Blockchain, Crypto, and CBDC

VIDEO November 4, 2021
Will central bank digital currencies disrupt the banking system? Is crypto as consequential as the internet? Watch this GIC Executive Briefing as Jim Bianco, President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, L.L.C., and Dave Nadig, CIO & Director of Research, ETF Trends & ETF Database, explore and debate the potential and the perils of cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, and CBDCs. Moderated by William Kennedy, GIC Vice Chair of Programs and Co-Founder, CEO and CIO of RiskBridge Advisors.
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Speaker / Author

Jim Bianco

President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, L.L.C.

Jim Bianco is President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, L.L.C. Since 1990 Jim’s commentaries have offered a unique perspective on the global economy and financial markets. Unencumbered by the biases of traditional Wall Street research, Jim has built a decades long reputation for objective, incisive commentary that challenges consensus thinking. In nearly 20 years at Bianco Research, Jim’s wide ranging commentaries have addressed monetary policy, the intersection of markets and politics, the role of government in the economy, fund flows and positioning in financial markets. Jim appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business, and is often featured in the ... Read More

Dave Nadig

Financial Futurist, VettaFi

Dave Nadig is the Financial Futurist at VettaFi. He is former Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research of ETF Trends ( and ETF Database ( Dave previously served as the CEO and CIO of, where he spent 10 years helping build the editorial, analytics and conference business before those businesses were sold in 2015, when he briefly served as FactSet Research Systems Director of Exchange Traded Funds, the acquiror of the Analytics business.  Dave has been involved in researching, reporting and analyzing the investment management industry for more than 25 years, and recently co-authored a definitive book on ... Read More

William Kennedy

GIC Board Chair and CEO, RiskBridge Advisors, LLC

Bill Kennedy co-founded RiskBridge Advisors, an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) firm providing tailored investment management and unconflicted guidance and implementation to endowments & foundations, insurers, family offices, and their principals. As Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, he oversees and is responsible for RiskBridge’s strategic course and all investment decisions. Mr. Kennedy has over 30 years of industry experience. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer with Fieldpoint Private from 2012-2019, where he was responsible for investment policy, asset allocation, and investment manager selection. Mr. Kennedy also chaired the bank’s Investment Committee and served on the bank’s Board of ... Read More