METAVERSE: In Banking and the Financial Services Industry

By Staff Reporters

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Practical applications in financial services

Among practical applications provided by the Metaverse, its ability to create virtual environments for people to connect may severely impact the financial industry. The employment of VR and AR during COVID-19 and remote work conditions enabled greater collaboration in teleconferencing where professionals used annotating, chatting and screen-sharing features, allowing them to work efficiently while not in the same physical space.

VR and AR can also be used by financiers in individual capacities, particularly with data visualization, aiding them in analyzing financial risks, providing more precise services to customers. This raises the bar on their expectations, stimulating competition and innovation in the market.

Moreover, virtual environments can be used in consumer-oriented manners. The creation of digital shopping environments in the Metaverse acts as a hub for companies to reach a wider range of consumers without geographical constraints, allowing for greater exposure. Such virtual shopping hubs can employ digital payment means so that transactions take place entirely within the realm of the Metaverse.

Through digital means, financial advisors can provision for greater convenience, signifying a shift in the industry, and broadening the scope of the services clients can be provided with, such as AR being used to simulate different financial scenarios so that customers can visualize them with ease. With the progression of the Metaverse in finance and banking, the next developments could see the creation of fully-digital bank branches, diminishing or perhaps eliminating the need for physical ones. Such client centric developments can either build upon existing consumer experiences or create entirely new ones.

A main attractive feature of using VR or AR is the ability to superimpose a wider range of information digitally, which mobile devices or computer screens would not accommodate. Thereby, complementing existing mobile banking apparatus, such as apps that showcase customers’ account balances or direct them to the nearest bank branches using AR.

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Why are Banks Entering the Metaverse?

Some people are concerned about whether there is anything for banks to benefit from entering the metaverse. There are a host of new opportunities for banks in the metaverse. So, tet’s look at the most important ones

Firstly, they are working with the idea that being the early adopters by entering the field before others will give them an advantage over latecomers in the future. That is why they are investing in potentially strategic locations in the metaverse.

Secondly, some digital banks imagine that the metaverse has the potential for the banking industry to reinvent transactions for a three-dimensional (3D) world. That is why they are experimenting with it. The primary objective has been to learn new ways of meeting the needs of their customers who are crazy about trending technologies. With metaverse, it could be possible to enable customers to pay bills, check balances, and transfer money using VR or AR channels.

Thirdly, as the younger generations are becoming more attracted to crypto-friendly banksNFT marketplaces, and other blockchain-based platforms, digital banks are looking for unconventional ways to improve their brand image. So, a smart marketing strategy is to create the presence of their brands in the metaverse and win the hearts of their customers through their show of modernity.

Fourthly, the metaverse can offer new ways for banks to engage with their customers. A customer could stay at home and interact with an avatar concerning any business they have with their bank. This technology can be used to deliver personalized financial advice, product recommendations, and even financial planning.

Finally, entering the metaverse is a way for digital banks to pool highly talented employees. It makes them attractive to professionals such as data scientists, developers, and other IT experts who have been working in this developing field and are looking for job opportunities that can bring out the best in them. For example, the metaverse has the potential for use in on-boarding remote workers and training employees on safety and other aspects of their jobs using simulated environments.

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Meta, Apple, TSA Deflation and Mastodon

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  • Meta will reportedly begin to lay off thousands of employees this week in what could amount to the company’s most significant job cuts since it was founded in 2004.
  • Apple said that iPhone 14 production has been hamstrung by Covid restrictions at its huge assembly plant in China.
  • PreCheck deflation: TSA is lowering the price for its PreCheck program ahead of the holiday travel season.
  • Mastodon, a Twitter-esque social media site, has seen a spike in users since Musk’s takeover of the bird app.

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The MARKETS and Meta

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  • Markets: Strong earnings reports for the stock market’s tortured participants. Stocks climbed for the second straight day after companies including Goldman Sachs, Netflix, and Lockheed Martin topped Q3 estimates. Tesla’s up later today.
  • Meta will sell Giphy after UK regulators blocked its $400 million acquisition from going through.

