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2016 was a tumultuous year across the world and a serious level of uncertainty remains as we move into 2017. So join Western Asset Chief Investment Officer, Ken Leech as he deep dives into an analysis of the 2016 global market and discusses some 2017 considerations for your portfolio including:
- US Policy uncertainty and how to compensate for this
- The Cyclical surge amidst challenging secular headwinds
- Growth Prospects in the US
- Growth Risks from China
- 2016 Market analyses
Please join us for our quarterly retirement webinar where we will focus this quarters topic around taking a look at the post-election landscape, and what that means for pension plans, and how you can use diversification creatively to meet varying objectives.
Our webcast will focus on three key areas:
1.Market Update – post election outlook for pensions
2.Portfolio Strategy – leveraging diversification in a return-seeking and liability hedging construct
3.Case Study – constructing a risk-managed growth portfolio to meet plan objectives
Yossi Hasson, MD of the Barclays Techstars Accelerator, a successful entrepreneur, mentor and angel investor is about to embark on running the second Barclays Techstars accelerator in Cape Town.
Working with Barclays they will look to bring in the best fintech startups from around the globe to disrupt the financial industry. With his finger firmly on the pulse, Yossi has compiled his predictions for fintech for Africa in 2017.
So why should fintech startups be intersted in joining the Barclays Techstars accelerator? Yossi will take you through the benefits of the programme, how you can make 1 years worth of progress in 3 months and how to deliver a kick ass application to join Techstars.
What are three key reversals from 2016 that could continue to impact small-caps in 2017? Co-CIO Francis Gannon discusses the dramatic reversals in the small-cap asset class and how they could impact 2017.
There's no shortage of risks now, but experienced investors consider what could go right as well as wrong. That's why we brought four of Legg Mason’s top managers together to explore the potential positives for 2017 -- and how the year could unfold to get there. Welcome to this edition of MASTERCLASS.
•Scott Glasser - Co-CIO, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager at ClearBridge Investments
•Carl Eichstaedt - Portfolio Manager at Western Asset
•Jack McIntyre - Portfolio Manager at Brandywine Global
•James Norman - President, Equity Strategy at QS Investors
There could be double-digit earnings growth with proposed corporate tax cuts and a recovery in energy. The stock market might follow suit. Is there a new regime in equities and is your portfolio ready?
Join Northern Trust investment experts who will discuss their perspectives on the state of the financial markets, potential timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate move and the implications for institutional investors.
In this webinar you'll hear from:
Carl Tannenbaum - Chief Economist
Jim McDonald - Chief Investment Strategist
Stephen Cousins, CFA - Director of Relationship Management, Institutional Group will host this webinar and lead the Q&A using viewer submitted questions.
In 2015, the United Nations’ 195 member countries adopted their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to the global transition from the fossil-fueled industrial Era to low-carbon, knowledge-richer, green economies. This requires reforming incumbent finance and democratizing such services to drive this global transition toward accessible green technologies, jobs and infrastructure. While FINTECH companies can power this transition, few have embraced the potential of this next stage of human development. Too many FINTECH startups are being acquired by incumbent banks or coopted to serve narrow interests and conventional profit-maximizing.
•Many block-chain based patents have been filed by Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, as well as similar initiatives by Barclay’s, UBS, Santander, along with venture capital investors. Over 50 major financial institutions see FINTECH as cutting their internal costs by up to $20 billion annually by 2020.
•Will FINTECH no longer be disrupting incumbent financial giants – but serving them by merely “paving their legacy cow paths” (i.e., back-office systems, records, transfers, loans, remittances)?
•Or will FINTECH adopt higher goals and independent values beyond Wall Street’s worst greed and self-interest? Will they join the global transition to more sharing, accessible, cleaner, greener, sustainable economies for our common future?
Join this panel session where our experts will discuss:
- How are customers' demands changing, and how should banks respond?
- How will new regulatory initiatives such as PSD2 and Open Banking change the face of banking?
