Wavelength Podcast Episode 147: Crypto Insurance; Waters USA Recap

BlockRe’s Raymond Zenkich joins to talk about the challenges of offering insurance products for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

James Rundle, WatersTechnology's editor, and Anthony Malakian, editor at large, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

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

This week, Anthony and James talk about some of the themes and discussions at our flagship Waters USA conference, which was held in New York City on December 3.

Then, James sits down with Raymond Zenkich, president and chief operating officer of crypto insurer BlockRe, to talk about some of the challenges of offering insurance products in such a new and risky market.

2:00 James and Anthony revisit some of the themes from this week’s conference, including where fintech companies get it wrong while trying to attract bank funding.

4:00 One of the highlights was Cathy Bessant, global chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, being interviewed on-stage by editor-in-chief Victor Anderson.

7:00 A new way of looking at artificial intelligence, beyond the hype cycle, was evident at the conference. [For a very deep dive into how firms are using deep learning in the capital markets, click here.]

9:30 While people are coming around to using one (or more) of the big cloud providers, there are still challenges when it comes to data governance and hidden fees.

11:30 Have pitches for the New Year, send 'em over. 

BlockRe

13:00 James and Raymond Zenkich go over what BlockRe brings to the market.

15:00 What are some of the key challenges facing the market?

21:00 How do you go about assessing risk and setting coverage in a market that can lose billions in value overnight?

25:00 What kind of technology has BlockRe been developing to handle these issues, and who is advising it?

30:00 How do you monitor this rapidly changing market?

33:00 A look at BlockRe's risk assessment tool. 
 

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 Malakian, editor at large: @a_malakian[email protected]

James Rundle, US editor: @JimRundle; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 137: Bloomberg on Data Fragmentation

Episode 138: Nasdaq-Cinnober Tie-up & 10 Years After Lehman's Collapse

Episode 139: Broadridge on Emerging Tech in APAC

Episode 140: Web Data Extraction & Refinitiv Update

Episode 141: Brexit and Blockchain and Data, Oh My

Episode 142: AWS Talks Cloud Adoption in the Capital Markets

Episode 143: Rick Lane of Trading Technologies on Cloud, Crypto

Episode 144: Market Data Fees Fight & Crypto Hype

Episode 145: CSDs Consider Crypto; Bank Robberies & AI; DTCC's Blockchain 

Episode 146: Waters USA Preview; Brexit Drama

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