Category: Data

Exploring the Evolution of Gold and its Digital Future with David Tait

Exploring the Evolution of Gold and its Digital Future with David Tait

Join Gary Paulin, Head of Enterprise Client Solutions at Northern Trust, in conversation with David Tait, CEO of the World Gold Council. They discuss David’s vision for gold’s digital future, his work to develop a database of responsibly-sourced gold and ambition to create positive impact across the ecosystem, including a digital token, backed by gold.

Key highlights include David’s views on:

  • Digital Gold and his ambitions for the digitalisation and tokenisation of gold 
  • Gold Prices and what’s driving the recent surge in demand for gold 
  • Gold’s evolution as an asset class including his perspective on its role in portfolios 
  • Providing provenance to buyers and improving gold governance
  • Providing legitimacy to artisanal producers and removing bad actors from the ecosystem
  • His Personal Journey: Hear about David Tait’s inspirational journey, his 5 Everest climbs, charity work for the NSPCC, the challenge he was set by the Queen and the story behind the film “Sulphur and White”
  • And much more!


  • David with the Queen’s 60yr flag on the summit in 2013: Photo 1 and Photo 2

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Sulphur and White

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David Tait was appointed CEO of the World Gold Council in November 2018.

During his 35 years in the financial services industry, David has worked for a variety of highly regarded firms, most recently as Global Head of Fixed Income Macro Products at Credit Suisse. Prior to that he held senior trading roles at both Credit Suisse and UBS Investment Bank.

David began his career trading at Goldman Sachs, and then moved to Credit Suisse before building considerable asset management experience as a Partner at Bluecrest Capital.

He is a member of the Financial Markets Standards Board (FMSB) Advisory Council and chairs FMSB’s Precious Metals Working Group.

David is also a major supporter of the NSPCC and has raised over £1.5 million by summiting Mount Everest on five occasions. He was the first person to traverse Everest from the North to South in 2007. He is an ex-trustee, Chair of the Rebuilding Childhoods Board and was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to the charity.

His life story has been made into the Julian Jarrold directed motion picture “Sulphur and White” starring Anna Friel, Dougray Scott, Mark Stanley and Emily Beecham. The Royal Premier was February 2020 and the proceeds will benefit the NSPCC.

Exploring Generative AI in Alternative Investments

Exploring Generative AI in Alternative Investments

Join Mike Srdanovic, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Northern Trust, and Phillip Mortimer, Chief Scientist at Accelex for an overview of large language models, generative AI and its potential applications in the financial services industry. The two delve into how generative AI has the potential to disrupt and shape the alternative asset space, and Phillip shares different ways Accelex is harnessing this technology to deliver innovative solutions to its clients. 

Key Highlights:

  • Learn about Accelex’s unique platform that skillfully transforms unstructured data into valuable structured insights
  • How Accelex’s AI-driven approach to document ingestion and data extraction goes beyond traditional methods for enhanced accuracy and efficiency
  • Understand how cutting-edge AI models are refining Accelex’s data processing, making complex tasks more straightforward and precise
  • Hear about the ongoing challenges within AI, as well as the exciting future of AI in financial services and the alternative investments space 
  • And much more!

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Examining Economic Trends and Navigating What’s Ahead with Carl Tannenbaum

Examining Economic Trends and Navigating What’s Ahead with Carl Tannenbaum

Carl Tannenbaum, Northern Trust’s Chief Economist joins Faster Forward for an engaging discussion on the current economic landscape. Carl offers expert insights on the factors that are driving recent trends, potential headwinds to be aware of, and expectations for the remainder of 2024.

Key Highlights:

  • The U.S. economy’s robust performance against the backdrop of higher interest rates and evolving inflation trends
  • The Federal Reserve’s recent guidance for inflation control and Carl’s predictions for potential rate reductions in 2024
  • Carl’s thoughts on evaluating how the upcoming presidential election will affect the economy and markets
  • Examining economic trends across continents, from Carl’s recent visit to Europe to Asia’s mixed fortunes in Japan and China
  • The notion that geopolitical risk should be a major consideration for investors and how Northern Trust is attempting to address this at the bank 
  • And much more!

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Unpacking the Power of Data and AI in Finance with Carl Boneri

Unpacking the Power of Data and AI in Finance with Carl Boneri

Explore the intersection of finance, data, and artificial intelligence in this episode of Faster Forward, featuring Carl Boneri, Head of Engineering and Data Science, Front Office Analytics at Northern Trust.

Listen as Carl discusses his career path, the increasingly critical role that data, AI, and Machine Learning play in today’s world, the value derived from unlocking and organizing data to create actionable insights, the future of technology, and more. 

Key Highlights:

  • Carl’s career journey began in finance and led him to become a technical founder of a cognitive computing startup
  • Why Carl joined the Front Office Analytics team at Northern Trust
  • The view of data as a potential, untapped source of intelligence
  • Why organized data is crucial for AI success
  • How AI is transforming client service at Northern Trust
  • What excites Carl about the future of data and AI in finance
  • And much more!

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