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This webinar analyses the FCA’s first year from a broker’s perspective and reveals 5 key insights to keep you ahead of the game in 2014.
We will discuss:
· Remuneration: structuring of individual broker remuneration
· Distribution Relationships: risks posed by Coverholders and Appointed Representatives
· Sales: FCA Market Reviews including the sale of additional coverages
· Fines: Lessons learnt from the past 12 months
· Client Money: Are you compliant?
As we continue to explore the ERP implementation process, we’re going to dive deeper into one technology solution you might consider for a successful ERP implementation. Join us as we discuss Oracle eBusiness Suite Release 12. You’ll want to join us if you’re:
• Thinking about upgrading to release 12
• On R12.1 and considering moving to R12.2
• Just looking for a little ‘positive sell’ to add to that budget request so you can fund your upgrade
Oracle eBusiness Suite Release 12 was defined as “The Global Business Release”. This doesn’t encompass just its geographic reach…the Suite is a comprehensive tool whose breadth and depth across industries and business functions is compelling for customers around the world.
During this session, participants will learn about:
• The changes to R12.2 including the foundational architecture improvements and financial enhancements
• How the strength of Financials Release 12 allows businesses to work globally - across applications, divisions and regions and the tools necessary to achieve that.
• Integration, data management and reporting
Oracle eBusiness Suite Release 12 makes it easier and less expensive for customers to implement, manage and scale global applications - ultimately improving the overall ownership experience.
This briefing will consider recent developments affecting structured notes and retail investment products in Europe.
The participants will focus on the progress of the proposed PRIPS regulation in the EU and related regulatory developments including MiFID II and the on-going debate between legislators, regulators and market participants to the suitability of certain complex products for retail investors.
Peter Green, Mofo
Jeremy Jennings-Mares, Mofo
Christopher Taylor, The Investment Bridge
Tom Young, IFLR (moderator)
Since December last year, the U.S. Federal Reserve has started the process of the much-talked about tapering, thanks to some positive data coming out from the U.S. How much headwinds will Asia experience due to the monetary policy normalization in the U.S. and will China see a more pronounced slowdown as data have been indicating? How much should we read on the tapering and China's slowdown, and what does it mean for investors in 2014?
Gain insights from our experts.
- The challenges Central Banks are facing globally as they need to rein in on loose monetary policy.
- Will Asian currencies manage to hold their ground in a rising U.S. interest rate environment?
- How well prepared are the Asian economies and is de-coupling from the West a reality or a myth.
- China RMB Internationalization, India Rupee outlook with Mid-year elections, SEA currencies outlook.
Patrick Teng, Founder and Chief Dealer at Six Capital
Dominic Schnider, Head of FX in APAC and commodities globally at UBS Wealth Management
Moderator: Anthony Capozzoli, Faculty of the University of Chicago’s Program on Financial Mathematics at the Chicago and Singapore campuses
By law, all pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and drug wholesale companies, regardless of size, are facing the first annual reporting deadline under the “Open Payments” (aka Sunshine Act) program. With complex Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reporting requirements, many companies are finding they are challenged by manual reporting and data validation. Finance and Compliance teams have the overwhelming task to compile their data accurately, completely, and timely, or face significant fines or penalties. If your company is confronted with the time consuming task of preparing for the Open Payments reporting, be assured there’s an easier solution to help you gain transparency, streamline reporting, meet the requirements and maintain compliance.
Join Concur, R-Squared, and Trivascular Inc. to learn best practices, tips and solutions to help you process and map your data to meet State, Federal and International disclosure reporting requirements. You will learn about cost-effective solutions designed to validate spend across multiple systems, provide the right level of internal controls, and align with Government report formatting requirements. Hear how Trivascular, an innovative company focused on advancing endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), has streamlined their data capture and integration for Open Payment reporting.
