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Robert J. Horrocks, PhD, CIO, David Dali, Portfolio Strategist, and Andy Rothman, Investment StrategistRecorded: Aug 13 201963 mins
Global investors continue to feel the repercussions of U.S–China trade tensions, and now China's currency "devaluation" and protests in Hong Kong have further rattled markets. Amid the turmoil, we believe Asia's economic fundamentals make the region resilient and are optimistic about Asian equities over a full market cycle.
Please join an exclusive webcast with industry experts from Matthews Asia for an interactive discussion on:
- The state of China's central bank and monetary policy
- The implications of China's currency "devaluation"
- What the Hong Kong protests mean for Asia's economy
- What investors can do to help mitigate volatility
Dan Ridler, BCS ConsultingRecorded: Aug 12 201941 mins
Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) goes live on 9th December 2019 for FCA solo-regulated firms. BCS Consulting have supported vast numbers of banks, insurers and solo-regulated firms with their SM&CR implementations from which they have learnt key lessons about the challenges, regulatory consequences and the most effective solutions. Based on this experience, BCS Consulting will explain how firms can avoid the most significant implementation challenges and accelerate delivery timelines.
Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist, S. Joyce Li, CFA, Portfolio ManagerRecorded: Jul 30 201933 mins
China accounts for one-third of global economic growth—a larger share than the U.S., Europe and Japan combined. Growth is slowing, however, and there are tensions with the Trump administration. How will the Chinese government respond to these challenges and what will be the impact on the world's best consumer story?
Please join Matthews Asia Investment Strategist Andy Rothman along with Portfolio Manager S. Joyce Li, CFA, for an interactive discussion on:
•The latest on U.S.-China trade relations
•Risks and opportunities in China's A-share market
•How a dividend approach can provide an opportunity to balance risks with returns
•The role of entrepreneurial firms in a country run by an authoritarian regime
•The economic outlook for China in the months ahead
All eyes are on the U.S. Federal Reserve this week. While most investors expect an interest rate cut, recent Fed communication has reflected some lack of consensus on the magnitude. Katie Nixon takes a closer look.
Sindhu Joseph, Founder and Rajesh Sharma, Head of Customer Experience, CogniCorRecorded: Jul 22 201930 mins
According to McKinsey, AI will trigger an estimated $13 trillion of GDP growth between now and 2030. How can the wealth management industry capitalize on the latest artificial intelligence advancements to stay ahead of the technological curve, thereby both driving down long term costs and increasing overall productivity?
Through the use of CogniCor’s CIRA platform, wealth management firms can create and maintain their own virtual assistants (VAs) which through the use of workflows can automate complex tasks for both financial advisors and their customers. Through the rapid ingestion of vast amounts of data, the virtual assistant allows financial advisors to interact more on a personal level with their clients, thereby helping them to reach their wealth management goals more effectively.
The time that an advisor spends should be focused on working with their clients. By automating standard operations, advisors can focus on improving their clients’ portfolios, understanding their goals, and ultimately maximizing their short, medium and long term potential for growth.
Many financial advisors and wealth management firms are still unaware of how technology enhances financial advisors’ performance. CogniCor is poised to be a leader in the industry, and look forward to bringing our experience with enterprise leaders to the rest of the industry players, be they small, medium or enterprise firms.
Michael Hunstad, Ph.D., Head of Quantitative StrategiesRecorded: Jul 22 20193 mins
Most active managers underperformed their benchmarks in the first half of 2019. The media has chalked this underperformance up to shoddy sources of alpha and overbought investment strategies. We feel this view is short sighted. Head of Quantitative Strategies Michael Hunstad explains.
Ash Seddeek, YamaPay | Melanie Turek, Frost & Sullivan | Brad van Leeuwen, RailsbankRecorded: Jul 18 201949 mins
Like many of today’s leading-edge businesses, financial services companies are using big data and analytics to improve their own outcomes, and those of their clients. By leveraging both proprietary and public information, banks and insurance companies are better able to create personalized offers and service for each client, based on that customer’s specific needs and value to the business. They are also leveraging advanced analytics to identify key trends in the industry, shape future products and services and manage increasingly complex compliance requirements and regulations across the world. Leading-edge organizations are even starting to use artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to automate routine processes, increase employee productivity and deliver fast, customized customer experiences on the fly.
Join us for an in-depth look at what you need to do to get started, as well as how to prepare to compete in an increasingly data-driven marketplace today and well into the future.
This panel discussion will address:
- Why financial service companies are doing this now
- Tools involved
- Is this just about the customer experience? What other areas of the business can benefit?
