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What future for the global financial system? New report explores a near-term outlook and long-term scenarios


• An expanded scope for regulatory oversight
• Back to basics in the banking sector and restructuring in alternative investment firms
• Four challenging, long-term scenarios for the future of the global financial system
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New York, USA, The World Economic Forum released today The Future of the Global Financial System; A Near-Term Outlook and Long-Term Scenarios. The report explores a near-term industry outlook characterized by an expanded scope for regulatory oversight, back to basics in the banking sector, some restructuring by alternative investment firms and the emergence of a new set of winners and losers.

Over the long-term, the report finds that a range of external forces and critical uncertainties have the power to significantly shape the industry. In particular, the World Economic Forum’s study found that the pace of geo-economic power shifts from today’s advanced economies to the emerging world and the degree of international coordination on financial policy are the two most critical uncertainties for the future of the global financial system. By employing scenario analysis, the report explores the impact of these and other key driving forces on the potential governance and structure of financial markets from today until 2020.

The report was developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Oliver Wyman and overseen by a steering committee of 20 leading industry practitioners and academics. The steering committee was co-chaired by David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group and John Thain, President of Global Banking, Securities and Wealth Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Additional regulatory expertise was provided by Clifford Chance LLP.

“The World Economic Forum’s upcoming Annual Meeting 2009 will provide leaders from industry, government and civil society with a unique and timely opportunity to actively shape the post-crisis world. This report serves as a critical input into these multi-stakeholder discussions to stimulate the development of practical and responsible recommendations for promoting long-term financial stability,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Heads of state, finance ministers and central bankers from over 60 countries, as well as chairmen and CEOs from over 200 of the world’s leading financial institutions will be in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland to engage in these discussions.

Discussing the report, John Thain remarked, “The financial markets are forever changed, and we must confront these realities with a broad and creative perspective that seeks to restore the conditions for renewed economic growth”.

Julia Hobart, Partner at Oliver Wyman added, “As we emerge from the financial crisis, there will be a new period of major structural shifts, which will have a permanent impact on organizations across financial services and from this we will see a new set of winners and losers,”

“The Future of the Global Financial System report provides financial leaders and policy makers with an examination of the impact of short-term changes in the financial markets and challenges us to consider broader, systemic changes to the financial system and global economies over the long-term,” added David Rubenstein.

Following the Annual Meeting and over the course of 2009, the World Economic Forum will leverage this first phase of work to engage leaders in an exploration of both opportunities to strengthen the global financial system by reducing levels of systemic risk and developing stakeholder-specific strategies to succeed within the new financial architecture.

Full list of Steering Committee (in alphabetical order):
- Paul Achleitner, Member of the Board of Management, Allianz SE
- Sameer Al Ansari, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai International Capital LLC
- Bader M. Al Sa’ad, Managing Director, Kuwait Investment Authority
- Sir Howard Davies, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Robert E. Diamond Jr, President, Barclays PLC
- Volkert Doeksen, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, AlpInvest Partners
- Tolga Egemen, Executive Vice President, Financial Institutions and Corporate Banking, Garanti Bank
- Jakob A. Frenkel, Vice Chairman, American International Group Inc
- Johannes Huth, KKR & Co Ltd
- Chanda Kochhar, Joint Managing Director, ICICI Bank Limited
- Scott McDonald, Managing Partner, Oliver Wyman
- Daniel Och, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC
- David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
- Heizo Takenaka, Director, Global Security Research Institute, Keio University
- Tony Tan Keng-Yam, Deputy Chairman and Executive Director, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation GIC
- John A. Thain, President of Global Banking, Securities and Wealth Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Ruben K. Vardanian, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Troika Dialog Group

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• Bernd Jan Sikken, Associate Director and Head of Emerging Markets Finance, World Economic Forum

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• Max von Bismarck, Director and Head of Investors Industries, World Economic Forum USA
• Kevin Steinberg, Chief Operating Officer, World Economic Forum USA

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests (


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