On December 10 2013, the five US bank regulators issued the long-awaited final rule construing the Volcker Rule. This rule generally prohibits banking entities – a broad term that includes banks, bank holding companies, foreign banks treated as bank holding companies, and their respective affiliates – from (i) engaging in proprietary trading, and (ii) acquiring or retaining ownership interests in, or acting as sponsors to, certain hedge funds and private equity funds.
The final rule incorporates significant changes to the proposed rule, published on November 7 2011, which were made in response to the large number of comments received on the original proposal.
This webcast is will summarise certain impacts of the final rule on banking institutions, including foreign banking organisations. We shall address aspects of the final rule, including:
• the exemption for proprietary trading
• limitations on permitted trading and fund activities
• fund investment and sponsorship
• impact on foreign banking organisations
• definition of a covered fund
• impact on securitisations
• compliance programmes
• conformance period
• Henry M Fields, Morrison & Foerster
• Oliver I Ireland, Morrison & Foerster
• Kenneth E Kohler, Morrison & Foerster
• Daniel A Nathan, Morrison & Foerster
• Gary Rosenblum, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Danielle Myles, IFLR (moderator)
New York and California CLE credit will be offered for this webinar
Join us for this 60 minute webinar covering prepaid market trends in key regions across the world.
Presented by Peter Sidenius, a Director with Edgar, Dunn & Company and member of the PIF Board of Directors, this webinar is the second in a two part series providing in-depth insights to the global prepaid landscape.
This webinar will compare and contrast key growth areas, dominant segments and market opportunity estimates for selected markets in North America, Asia Pacific and Africa with references to:
•The key drivers of consumer, government and corporate prepaid programmes
•The impact of the regulatory environment on prepaid market growth
A live Q&A session will take place during the broadcast.
Prepaid International Forum (PIF) is a not-for-profit trade association established in 2007 to represent the interests of all parties participating in the prepaid economy on a commercial basis. PIF is dedicated to the progression of the prepaid industry and acts as a principal point of liaison between the prepaid economy and government agencies, regulators and the media.
PIF members include issuers of prepaid products and services, Card Schemes, processors and suppliers of services to the industry.
In 2013 PIF announced plans to expand its international presence with the launch of a regional Chapter for the Middle East under the Patronage of TSYS. Learn more
By way of case studies of buildings, Lorna will take you on a whistle-stop tour of 12 common ways to spot ‘the likely suspects’ of where underinsurance is sure to be found.
It is the insured’s responsibility to set the buildings sum insured but how do they know that it is correct? Experience suggests that brokers are asked to advise and clients seek help from inappropriate web based information. Neither is best practice and the former is a sure route to litigation. Even if the insured has built the property themselves, the figure is unlikely to be the correct base on which to set the insurance policy.
The aim of the session is to help insurance professionals highlight cases where a valuation should be an integral part of the risk management strategy. It will broaden the audience’s knowledge so that the conversation about underinsurance does not take place in front of a burnt out building.
About your speaker:
Lorna Harrington is a Director at Barrett, Corp & Harrington Ltd, an RICS regulated surveyor that specialises in insurance valuations for buildings and contents. Prior to setting up BCH in 2006, Lorna had worked at Cunningham Lindsey as a Risk Solutions Manager, AIG Private Client Group as the Residential Services Manager and at Chubb Insurance as an Appraisal Manager for Chubb Masterpiece. Lorna started her career as a Lloyds broker, Bain Hogg (Aon), placing fine art and historic houses business in the London Market.
Her personal business interests are the valuation of listed buildings and historic monuments and helping clients to achieve a more realistic valuation on their contents items. Lorna holds a post graduate diploma in Historic Building Conservation (RICS) and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture.
Three-and-a-half years have passed since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act. Join us as we examine the most significant developments from 2013 including finalisation of the US regulatory capital rules, the regulatory framework for the mortgage market, and the Title VII framework for the regulation of derivatives.
We will also discuss the key rules expected to be finalised in 2014, including:
• the liquidity coverage ratio requirement, a long-term debt requirement, and measures to address reliance on short-term wholesale funding;
• enhanced prudential standards;
• risk retention requirements;
• the Volcker Rule, derivatives push-out and the remaining pieces of the derivatives regulatory regime under Title VII; and
• other significant Dodd-Frank milestones.
