As part of Sibos’ “View from the Top” series, being run throughout this year’s Sibos and consisting of addresses from multiple CEOs of global banks, Citi’s Jane Fraser spoke yesterday afternoon to offer a message of change.
Fraser shared her policy regarding cryptocurrency before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee last month. She shared how her company was taking a ‘measured approach’ to cryptocurrency as the bank sought “to understand changes in the digital asset space and the use of distributed ledger technology, including demand and interest by our clients, regulatory developments and technology advancements.”
It is a matter of ‘when’, and no longer ‘if’, banks completely adopt crypto trading, and are accepted into the wider crypto eco-system. You can be pretty sure that when the time comes, Citi will work with companies like BlockFi and exchanges like Uniswap.
Luxembourg has positioned itself over many years as Europe’s UCITS (Undertaking of Collective Investment in Transferrable Securities) processor-in-chief, as well as more recently for European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs).
“Bitcoin is like the first plane built by the Wright Brothers. They built it using human intuition and imitation of birds, long before fluid dynamics were formulated. Bitcoin was built by Satoshi using intuition and heuristics, and he didn’t start with a theoretical framework as the foundation.”
Fang went on to reveal that offshore investors hold $294bn of stocks in circulation. Including all investment through other channels as well, foreign investors own just 4.69% of Chinese stocks in circulation. In comparison, international investors own roughly 30% of Japanese and South Korean stocks.
As women take up higher positions in finance and regulation – Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak at JPMorgan, Kate Bessant at Bank of America, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren in policy – it’s not like Fraser is completely alone either.
Naveed Sultan, Global Head of Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions, commented: “Across Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions we are digitizing our core banking capabilities, processes and platforms, from front to back, to improve the way clients interact with us and use our products and services."
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