To Blockchain or to Block the Chain

To Blockchain or to Block the Chain

Since the introduction of the bitcoin cryptocurrency in 2008, the blockchain technology has been in everyone’s mouth. In this insight, I review the three main components defining the core of any blockchain implementation using a slightly novel approach. I start by defining the asset transfer problem (ATP) that blockchain is aiming at solving. I present.

Fee based advice: Winning formula or passing fad?

Fee based advice: Winning formula or passing fad?

Margins in private banking are fading. Increased regulatory costs and a low interest rate environment are not help-ing. But more prominently, the lack of client activity combined with fading trust cuts right into the heart of the private banking business model. Prominent players try to regain lost revenues by re-inventing their advisory services. I have.

Six ways to add value to the Business Model Canvas

Six ways to add value to the Business Model Canvas

The business model canvas (“BMC”), proposed by Osterwalder and Pigneur in 2010, is a very powerful toolset to describe and develop business models. Not only does it help understand how a given business works today or may work in the future, it can also be used as the founda-tion for developing and / or enhancing.

The five puzzle pieces of a successful investment process

The five puzzle pieces of a successful investment process

Systematically achieving set investment goals require a sound investment process. Any invest-ment process should be composed of five puzzle pieces put together by skilled people. First the foundation, that is, the investment philosophy must be defined. Forecasting capabilities both along the return and the risk dimension are the second required puzzle piece. Portfolio construction assures.

Performance has a Price

Performance has a Price

Any return in excess of the risk free rate promised or paid by a financial investment indicates that there are risks associated. Before investing, it is important to understand the risks taken and relate them to the expected return. Whether or not a reward is considered fair depends on the probability and impact of risks.

6th Annual International Fund Manager Selection Conference

6th Annual International Fund Manager Selection Conference

The 6th annual international fund manager selection conference brought together about 100 participants from all over Europe both from the buy as well as the sell-side. Interesting topics about what fund manager selection is about were presented. The future of open architecture was discussed in the context of a changing and more regulated world. Trends.

Successfully managing small projects

Successfully managing small projects

Front-office related units address a growing number of open issues by so-called small projects. These projects are very often run with existing resources and without any formal project management approach. Unfortunately, many of them fail or their results are tightly linked to the project team members. Experience has shown that addressing the five areas of.