• Anna Pinedo, Morrison & Foerster
• James Schwartz, Morrison & Foerster
• Kenneth Kohler, Morrison & Foerster
• Robert Dilworth, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Danielle Myles, IFLR (moderator)
New York and California CLE credit will be offered for this webinar
The issues and insurance premiums surrounding young drivers make sensational news headlines. This webinar gets behind the sensationalism, explains and challenges the status quo, and demonstrates why brokers could be best placed to deliver a solution.
At this webinar you will discover:
- The real factors that influence young driver insurance
- The many roles of telematics and what difference it really makes
- Easy steps that make young drivers safer
- How Aqua is providing a solution for young drivers
Very few sectors and market segments are left untouched by the digital/mobile convergence ecosystem. The retail and distribution sectors are among those where new consumer behaviours and consumption patterns extensively using digital and mobile tools and devices are changing the paradigms. Comparing prices on the go, comparing products on the move, shopping on the go, Research Online, Purchase offline (RoPo), Social Local Mobile commerce/SoLoMo possibly including augmented reality and targeted advertisement are forcing to coordinate far better the physical and virtual distribution, retail and delivery channels.
Big data, which is increasingly linked to the use of mobile devices by adding a geographical component to the transactions, is therefore increasingly a strategic resource not only for mobile operators but also to technology giants such as Google or Amazon, retailers, banks and payment services providers.
Policy and regulation play a vital role here, especially in the EU markets where detailed provisions protect consumer privacy and regulate individual consent to process personal data. The new EU Data Protection Regulation foresees limits as to profiling.
Furthermore, according to the 2009 regulatory framework, a specific regime applies for the use of mobile location data. Because big data enables the making of huge amounts of unprecedented connections between consumer information, its reality inevitably challenges the ‘consent’ concept of the EU data protection rules.
Industry / policy solutions to be discussed:
• effective use of big data in the mobile business ecosystem
• linking data and profiling consumers across different platforms (mobile networks, online email and social network accounts, payment services, retailers)
• reconcile mobile big data with the EU data protection framework
• what do the expected new EU data protection laws mean for mobile data processing?
• how to obtain a valid customer ‘consent’ in the big data context?
For the first time in 20 years COSO has released an updated framework, COSO 2013. The guidance calls for implementation by December 15, 2014. Questions facing many organizations include: How different is the new framework? What do the new principles look like? What should organizations do to ensure compliance with the new principles? What are some of the tasks and challenges companies will be faced with?
During this webinar, our experts will:
• Review what has changed in the COSO Framework.
• Discuss the 17 new principles in COSO 2013.
• Discuss how to start evaluating your organization against the 2013 framework and addressing any gaps identified.
• Describe the tasks and challenges related to implementation.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other regulators are intensifying their evaluation and expectations for Financial Institutions’ internal audit and compliance functions. In addition, organizations will be subject to a slate of new mortgage rules that go into effect in early January. Financial institutions need to understand these changes in order to meet increased regulatory expectations.
During this webinar, we'll highlight key regulatory trends and provide pragmatic insights for most common risk and compliance management practices.
After participating in this webinar, you'll be able to:
• Describe mortgage guidance and rule modifications released by the CFPB in the last few months
• Prioritize key areas of focus for implementation of mortgage rules
• Identify emerging regulatory audit trends and pressures
• Articulate key areas of focus for your 2014 audit plan
• Develop action steps to strengthen your overall internal audit and compliance functions
While HMRC says ‘Tax doesn’t have to be taxing’ - when it comes to expenses, VAT, and HMRC guidelines it's not always clear what best practice is, or even what the rules truly mean.
Join this webinar for helpful advice and guidance about VAT in the real world. It includes real examples, best-practice recommendations and advice on auditing.