- Highlights for both banking and insurance
- Top challenges to success
Eva Murray, Head of BI & Tableau Zen Master, ExasolRecorded: Jul 18 201956 mins
Data Analytics plays a key role for Financial Services organizations to support decision-making processes, keep customers’ investments safe and to drive innovative solutions.
In this session we’ll share our recommendations for analysis and visualization best practices and for building analytics communities. We’ll also focus on how a sound and holistic approach to analytics can help you improve your customer experience, reduce the risk of fraud and stay ahead of the competition.
Gordon Kerr, Head of European Structured Finance ResearchRecorded: Jul 18 201925 mins
DBRS Ratings Limited (DBRS) invites you to attend a webinar updating you on the progress and
performance of the European structured finance markets in the first half of 2019 on 18 July 2019 at 3
p.m. BST/4 p.m. CEST/10 a.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Gordon Kerr, Senior Vice President
and Head of European Structured Finance Research, in London.
The discussion will last approximately 25 to 30 minutes and will be followed by an interactive questionand-answer session. DBRS welcomes all who wish to participate.
Vivian Lin Thurston, CFA, Partner, Portfolio ManagerRecorded: Jul 17 201939 mins
China offers a number of favorable market characteristics for global investors. Opportunities abound in China’s “new economy,” and the China has one of the largest, most liquid, and fastest-growing equity markets in the world. The China A-Share market has historically been uncorrelated, under-researched, and inefficient, and China A-Shares are under-represented in global equity indices, providing potential investment opportunities for quality growth investors.
In this webcast, Vivian Lin Thurston, CFA, partner and portfolio manager at William Blair Investment Management, discusses this backdrop. She also highlights several investible themes in China, including growing domestic consumption and the secular growth of healthcare spending.
Joshua Bower-Saul, CEO and Founder, CybertonicaRecorded: Jul 17 201941 mins
We will look at the background of existing incumbent systems and rule-based infrastructure now operating in Banks, and establish why the use of Machine Learning and AI helps alleviate 20% of cost and increase customer satisfaction while protecting the transaction and networks of the bank from intrusion. Also, the new device and contextual Big Data services of Cybertonica will be described. In the end, we need to see how security and customer convenience can be optimised while reducing cost and friction in the banks systems.
Joshua Bower-Saul has 20 years experience in managing tech companies and startups. He is the founder of 4 businesses in online funding, media and FinTech. Joshua is a graduate of Harvard (MA) and INSEAD (MBA). He speaks fluent Russian, French and German.
Bharat Bhushan | Valentina Kristensen | Richard Price | Marie Measures | Mitesh SoniRecorded: Jul 17 201960 mins
Any process and interaction that can be digitised is being digitised - either for customer convenience or, for operational efficiency and costs. But, what happens when every bank and every possible process is digitised. What next? How can banks differentiate themselves? What role can data and AI play in creating value?
In this session, we will hear from industry leaders on their views on this topic and pragmatic recommendations on how to get started on this journey.
Bharat Bhushan, CTO Banking & Financial Markets, IBM
Marie Measures, CIO, Coventry Building Society
Richard Price, Sales Director, TIBCO
Valentina Kristensen, Director, Growth & Communications, OakNorth
Mitesh Soni, Senior Director - Innovation and Fintech, Finastra
The session will explore the role of AI and big data in improving risk management and building business resilience in Financial Services.
In this webinar, you will get a broader perspective into emerging (also referred as non-financial or Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)) risks in Financial Services. Finally you will be walked through a case study with a leading bank on their use of AI to future-proof their organization.
Philip Dutton, Co-Founder, SolidatusRecorded: Jul 17 201947 mins
There are three pillars to control in a data rich, regulated company – these are what data you have, what it is being used for and who is using it. These pillars have nuances as well, for example where is the person, the data or the process and how old is the data. In the current data climate, it is normal for a company to have a policy to tell people (customers as well as staff) the rules of the road for accessing information. Enshrining this policy into the fabric of the organisation so that people do not have to think about it as well as satisfying the current trend of DevOps is the key to allowing a fast iteration culture, delivering value without creating more overheads.
About the speaker:
Co-founder, Philip Dutton, has led Solidatus from concept through to launch and now accelerated growth. Working to help organisations utilise visual lineage to enable understanding and simplification of complex systems landscapes, demonstrate regulatory lineage, improve governance and assist with transformational change. With 20 years of experience as a Senior System Architect, Engineer and Project Manager within the Financial Services industry, Philip’s expertise focuses on global transformational change projects within global organisations. Passionate about revolutionising the data economy and helping companies become proactive instead of reactive.
