“Ice phishing” and “bridge attacks” are the latest in the depth and breadth of cyberattacks, joining Ponzi schemes and ransomware attacks. Emerging business models will increase trust in blockchain, crypto, NFT, and new Web3 assets and application-based business models.

When the US supervisory authority SEC allowed an investment product referencing Bitcoin futures to be traded for the first time last October, this was widely perceived as a signal that cryptocurrencies had finally become established as an asset class.

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “as a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.” This line has never been more significant than in today’s data-fuelled financial markets, where detailed analysis of information can provide that all-important competitive edge – not just for now, but in the future.

The foreign exchange (FX) market is the largest financial market in the world – even larger than the stock market, with its total value reaching $2.409 quadrillion in 2021 – and is entangled with challenges of its own. One of its biggest roadblocks is getting a universal stream of data, something certain asset classes have solved while others struggle with to a lesser degree.

With qualifications in A+ IT certification; in programming and wealth management as well as currently studying Investment Management at CISI Stacey Van Niekerk is an incredible asset to the Finalto Group. Having 10 years combined extensive experience in the Financial Industry working and helping Brokerage Firms and Fintech companies assist clients around the world in regions such as Australia; Africa; Europe; Asia; Uk and Mena Stacey is now responsible for driving Finalto’s B2B technology offering.

As we commence 2022 we reflect on the year we leave behind and look forward to the possibilities of the year ahead. To get a better understanding of the events that shaped 2021 we spoke to CEO and Industry expert Ilan Azbel. We revisit what some might describe as an uncertain, yet interesting year and discover what may lie ahead in 2022.

With over two decades of experience working on listed derivative desks for an array of banks and brokerages, Rex Johnson moved into the retail CFD market a little over two years ago. This “gamekeeper turned poacher” move has given Rex an unparalleled level of insight into how the retail market needs to up its game if it wants to retain relevance over the next decade. As on-exchange products become more accessible and decentralised finance opens the door to even more trading opportunities, this is no time for the retail market to be resting on its laurels, despite the evident temptation to do so in the wake of those record trading volumes which emerged off the back of lockdowns.

“Technology and a more light-hearted approach have had a positive impact on the trading industry. However, it is vital to educate the new generation of traders and make them understand that trading often comes with real-life dangers and risks” – Natalia Zakharova, FXOpen

Historians will come to study the case of Tesla when they look at the rise of global financial democracy. They will identify this rise in electric car stocks as a  key moment in the new world order.