David Vine, managing director, UK SMB, will discuss the following topics:
- best practice to ensure HMRC compliance
- real-life VAT situations, including:
- 5 frequently asked questions about VAT
- 4 ways to reclaim VAT on fuel
- 3 ways to avoid VAT fraud
- why you should audit your expenses
- how technology can help.
Achieved price multiples for brokers and MGAs vary greatly.
It is often the case that a vendor can receive a spread of offers where the highest is more than twice the lowest.
This webinar looks at some of the key factors that influence price multiples, and identifies some of the things that vendors should do to prepare themselves ahead of sale in order to ensure that when they come to sell, they achieve a premium price.
About Your Speaker:
Roddy Simpson co-founded Resolution Partners with Hamish Ridgwell in 2001, as a specialist insurance-focused corporate finance advisory firm.
Resolution Partners provides independent, objective and expert corporate finance advice to owner-managed and institutionally owned brokers, MGAs and intermediaries in connection with corporate strategy; mergers, acquisitions, disposals & MBOs; and raising equity & debt capital.
This live webinar will provide an introduction to the new UK regulatory regime for brokers under the supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA").
It will consider the approach and statutory objectives of the FCA and how the new regulatory regime affects brokers and their customers. Particular attention will be paid to the steps taken by the FCA since its creation on 1 April 2013 (including its focus on product development and wholesale markets, its thematic studies in the insurance market and the more robust approach being taken to enforcement).
The webinar will also cover some of the anticipated changes to the regulatory environment for intermediaries at a European level, including the proposed revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive and other European consultations on the distribution of insurance products.
Part of the Payments Guru series this webinar brings you one of the world's leading experts in financial security to examine the balance you should seek to strike between compliance and risk management in your payments platforms. The presenter, Neira Jones, will start you thinking about the beneficial relationship these two functions can have - a topic that will be considered in more practical detail at the one day seminar www.mobilepayments-rri.com
The digital economy brings dramatic transformation, creating new business models, supply chains, revenue streams and partnerships across sectors. Whilst security, risk and fraud have traditionally been seen as business inhibitors, we now live in a world where trust is not only at the forefront of everyone’s mind but increasingly a ground for opportunity.
As the physical and digital worlds converge, business leaders seek to shape and transform their organisations whilst safeguarding the trust invested in them by their customers and stakeholders. The environment is challenging:
- The cloud, big data, mobile and digital commerce are creating new consumption habits.
- Mobile is becoming the fastest growing interaction channel and is already encroaching on the traditional physical space, in a commercial sense, but also within the enterprise, as exemplified by BYOD and social media.
- Identity is the new money and privacy is being redefined.
- Innovative digital players are rapidly, and sometimes unexpectedly, disrupting traditional businesses that are too slow to embrace change.
The new market place has no boundaries, consequently nor has cybercrime. In the meantime, the regulatory and compliance landscape has become a maze.
To succeed in today’s world, the new breed of business leaders must understand all the interactions to strike the right balance.
Managing an Enterprise Amazon Web Services budget can be daunting. Your engineers love the flexibility that AWS offers. But your management and finance teams dread the unpredictability of variable cloud costs. They need to know that your costs are under control and that you’re saving money where you can.
In this webinar, we’ll show you the tools and processes used by successful companies to monitor, manage and communicate complicated AWS cost and usage data. You’ll learn how to:
- Avoid surprises by monitoring company-wide AWS spending and usage
- Identify wasted AWS resources and other opportunities to lower costs
- Communicate AWS spending and usage data to decision-makers throughout your enterprise
These days, a greater range of software tools are available to help businesses do more with less than ever before. But, when it comes to expenses only 26% of businesses use any type of automation. In fact, 41% are still relying on paper-based processes!
Setting aside the benefits such as increased visibility, efficiency, and compliance with internal and HMRC policy, what are the main reasons that people are not automating?
Join David Vine, Managing Director, UK SMB on a live webinar as he discusses the reasons why businesses don’t automate their expenses and addresses common concerns like:
1)If it’s not broken, don’t fix it
2)It’s too expensive
3)Implementation is time-consuming and resource-intensive
4)It’s not a priority for the business
5)It won’t help us control our expenses
For more information please visit www.concur.co.uk or read our blog. And if you need any assistance please contact us on 00800 4551 6697.
