- Digital currencies showed the most growth opportunity for payments:
o 20% of people said they don’t currently use them but plan to in the next year, higher than any other payment method studied in the research, a trend that may accelerate as a result of Covid-19.
o 34% of respondents considered online payments to be digital currency’s main function, while only 24% cited “short-term investment” as a reason for its use.
- 54% of respondents said they would consider a digital currency issued by their government (e.g. CBDC) trustworthy, compared to only 26% who said the same about currently available cryptocurrencies; however, cryptocurrency was the most recognised type of digital currency in the study.
If you are unfamiliar with digital currencies, you are in the minority. A full 85% of survey respondents of global consumers have owned, used or heard of decentralised digital currency such as a cryptocurrency according to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey conducted over January and February of this year. The study, Digimentality—Fear and favouring of digital currency, sponsored by Crypto.com, also showed that in the developing world, awareness reached 92%.
The study underscored a trend that is likely to accelerate as Covid-19 concerns mount and governments take physical cash out of circulation to help stem the virus spread. The global survey suggests that societies across the world were already leaning toward cashless options for daily purchases, based on convenience and traceability reasons.
“Our report showed that while the use of cryptocurrencies amongst the general public is low, people are very curious and optimistic about them for the future,” said Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto.com. “This bodes very well for our industry and comes at a pivotal time when trust in financial markets is wavering and more people are turning their attention to the growing range of digital currencies that continue to present a clear plan B to our traditional financial structures. We still have much work to do to get crypto into every wallet, but that mission is much more difficult without valuable insights into what the general public is thinking.”
“Covid-19 wasn’t part of the original survey parameters since it didn’t exist at the survey’s onset,” explains Jason Wincuinas, senior editor for thought leadership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, who headed the research. “But we can see in events since the survey finished in February—such as debate in the US congress over introducing a ‘digital dollar’ in recent weeks—that this is becoming a structural concern for society. What’s interesting is how China and Sweden were already looking at digital currency as potential pillars of their monetary systems. For other countries, maybe it takes an emergency like covid-19 to move the needle.”
In the survey, physical credit cards were shown to be the most popular payment choice overall; cash was only the third most used option. Online banking, online payment services and mobile apps on smartphones all captured a large share of consumer transactions. Digital currencies (which includes cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, XRP, etc) were still the least cited option but they captured the largest share of respondents who said they planned to try it within the next 12 months.
For expert analysis, The Economist Intelligence Unit consulted Eva Julin, deputy head general secretariat at Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s Central Bank), who heads the bank’s evaluation of issuing a digital currency and Antony Lewis, fintech advisor to The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong and author of the book “The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them.
Commenting on the research, Mr Wincuinas said: “The trend toward cashless payments is an irresistible force. And it was very interesting to observe greater eagerness and expectations within the developing economies we tested. Given that these countries also tend to have higher rates of people using mobile devices to go online and younger populations—who also tend to have faster takeup of technology generally—it could be a harbinger of what’s to come with digital currencies. Combined with the fact that we saw more resistance to cryptocurrencies and digital payments in developed economies, I think it’s clear there could be another leap-frog effect in the waiting as economies like China push ahead with digital ways to pay, and economies with older payment infrastructures play a wait-and-see game. But covid-19 could change everything.”
JUSTIN ROSE NAMED WINNER OF THE NICKLAUS-JACKLIN AWARD PRESENTED BY AON AT 44TH RYDER CUP
Prestigious Award celebrates player who embodies the true spirit of the Ryder Cup, proving that decisions made here make history
ROME, Oct. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Justin Rose of Team Europe was announced as the recipient of the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon following the conclusion of the 44th Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy.
Throughout the competition, Rose displayed exemplary character and poise in the face of one of sports’ most compelling atmospheres, all while maintaining sound decision making and representing the true spirit of the event. He has been a stalwart in the Team Europe dressing room, sharing his experience with a young team and leading by example by contributing key momentum building points when it mattered. On day one, Rose holed the decisive putt on the 18th to secure a tie, and his immediate reaction was to turn and acknowledge his teammates who stood beside the green – showcasing his belief that the team should always come first.
