Suited avatars and digital offices: traders and bankers embrace VR

-The financial sector is trying to recreate office interactions through virtual reality meetings as the coronavirus pandemic keeps workers at home.

-With 90% of employees at some of the world’s biggest financial firms now working at home, more companies are experimenting with VR than ever before.

-«You can look around you and interact as if you were in a office. That recreates the sensation of being together.»

Once the preserve of gamers, virtual reality (VR) has been seized on by the financial sector as a way of enlivening home working for lonely traders or isolated executives and replicating real-world sales, networking or training events.

With 90% of employees at some of the world’s biggest financial firms now working at home due to a resurgence in coronavirus infections, more and more companies are experimenting with VR.

Some practices could stick beyond the pandemic, particularly as home working becomes more widespread.

At investment manager Fidelity International, executives experimented with a VR auditorium, taking questions from colleagues and even walking up and down the aisles.

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