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  • Big Data report

    Our ability to produce data has grown exponentially in a few years. This huge amount of data has made it necessary for the development of tools that analyze and process the information to identify the relevant, this tool is the Big Data.

    The Big data creates technological tools that measure, structure, process, and analyze large amounts of data to the subsequent decision-making that allows, among other things, the improvement of the efficiency of organizations, specify tastes and needs of customers and consumers, the connection between Governments and citizens, the intelligence of the cities, generate patterns of behavior and know and predict habits not only for business but also to improve aspects of life, human health, personal, sports, labor performance, etc.

    Of all the possible implications of the Big Data, the XXIII publication of the Future Trends Forum (the think tank of the Bankinter Innovation Foundation) tried the implications of this technology for each of us as individuals and our relations with the environment.

  • Big Data in Big companies Stefan Bungart presents us with examples of Big Data applications that allow companies to increase the value offered to customers, and that improve efficiency within the organization.
  • Overview of flows of capital Joel Kurtzman’s presentation on global financial capital flows emphasizes the following points: 

    · Since 2008, the amount of energy produced in the United States in terms of oil and natural gas has skyrocketed, all due to the Mitchell Energy Company’s perfection of the process of fracking. We are starting to see the infrastructure put in place for a shift from oil and diesel fuel for long distance travel to natural gas. Natural gas is now shifting from being an internationally traded commodity to a domestically produced commodity. This is good news for the U.S. and bad news for OPEC, as the movement of capital into OPEC’s treasuries will decrease as the US leaves that market and itself becomes an exporter.

    · In addition to the development of the U.S. as an energy exporter, we also have seen major shifts in countries’ foreign reserves. Many emerging and mature markets are unable to absorb their capital inflows and have therefore built up significant foreign reserves. China provides an apt example of this, having been until recently the largest purchaser of U.S. debt. Japan has recently displaced China in this regard. Many other countries continue to see U.S. debt as attractive despite the country’s high debt levels, as large scale purchases allow them to influence U.S. interest rates. 

    · China has also seen a big drop in terms of its attractiveness for foreign investment, while countries that are seen as “safe bets” such as the United Kingdom and Germany remain strong.

    · Central banks have also played a significant role in the global recovery, having in many instances expanded their balance sheets taking on household and private sector debt. This movement of debt from one sector which can’t pay it to another sector which can’t be made to pay it is typical. We have also seen significant shifts in interest rates, which are now extremely low and going to remain so for the foreseeable future. · The accumulation of private equity funds has also been getting a lot of attention. Currently there are probably about 5 trillion U.S. Dollars in private equity, although being global and accounted for in different ways the total is difficult to calculate. This money is highly concentrated in just a few firms which are primarily located in New York and London. Currently 20 firms in the private equity world control 2% of world’s financial resources. This asset class through debt and leveraging of their capital has taken control of many firms, some of which are fully private others partially private and public. This sector was hard hit after the downturn in 2008, but there are indications that fundraising is increasing and the sector is picking up.

    · Sovereign wealth funds also represent a growing portion of global wealth accumulation, with approximately 12 trillion U.S. Dollars worth of capital. Abu Dhabi alone has over 1 trillion U.S. Dollars. This money is invested globally and not spent on the domestic market as it could create inflationary situations. These funds are very sophisticated in terms of the people they managing them.

    · Hedge funds have about 2 trillion U.S. Dollars worth of capital which they are investing with high degrees of leverage. They represent approximately 1% of the investible resources that firms have. This is also a highly concentrated group of firms with 20 firms controlling 1% of global financial investments.
  • Bernard Lietaer, Economist and Author of the Future of Money talk about that we need to move from a mono-culture in money (which m-pesa is still in) to a monetary ecosystem. Bernard Lietaer, Economist and Author of The Future of Money talks about the need to move from a mono-culture in money (which m-pesa is still in) to a monetary ecosystem.
Big Data report
Big Data in Big companies
Overview of flows of capital
Bernard Lietaer, Economist and Author of the Future of Money talk about that we need to move from a mono-culture in money (which m-pesa is still in) to a monetary ecosystem.
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