Boston – December 9, 2015 – ISITC (The International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication), the industry trade group focused on standards in transaction processing and related communications, announced today that Paul Vigna, author and markets reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and Michael Casey, author, Senior Advisor at MIT Media Lab, and former senior columnist at The Wall Street Journal, will be the keynote speakers at the upcoming 22nd Annual Industry Forum and Vendor Show taking place March 20-23, 2016 in Boston. This year marks ISITC’s 25th anniversary.
During its 25 years of service, the association has provided its members with the means to influence the securities transaction process through the development of standards and practical applications for new technologies. This year’s conference theme, “New Kids on the Block: Linking the Past to the Future of Financial Services,” will continue this tradition by focusing on the ground-breaking technology that occupies the financial sector today. To complement this theme, the conference will feature sessions on emerging trends and issues including blockchain technology, cybersecurity and data management, among others.
Mr. Vigna and Mr. Casey, who co-authored “The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order,” will deliver the keynote address around the ramifications and overall impact of blockchain technology, and how it has shifted the discourse in financial services today. The keynotes will also focus on the opportunities and issues institutions will face as they merge blockchain technology within their existing infrastructure.
“A new wave of innovation and technology promises radical change across the financial services industry,” comments Jeff Zoller, Chair of ISITC and Vice President at T. Rowe Price. “At this year’s conference, ISITC will focus on how emerging technologies can provide significant opportunities for financial institutions who are nimble and willing to embrace change. We are excited to have Paul and Michael as this year’s keynote speakers and look forward to hearing their insights on technological disruption.”
Mr. Vigna is a markets reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering equities and the economy, and has been a journalist for over 20 years. He writes for the MoneyBeat blog and hosts a podcast of the same name. Previously a writer and editor of the MarketTalk column in Dow Jones Newswires, he has been a guest on the Fox Business Network, CNN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor radio show.
Mr. Casey is a senior advisor for the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab, incubating blockchain-related projects that are uniquely seen to have a social impact and coordinating research around the economic and financial impact of this technology. Prior to his current role, Michael was a senior columnist at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, spending 18 years covering global economics, markets, currencies, bonds and equities. He has been a guest on CNBC, Fox Business, the BBC, CNN and MSNBC, among others.
The ISITC 22nd Annual Industry Forum and Vendor Show will take place March 20-23, 2016 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Massachusetts. Over 300 industry professionals, representing all areas of the financial industry, including broker/dealers, investment managers, custodians and associate constituencies, will be attending. Delegates to the event include C-Suite and senior executives at ISITC’s member firms and have a wide variety of roles in both business and operations.