Larry Cao, CFA, senior director of industry research, CFA Institute, conducts original research with a focus on the investment industry trends and investment expertise. His current research interests include multi-asset strategies and FinTech (including AI, big data, and blockchain). He has led the development of such popular publications as FinTech 2017: China, Asia and Beyond, FinTech 2018: The Asia Pacific Edition, Multi-Asset Strategies: The Future of Investment Management and AI Pioneers in Investment management. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences on these topics. During his time in Boston pursuing graduate studies at Harvard and as a visiting scholar at MIT, he also co-authored a research paper with Nobel laureate Franco Modigliani that was published in the Journal of Economic Literature by American Economic Association. Larry has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Larry worked at HSBC as senior manager for the Asia Pacific region. He started his career at the People’s Bank of China as a USD fixed-income portfolio manager. He also worked for US asset managers Munder Capital Management, managing US and international equity portfolios, and Morningstar/Ibbotson Associates, managing multi-asset investment programs for a global financial institution clientele. Larry has been interviewed by a wide range of business media, such as Bloomberg, CNN, the Financial Times, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.
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.
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