OMFIF's Focus on Fintech aims to provide analysis on developments in financial technology, taking into account digital currencies, cybersecurity, big data, regulation and financial inclusion.
8 February 2018
Digital currency lecture
Yves Mersch, member of the European Central Bank’s executive board, gives a City Lecture in London. The lecture focuses on central banks and digital currencies, as well as the development of private cryptocurrencies and potential applications of distributed ledger technology.
5 February 2018
Central banking in a digital society
A lunch discussion with Cecilia Skingsley, deputy governor of the Swedish central bank and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s working group, global future council on the future of financial and monetary systems. The discussion examines the different contextual reasons for potentially issuing central bank digital currencies.
30 October 2017
Central bank digital currencies – a solution without a problem?
Hugo Frey Jensen, governor of the Danmarks Nationalbank, discusses how the bank is approaching the development of digital currencies and decentralised ledger technology.
23 October 2017
Designing a central bank digital currency
A roundtable discussion with Ben Dyson and Jack Meaning of the Bank of England. The meeting examines how the design of a central bank digital currency would determine the impact on monetary policy and financial stability, and how much of that impact would be under a central bank’s control.
20 September 2017
From Bitcoin to digital central bank money: still a long way to go
A roundtable discussion with Carl-Ludwig Thiele, member of the executive board, and Jochen Metzger, head of the payments and settlement systems department at the Bundesbank. They examine the prospects of using blockchain technology for central bank payments and settlements, as well as the rise of private cryptocurrencies.
13 September 2017
Digital currencies and central banking
Roundtable with Hiromi Yamaoka, director general of the Bank of Japan’s payments and settlements systems department. The discussion explores the characteristics and prospects of central bank digital currencies, as well as applications for blockchain technology within financial services.
11 July 2017
Central banks, digital currencies and monetary policy in the times of elastic money
Roundtable with Mojmír Hampl, vice governor of the Czech National Bank on the risks and benifits of private cryptocurrencies, as well as the prospects of issuing central bank digital currencies and implications for monetary policy.
7 April 2016
Digital globalisation, capital flows and the fintech policy landscape
Lunch discussion with Susan Lund, partner at McKinsey Global Institute on digital globalisation, capital flows and the fintech policy landscape.
15 February 2016
Digital disruption, blockchain and the future of capital markets
Roundtable with Greg Medcraft, Chairman of the Iosco Board on digital disruption, blockchain and the future of capital markets.
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Episode one (part one): Central banks and digital currencies
Hiromi Yamaoka, director general of the payments and settlements systems department at the Bank of Japan, joins Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF.
The discussion examines the different types of central bank digital currencies and accounts, the potential macroeconomic impact issuing central bank digital currencies, as well as the aplication of blockchain technology for clearing and settling payments.
Episode one (part two): Central banks and digital currencies
Mojmír Hampl, vice-governor of the Czech National Bank, joins Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF, for the second podcast on central banks and digital currencies.
The podcast focuses on the risks and benefits of developing a central bank-issued digital currency, the implications for monetary policy and financial stability, and the limits on the ability of private cryptocurrencies to challenge fiat currencies.
Episode two: Cryptocurrencies and decentralised ledger technology
Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF, is joined by Charley Cooper, managing director of enterprise software firm R3, and Jeff Bandman, founder of Bandman Advisors and former fintech adviser at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
They analyse the potential impact of decentralised ledger technology and cryptocurrencies for the global financial system, and the policy and regulatory issues surrounding their development.
Episode three: Regtech
Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF, speaks with Diana Paredes, co-founder and chief executive officer of Suade Labs, a technology company focused on helping financial institutions comply with regulatory issues.
The conversation examines the development of regulation technology or regtech, including the potential to reduce compliance costs and improve efficiency throughout the financial services industry.
Episode four: Fintech and financial inclusion
Matthew Saal, head of digital finance in the financial institutions group at the IFC, and Edward George, country head for the UK and head of group research at Ecobank, join Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF.
They examine the role and impact of fintech on financial inclusion, including the rise of mobile money, improvements in consumer data and credit history, and the need for increased co-operation between regulators.
Episode five: Financial inclusion in Kenya
Wohoro Ndohho, director general of public debt management at Kenya’s National Treasury, speaks with Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF.
The conversation examines the role that technology has played to improve financial inclusion in Kenya, and explores topics including mobile money, blockchain technology and M-Akiba, the world’s first mobile-only government bond.
Episode six: Digital single market
Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF, is joined by Pēteris Zilgalvis, head of the start-up and innovation unit in the European Commission’s digital single market directorate, and Wim Mijs, chief executive officer of the European Banking Federation.
They discuss the impact of the digital single market on the European banking sector and wider economy, the role of fintech, and the steps being taken to enhance regulation and co-operation across the continent.
Episode seven: Cybersecurity
Nausicaa Delfas, acting chief operating officer and executive director at the UK Financial Conduct Authority, joins Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF.
The conversation examines the cyber threat landscape and how it has evolved over the past few years, the practical steps that financial sector institutions can take to improve their resilience and security, as well as the importance of national and international co-operation.
Episode eight: Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Chiranjit Chakraborty, data scientist in the advanced analytics division of the Bank of England, and Robin Grosset, chief technology officer at MindBridge, join Oliver Thew, programmes manager at OMFIF.
They discuss the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on financial services and the wider economy, taking into account its use in the detection of fraud, analysing regulatory data, and the consequences of automation on the job market.
Banking, fintech: a potent force
Piyush Gupta, DBS Bank
Canada explores digital currencies
Carolyn Wilkins, Bank of Canada
Identifying Uber Risk
David Bholat and Chiranjit Chakraborty, Bank of England
Weighty decisions on e-kronor
Cecilia Skingsley, Deputy Governor of the Sveriges Riksbank
Digital future for sterling
Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England
Fintech fills funding shortfall
Greg Medcraft, Chairman, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Fintech initiative for private placements
Frank Scheidig, Global Head of Senior Executive Banking, DZ BANK