Are we facing a crisis in capitalism? This podcast gives listeners unprecedented access to some of the leading minds in commodities, technology and macroeconomics who rant on the inadequacies of our systems today and riff on ideas for how to make them better. Together, we explore if smarter markets are the real antidote for a sustainable future that is vigilant about ESG, data privacy and financialism as growing concerns in our markets today.
Jos Schmitt: What’s wrong with conventional equity markets and how to fix them
NEO Stock exchange founder Jos Schmitt explains why most existing stock exchanges give an unfair trading advantage to some customers over others, and explains why he launched a new exchange specifically designed to level the playing field for all investors.
Frank Lavin: Why Singapore will thrive as Asia’s new Financial Capital City
Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Frank Lavin weighs in on Singapore’s suitability as the emergent Asian Financial Capital City and Singaporean regulators’ willingness to consider new and innovative approaches to designing smarter financial markets.
Mike Green: Market Deficiencies and Incentives for NOT fixing them
Logica Funds’ Mike Green explains why he and most of the smartest people in finance are in the business of exploiting and profiting from deficiencies of current markets, rather than fixing them. Mike explains why incentives don’t favor fixing what’s broken, and what we need to do to change the system and enable migration to a new generation of Smarter Markets.
Charlie McGarraugh: Translating Tokenization techno-speak to Finance Professionals’ English
Charlie McGarraugh is Chief Strategy Officer for Blockchain.com, the largest self-custodied crypto wallet provider globally. Previously he was a Goldman Sachs Partner and former head of metals trading, so his native language is finance. In this interview, Charlie explains Tokenization in terms that Finance professionals can relate to, then goes on to explain what this change will mean both to financial markets and to the people who work in them.
Thom McMahon: Designing Smarter Markets from Robert,/Maryam,/Jeff’s Vision
Abaxx co-founder Thom McMahon weighs in on the company’s activities to actually design and build the fully tokenized commodity trading system envisioned by Robert Friedland, Maryam Ayati and Jeffrey Currie in our first three episodes. Thom also explains why a physical delivery LNG contract is essential to the green energy revolution, and how Abaxx Exchange is designing that contract right now to establish Singapore as the global benchmark market for LNG price discovery.
Jeff Currie: Goldman Sachs commodities chief on ESG, carbon pricing, and new technologies
Goldman Sachs commodities chief Jeff Currie weighs in on the next commodity cycle, the return of inflation, and why it’s essential for the marketplace to figure out how to put a price on carbon in order to enable the realization of ESG objectives. Jeff goes on to describe tokenization of commodity futures warehouse receipts as the best use case he’s heard for distributed ledger (a/k/a/ “Blockchain Technology”).