy solutions, and the value of better nonfinancial reporting.

The Quarterly: Why did you choose to concentrate on climate risk in your CEO and client letters this year?

Larry Fink: Throughout the year, and more frequently as the year progressed, the question of climate change was raised by all our clients throughout the world, whether in Saudi Arabia or in Houston or in Sacramento or in Europe. And it was raised not just by our clients but by regulators and government officials. At the same time, we were witnessing more evidence of the physical impact from climate change. All this really hit me when I was sitting down to write my CEO letter, which I generally try to do right after the August break.

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I was just writing down all the themes that I wanted to talk about. Climate risk was actually not a major component of the first draft. But then, in September, when I had meetings with the UN [United Nations] in New York City and then with the IMF [International Monetary Fund] in Washington, the urgency of the conversation became very clear to me.

The Quarterly: What were you hearing from your clients? What keeps them up at night?

Larry Fink: As finance now starts looking at potential climate risks, it raises so many different capital-allocation questions. One great question was asked by a client—I’d say among the smartest clients we have worldwide. This client said, “We never think about climate change as a risk. And yet we’ve been great investors over the long run because our time frame is ten to 15 years. Now, through the lens of sustainability and climate impact, how do I think about our strategy for today? Can we expect the same type of positive outcomes and liquidity? Should we factor in the physical impact on some of our investments—whether physical investments, like real estate, or municipal investments in cities and states?”

They raised many large questions about whether they should think about investing differently and whether they should add the lens of climate risk to their long-term investment strategy. And the answer is yes.

The Quarterly: A key point you made in your letters is that we may see a “fundamental reshaping of finance,” with a significant reallocation of capital “in the near future.” How will that happen? Can you give an example?

Larry Fink: Well, if 5 percent or 10 percent or 20 percent of our clients are starting to ask these questions and trying to design strategies to effectuate the climate theme over a long horizon, that in itself is a capital reallocation. We’re hearing this in our conversations with insurance companies, which are looking at climate change and how they should insure. That represents a major societal issue that’s unfortunately very regressive. We don’t talk about how regressive this could become.

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In the United States, insurance rates are generally set by state insurance commissioners. It’s very hard for an insurance company to raise rates extensively even if it thought a jurisdiction may have real, physical climate risk.

So, suppose you buy a house, and you think you’re going to live in that house for 20 years. Your insurance has to be renewed every year. But the house is in an area where the insurance company does not have the ability to raise rates unless reinsurance rates are raised. Ultimately, it’ll be able to raise rates. In the interim, it may say, “I can’t provide you with coverage anymore.” Then you have this long-term asset that you want to protect, but the insurance companies may not insure you. That is another form of capital allocation and reallocation.

And we’re starting to see more evidence of climate change and its impact on capital allocation. I do believe that if you’re a long-term investor, you’d better frame all your investments through that lens.

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Podcast: When Currencies Fail: A Primer on the Dollar Crisis in Lebanon

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Coindesk | Nathaniel Whittemore | Apr 29, 2020

Crisis in lebanon - Rebank Podcast: How to Build a Profitable Digital Bank with TinkoffA massive shortage of dollars is instigating economic chaos, including a more than 50% loss of value in the Lebanese pound and what looks like an enormous local premium for bitcoins. Presented in podcast and full-transcript formats.

The Lebanese pound has lost at least 50% of its value against the dollar since last year. About 220,000 people have lost their jobs. Food prices are up 58%. An estimated 75% of the population needs assistance of some kind. And over the last two nights, at least a dozen banks have been torched by protesters.

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The catalyst? Not coronavirus but a massive dollar shortage destroying an economy that relies on inflows of U.S. dollars to function.

In this episode, NLW breaks down how Lebanon models what it looks like for a currency to fail, and why this likely isn’t the last emerging market currency to experience a similar crisis in the months to come.

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It is Wednesday, April 29th and today we are going to be talking about Lebanon, specifically the currency crisis overlapping a political crisis overlapping a larger economic crisis that is engulfing Lebanon and I think has relevance for how we understand the dollar in the world, the dollar's role in the world and the fallout from COVID-19. I wanted to bring this episode to you because I noticed last week Lebanon start to emerge in the crypto sphere and there were two contexts:

The first was Dan Tapiero. He picked up on a piece by newsBTC noticing that Bitcoin seemed to be trading at fifteen thousand dollars in lebanon via localbitcoins.com which is a peer to peer platform for trading Bitcoin between people. He said the classic emerging market funding crisis was made worse by deflationary dollar peg that is breaking. Study this case as it will be modeled for other weak emerging markets. It will be a key part of the macro story behind the upcoming Bitcoin price rally.

Banks start to limit withdrawals, which is exactly what happened.

Banks started to limit how much could be withdrawn in USD and that creates more demand for dollars. All of a sudden that activity moves to the black markets because if banks won't allow people to withdraw money or get access to dollars, black markets will, but the black market price is not going to stay the same as that official peg.

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This keeps going on. As people start to see the peg fall further, they want to minimize loss.

They go from, "I don't want to lose the value that I would have had at that official peg going on the black market" to "The black markets, the only place I can get those [US] dollars

if it's 2000 Lebanese pounds to the dollar, now, I want to lock in that loss rather than worry or take the risk of a loss of greater debasement of the value of the Lebanese pound in months to come.

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FintechBeat Podcast: Save the Money

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Roll Call | Chris Brummer | April 7, 2020

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Fintech Beat sits down with Linda Jeng and Dan Gorfine to talk about how online lending, open banking and a digital dollar — with the right policies — could immediately improve the plight of those affected by the coronavirus.

 


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Bank On It Podcast: Turning a Funding Failure Into a Win

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Bank On It podcast | John Siracusa | March 11, 2020

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This nugget was pulled from episode 160 from an interview with Brett Crosby,  co-founder & COO of PeerStreet. This nugget is on turning a funding failure into a win.

About Brett Crosby:

Brett is the co-founder and COO of PeerStreet, a platform for investing in real estate-backed loans. Crosby was previously the director of product marketing at Google, where he co-founded Google Analytics, helped start Google’s mobile advertising business and recently ran the global marketing teams responsible for the growth of Chrome, Gmail, Docs and Drive.

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