Larry Cao, CFA, is director of content at CFA Institute, where he serves as a thought leader for Asia-focused content, events, and conferences. Previously, he served as senior client education and product communications manager for the Asia-Pacific region at HSBC. Cao also served as a fixed-income portfolio manager at the People’s Bank of China. He also worked at Munder Capital Management, where he managed US and international equity portfolios, and at Morningstar, where he developed financial planning solutions and managed asset allocation strategies for a global financial institution clientele. Cao was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Northern Trust CIO Robert P. Browne, CFA, discussed how asset allocation decisions are made using quantitative methods, while the underlying (active) portfolios are often run by managers from the fundamental school of investing, at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference.
Blockchain is an often discussed, rarely understood topic. What is it all about? What changes will it bring to financial services? What are the benefits and road blocks? Larry Cao, CFA, asked Jennifer Qin of Deloitte for her take on these questions.
Of all the uses of fintech, mobile payment is arguably the one in which traditional financial institutions have lost the most share. Who will dominate mobile payments on a global scale? Larry Cao, CFA, explored the issue with Ken Chew, managing director of DBS Bank’s consumer finance business.
Though blockchain technology has enormous promise, it has yet to gain many entry points into the finance industry. So where is the technology most likely to be applied over the next five years? We asked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers for their assessment. Larry Cao, CFA, analyzes the results.
Many working in the financial industry are concerned about how fintech will affect their employers and their own career prospects. With the goal of bringing more clarity to this issue, Larry Cao, CFA, shares the stories that taught him the most about the subject in 2016.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a form of direct lending between lenders and borrowers. In a P2P transaction, money can flow from the lenders directly to borrowers through the P2P platform, bypassing the traditional banking channel. As such, it is generally considered a disruptive form of fintech. Lu.com is one of the world’s largest players in the P2P market. Recently, I sat down with Gregory Gibb, CEO and chairman of Lu.com, in his office in Shanghai to discuss how the industry will evolve.
Fintech has taken the financial services industry by storm. Yet despite all the talk of disruption, fintech start-ups are just as vulnerable as those in other industries. So what are the factors that separate the winners from the losers? In the first installment of the Fintech Files series, Larry Cao, CFA, interviewed Gregory Gibb, chairman and CEO of Lu.com, for his perspective.
Fintech will have a significant and potentially revolutionary influence on a broad set of sectors within the financial services industry and across the globe. So what aspect of fintech has the potential to most transform the finance sector? We asked readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief to find out.