How do you sum up the future of finance in 10 minutes? Well I’ve been asked to do just that for an event in Cambridge on 22 October, which is part of the annual Festival of Ideas (http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/whatson/ideasfestival/).
The Festival is a series of talks across the University of Cambridge which are open to the public, in the second half of October, covering a very wide range of topics. The Future of Finance is sponsored by Barclays Corporate, who are providing a speaker alongside Colin Lizieri, Grosvenor Professor of real estate finance, and me. We each talk for about 10 minutes then have Q&A, chaired by Professor Willy Brown of the Economics Faculty.
I’ve been thinking about what to say and will be taking a fairly high level point of view. I won’t spoil the story for anybody attending but promise not to be kind to banks just because Barclays are sponsoring it.
Of course an easy, quick and reasonably accurate answer to the question, what is the future of finance (at least in a UK context) would be – there’ll be a lot less of it.