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In this webinar, Jim Wright, fund manager on the LF Miton Global Infrastructure Income Fund, discusses the characteristics of infrastructure assets and how they can be used effectively to generate income.
Over-provisioning in AWS can be a costly cloud computing mistake. Quite simply, DevOps teams are often purchasing too much cloud computing power. Enterprise Architects and IT professionals over-provision infrastructure, buying capacity just in case they need it, but the cloud allows you to spin up infrastructure as you go and as you need it. Another common mistake is that people are a little too slow in buying reserved instances, which is Amazon's way of lowering the hourly cost of infrastructure in exchange for a prepayment.
Register now to learn:
• How to downsize or terminate underutilized instances
• How to right-sizing the nodes with a larger footprint.
• How to make optimal RI purchases
As investors contemplate the lower return environment, the potential for rising interest rates and rich valuations, many rely on traditional fixed-income credit strategies, or leveraged loans, as a way to generate return or income. These markets have become crowded, and the crowds pushing into risk by the global liquidity glut are, in our view, concernedly complacent.
Now is the time to avoid these very crowded parts of the market through an alternative that’s been here in place sight all along - Securitized Credit. In this webcast we will explore the broad range of alternatives, from defensive to opportunistic, that can be found in Securitized Credit and lending. We will also demonstrate how these traditional credit replacements can consist of a hybrid of private debt and public securities to provide an attractive return profile, and offer better diversification with the most commonly held portfolio allocations.
Join Paul Green and Scott Spencer on 11 October 2018 as they discuss their findings following research trips in both Japan and New York. In addition to the usual updates, the team will also reflect on the previous quarter and consider what might lie ahead for markets in the final three months of the year.
A core activity of finance teams is to publish financial data that is accurate, complete and entirely auditable. The type of key reports produced for a range of stakeholders may include, the Income Statement, the Balance Sheet and the Cash flow Statement.
Within the profession it’s often acknowledged that compiling these reports is becoming increasingly difficult due to short timeframes, inefficient tools, countless dependencies, downstream bottlenecks and reconciliation differences. This doesn’t have to be the accepted position.
Join Excel4apps On Thursday 11th October at 13:00 GMT for a look into how our tools can help you Prepare and Publish Financial Statements with Ease. We’ll be sharing our views on the challenges in this area and what we believe is the best solution for making this painful process smoother, involving fewer discrepancies and overall better able to pass internal and external scrutiny.
Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) is an approach to achieving sustainable cost management by developing a bottom-up budget directly aligned with the organization’s strategic objectives. In theory, this forces decision makers to continuously look at the organization’s resource allocations with fresh eyes, free from the limitations of past assumptions.
How well does this theory translate into practice? In this webcast, we’ll discuss:
-How to determine if your organization is a good candidate for ZBB, where to start, and how to promote organizational acceptance and avoid technology challenges
-Why a digital approach to ZBB can make the process faster, easier, and more effective
-How Deloitte’s Anaplan-based “ZBB-in-a-box” solution can be deployed to quickly identify, deliver, and sustain cost savings
Connecting with your customers using conversational AI can be a game-changer for your bank. Customer satisfaction scores will skyrocket, brand loyalty will increase, and people will take control of their money and empower themselves financially like never before.
So where are all the success stories?
You’d be surprised how often banks get it wrong. Not because of the technology, but because their expectations are unrealistic and often the reason they fail.
Join Dan Latimore, Senior VP at Celent and Ben Terrill, VP of Customer Success at Finn AI, on Tuesday October 9th to learn the truth behind conversational AI for banking. These experts will examine the most common misconceptions that could tank your bot deployment. Avoid these pitfalls and write your own AI success story.
• Slow and steady wins the race – why quick wins aren't long term successes
• You can’t set it and forget it – understanding that AI isn't self-sufficient
• Bots are NOT Conversational Assistants - knowing the difference can make all the difference
• A good relationship needs to be cultivated – how to optimize customer adoption and interaction post- launch
• Cross-bot integration is hard – when to consolidate multiple deployments
Participez au webinar avec Pierre Beniguel, Gérant de portefeuille de TwentyFour Asset Management, pour une présentation du fonds Vontobel Fund - TwentyFour Strategic Income Fund.
