Explore the coming together of traditional and decentralised finance with those at the forefront of this evolution.​

For the past few years, experts watching the blockchain and digital asset industry have begun to witness a new phenomenon – a fast-growing convergence between traditional and decentralised finance. ‘IBM Plex Mono’, The Era of Convergence brings together a range of educational content including documentaries, videos, blogs and magazine articles which explain more about what this Era of Convergence is, what may happen next and what this means for the future of financial markets.


We speak to leading experts across both traditional and decentralised finance, to expose the inner dynamics and palpable turbulence that are making The Era of Convergence such a topical, global conversation.

In November 2022 we hosted an event to celebrate the premiere of our documentary: the era of convergence.

Hear from more than 25 industry experts who share their insights on the convergence of TradFi and DeFi.

Traditional and decentralised finance: the era of convergence?

Today’s financial markets are undergoing a seismic shift in new technologies and processes.

This both poses challenges and presents opportunities. It is not just a single technological shift, as experienced in recent history with the advent of the e-finance age. Unusually in this case, a range of ‘frontier’ technologies have evolved concurrently, driving immense change and heralding a new era in global finance.

Blockchains, distributed ledger technology and digital assets (including cryptographic tokens and cryptocurrencies) are key components of a revolution that is bringing together digital technology innovation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) and other technology-led trends, and all are contributing to fundamental changes in the way we invest, trade, transact and otherwise do business.

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Restoring trust in digital assets

Our Financial Markets iNSiGHTS report on what it takes to rebuild confidence with consumers, institutions and investors. 

2022 proved tricky for the blockchain and digital assets industry as one destructive event after another rocked the markets. By December 2022, the cryptocurrency market cap was down 85%, and a new ‘crypto winter’ had set in.  And just as the dust began to settle, we saw the collapse of Silvergate, Silicon Valley Banks and Credit Suisse, further weakening the market and signifying tougher economic times ahead.challenges and presents opportunities.

Despite these challenges, the view is not entirely bleak. New digital technology will continue to be developed, creating new possibilities for financial services.  In our latest Financial Markets Insights paper, Restoring Trust in Digital Assets,  we spoke to 14 such industry leaders at layer-1 blockchains, banks, custody providers, crypto exchanges, technology providers and industry associations on how to restore trust with institutions, investors and consumers.

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Will 2024 be the year when institutional digital assets finally take off?

Momentum has been building for several years in the arena of institutional digital assets.

Global financial institutions such as Nomura, Blackrock, Morgan Stanley and others have all begun to abandon their initial hostility and take digital assets seriously. 

Europe’s first spot Bitcoin ETF has been approved and listed, while the list of firms lining up to launch a spot Bitcoin ETF in the USA seems to get longer by the day.

With the next bull run predicted to be on its way and a US spot Bitcoin ETF approval widely touted as the moment that will finally bring serious institutional investment into the industry, could 2024 be the year that cryptocurrency and digital assets really enter the mainstream of finance? Watch recording….

The Realization Group is a B2B consultancy-led marketing agency operating at the intersection of TradFi and DeFi. We are a team of subject matter experts in the Financial Markets, FinTech & Digital Assets space. We enable you to maximise visibility in your market and accelerate growth for your business by helping you to be visible, be found and be successful, using the right strategy and combination of tactics to deliver the results you need.

Harrington Starr is a multi-award winning financial technology recruitment business based in London, Belfast and New York City. Founded in 2010, we are specialists in technology, change & transformation and sales recruitment and have helped clients and candidates across 5 continents. Our diverse range of clients include banks, hedge funds, vendors, service providers, payment providers, asset managers, start-ups, disruptors and many more. The one thing they have in common though is that they trust Harrington Starr with their most important asset: people.