Thought Leadership for Financial Advisors (TLFA) provides Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) and fee-only financial advisors with practice management insights. You can find industry luminaries presenting weekly webinars on topics such as social media, marketing, referrals, engaging the affluent, compliance, life planning, retirement planning, and succession planning.
You can attend the webinars at no cost and will be able to submit real-time questions to presenters during the live online events. If you are unable to attend a webinar live, you can also view it afterward on demand.
· Pay by bank from Vocalink, Pingit from Barclays; Accenture has forecast a 30% drop in card volume based on open banking and PSD2, will these new solutions really eat into Debit and what is happening around regulation on them
· IoT payments are much hyped, can the schemes deliver on tokenization solutions for all devices or only with big brands
· Will we all be wearing our payments in five years, or just have it embedded in our finger
· Are we seeing the re-birth of the QR code with Tesco and the schemes in emerging markets or is it just a flash in the pan
· Can Fintechs really take advantage of the emerging payment trends or is it a market for the big boys only
· Clearbank the first new settlement bank in the UK, does this actually indicate a new trend of big banks being wholesalers and small Fintechs being retailers
Since its inception the Open University has used the latest technology to bring Higher Education to everyone who wishes to study. During development its initial name was ‘the University of the Air’ due to the prevalence of radio at the time.
Following our innovation thread we have over the past year or so been conducting a number of experiments in deploying blockchains in OU courses.
In this talk I will cover how we have been using blockchains to manage micro-accreditation (including badging), ePortfolios and peer accreditation in a variety of settings. I will also outline our initiatives to setup national and international blockchain networks and how blockchains could herald the emergence of Uber-style universities.
The title smart contracts is used to refer to a number of arrangements in which relationships are governed by a pre-determined digitalised arrangement, so that coded instructions execute on the occurrence of an event.
These often use Blockchain or distributed ledger technology to record and execute transactions. In their purest sense, the code – once agreed – becomes self-executing and self-governing and thus (it is argued) replaces the need for a wider contract or checks and balances.
Whilst their common name is arguably a misnomer (they are not necessarily contracts in the traditional legal sense), their implementation can enable transparency in supply chains and the reduction of frictional and intermediary costs.
This panel will examine how the concepts of smart contracts, utilising blockchain technology, can co-exist with existing legal concepts to include a review of:
· The distinction between traditional legal prose/code and programming code.
· Application of traditional principles (to include the three f-words: frustration, fraud and force majeure)
Regulation has been considered an obstacle when it comes to the adoption of blockchain technology. But many have taken on the challenge and have actively started to take blockchain and DLT as both a challenge and an opportunity.
Join this panel where we will discuss:
-ICOs, Self regulation of ICO, status of tokens in an ICO
-How blockchain will affect existing market regulations
-Which new regulations can we expect to respond to the ecosystem that blockchain has created?
-How would the governance structure be determined?
-How can the obstacle of a cross-border environment be tackled?
Much has been written about the power and scope of Smart Ledgers and Mutual Distributed Ledgers (MDLs, aka blockchains). Amidst the rush to find new applications for this versatile, ‘trustless’ technology, people overlook the challenge of governing Smart Ledger networks. Governance provides the mechanisms required to balance accountability of the governing body and its duty of meeting the specific objectives of the organisation.
Effective governance of Smart Ledgers should answer four critical questions - How are rules created for the ledger and who oversees their application? What happens in the case of dispute? Who is allowed to change the software application and the data? How are security, risk and performance managed and reported?
One approach is to embed these questions in existing legal structures, another to try to remain outside, but a third is to explore the appropriate role of arbitration, mediation, and expert determination, as far as possible avoiding enmeshing novel identity, document, and agreement exchanges within traditional legal structures.
In this webinar, Professor Michael Mainelli will share research from the Mattereum initiative as well as Long Finance research sponsored by the Cardano Foundation. He will conclude that, while there is nothing new under the sun, Smart Ledgers may need to shift the balance of power from law, to code, to human wisdom.
Bitcoin is all the rage right now. But many question the security behind this popular cryptocurrency.
Join this session where Anupam's agenda will include:
-Anonymity Vs. Pseudonymity
-Bitcoin working mechanics and cryptography involved
-Transaction conduct and types
-Wallets and types
Listen to expert panellists discuss:
1. How did we get here? Security, authentication and digital identity of today.
2. What are some issues currently facing this industry?
3. How are blockchain solutions being applied?
4. What could the future of blockchain have in store?
Moderator: Gavin Pacini (Deloitte)
Panelists: Oliver Naegele (Blockchain Helix)
Oleg Gutsol (eResidency),
Dr. Craig Wright (nChain)
Ami Hofman (Dimension Data)
Still confused about this whole Blockchain thing? Interested in investing in digital currencies, but not sure where to start? Want to get a better idea of the threats and opportunities?
David Siegel is a Blockchain, decentralization and business agility expert who has been a high-level management & strategy consultant to companies like Sony, Hewlett Packard, Amazon, NASA, Intel, and many start-ups. David has been praised for being able to explain Blockchain in the most simple and interesting way.
What you will learn:
-What is Bitcoin?
-What is the blockchain?
-What is Ethereum? What is Ether?
-What is a distributed application?
-What is a smart contract?
-What is a triple ledger?
-What about identity and security?
-What business models are at risk?
-What are the opportunities?
-What should we do?