Lors de ce webinar, Pierre abordera également les sujets suivants :
- Quels sont les défis auxquels le marché obligataire est aujourd'hui confronté ? A quel point sommes-nous désormais proches de la fin du cycle du crédit ?
- Quels risques éviter ? et surtout, quels sont ceux auxquels s´exposer pour ce dernier trimestre 2018 ?
- Pierre passera également en revue les secteurs obligataires qui offrent encore des opportunités intéressantes.
Enfin, Pierre détaillera le positionnement actuel du fonds et se pretera à une séance de questions/réponses, animée par Daniel Party, Vontobel Asset Management.
A successful ESG stewardship strategy requires investors to proactively address ESG risks in their portfolios. Over the last three years, climate change has become a top ESG shareholder proposal issue. Many shareholder proponents encourage companies to align their reporting with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, set GHG emission reduction targets, conduct 2°C scenario analyses and disclose on climate impact. However, the percentage of companies providing such disclosures remains generally very low.
This webinar gives an overview of emerging climate change topics from the 2018 proxy season and how investors can proactively identify climate-related risks and opportunities in their portfolios.
- What are the takeaways from the 2018 proxy season and Climate Week NYC 2018?
- Are we any closer to meaningful scenario analysis?
- How is data developing to help investors capture physical climate risk?
- Where are we at with TCFD reporting?
- How important is collaboration on these issues, through things like ClimateAction100+?
Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, Head, ISS-Climate
Anne Simpson, Director, Board Governance and Strategy, reporting to the CEO, CalPERS and Chair ClimateAction 100+
This webinar is produced by Responsible Investor, for dedicated news and events on ESG and sustainable finance check out our website at www.responsible-investor.com
Cloud services can have a 35% underutilization rate in the absence of effective management, as resources are oversized and left idling. Companies are wasting over 40% per year on unutilized cloud services. This amounts to over $10B of the $22B spent on AWS services last year. In the course of regular cloud operations, resources can be abandoned and accrue charges without contributing value. YotaScale delivers valuable, cost-saving recommendations for fine-tuning your cloud resource utilization, optimizing around cost, performance and availability.
Register now to learn:
• How to downsize or terminate underutilized instances
• How to right-sizing the nodes with a larger footprint.
• How to make optimal RI purchases
Speaker: Former Head of Infrastructure at PayPal and now the CEO of YotaScale, Asim Razzaq
Schroders recently held its Quarterly Fixed Income Investment Forum, and for this webinar David Knutson will give a glimpse into this 3-day discussion by recapping several debates that went on, including the state of the USD, and inflation. He will also offer a research analyst's perspective on another current debate sparked by recent tweets - quarterly reporting.
Hear from the UN body that is evolving the SDGs 3 years on, on the Ethical Finance 2018 conference pre-event webinar.
Ahead of the Ethical Finance 2018 conference on October 22/23 in Edinburgh, meet the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the lead UN development agency for implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with governments.
The UNDP is a supporting partner for the Ethical Finance 2018 Conference, along with the UK and Scottish governments.
On this webinar, Responsible Investor's Managing Editor will talk to Gail Hurley, UNDP Policy Specialist for Development Finance, about the work the UNDP is doing on driving the SDGs with policy makers, and about how they see the role of investors within that.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to put your questions to UNDP about the evolution of the world’s biggest sustainability initiative!
In this webinar, Hugh Grieves, fund manager on the LF Miton US Opportunities Fund, sets out his views on the longest post-war expansion in modern times whilst also discussing his outlook for US markets.
Emerging market equities remain an attractive area to find growth. While liquidity and FX remain powerful drivers of EM asset prices, for those with a longer-term view, we think the fundamentals are strong and there remains compelling alpha to be had across region, sector, and market cap. So where are we seeing value?
