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Published quarterly, the CFA Montreal newsletter is an online publication offering content that is both interesting and beneficial to our professionals. Offering exclusive interviews, opinion pieces, information about the Society’s events and activities, industry appointments and personalities, market outlook news, and articles on a wide variety of subjects, the newsletter aims to spur ongoing dialogue among professionals in the Montreal financial industry.
We invite you to send us your areas of interest and ideas for articles. You are also welcome to submit texts you have written and wish us to consider for publication.*
*CFA Montreal reserves the right to decide whether or not to publish articles and to request revisions if it judges that the subject matter represents a sensitive issue or one that may negatively affect the Society or its members.
Last summer, you were invited to fill out a survey on FinTech. As a result of your participation, we are now better informed on your challenges, your perspective on the FinTech reality and its impacts on our profession. Thank you to all those who took the time to participate in the survey.
In a survey conducted in-house among CFA Montreal members, 93% of respondents agreed the rise of FinTech will require financial professionals to develop new skills. However, it appears some companies are doing more to prepare for this than others. While 60% of respondents indicated their company is taking steps to address the FinTech revolution, less than half of them (45%) consider those measures to be adequate. Respondents mentioned the cost of adopting technological tools as well as a lack of knowledge and human resources as the main obstacles to using FinTech. At the same time, 77% of them recognize that FinTech will have an impact on their business. Interestingly, 73% of respondents believe FinTech will lead to job losses in the finance industry, but few feel their own jobs are threatened. Even though half of respondents think their jobs will be affected by the increasing popularity of FinTech, they’re confident they’ll be able to adapt, and 79% of them doubt their roles will be replaced by new technologies within 10 years. About 10% of CFA Montreal’s 2,500 members took part in the survey, which showed that respondents also feel they should have a better understanding of artificial intelligence (61%) and blockchain (35%). Meanwhile, 47% believe that they should learn programming (several possible answers). Other survey highlights Interest in FinTech is still in the early stages of development among members
75% of respondents attended none or only one FinTech event in the past year
The topics of interest in order of preference are artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics and technology applied to portfolio/asset management
Development of programming skills
More than 75% of respondents would have difficulty with programming, but 47% consider it important to develop these skills
Limited interest in cryptocurrencies
9% of respondents hold cryptocurrencies
17% are interested in them
24% would like to learn more
The survey was conducted online by CFA Montreal among its 2,500 members between August 20 and September 6, 2018. A total of 227 members took part. The maximum margin of error is 6%, 19 times out of 20. CFA Montreal FinTech Events As a follow-up to the survey and to better meet the needs and interests of its members, CFA Montreal will present a series of events on FinTech, including: - November 29, a luncheon on the theme: The FinTech Revolution & Digital Reputation Management, an event that will present key aspects of the FinTech revolution and offer a unique opportunity to better understand the issues and how to adapt to this new reality. - February 7, 2019, Rendez-Vous FinTech, which will bring together several experts in artificial intelligence and blockchain in the afternoon. In the evening, participants will hear Mark van Rijmenam, renowned speaker and author of the book Blockchain: Transforming your Business and Our World.