Ash Seddeek, CEO and Founder, YamaPayRecorded: Jul 16 201935 mins
Financial institutions spend 88 billions year trying to get the attention of existing and new customers and offer them relevant products and services. This divide is a reflection of a lack of understanding and at times trust.
Creating new categories of financial services, fintech startups can help bridge this divide.
We will share YamaPay’s delightme services portfolio and how it holds a great promise for consumers and financial services organizations.
The audience will walk away with key strategies for reducing marketing dollars while increasing customer retention and acquisition.
Declan O'Brien, UBS Asset Management | Michael Kearney, Aberdeen Standard Investments | Rick Walters, GRESBRecorded: Jul 16 201952 mins
Infrastructure drives productivity growth, and is, therefore, a critical element of a functioning economy. With the need for infrastructure running into the trillions over the next two decades - what projects should those funds be targeted to generate the best outcome? What what does that outcome look like?
This webinar brings together the brightest minds in the industry to discuss:
The Infrastructure Gap - what it looks like and how to close it.
Implications of new renewable energy advancements and 5G, and robotics
China 2025 and the Belt & Road Initiative.
Rick Walters, Infrastructure Director, GRESB
Jean-Francois Hautemulle, Principal, Terres Neuves Consulting
Declan O'Brien, Senior Analyst - Research & Strategy EMEA Infrastructure, UBS Asset Management
Michael Kearney, Senior Investment Director - Economic Infrastructure, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Philip Miller, Co-Founder, SolidatusRecorded: Jul 16 201944 mins
Many cloud migrations end up as a thunderstorm, financial services organisations must embrace the cloud, but it is not as simple as just running up an application off-prem. Problems are common, identifiable and avoidable. There are now many factors to consider, such as the location of the cloud data centre, the type of data being processed and who is accessing it (and from where). In addition to this, there are considerations such as data transfer and cloud suitability which need to be fully worked through before placing functionality outside of the corporate network. Solidatus helps to plan the strategy and migration path to cloud by plotting data/processing boundaries, providing control and transparency for stakeholders and smoothing the transition to the future state.
About the speaker:
Co-Founder, Philip Miller, Senior Architect, Analyst and Engineer with over 20 years’ experience within Financial Services specialising in high performance computing, complex event processing and system integration. He is an acknowledged expert is real-time regulatory reporting.
Rob Martorana, Brian Gilmartin, Marc Gerstein, Jeff Miller, Ed StavetskiAug 22 20191:30 pmUTC62 mins
Six veteran investors explain how they cut through the clutter of sensationalism and pseudo-analysis that litter the landscape of today's financial journalism. The webinar is accompanied by a 30-page slide deck with embedded links. The content is based on an article published by the CFA Institute in July of 2016, and the authors will discuss and debate their approaches.
Jon Pittham. MD ClientsFirstAug 27 20191:30 pmUTC52 mins
In a post GDPR world, top of the funnel traditional direct marketing isn't a viable option for financial services firms. Data is more regulated, targeting is more limited and a broad approach is a strategy that will likely fail.
Instead it's time to focus on a strategy that will attract, convert and delight engaged clients. This strategy is Growth Marketing. In this webinar we focus on how to turn your marketing culture from top of the funnel to a growth marketing culture where every stage of the funnel counts.
Other key takeaways include:
- Aligning your marketing goals into creating inbound opportunities which allows your firm to grow
- How to use the inbound model to not only create more leads, but turn these leads into delighted brand ambassadors
- How content is the new data when it comes to creating successful modern growth marketing campaigns
- Using technology and automation to streamline your marketing
As markets mature, information asymmetries become harder to find and higher returns become increasingly elusive. Where is a good place for investors to focus and gain exposure to APAC at attractive prices and rates? The Venture Capital and Private Equity may be the place to find answers, though China A-Shares may also hold the keys to success. Indeed, Impact Investing is another alternative, which is burgeoning in the region.
To understand how to find returns and alpha, this webinar will discuss:
how investors from across the globe can access APAC
Which sectors there is growing activity in, and why
Which markets are worth a look, and what regulations in these markets.
Ryan Ross, Martina Macpherson, Kate Larsen, Hendrick Alpen, Edward Bryan, Martin ButtleAug 29 20193:00 pmUTC90 mins
The fashion industry is a US$2.4 trillion-dollar industry that employs approximately 60 million people worldwide. However, an ever faster growing global production and consumption value chain has led to multiple significant ESG issues, from labor controversies, to waste production, water stress and carbon emissions.