Rose was paired with Ryder Cup rookie Robert MacIntyre on day one and used his vast Ryder Cup experience to help guide the young Scotsman during his first Ryder Cup match, in what proved to be a tough battle against Max Homa and Wyndham Clark. On day two, Rose continued his partnership with MacIntyre and they secured a decisive 3&2 victory against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, with Rose’s red-hot putter proving crucial. MacIntyre would go on to have an exceptional debut, collecting 2 ½ points.
Just as the efforts of Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin did in 1969, Rose exemplified the true values of this great game, cementing his place in Ryder Cup history at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. Rose has become the third player to receive this honor, following Dustin Johnson from the U.S. Team and Sergio Garcia from the European Team, who won the Award at Whistling Straits two years ago.
Inspired by the historic 1969 Concession when Jack Nicklaus conceded a 2-foot putt to Tony Jacklin for a halved match resulting in the first tie in Ryder Cup history, the Award honors two icons in the game and is given to the player who best embodies the true spirit of the Ryder Cup – the individual who sees the bigger picture and makes better decisions on and off the course.
Speaking about winning the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon, Rose said: “Winning this Award is a huge compliment. This event really pushes you to the limit because it has so much passion. You have to find that line and get close to it, but always stay on the right side and be respectful towards your opponent. The Americans played their heart out today and deserve a lot of respect. Novak Djokovic gave the team some advice earlier this week and really emphasized how you need to embrace a pressurized situation and use it as inspiration. The putt on the 18th on day one was a good example of where I tried to embrace the moment – I didn’t want to blemish such a great start by the team, and my immediate reaction was to embrace my teammates who had all performed so well as a group.
“The Ryder Cup is all about teamwork and I managed to put together a strong partnership with Bob. I made some putts at the right time on the first two days that made me look heroic, but he chipped away constantly and made a big contribution just when we needed to keep the momentum going. A big thank you to Aon – winning this Award will make today’s victory even sweeter for me.”
At this year’s Ryder Cup in Rome, Team Europe took victory by 16 ½ -11 ½, after three days filled with iconic pairings, intense rivalry and selfless performances. Team Europe raced to a dominant 6 ½ to 1 ½ lead after day one and preserved their five-point advantage to lead 10 ½ to 5 ½ heading into the final day of singles. A close and hard-fought final day went down to the final few holes, with England’s Tommy Fleetwood delivering the clinching moment in style on the short par-4 16th hole.
“As the 44th Ryder Cup comes to an end, we are reminded that golf is a game shaped by respect, integrity and decision making under pressure,” said Andy Weitz, Chief Marketing Officer of Aon. “This event represents the best of golf, and this Award represents the best of the Ryder Cup. As its presenting partner, we are proud to honor Justin as the recipient of this year’s Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon. His display of character and skill throughout an intense match embodied the spirit of this event, and why we love this game.”
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Safra New York Corporation Completes The Acquisition Of Delta North Bankcorp.
NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Safra New York Corporation, the holding company of Safra National Bank of New York (“The Bank”), is pleased to announce the successful completion of its acquisition of Delta North Bankcorp, including its subsidiary Delta National Bank and Trust Company.
This strategic acquisition is a significant milestone for Safra National Bank and underscores the Bank’s continuous expansion in the private banking and wealth management business. The acquisition strengthens the Bank’s market position among high-net-worth clients in the United States and Latin America, where the Bank has been providing premier private banking and financial services and has a long and successful track record.
Jacob J. Safra, Chairman of Safra National Bank of New York: “We are proud to have completed this acquisition, which represents an excellent strategic fit to our existing business in these markets. Clients will benefit from an organization that is fully dedicated to wealth management, providing the service, products and expertise that best meet their specific needs. We are confident that the Bank has all the attributes required to continue growing and prospering in a sustainable manner.
Simoni Morato, Chief Executive Officer of Safra National Bank of New York: “We very much look forward to working closely with Delta’s clients and employees and developing long term relationships. Together we will build on the strengths of our organization, not only in the United States, but also throughout Latin America.”
Safra National Bank of New York
Headquartered in New York, with branches in Aventura, Miami and Palm Beach, and offices throughout Latin America, Safra National Bank is a leading private bank with approximately US$ 30 billion in clients’ assets. Safra National Bank of New York is part of the J. Safra Group.
