Waters Wavelength Podcast Episode 112: A Look at How Fintechs are Being Disruptive

The past two weeks have seen some major announcements that point to fintechs being even more disruptive than in years past.

Anthony Malakian, US editor of Waters, and James Rundle, news editor of Waters, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

After a bit of a lackluster performance last week (apologies), Anthony and James return with renewed vigor to discuss fintechs. We know, we know… you’ve heard this conversation before. Well, our hosts point to several news events to highlight what they believe is a true sea change in the fintech discussions. That goes on for about 36 minutes, and then they ramble about the Oscars. We do recommend the first 36 minutes.


To hear the full interview, listen in the player above, or you can download it.

1:30 Check out this profile of JPMorgan Asset & Wealth Management CIO Mike Urciuoli.

2:30 Go and say ‘Hi!’ to our two new reporters in London: Josephine Gallagher and Amelia Axelsen.

3:30 A quick look at the SEC handing out its first Reg SCI fine.

Fintech Disruption

4:30 European authorities have published a wide-ranging strategy designed to formalize the bloc’s response to and efforts in the fintech sector.

8:00 What does it all mean and is it fair to be cynical about the EC’s motivations behind this report?

13:00 How does S&P Global’s acquisition of Kensho Technologies play into this fintech movement that we’re seeing?

19:00 Fintechs are playing a major role in some of the big acquisitions we’ve seen this year.

20:00 Also, consider that Tradeworx and Icap made moves over the last year to focus more on being technology companies.

21:30 And, Howard Edelstein is getting into the fintech game, as are Gil Mandelzis and Tom Glocer.

25:00 Retail tech is playing more into the capital markets.

30:00 As more and more fintechs pop up, it’s creating a crowded marketplace with unforeseen workflow challenges. A new industry group is looking to tackle those challenges.

36:00 Changing topics, Anthony and James quickly give some of their thoughts on this year’s Oscars ceremony.

And before you go, check out all the winners from the inaugural Women in Data & Technology Awards.


Contact Info

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners. Feel free to reach out to Anthony or James via Twitter or email.

Anthony: @a_malakian[email protected]

James: @JimRundle; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 101: The Top 10 Stories of 2017

Episode 102: The Best of Longform Journalism in 2017

Episode 103: Mifid II is Now Law; How to Apply for the Women in Data & Tech Awards

Episode 104: Regulators Struggle with AI; SS&C Snaps up DST Systems

Episode 105: Blackstone's Bill Murphy, Part 3

Episode 106: Blockchain on the Buy Side; the Importance of Coding

Episode 107: An Examination of the Thomson Reuters-Blackstone Deal

Episode 108: Dan Schleifer Talks About the Challenges of Creating a Fintech

Episode 109: An Overview of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee’s Meeting

Episode 110: An Examination of the Temenos-Fidessa Deal

Episode 111: The Challenges Facing Utilities

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