Join Dr Michael O’Brien and Derek Power from Schroders QEP team as they look at the secular changes that are transforming this dynamic and diverse asset class -- and where they see opportunities.
This webinar will explore how it is vitally important to keep a consistent and unified narrative across and throughout the organization when a crisis hits on social media.
Explore the examples of crisis situations:
The recent abusive Elon Musk twitter postings and the Papa John’s racist storm:
What went wrong for these to happen?
How could these have been dealt with more effectively from an IRO perspective?
Is there a limit to how the IRO can control the company narrative once these comments have been made?
Team working and strategy:
Why IROs should monitor social media posts about their companies.
How can this be done effectively?
How can the IRO put social media at the heart of the overall IRO strategy?
A practical guide to different approaches to social media posting:
The instant reply: ensuring a comment is addressed immediately, in real time.
The promotion of the company via positive PR and good news
The CEO commenting on the business: a good use of senior management being involved and visible
The IRO addressing a specific audience: keeping on message and ensuring a select audience knows the established company message
Explore in turn, the benefits of each approach
The IRO dilemma: social media scope and limits
What is suitable for the IRO to convey on social media? Even in a crisis.
By 2025, it is estimated that 75% of the workforce will be millennials. With rapidly changing expectations on how, when and where employees want to work, technology is going to play an increasingly important role in attracting and retaining talent.
Join our discussion to find out how the millennial demand for mobility in the workplace could help solve the productivity crisis. Our panel of experts will share their views on:
• Understanding the needs of the millennial worker
• The key steps to providing the right technology within your digital transformation programme
• Why mobility and flexible working is the key to hiring and retaining a millennial workforce
• Demonstrating the proven link between mobility and productivity
This webinar will be hosted by Mark Elwood, Marketing Director, TeleWare. Panellists will include Andrew Fawcett, product manager, TeleWare and guest experts, Dr Lucy Green from Larato and Vicky Ryder from Microsoft
Fixed income investors globally face a huge challenge defending returns against rising rates and resurgent volatility. Central banks are on the path to policy normalisation and in all likelihood the low yields of this cycle are now behind us, while bond market volatility has returned with a vengeance in 2018 as markets struggle to navigate an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate.
In this webinar, TwentyFour Asset Management partner and portfolio manager Chris Bowie shows that even within the fixed rate investment grade bond market, there is a mix of assets that can offer protection against these challenging conditions without giving up the potential for absolute returns.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
8.00 am PST / 11.00 am EST / 4.00 pm BST / 5.00 pm CET
Duration: 30 minutes
Investor targeting is one of the most crucial pillars of a strong IR program, and a comprehensive approach can boost your company’s liquidity, visibility and more. Indeed, more than a quarter (26 percent) of the nominees for the recent IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2018 say that if they had more cash, they would spend it on investor targeting. Almost a third (32 percent) say this is where they would dedicate the extra resources if they had a larger team.
In this webinar, a panel of experts from across the capital markets will look at how investor targeting techniques have evolved in recent years, and look at how they can:
– Boost the accuracy and ROI of your targeting efforts
– Fully understand the behavior of your investor base
– Help to identify new investors or international pools of money
– Enable your company to remain visible in a post-Mifid II world, or amid other changes to the sell side
– Save you time through pipeline and workload management
– Let you report more comprehensively to the board
Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, this webinar will get you up to speed on these critical issues in just 30 minutes. Sign up to BrightTALK to view this essential briefing and be informed of future webinars produced by IR Magazine.
Although we are late in the business cycle, income still remains crucial. With office rents rising everywhere but London, and the impact of Brexit along with the devaluation of sterling, this should not always be viewed as a negative as it can attract global investors. Marcus Phayre-Mudge will discuss the dynamic shifts in the retail space, the winners and the losers, as well as the rise in alternatives, such as investment in self-storage, budget hotels and student accommodation.
