Modularization refers to the existence of numerous players in a decentralized value chain, each using digital technology to provide a specialized service that meets the needs of other value-chain players or end-customers. In financial services, modularization represents an alternative to the vertically integrated market structure long dominated by large banks and other institutions.
Digital bonds can reduce the need for intermediaries and therefore lead to lower fixed costs provide better market transparency by increasing capacity to see trade flows and the identity of asset sellers and buyers and provide a much faster settlement speed. While there are still development milestones necessary to make these benefits apparent, the private sector has begun discussions on how to enter this space.
Our series, Finding Balance, maps the environment financial institutions must navigate to thrive in the post-pandemic global market. Starting in 2020 and finishing this year, we looked across our subsectors — at banking and insurance, financial sponsors, as well as financial infrastructure and payment providers — and re-evaluated the potential impact of the major global drivers of change in financial services such as ESG and digital transformation. The series also considers the risks to and pressures on financial institutions presented by increasing corporate indebtedness, the rise of alternative finance, and increasing regulatory scrutiny originating from the 2008 financial crisis.
In the ninth installment in the Finding Balance series, we take a closer look at the impact of new technology on financial institutions.
In the eighth installment in the Finding Balance series, we take a closer look at the phenomena of rising global indebtedness and alternative financing.
On 25 November 2021, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) unveiled the Sustainable Finance Development Policy 2025 (“Policy”), developed in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation. The Policy, among other things, lists the tasks to be implemented in the Ukrainian financial services market in line with the best international practices and standards of environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulatory frameworks.