J. Safra Group
The J. Safra Group (the “Group”), with total assets under management of over USD $300 billion, consists of privately-owned banks under the Safra name and investment holdings in asset-based business sectors such as real estate and agribusiness. The Group’s banking interests in 160 locations globally, are: Safra National Bank of New York, headquartered in New York City, USA; J. Safra Sarasin, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland; and Banco Safra, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil; all independent from one another from a consolidated supervision standpoint.
The Group’s real estate holdings consist of more than 200 premier commercial, residential, retail and farmland properties worldwide, such as New York City’s 660 Madison Avenue office complex and London’s iconic Gherkin Building. Its investments in other sectors include, among others, agribusiness holdings in Brazil and Chiquita Brands International Inc. With deep relationships in markets worldwide, the Group is able to greatly enhance the value of businesses which are part of it. There are more than 34,000 employees associated with the J. Safra Group.
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EMpact launches its venture studio in Central America, heralding a new approach to impact investing in frontier markets
Plans underway for subsequent launches in Africa and Central Asia
ANTIGUA, Guatemala , Oct. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today witnessed the launch of EMpact, a venture studio focused on nurturing talent and accelerating startups to serve critical value chains, focusing on frontier markets in Central America, West Africa, and Central Asia. The first studio is a collaboration between EMpact and Fundación Génesis Empresarial (Genesis), the largest development microfinance institution in Guatemala. The studio will promote entrepreneurship and capacity building across the Central America region through the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub” of Genesis and Universidad Francisco Marroquín – (UFM) a leading academic institution in the country, which promotes free market principles and entrepreneurship.
“The issues facing humanity and our planet are interlinked, and a big part has to do with how we access, cultivate, and sustain natural resources, including agriculture and forestry”, said Sami Lahoud and Prateek Shrivastava, co-founders of EMpact. “Catalyzing innovations in agriculture value chains, through entrepreneurship, creates stability and opportunity in frontier markets while sustaining the global economy and restoring our planet through sustainable practices”, they added.
The studio addresses the most critical issue facing entrepreneurship in frontier markets, which is the upskilling of talent. Individuals are invited to apply to become “EMpact fellows” who will be coached in innovation and entrepreneurship. Then, the studio will help fellows design digitally enabled solutions that address the needs and pain-points of its corporate partners. And finally, incubated businesses will graduate into a startup accelerator that will help each team turn their solutions into investment-ready businesses through mentorship, access to essential shared services, and opening doors to additional corporate partners.
The EMpact model also allows for winning solutions, whether incubated by EMpact or operating independently, to be replicated by fellows in other markets or verticals. The first such portfolio company is Climatica, a solution that accelerates financial inclusion of small holder farmers through climate smart agriculture.
“Fighting poverty through empowerment and improving food security in the face of climate change are daunting and expensive undertakings”, said Lars Saquero Møller, Managing Director of Ingemann Data, that operates Climatica. He added “EMpact provides a framework to scale the outreach of innovative solutions, such as ours, to address these challenges. Their fresh approach and value proposition are needed to disrupt the traditional system.”
The design of the EMpact venture studio has been inspired by the pioneering work of CK Japheth, Founder of The Innovation Village in Uganda and a member of the EMpact Advisory Board, who said “We recognized that embracing models tailored to mature markets would not work for us, so we embarked on a journey of unbridled innovation, fueled by a relentless passion to make a difference. Every lesson we’ve gathered has led us to this vibrant collaboration with EMpact”.
The EMpact studio in Guatemala will ultimately serve the Latin American region. In parallel, the founders of EMpact are preparing for the launch of EMpact Africa from a studio in Côte d’Ivoire serving the Francophone West Africa region. At a later stage, the plan is to include additional frontier markets such as the ones in Central Asia, and to start interconnecting these markets, capitalizing on their organic similarities and complementarities.
Sami Lahoud, +1 914 393 5711, [email protected]
EMpact is a venture studio serving critical value chains in frontier markets by addressing chronic issues afflicting these markets and affecting our planet. EMpact drives change through the incubation of talent, then creating and incubating businesses that address the needs of key players in these value chains with focus on agriculture. The final step in this venture studio model is to extend pre-seed equity funding to the budding startups, handhold them through the initial phase of their growth journey, and then – over time – hand them over to later stage investors.
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