ETFs continue to rise in popularity. One-third of current equity ETF investors and
almost 40% of asset managers expect to increase allocations to these
funds in the coming year, according to Greenwich Associates. Still, ETFs have not been truly battle-tested in a bear market, not have they been tested in an environment where low volatility and increasing interest rates exist. Mut
The dynamics between ETFs and Mutual Funds evolves with this environment, and this webinar will focus on what will happen to both mutual funds and ETFs moving forward, including:
- Mutual funds are losing money to ETFs - will this trend continue in a Bear Market?
- Buy vs. Build: consolidation in the ETF industry
- Fees, margins & competition: big players are driving down margins, are smaller players coping?
- Is Smart Beta the active manager’s answer to passive management?
Matt Riley, Vice President, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Steven Quinn, Head of ETP Distribution, Janus Henderson
The Federal Reserve has planned 8 rate hikes over 2018-2019, and a world with "Quantitative Tightening" has forced fixed income investors to re-consider their liquidity strategies. Lower volatility and borrowing rates from the US may portend global markets to follow. This has huge implications for Fixed Income markets.
This live panel webinar will cover the following questions:
- How can Fixed Income investors adapt to a new world of rising interest rates and mediocre liquidity environment?
- What other global macro events may happen that will affect fixed income investors’ portfolio?
- Will developments in electronic trading platforms help fixed income liquidity?
Janelle Woodward, Global Co-Head of Income, BMO Asset Management U.S.
Alessia Falsarone, Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy and Risk, Investments, PineBridge Investments
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8.00 am PST / 11.00 am EST / 3.00 pm GMT / 4.00 pm CET
Duration: 30 minutes
Join Corporate Secretary and Nasdaq for a discussion on cyber-security.
Our expert speakers will discuss:
• Cyber-risk and the responsibilities of the board
• Why cyber-risk is different from other types of risk
• Embedding cyber-risk in corporate governance practices
• Role of the corporate secretary/governance professional on information provided to the board on cyber-risk
• Board member education/preparedness
• Board member recruitment in looking for expertise/experience in cyber-security
• Board reporting – what the board needs to know
• Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
• Martyn Chapman, head of strategy, Nasdaq Governance Solutions
• John Reed Stark, president, John Reed Stark Consulting
Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, this webinar will get you up to speed on these critical issues in just 30 minutes. Sign up to BrightTALK to view this essential briefing and be informed of future webinars produced by Corporate Secretary.
Experis Finance is pleased to announce the third webinar in our Hot Topics series. Our goal is to provide you with a series of webinars that provide practical insights on topics of interest to internal audit, risk and compliance professionals, audit committees, and board members.
Our third session covers Internal Audit Function Effectiveness.
In this webinar, a panel of seasoned Internal Audit practitioners from Experis Finance will share their insights, experiences and recommendations on how Internal Audit functions can assess the effectiveness of their activities. With different drivers and many available possibilities, this is a classic “one size does not fit all” scenario. This session will help Internal Audit leaders understand the available options in order to determine the approach and methodology that best suits their individual situation and relevant stakeholders.
During this webinar, we will address the following topics:
•How is Internal Audit effectiveness defined and how can Internal Audit manage the competing expectations of their stakeholders (Senior Management, the Board, the Audit Committee, Regulators, External Auditors, etc.)?
•What are the elements of the Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP) as defined by the IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing? Are there different options and possibilities for assessing Internal Audit effectiveness?
In this webinar, Carlos Moreno, fund manager on the LF Miton European Opportunities Fund, sets out his views on European markets whilst also discussing his outlook and positioning for the fund as it approaches its three year anniversary.
On this All Hallows' Eve edition of Schroders’ Sustainability Quarterly webinar, we look at ESG-indexing, and ESG within the Emerging Markets, both areas that can potentially offer tricks & treats.
The combination of rising demand for index-based investment products and an increasing appetite for strategies based on ESG criteria has led to a sharp increase in ESG-branded products. We highlight a number of reasons why these simple, low-cost solutions may not provide either the financial or sustainability outcomes investors are likely to expect.
