What will trading look like in about 25 years from now? We have asked the experts at TopTradingPlatforms.co.uk an anticipation of how technology will continue to revolutionise the world of online trading.
Technology is running fast and possibly already 10 years from now things could be very different indeed as far as online trading is concerned. How things will change tough it is not very easy to say but there are some clear trends that are starting to develop that can allow us to make some sensible predictions.
For example, it is feasible to imagine that everyone will have a full-time personal investment advisor. The only different that instead of being a human it might be an artificial intelligence platform that will give investment advice based on machine learning. Does it sound crazy? Well, it isn’t as if you looking at where the technology is going now something like this is a lot more realistic that you might think.
- Digital stock avatars are coming— i.e. Google meets Schwab
Computers are able to deal with a huge amount of information much better than any human can do. A digital avatar will be able to find opportunities according to your own specifications and in doing so being more accurate and free a lot of your time. In short think Google partnering with Charles Schwab. Your avatar will not only act upon the instructions that you will give but it will also learn to run on its own after understanding the type of trader you are and your style. It is similar to advanced Pandora: it will ask you initially what songs you prefer and after you have picked a few it will take over and get some songs for you. So in the future you will surely get a lot more digital help to make financial decisions.
- Prepare for the YouTube IPO roadshow
Private companies will be able to raise money through crowdsourcing. So you or your financial assistant avatar will spend lots of time on the internet to find early stages start-ups. Young upstarts will probably do lots of their presentation on video. In the video they will explain who they are and how they have come up with an idea. They will also tell you how much they are looking to raise. Than maybe if you are interested they can share more information in the written prospectus.
- Finally, a stock picker to beat the index: You
But what will happen when everyone will know everything and digital avatars will be running the show? The cost of doing traditional stock analysis will crash and considering that this is the bread and butter of Wall Stree’s sell-side today it will cause concerns. Everything will change as you and your digital avatar will have so much data available and so great computing power to beat any current traditional analysis.
Ok … but if you become Goldman Sachs, what happens to Goldman and JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley?
- Wall Street may employ your kids—and great-grandkids
Goldman Sachs will not die and you know why? Because there will still be some information that is not widely known and also that hasn’t been immediately digitised. So this will give enough time to be exploited through the traditional channel.
So there will still be a Wall Street and Wall Street jobs!
- Artificial intelligence will replace many analyst jobs
Wall Street will still exist but do not underestimate the impact of technology on jobs. Artificial intelligence will replace lots of analyst jobs as it will become too difficult for human to be as efficient especially with the high amount of data that will be generated. Having said that there will still be plenty of jobs available for those people capable of providing consultancy to those companies that are not sure what to do. Also software engineers and computer systems analysts will be very important to operate the whole network.
- The next Great Depression will take place in … a second
With the huge increase in digitalised information the time advantage will shrink considerably. Investors will become used to huge price moves in very short time. This means that the whole cycle of bust, recovery, boom and bust will happen significantly faster. All in minutes of even seconds!