The Hong Kong Fintech Week was staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and saw HKUST faculty engaging in lively discussions with senior executives and business leaders on the digital future of the financial services industry. The audience heard three important talks on related themes. First, Professor Mike So, from the Business School's Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics & Operations Management, spoke on the "Use of Smart Data in High Frequency Finance and Risk Management". He began by describing how high-frequency stock trading works. "Once there is a profitable signal from the market, an algorithm is used by high-speed computers to perform trades."
Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to play a key role in the future of financial services and more broadly in what UBS and the World Economic Forum refer to as the "Fourth Industrial Revolution." The global economy is on the cusp of profound changes driven by "extreme automation" and "extreme connectivity." In this changing economic landscape, AI is expected to be a pervasive feature, allowing to automate some of the skills that formerly only humans possessed. In the financial services industry in particular, there has been a lot of noise around the potential of AI and data supports that investors are excited about the impact the technology could have across the industry. VC-backed fintech AI companies raised approximately US$2.22 billion in funding in 2018, nearly twice as much as 2017's record.
HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited ("iClick") (NASDAQ:ICLK), a leading independent online marketing technology platform in China, today announced a partnership with i-House.com, a pre-eminent global real estate blockchain cloud platform. The collaboration will allow i-House.com to reach a more targeted audience in its range of blockchain-enabled real estate projects. For iClick, this extends its data-based business intelligence solutions to the real estate sector and offers the potential for more personalized and value-added solutions in the future. The partnership demonstrates tangible value from combining the two exciting technologies of data analytics and blockchain, revealing potential areas for this sector and beyond. Developing business intelligence ("BI") capabilities is meeting the latent needs of brands to maximize the value of their proprietary data and to provide actionable insight from such data.
By redirecting focus, wealth managers can successfully respond to challenges brought on by digital disruption, demographic shifts, and tighter regulation. Wealth managers have seen their fair share of ups and downs in recent years, and while challenges remain, advisers can drive business and growth by paying attention to demographic segmentation, how investors are using technology, and changes in regulation. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London first speaks with PriceMetrix chief customer officer Patrick Kennedy and McKinsey partner Jill Zucker about the North American wealth-management industry; he follows that with a discussion with senior partner Joe Ngai, on the industry in China. Simon London: Welcome to the McKinsey Podcast with me, Simon London. Today, we're going to be talking about financial advice and the people who provide it: financial advisers, or as they're sometimes known, wealth managers. Wealth management is a very big business--and also a business facing a number of challenges, such as new technology, changing demographics, and tighter regulation in a lot of countries. A little later, we're going to be getting a perspective on China. But we're going to start here in North America. For the first part of the conversation, I'm joined on the line by Jill Zucker, a McKinsey partner based in New York, and Patrick Kennedy, who's based in Toronto. Pat is chief customer officer for PriceMetrix, which provides data and analytics to the wealth-management industry.
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