At one end is the issue around sourcing: a seemingly endless supply of cotton, and synthetic and other materials is needed to fuel the industry. But such a tremendous amount of waste can be re-used with new textile recycling techniques being developed. Still, these techniques are not available for all materials yet. This is a huge opportunity, which will need funding.
Another issue is clothing use. "Fast Fashion" has driven us to purchase more clothing, use it less, and dispose of it more. The average American throws away around 80 pounds per year, according to the EPA and in the UK every household spends an average of £1263.60 per year on clothing.
Throwing away clothing isn’t sustainable for our wallets, nor for our world. In the UK alone, as of 2014, 350,000 tons of clothing is sent to a landfill every year. It adds around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
To keep ourselves clothed in a sustainable way, the supply chain of this industry must be re-shaped. This webinar will bring together the leading minds from the corporate and investment world to discuss how to get people involved in expanding their clothes' life cycle, how companies can source their materials in sustainable ways, and the role investors should play in mandating for better practices in the industry.
Martina Macpherson, President, NSFM
Kate Larsen, Supply Exchange
Edward Bryan, Alliance Bernstein
Martin Buttle, Ethical Trading Initiative
Hendrick Alpen, H&M
Richard Friesen, Founder, Mind MusclesSep 4 20191:30 pmUTC57 mins
Richard Friesen is the creator and developer of the innovative and exclusive “Mind Muscles™” training process that turns the psychology of trading on its head. He works with financial professionals, independent traders, business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to expand their mental game to make more consistent profits. With in depth experience as a broker, floor trader, financial software developer and entrepreneur, he brings concrete real world experience to his clients.
“Conversations with Money” is a conversation between the character “Money” and Joe, a blog and article writer. During this conversation, the concept of money, the psychology of our relationship to money and our cultural beliefs about money are all reframed with a radical concept and from the point of view of Money itself.
Curtis V. Cloke, CEO & Founder, Thrive Income Distribution SystemSep 10 201910:00 amUTC48 mins
Building retirement plans that can last a lifetime is the prize of every retirement planning professional and retiree. When retirement plans are “Built to Last”, longevity risk is the number one retirement risk for most retirees (especially when protecting two people for a lifetime). Retirement practitioners need to consider major risks associated with the distribution phase, different from the accumulation phase. Understanding what retirees want and what keeps them up at night are the major elements for financial professionals to resolve and solve for their pre-and-post retiree clients.
It is important to build investment allocations that create a base of income that cannot be destroyed, one that cannot be outlived, and when done correctly, protect principal in the event of early death. Investing solutions should focus on income flow, discretionary liquidity, growth opportunities and legacy goals. During this session, we will address many myths and biases that surround these questions and show you how building a retirement income floor that incorporates insurance guarantees can help clients meet their emotional and financial needs for a lifetime.
In this program, you will learn about:
- Promised Based Income: Luck vs. Skill (Predictable vs Unpredictable)
- Liquidity: Understanding the “Illusion of Control”… FOMO (fear of missing out)
- The top five risks to mitigate in retirement
- How to take a “basket of products approach” (agnostic approach)
- The benefits of: “Buy income and investing the difference®
- Divide and Conquer Strategy:
- Providing income that lasts a lifetime
- Providing an opportunity for long-term growth, discretionary liquidity and legacy goals
Courtney Inda, Allina Health | Aetna, Katie Miller, LeClair Group, and Nick Forside, LeClair GroupSep 10 20193:00 pmUTC60 mins
Allina Health | Aetna is offering self-funded plans to small groups of 5 enrolled to 50 eligible employees. Employers can select up to four plan options from 40 open access plans. On average, employers who enroll in the Aetna Funding Advantage plan can see savings of 15% or more on monthly costs.
Kandarp Acharya, Wells Capital Management | Justin Simler, Tatton IM | Etienne Vincent, BNP Paribas AM | Nicolas Simar, NN IPSep 10 20193:00 pmUTC45 mins
Managers of income funds know there are multiple ways to deliver the product - which can cause decision paralysis. But if you have a strong strategy and vision, the pathway to decisions are simplified. Multi-Asset Strategies abound for to deliver income, including a long-short approach, natural income, or capital and growth.
This webinar will discuss:
- Strategies the best investment firms are using to delivering income
- Asset allocation theories that can work in any environment
- The benefits and drawbacks to all approaches
Justin Simler - Consultant - Tatton Investment Management Limited
Kandarp Acharya, Senior Portfolio Manager, Wells Capital Management
Nicolas Simar, Portfolio Manager - Euro High Dividend, NN Investment Partners
Etienne Vincent, Global Head of Quantitative Portfolio Management, BNP Paribas Asset Management.