EM have tended to exhibit greater volatility than developed markets. Less stringent regulation, rapidly changing demographics and evolving policy environments can add to the uncertainty for EM investors. These
issues are less likely to impact better managed, more sustainably run companies, in our view.
A growing number of investors are screening out companies from lending portfolios because of exposure to climate change and other sustainability risks, but sovereign portfolios are often not assessed in the same way. This webinar looks at why: how serious are the sovereign default risks arising from ESG, how can they be quantified, and do investors have a responsibility to engage with governments on policy through bond buying?
Speakers confirmed: Bob Buhr, Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School and Founder of Green Planet Consulting
Investors are demanding that proxy statements include a greater range of information. In turn, companies need to disclose that information – and tell their story – in the most effective way. One solution is to create a ‘next-generation proxy summary’ that includes an extended summary spelling out the key information investors need. This can be used as part of the proxy statement and as a stand-alone document.
Our panel of experts will discuss how governance teams can make the best use of the extended summary in managing relationships with shareholders. Topics for discussion will include:
- What information should the extended summary include? What do investors want, and how should governance teams research what this is?
- What are some of the new best ways to present that information?
- How can governance and investor relations (IR) teams work best together and with other functions (the board, HR, IT, management and outside vendors) in preparing the extended summary?
- How can governance and IR teams use the summary during the approach to the AGM and outside of proxy season? How can it best be delivered as a stand-alone document?
- What is the best way to get feedback on your summary from investors to improve it for the following year?
Join us for a new webinar sponsored by Envestnet | Yodlee and hosted by Fintech Futures
Intended to protect consumers, promote innovation, and make European payments services safer, complying with the Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) and Open Banking requirements can be both challenging and rewarding. Envestnet | Yodlee® and Fintech Futures have teamed up to discuss how PSD2 is revolutionizing the financial services industry in the UK and beyond, and how you can position your firm to comply with the regulations while taking advantage of the opportunities.
In the webinar, we’ll cover:
• The impact of PSD2 on financial institutions and fintech innovators inside and outside Europe
• How to meet PSD2 and open banking specifications with a single API solution
• How to comply with Strong Customer Authentication (SCA), consent management, and federated authentication requirements
• How open banking generates opportunities to deliver additional offerings such as mortgages, loans, cash management solutions, and more, all easily accessible to consumers
Join us for this webinar and hear from Brian Costello, Chief Information Security Office, Envestnet | Yodlee and Gavin Littlejohn, Financial Data and Technology Association as they discuss how to position your firm for success in the new open banking environment.
As the green bond market continues to boom, how can investors think about sustainability in their wider corporate bond portfolios, and how are regulators and other public bodies beginning to address climate risk in bond markets?
In this webinar, our experts discuss the current efforts being made to integrate ESG into the asset class and some of the lessons learnt so far.
Speakers confirmed: Tomas Morsing, Head of Quant Strategies at Swedish pension fund AP2
Three years ago, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global call to action for positive change. Ever since, the global investment community has become increasingly eager to achieve some kind of “SDG alignment”.
Near the anniversary of the establishment of the SDGs, this RI/ISS-ESG webinar provides an overview of how impact investing connects to the SDGs, and how investors are measuring effectiveness.
- What drives investors to choose the SDGs as a framework for investing and how are they approaching this?
- What tools are available to identify and measure companies’ contributing to the SDGs? Should SDG investments be focusing on products & services or on companies’ operations?
- What are the challenges to investing in the SDGs? Are the SDG even investable in mainstream investment, given the fact that many of the SDGs and targeting problems in emerging markets that are probably rather solved by modest projects rather than large listed corporates?
- Is there a risk of SDG-washing and sticking SDG labels on existing mainstream investments? How can this be prevented?
While rates continue to rise from historic lows, core bond duration remain near record highs. In this upcoming webcast, join J.P. Morgan Asset Management to discuss market views and tax-advantaged, lower duration strategies amid today’s rising rates.
- Matt Riley, ETF Sales Specialist, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
- Sam Azzarello, Global Market Strategist, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
- Rick Taormina, Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
- Ryan Szakacs, Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan Asset Management