During this keynote session keynote speaker Matthew Griffin discusses the future of the financial services industry and highlights four disruptive waves that are changing how the industry operates and who the main players and competitors are and will be.


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Firstly, thank you to Laura at Wolters Kluwers for inviting me to be the keynote at their annual summit which, again for COVID related reasons was virtual, where we discussed the future of the financial services industry and how in time it could be disrupted by companies that today don’t even consider themselves to be in the same market. Even though they actually are already – even if they just don’t see it yet.


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During the presentation, which was viewed by people from around the world, I took the audience on a journey through the future where banks are disrupted by fintechs – or just “Neo Banks just with fancy digital UI’s” – and a future where fintechs are disrupted by Decentralised Finance or DeFi players. Or as most people know many of them – gaming platforms, and many other new players including you, I and anyone else who fancies spinning up their own bank and own cryptocurrencies …


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As we stare down the barrel of Web 3.0, with its complimentary suite of powerful enabling technologies that include everything from blockchain and crypto to NFT’s and tokens, the only thing that is changing in the world of finance is everything.


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No stone is being left unturned – or digitised and turned into an NFT – and no corner of the market is safe as new players from all the corners of the Earth try to create their own global payment networks, develop super apps, and monetise new things in new ways using fractional ownership models, and much more more.

About author

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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