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Investment platforms of the future will disrupt financial services

Monday, April 16, 2018

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Innovations coming via investment platforms will disrupt financial services, claimed Michael Syn, head of derivatives at the Singapore Exchange.

Syn said that the Exchange has launched an initiative where they can meet and host startups to find ways how to scale up innovation. There would be two separate layers of the initiative. He told participants of the latest Opalesque Connecticut Roundtable, "One is very scale-based. In this approach to rationalize an investment operation the main focus is on the operating aspect, where you really want huge economies of scale, bargaining power, and low marginal costs. The second approach is someone delivering intellectual property."

These are two aspects that are kind of linearly separable, he said. Some of these platforms would already exist in China and the US - scalable investment operations and advisory platforms that literally crowd manage as well as crowd fund assets. But because these are all virtualized, the platform can bundle assets and managers up as near-equity.

Fund managers can then also let market-based mechanisms determine the price of capacity in their strategy, and discover h......................

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