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UPDATE: The Domestic Stock Markets and [Un]Social Media

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The stock markets fell after new data showing U.S. manufacturing activity stalled and the service sector’s pandemic recovery has gone into reverse as a result of high inflation and mounting interest rate hikes, feeding concerns that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to cool decades-high price increases may force the economy into a recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 138 points, or 0.4%, to close at 31,899, while the S&P 500 fell 0.9% and the tech-heavy NASDAQ 1.9%; for the week, the indexes ended up 2%, 2.5% and 3%, respectively.

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US social-media companies also saw more than $130 billion wiped off their stock-market values after disappointing revenue from Snap Inc. and a lackluster report from Twitter Inc. raised new concerns about the outlook for online advertising. The Snapchat parent plummeted 39%, sinking to its lowest level since March 2020. Meanwhile, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. fell 7.6%, Pinterest Inc dropped more than 13%, and Google owner Alphabet Inc. declined 5.6% in its biggest one-day drop since March 2020. Twitter also reported quarterly results on Friday, though Wall Street remains focused on the company’s legal battle with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is attempting to withdraw from a deal to buy the company. The stock rose 0.8% on the day.

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UPDATE: The Markets, Crypto and Online Retailers

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  • Markets: After booming stocks had their worst day of the year because of raging inflation, slowing economic growth, and a potential recession.
  • Crypto: Bitcoin and other major cryptos like ethereum also tumbled in the aftermath of the FOMC announcement. They’ve typically tracked the performance of growth stocks, which have gotten hammered on the prospect of higher interest rates.

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Almost every major online retailer reporting earnings with signs of a decline:

  • Wayfair shares cratered nearly 26% yesterday after announcing that its active customer count dropped 23.4% from a year ago.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond reported an 18% nosedive in online sales.
  • Etsy and eBay shares both dropped by double digits yesterday after giving weak guidance for the current quarter.
  • At least five senior executives from Meta’s fledgling e-commerce division have fled in the last six months.
  • Shopify shares plummeted about 15% on Thursday after posting much lower-than-expected earnings.

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The ME-P is Seeking Healthcare “Metaverse” Input

By Ann Miller RN MHA

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Facebook’s latest release, Meta, is said to be the next evolution of social connection. A virtual, 3D network that allows connection and collaboration in ways many of us have never even considered! And while many are buzzing over how Meta will shape everything from education to healthcare – we are eager to get your opinion on our own ME-P ecosystem.

Can patients trust Facebook and others again?

Are you interested in exploring a new platform for connection?

Have you subscribed to the ME-P?

We want to hear all about it! We’re actively collaborating to bring your perspectives to the discussion around the Metaverse and the patient, economics, finance and healthcare community.

If you have insights or experiences to share – just comment and/or let us know.

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METAVERSE: Healthcare Transformation -OR- Not?

By Bertalan Meskó, MD PhD
The Medical Futurist

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HOW THE METAVERSE COULD (OR COULD NOT) TRANSFORM HEALTHCARE


If you’ve browsed the internet in the last couple of months, the term ‘metaverse’ is likely to have been thrown at you at least once. Facebook rebranded itself after the concept and other companies are adopting the metaverse with their own spin; betting heavily that it will be the next iteration of the internet where we will work and play alike.

It was time to dive into what the metaverse could mean to delivering healthcare.

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Recent Weekend Stock Market Volatility

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WHAT A WEEK!

  • Markets: Stocks ended a topsy-turvy week with another stinker yesterday, dragged netherward (big word alert) by the tech sector. Meta shares nearly entered a bear market, falling almost 20% from a closing record in September. Still, the S&P was down less than 1% for the week.
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  • Covid: The first bits of solid Omicron data are starting to trickle out. One study from South Africa showed that the new variant may cause a higher rate of reinfection in people who already got Covid. Critical information on the effectiveness of current vaccines against Omicron could come in a few days, a WHO scientist said.

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