The Blockchain and Us: The Main Takeaways

The Blockchain and Us: The Main Takeaways

The blockchain is one of those technologies that could have wide-reaching impacts on our lives. It certainly polarizes opinions. For some, it is a game changer that ushers in a new era of financial inclusion, a more secure financial system without intermediaries and...
FinTech Made in Switzerland: The Main Takeaways

FinTech Made in Switzerland: The Main Takeaways

Switzerland has great ambitions to go digital. The country released a digital manifesto in November 2016 with eight points to help it play a worldwide leading role in digital transformation. Digitization concerns all parts of life, but the financial sector is...
Book Review: The End of Banking

Book Review: The End of Banking

by Manuel Stagars, CFA, CAIA, ERP Announcing the demise of the financial system as we know it has become popular in the aftermath of the Great Recession. In fact, the Financial Times has dedicated an entire series to the topic, aptly named Death of Banks, wherein...
Fighting Ebola with Impact Investment

Fighting Ebola with Impact Investment

by Manuel Stagars, CFA, CAIA, ERP For a while, the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa accounted for headlines on a daily basis. By December 2014, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone reported 13,676 cases. This was the largest outbreak of the disease, and the WHO...
How Your Startup Could Make a Billion

How Your Startup Could Make a Billion

by Manuel Stagars, CFA, CAIA, ERP Most entrepreneurs say money is not a motivation for them. If believe this is true. Financial reward alone is not sufficient to instill in you the entrepreneurial fire that will push you forward in rough times. A paycheck will...
Why You Can’t Replicate Silicon Valley

Why You Can’t Replicate Silicon Valley

by Manuel Stagars, CFA, CAIA, ERP Silicon Valley is the nickname for Santa Clara Valley, the South Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. In the last years, the term has become a synonym for innovation. Research parks often dream out loud of...