The FERI Cognitive Finance Institute focuses on all longer-term trends and systemic developments in order to derive a comprehensive picture of the future. For this purpose the FERI Cognitive Finance Institute uses a multidimensional analysis method that concentrates on six central areas of knowledge ("cognitive spaces").
The cognitive space "Money" is of major importance for numerous issues. Here, we focus on topics such as the escalating global debt, risks and long-term consequences of unconventional monetary policy as well as general aspects of increasing systemic fragility. Structural and financial risks of the European Monetary Union are of special interest, too. Topics such as "financial repression," "monetary dilution" and "sovereign debt monetization" are discussed from a fiscal perspective.
The cognitive space "Economy" analyzes fundamental economic trends as well as current and strategic risks of the global economy. Here, we concentrate on the phenomenon of structural weak growth and on problems of asymmetric income and wealth distribution. The effects of accelerated decarbonization and the risk of a global economy that is splitting into block-like hemispheres ("bifurcation") are of special interest, too. We also look at disruptive dislocations due to digital technologies and at the emergence of alternative economic models.
The knowledge area "Nature" records and analyzes the strategic implications of global megatrends such as climate change, resource scarcity and energy transition. Trends towards sustainable management, the transition to renewable energies, and the emergence of alternative food systems are of special interest. This knowledge area has a variety of very potent repercussions on areas such as economy, society, politics and technology. Its particular relevance is reflected in the increasing importance of global climate and sustainability goals.
The knowledge area "Politics" comprises dominant trends, developments and scenarios in the field of national and international politics. Topics of the European political order (EU/EMU) as well as general geopolitics (USA, China, Japan, Russia, Middle East) and aspects of "global governance" are of special relevance. In addition, problems arising from political polarization and radicalization, increasing populism, and the rising tendency toward protectionism are of special interest.
The knowledge area "Society" analyzes fundamental currents in the social and sociopolitical sphere. Here, we focus on questions of demography ("aging"), social security systems, and intergenerational burden sharing and preference shifts. Furthermore, topics such as social networks, social media and "digital fakes" are of central importance in terms of serious changes in communication and social behavior. Fundamental aspects of art, culture and philanthropy are also relevant.
This knowledge area focuses on fundamental technological trends and innovations. "Disruptive" developments with system-changing effects and strong feedback effects in other areas are of major interest, followed by digitalization, robotics and artificial intelligence ("Big Data", "Machine Learning", "Blockchain", "Quantum Computing"). We also look into new developments concerning alternative mobility (climate-neutral, energy-efficient, autonomous) and fundamental changes in industrial production processes ("Industry 4.0", "3D printing"). In addition, 5G/6G communication networks, biotechnological innovations and regenerative energy systems are of central interest.