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Discussion Series 2016
22 November | The Promises of FinTech:  A Future for the Financial System?

22 November | The Promises of FinTech: A Future for the Financial System?

Some believe that FinTech is the future of the financial system: innovative digital technologies aimed at making banking cheaper and more efficient. It may offer opportunities to connect supply and demand in the financial world without banks being ‘owners’ of financial flows. But is FinTech really a new way of transferring financial resources? Are digital...
25 October | A Future for the Financial System: Community Currencies?

25 October | A Future for the Financial System: Community Currencies?

  The traditional financial system was hit hard by the crisis. Banks are searching for answers and firing their staff, whilst new institutions are emerging. Informal banking and local currency systems are presented as potentially complementary systems, or even as alternatives. What exactly are these community currencies offering that banks are not? How have these...
27 September | A Future for the Financial System?

27 September | A Future for the Financial System?

The financial system has drastically changed over the past ten years. The financial crisis has triggered the growth of new financial technology (such as smartphone banking), but also opened up perspectives for all kinds of new initiatives for lending capital as well as trade and exchange systems. This debate session will discuss these new developments,...
Fall 2016 | A Financial World without the Traditional Financial Institutions?

Fall 2016 | A Financial World without the Traditional Financial Institutions?

  The crisis of the banking sector triggered all sorts of new mechanisms for financing human action and investment. Together with new technological opportunities we see the emergence of new forms of financing. Especially in emerging economies interesting solutions are found. Bitcoins emerged as a pure digital form of financing, other initiatives act as intermediaries and bypass the...