Strategic and policy evolutions in the Card, Internet and Mobile Payments markets in Europe could have significant impact on the market as well as influence the debates in other regions.
The presentation in July 2013 by the European Commission of the legislative package submitted to the European Parliament and the EU Council for adoption before April 2014 is a milestone that will bring important changes to the industry. It is also complemented by specific actions from the EU Member States Governments particularly the UK.
With significant disruptions in technology, commerce, structure and consumer demands already impacting the payments industry, this regulatory package provides, if adopted, a significant driver for increased competition, opportunities and risks for both incumbent and new market players.
Some of the debates are also relevant for other regions such as Africa, a pioneering area for m-Payments where policy-makers are watching the European Union's actions.
This webinar will provide participants with a high-level strategic overview of some key market, competitive and policy/regulatory insights that are going to shape the future of the payments industry.
China, one of the largest and fastest growing payments markets in the world, is undergoing rapid transformation. Renowned as a particularly difficult market to enter, recent developments make it a hard to ignore opportunity....
The addition of 250 new third party non-bank providers is causing rapid changes in the way people pay. The large providers of online payments and digital wallets are now going offline and entering into the domestic retail payments with innovative mobile payments services.
Meanwhile mobile payment standards are being finalised, and this should address the current problems of highly fragmented markets. There has also been a rapid spread of high speed mobile networks, and cheap smartphone handset to utilise the services.
Previously payment providers grew rapidly in the absence of regulation, reaching a point where they presented a threat to a number of incumbent players. New regulations have forced them now to obtain licences. Already many tranches of licences have been granted; the latest ones even include foreign companies.
So how do you take advantage of this opportune time?
Having attempted to enter this market on behalf of large mobile operator groups, global banks and money transfer operators, we at Shift Thought recognised the need for a navigational tool to steer entrants in their ambitions relating to entry into the China Payments market.
This webinar explores the Chinese payments ecosystem and digital money initiatives. It offers some of the analysis and learning from the recently completed analysis by Shift Thought, published in their latest report “Digital Money in China 2013”. Valuable insight and robust intelligence into a complex and previously perilous market to enter to help you identify, develop or refine your strategy.
Philip Calvert's workshops on how to leverage LinkedIn have produced startling results for professionals and in this special webinar for insurance brokers, he will reveal both proven and little known techniques to enhance your profile, reputation online and ultimately win new business. Philip will also reveal his personal 'killer strategy' for leveraging LinkedIn and wider social media tools.
If you're an insurance broker and are not seeing enough return from using LinkedIn or social media, then don't miss this!
Philip Calvert is a professional speaker on social media and the founder of LifeTalk - an award-winning social networking site for financial advisers. He was recently voted as the Professional Adviser Magazine Personality of the Year in the UK and one of the Top 5 Tweeters about Money.
Federal income tax rules for financial products are constantly developing and changing, and 2013 has been no different.
This webinar will provide an update on recent US tax developments involving structured notes, swaps, options, futures and other financial products.
We will also discuss the mark-to-market system for financial derivatives that is being floated in Congress as part of fundamental tax reform, and consider what it might mean for various types of financial products.
Thomas A Humphreys, Morrison & Foerster
Remmelt A Reigersman, Morrison & Foerster
Danielle Myles, IFLR (moderator)
ETF managed portfolios are funds or mandates that invest at least 50% in ETFs.
In this webinar, Morningstar analyst Gordon Rose will remind listeners of the growth seen in the European ETF market and provide an overview of ETF managed portfolios. In particular, he’ll discuss:
-Strategies that have attracted the most inflows year-to-date;
-What the fund managers say about ETF managed portfolios;
-What he sees for the development of the ETF market in the future.
