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What Is a Semiconductor and Why Should You Care?

Being in business school, or at least being someone who reads a business school newspaper, you know how important semiconductors are in the modern economy. You know that they are a critical component for everything that uses electronic chips to operate (which is everything) and that the largest nations like the U.S. and China see the semiconductor supply chain as critical to operating their economies and to maintaining national security. It recently occurred to me though that I didn’t know what a semiconductor actually is. Call me a stickler for details, but I think it is important to know what a thing is when that thing affects hundreds of billions of dollars every year and receives a high level of scrutiny from every major government.…

The EV revolution: can Biden take us the last mile?

By Nicolaus Schmandt

113 years after Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Michigan, combustion engines remain the dominant means of moving a vehicle. For technology to last more than a century is an impressive run. Compared to phones, computers, and personal electronics, multiple iterations of which are unrecognizable and unusably primitive today, cars have remained surprisingly consistent. 

But, finally, the end seems to be coming with Ford planning to put its last gasoline engine in a car in 2034, after which all vehicles produced by Ford will be electric. That’s around the time several governments, including California and most of Europe, are saying they will ban the sale of gas vehicles.…

Fixed Income Capital Markets Technology: The Future of Primary New Issuance

Fintech firms are actively working to electronify and digitalize fixed-income primary markets

Global fixed-income primary markets continue to develop away from voice-driven communications and manual operational processes to more streamlined interoperable platforms. Firms that once struggled through paper document-driven offerings with no transparency, insights, compliance or regulatory audit trails are now embracing the electronification and digitization offered by firms such as IHS Markit.

Global markets have historically traded fixed income products with a specific set of information and data, allowing for technology firms to standardize and electronify the process; identifying, mapping and modeling the necessary data into digital workflows. Many sectors (investment grade, high yield, emerging markets, structured and securitized) carry unique structures, pricing mechanisms and optional provisions – most of which are specific to each asset class – however, often times this data does remain consistent within each sector and is capable of being identified and tagged for digital standardization.…

2020 NYU Stern Fintech Conference: No Borders, No Barriers

By Robert Bole

On March 27th, NYU Stern’s Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation will host Stern’s Fourth Annual Fintech Conference.

Financial Technology, or “Fintech,” refers to technology focused on improving/ automating components of the Global Financial Services industry.  This improvement is seen typically from utilizing specialized software and/or algorithms, powerful computers, and big data.

The focus of this year’s conference will focus on “Global Fintech 2020: No Borders, No Barriers” and includes a packed agenda with speakers; including Kunal Kapoor (CEO Morningstar, Inc), Charles Elkan (MD and Global Head of Machine Learning at Goldman Sachs), and Andrew Boyajian (Head of Banking, North America Transferwise).   …

Stern Team Takes on BMW’s Electric Vehicles and Its Place in the Circular Economy

Cover photo: The Stern team includes Ben Gottesdiener, Jessica Tou, Leslie Chao and Phil Schroder.

From design to production, BMW’s i3 and i8 models represent today’s standards of sustainable automobiles. The global automobile leader approached the Stern Signature Project team on the commercialization of electric vehicles (EVs) and kicked off their engagement by posing two questions: What are sustainable business models of dismantling electric off-lease vehicles? How can the most valuable component, the released battery capacity, be marketed most efficiently? 

“BMW asked us to help them think through how to most effectively monetize its fleet of off-lease (cars being returned from lease) electric vehicles,” said Ben Gottesdiener (Stern MBA ‘20).…

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