Next Gen Personal Finance: Crypto & Traditional Banking
September 18, 2023

Next Generation Personal Finance

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Unifying Crypto and Traditional Banking into a Single App

Cryptocurrency and Decentralized Finance (DeFi/Web3) gain momentum as use cases, applications, and utility develop. In parallel, Traditional Banking systems and Legacy Finance (TradFi/CeFi) continue on apace doing what they always do. 

The future is nonlinear and the merging of these two, seemingly disparate worlds, is inevitable. TradFi and industry are already using Crypto rails in backend architecture. Other areas where the first mergings are already happening include payments, verifiable randomness, and settlements. 

While backend use cases drive scale, user-facing experiences are where Crypto goes mainstream. The true test is when a new paradigm develops that fuses Crypto and TradFi into a single, user facing personal finance application. 

Imagine a world where you can seamlessly manage everything DeFi and everything TradFi on one screen. All your digital assets, cash, payments and receivables, Crypto and traditional investments. Your entire financial life, goals, planning both centralized and decentralized in a single easy to use app. 

This is the promise of the future of personal finance. This is what Nash is building: a world where barriers are dismantled and people are empowered like never before. 

The Convergence of Two Personal Finance Realms

Historically, Crypto and Traditional Finance exist as separate entities. Each with its own unique set of features, benefits, and challenges. 

In general, TradFi is the familiar, it is stable and comes with established regulatory frameworks safeguards, fiat currency operations. Crypto is speculative, new, decentralized, transparent, immutable, borderless. 

A detailed look, however, illustrates both DeFi and TradFi essentially offer similar products and services. The mechanics are different but the end-goal is the same. For example, lending, high yield interest, leverage, asset ownership, derivatives, insurance, etc. 

Since DeFi and TradFi already exist in parallel, it makes sense for them to ultimately converge into a single, united entity. From the consumer perspective, there is no reason why two things that do the same thing should be separate. Understood, centralized and decentralized paths have very different architectures, operations, requirements, and philosophies. 

Unifying a product portfolio into decentralized and centralized options, where users choose, delivers a more complete, holistic financial experience. Individuals only care about their personal finance and how to achieve their goals, not the underlying instrument that makes it happen. Whether TradFi or DeFi should be a decision users make based on the product features.

Companies like Nash offer individuals the opportunity to choose what makes sense for them. Empowering them to choose personal responsibility and self-custody when they prefer.

Seamless Cross-Platform Transactions

Imagine waking up, checking your app, and seamlessly converting a portion of your Bitcoin holdings into fiat currency. Or, using USDC to pay for a coffee at a local shop. Spending ETH for a plane ticket on Kayak. Paying monthly rent with AVAX through an IBAN transfer to your landlord’s account. You can do this today with a Nash Euro IBAN account.

With a unified personal finance app, these scenarios, and others, become reality. Crypto moves beyond the realm of “finance products” (investments, speculation, insurance) and into real-world utility. 

Maybe you are a citizen of a country with a history of hyperinflation and the purchasing power of your cash is regularly debased. Cryptocurrencies offer a way for people to take proactive action with their finances (self-custody) and intervene to retain its value. Gold is the historical choice but not practical in the modern world (difficult to carry, hard to spend). USDC, BTC, ETH, connected to an IBAN account or debit card, is a more powerful option than watching the value of your money decrease every day. 

The biggest challenge is the shift of power dynamics between central banks, politicians, and citizens. Opting-out of a system controlled by traditional gatekeepers is viewed as the action of a crazy person. Opting-in to a new system, completely outside their control, is a true threat to their power. On a human-level, this is nothing short of revolutionary.

The merging of DeFi and TradFi into a single personal finance app means users can navigate between Crypto and fiat assets effortlessly. It creates opportunity and makes converting, transferring, and managing funds easy. Everything on a single screen, available in just a few taps. 

This seamless integration is the ultimate in UX/UI. People never need to switch between multiple apps, websites, or platforms to manage their finances. Nor are they locked into a single framework. The choice of what’s best is always theirs to make. 

Unlocking New Investment Opportunities

The future of personal finance isn't just about managing what you have – it's also about making the most of your assets. 

A unified app empowers users to explore both traditional and Crypto-based investments all in one place. What once was old, tired, boring becomes accessible, interesting, curious.

Users can diversify their portfolio like never before: stocks, bonds, real estate, digital currencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), high yield, and DeFi opportunities. 

Merging these worlds simplifies the investment process and democratizes access to a wider universe of financial instruments. 

Self-custody and empowerment also mean dismantling the monopoly on opportunity. Anyone can invest, not only individuals who align to a legacy definition of “accredited investor.” 

With the merging of DeFi and TradFi, lines between centralized and decentralized blur. As if there are two approaches in a single interface. On one side: traditional money services with centralized functions, where regulation and governance bottleneck process and decision making. On the other side: DeFi services that demand self-custody and individual responsibility governs the allocation and security of assets. 

Users will employ both in their personal finance journey. A unified experience simply delivers a better experience,  greater flexibility, empowerment, responsibility, and utility. 

Streamlined Visibility Into Your Personal Financial 

It’s challenging to create a clear overview of your financial health. People often spread assets across multiple financial instruments and accounts in many institutions. 

A unified DeFi/TradFi experience delivers a comprehensive view. Integrated analytics help users track their spending, monitor investment performance, and set financial goals. 

The benefits of having everything in a single dashboard cannot be overstated. An app that includes all Decentralized and Traditional Finance activities markets things easier. It also provides a holistic view of your financial journey. Whether assessing monthly expenses or analyzing the growth of Web3 investments. 

Enhanced Security and Privacy

Our current epoch is one of convenience, partially brought about by 24/7/365 access to everything. The flip side of always-on availability is the persistent need for vigilance to remain secure and maintain individual privacy. Especially with regard to personal finance.

A core philosophy of DeFi and Crypto includes security and privacy. These are fundamental tenets. A cardinal design feature is the ability to maintain anonymity. Transactions are public by default (blockchain depending) while ownership is obscured. 

Decentralization also yields stronger networks and greater security than centralized ones. DeFi also reframes the concept of security from the responsibility of a system’s owner to that of the individual. By avoiding centralized bottlenecks, Web3 eliminates the greatest single threat vector of the system. 

Applications ship with advanced security features including multi-factor authentication (MFA), biometric access, Multi-Party Communication (MPC), self-custody and more. Users have peace of mind knowing their financial assets and data is safe and fully under their control. 

With blockchain technology, transactions are more secure, transparent, and reduce the risk of fraud and unauthorized access. 

Traditional finance applications can learn from the best practices of DeFi and begin to employ similar security frameworks. Blockchains are simply a decentralized ledger. Any TradFi organization can employ the same architectural systems internally to run traditional finance products and services. Organizations maintain the features, functionality, and regulatory compliance frameworks they are accustomed to and increase user security. 

Conclusion: A Holistic Financial Ecosystem

The integration of DeFi and TradFi is inevitable. The process will result in either a fragmented and chaotic landscape or as a thoughtfully designed ecosystem with a single, unified, user-centric experience. 

The holistic approach simplifies financial management. It also empowers users to make the most of their assets, diversify investments, and better navigate the complexities of the modern financial world. 

A unified approach to personal finance will likely become the cornerstone of how individuals manage their financial lives, ensuring they remain in control and ahead of the curve.

Nash is committed to building seamless, secure, comprehensive experiences. We embrace the future of personal finance. Join us on this exciting journey into the future where possibilities are endless and financial empowerment is at your fingertips. 

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