Lorraine Ell, CEO & Senior Financial Advisor, Better Money DecisionsSep 11 20191:30 pmUTC44 mins
Despite the rise in interest rates of late, creating income from an investment portfolio to fund retirement is still challenging for most. The oft quoted standard of a 4% withdrawal rate has proven to be untenable, as well as not necessarily appropriate in every investor’s situation.
So how can investors develop a workable retirement income scenario? Lorraine Ell, CEO of Better Money Decisions has helped clients create retirement income for decades. Learn from an expert how to:
- Identify your needs and wants
- Find the right level of risk
- Manage cash flow in up and down markets
- Boost yield with high income producing instruments
- Position assets to maximize returns
Alan Blythe, Blythe Financial | Bonnie Lyn de Bartok, The S Factor | Adrian Lowcock, Willis Owen | Shelly Antoniewicz, ICISep 11 20193:00 pmUTC45 mins
Over the next 30 years, the demographic makeup of societies will change tremendously. What effect will this have on income investment funds? Will people retire later, thus driving up the demand for Income Funds? What effect will interest rates and other factors have on people's desire to choose an income fund vs. a fund that reinvests its assets? Further, as investment preferences change, how will funds adapt to these preferences and drive market share?
This webinar panel will dive into:
- how will demographic changes drive demand for Income Funds around the world?
- How will fund companies need to adapt in order to anticipate these change?
- What investment parameters will need to be met to attract discerning investors with specific tastes.
Adrian Lowcock, Head of Personal Investing, Willis Owen
Bonnie Lyn de Bartok, Founder & CEO, The S Factor Co (a MacCormick Inc. company)
Alan Blythe, Chartered Financial Planner & Managing Director, Blythe Financial.
Shelly Antoniewicz, Senior Director, Industry and Financial Analysis, Investment Company Institute (ICI)
Paul Ellis | Jennifer Sireklove, Director of Responsible Investing, ParametricSep 19 20193:00 pmUTC28 mins
Jennifer Sireklove, Director of Responsible Investing, has built Parametric's Responsible Investing practice over two years, including customized ESG data incorporation on $20 billion AUM, and firm-wide proxy voting on $100 billion AUM.
Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant are changing the way consumers live and how brands engage with people. Witnessing the rise in popularity of voice-enabled digital assistants, many financial service providers are planning on incorporating or have already added this new technology into their systems. But while investment in voice assistants continues to grow, questions remain on how much these technologies can drive digital engagement, streamline customer communications, and build revenue.
Don’t miss this chance to join our discussion on voice and chat technologies and find out how they can be effectively utilized to create a more engaging and meaningful customer experience.
Join our webinar to learn:
• How conversational technologies are changing the financial services landscape
• What to look for in a voice-enabled solution
• Why context is key for the future of voice-enabled digital assistants
• Ways voice and chat can power financial wellness
• Tips for capitalizing on conversational interfaces and improve customer loyalty
• How Envestnet | Yodlee data accuracy helps power AI-enabled voice and chat solutions
*Juan Romera, Head of Business Developer, Abe.AI
*Katy Gibson, VP Application Products, Envestnet | Yodlee
Paul Ellis | Mona Naqvi, Senior Director and Global ESG Spokesperson for S&P Dow Jones IndicesSep 26 20193:00 pmUTC28 mins
Mona Naqvi discusses her group’s launch of the S&P 500 ESG Index, the basis for a UBS Asset Management ETF that's now available. She also discusses the creation of numerous ESG indices and her ongoing work with Japan’s government pension investment fund (GPIF), the world’s largest, to systematically reduce exposure to high carbon companies through the S&P Carbon Efficient Indices.
Paul Ellis | Matthew BlumeOct 3 20193:00 pmUTC28 mins
Matthew Blume, portfolio manager and head of ESG research at Appleseed Capital, sees shareholder advocacy as an opportunity to influence the integration of ESG metrics into the long term value creation of companies owned in the Appleseed Fund (APPLX), for which his firm is the adviser. His efforts are part of the reason why APPLX ended 2018 with performance in the top 5% of it's Morningstar World Allocation category for one, three and ten years.
Paul Ellis | Eric Glass, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income Impact Strategy at AllianceBernsteinOct 10 20193:00 pmUTC35 mins
Listen to the story of how Glass created AllianceBernstein’s Municipal Impact Strategy to invest in underserved and low-socio-economic status communities. Glass explains how investing healthcare, education, mass transit, water/waste water and renewable energy infrastructure can generate a 4% tax-exempt yield on investment.