Should Wealth Managers Embrace Digital Assets? Anndy Lian speaks with wealth veterans from Nickel Digital and Bordier & Cie

Should Wealth Managers Embrace Digital Assets? Anndy Lian speaks with wealth veterans from Nickel Digital and Bordier & Cie

2020 was the year Crypto went Institutional and with some of the large institutions investing into Crypto including Private Banks, Asset Managers and wealth managers, we will discuss the fundamental drivers behind this market to help wealth managers understand the role of digital assets in portfolio construction. We will examine where this market is going, what are the opportunities and associated risks.

Questions covered:
– Define our terms: How best to understand what Bitcoin is?
– Why does the market exist, what’s driving it and how?
– Why wealth management clients should consider digital assets and how can they be part of portfolios?
– What challenges exist for private bankers and wealth managers in handling this business, such as around custody, settlement, regulatory controls?

Webinar Objectives:
– To clearly define and explain Crypto Assets and achieve a clear understanding of this asset class
– Discuss the benefits it can give a client portfolio, while assessing the risks and trying to reduce these
– Offer a discussion forum for questions related to this asset class

This webinar is held on 9th March 2021, organised by WealthBriefing and Nickel Digital. Speakers include Anatoly Crachilov, Founding Partner & CEO, Nickel Digital; Anndy Lian, Intergovernmental Blockchain Advisor; and Evrard Bordier, CEO and Managing Partner Bordier & Cie, Singapore.

“Bitcoin’s set cap makes it more reliable than other scarce assets. It will eventually function as a store of value and as a means of payment, even though that might not be the case today.

At this point, the inherent deflationary nature of Bitcoin leads to hoarding and speculation, driving price volatility. But once Bitcoin has finished accumulating value, when it has become a large and liquid asset, it will be much more stable than it is today. This trend is already visible.” Anndy Lian commented during the event.

Crypto Assets are a relatively new asset class very different from traditional asset classes but one that can add real value as an uncorrelated source of returns. Nickel Digital has just recently finished an analysis reflecting an impact of 1%-3% allocation to Bitcoin within a standard 60% equity / 40% fixed income portfolio. The findings (over a statistically significant 8-year period) indicate that such a controlled allocation not only boosts performance of the underlying portfolio, but also improves Sharpe ratio, thus resulting in a more efficient portfolio construction.


Anatoly Crachilov
Founding Partner & CEO, Nickel Digital
Anatoly is an investment professional with 25 years of experience in investment management and private equity. Prior to co-founding Nickel Digital in 2019, Anatoly was for seven years with investment management divisions of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan dealing with asset allocation and portfolio construction.

Anatoly earned an MA degree in International Business from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and Executive MBA degree from the University of Oxford in 2009. He returned to Oxford in 2018 to be among the first cohort of global investment professionals to complete Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme, which ultimately led to co-founding of Nickel Digital.

Anndy Lian
Intergovernmental Blockchain Advisor
Anndy Lian is an all-rounded business strategist with more than 15 years of experience in Asia. He has provided advisory across a variety of industries for local, international & public listed companies. Anndy played a pivotal role in not-for-profit and quasi government linked organizations. An avid supporter for incubating start-ups, Anndy has investments in a few health-related companies. He believes that what he is doing for blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses.

Evrard Bordier
CEO and Managing Partner Bordier & Cie, Singapore
Evrard Bordier is chief executive officer of Bordier & Cie, Singapore. In addition, he serves as managing partner of Bordier & Cie Group since 2011, and is president of the board of Bordier Bank (TCI) since 2000. Prior to his current role in Singapore, he was managing director of Bordier International in London for 10 years.

Evrard has been in the financial industry for over 25 years, during which he has garnered extensive international experience holding diverse positions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Geneva, Zurich, and London. Between 1997 and 2000, he served as chief of staff for the Financial Planning and Wealth Management Business Division of UBS in Zurich, overseeing all of its asset management business units across the world. Prior to that, he was a client adviser in the private banking department of Swiss Bank Corporation in Singapore where he covered the markets of Indonesia and Taiwan. He first moved to Asia in 1994 and joined Nomura International in Hong Kong as a broker. Evrard began his professional career as a lawyer at Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, specialising in the banking and finance practice. Evrard is a direct descendant and fifth generation of the bank’s founding family. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Turks and Caicos Islands Bankers Association, the Financial Industry Association, and the Swiss Financial Planner Organisation.

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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