Mobile payments is a wide term which can refer to a multitude of different activities based around a mobile phone (smart phone). These activities can include acquiring (MPOS, QRCodes, NFC and other contactless means of payment), mobile banking, peer-to-peer payment innovations, premium SMS and other pay by phone options and payment/loyalty apps.
The regulation that covers the above is equally wide ranging from the regulation of payment services and electronic money to the use of personal data and telco regulation.
The European Commission in its wisdom drafted a very good green paper back in January 2012 entitled "Toward an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments" which recognised that mobile was simply a device/medium and not a payment method in itself. The aim of the paper was to increase competition, provide more choice and transparency for consumers, grow innovation and promote payment security and consumer trust. As recently as November 2013, the European Central Bank published its "recommendations for the security of mobile payments" and these have been endorsed by the national banks of the European Union. In the draft Second Payment Services Directive we see a continued push into this space of creating a secure and regulated platform for mobile issuing and acquiring in payments.
Whether your company is large, small or somewhere in between, business systems, applications and third-party IT services often require significant corporate investments in effort and cost. But because these purchases are infrequent and technology evolves so quickly, many approach these projects with trepidation and employ a myriad of resources to aid in their decision. Although every situation is different, there are some basic actions that every company can take to effectively prepare to choose the options that best meet their needs.
Whether you are trying to rationalize the continued use of a current tool, identify a new tool to deploy or select a third- party vendor to serve your needs, this webinar will provide you with a helpful roadmap! By utilizing a proven, systemic and phased approach, any size decision can become more objective and manageable – and place more responsibility on prospective vendors to “prove” they are the right choice for your company’s unique requirements.
By attending this webinar, participants will:
• Understand the steps of systemically conducting a business application and / or third-party vendor selection assessment in the following phases:
- Post-Selection (Implementation Planning)
• Quantify the benefits of a methodical and objective process
• Review “Lessons Learned” in order to avoid process pitfall
Foreign banks are increasingly looking to diversify their financing options. With careful planning, they can access US investors without subjecting themselves to the securities registration requirements applicable to public offerings, or the ongoing disclosure and governance requirements applicable to US reporting companies.
Speakers on this webinar will explain how non-US banks can pursue these funding avenues.
- Issuances exempt from registration under rule 144A;
- Issuances that rely on registration exceptions provided by Securities Act section 3(a)(2) for securities offered or guaranteed by banks;
- Setting up a rule 144A or bank note programme for straight debt;
- Issuing covered bonds in reliance on rule 144A or Section 3(a)(2);
- Yankee CD programmes; and
- Banking and securities regulatory requirements to consider before setting up an issuance programme.
- Brad Berman, Morrison & Foerster
- Jerry Marlatt, Morrison & Foerster
- Jack McSpadden, Citigroup
- Laura Drumm, Citigroup
- Danielle Myles, IFLR (moderator)
California and New York CLE credit will be offered for this webinar
This webinar looks at how M&A activity has impacted the Top 50 Brokers over the last 10 years and examines the drivers for change that will affect the value of broking houses in the future.
At this webinar you will discover:
· The principal changes to the Top 50 Brokers
· How the ownership profile has dramatically developed
· How to keep up to date with market activity
· Likely future developments
· The drivers affecting the value added by brokers going forward
After a career in the City, Olly Laughton-Scott founded IMAS Corporate Finance in 1992. Since then it has done well over 100 M&A deals. For the last 10 years IMAS has produced the Top 50 Broker Survey in conjunction with Insurance Times. IMAS and its partners have an unrivalled research capability allowing it to identify the fullest range of buyers and sellers.
Join us for an update on recently issued and pending standards from the FASB and new reporting requirements from the SEC. During this important webinar, we’ll discuss critical issues that may impact your technical accounting and financial reporting roadmap and provide practical tips on how to address these challenges.
After participating in this webinar, you’ll be able to:
• Identify areas for accounting and reporting focus in 2014.
• Articulate regulation changes as they relate to FASB initiatives and SEC updates.
• Assess how these changes may impact your organization and what you can do to prepare.