- Are banks truly digital, or are they just digitising existing processes?
- The importance of partnerships and working with startups to unlock innovation
- Will new emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI truly shake up the banking sector? When will we see widespread adoption?
- What are the key challenges that are preventing banks from being more innovative, and how to overcome them?
2016 has been an eventful year for FinTech in Europe. We’ve seen the rise of challenger banks, established banks snap-up stakes in rising stars, blockchain become mainstream and a growing demand by consumers, and businesses, for increasingly sophisticated FinTech solutions. Great. So now what do we think is in store for 2017?
Join this panel to hear:
-Experts' views on the year that was and what's to come
-Will Blockchain still be a big thing?
-Which new technologies can we expect to boom next year?
-What's the next step in the journey for bank-fintech collaboration?
-How will new regulations affect incumbents and new players?
-Is there any innovation left in the payments industry?
During the weekly webinar series Technology Tuesdays, LeClair Group's insurance analyst Margaret Lett, Ph.D., shares tips with insurance advisors on how to navigate and take advantage of the Advisor tools provided on LeClair Group's Advisor Advantage website. During the webinar Margaret, with the assistance of LeClair Group's Manager of Brokerage Operations Jennifer Cheesman, will demonstrate how to use the online Policyholder Customer Service form on the LeClair Group's Advisor Advantage website.
Many fintech companies are successfully disrupting the financial services industry, but traditional obstacles continue to impede fast growth and compliance with strict regulations.
In this webinar, you’ll discover how cloud technology offers the necessary flexibility and functionality, at a fraction of the price of traditional telephony systems.
You’ll also have the chance to ask questions, so this is a great opportunity to better understand cloud communications and learn how your business can benefit from more integrated, flexible and smarter systems.
-Learn how to meet all communications requirements today and tomorrow in the cloud.
-Hear how cloud technology helps fintech address compliance and reduce audit costs.
-Discover how to meet all standards immediately: PCI DSS, FCA & SEC Regulation, MIFID II.
There is a proliferation of challenger banks in the UK - with 40 in the market, and more coming. They run the full gamut from digital first to branch first; from single product to full service; and from brand new to distinctly vintage.
Join this panel where leading experts will:
Explain the challenger bank landscape
Discuss the drivers behind the 'Challenger' (r)evolution
Argue about what's challenging and what's just PR
Predict where genuine market changing challenge will come from
Wondering what to expect from the markets in 2017 and how this may impact investors? Join our top investment experts as they discuss key themes from our five-year capital market assumptions and potential investment solutions.
Join this timely webinar now and learn more about the key themes we'll address:
•Strategic Asset Allocation
•How to implement
The terms neo bank, challenger bank, and digital bank have been thrown around a lot in the FinTech space. Attend this panel session to get the full low down on what exactly these are, what differentiates them, and what impact they will have on the banking space.
The panelists will discuss:
-The key differences with neo, challenger, and digital banks
-Where are we in the innovation lifecycle?
-What are some of the challenges (business model, customers expecting free services), etc?
-What should incumbents be doing to keep their customers happy with all the new competition?
-Where digital banking is moving from digital banks vs digitized legacy banks
-Impact of 3rd party APIs on banking
Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) have been investment strategy's hot ticket asset class for a while now, but could you be doing better with them? Join this webcast as we seek to maximize ETF opportunities, optimize trades, and explore the best possible price to gain potentially higher returns.
Attend now to learn best practices, common misconceptions and a guide to the dos and don'ts of "best execution"!
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The Factor Research Quarterly webinar series is designed to share our most recent insights into the state of equity factors around current market events and trends. This webinar will help you think strategically about your portfolio's factor exposure and will cover:
• A 2017 outlook through a factor lens
• Uncovering the link between monetary policy and factor returns
• Current factor valuations and forecasts
Register now to get an inside look at how our top factor experts are viewing the key issues in the global market.
• Michael Hunstad, Ph.D.,Director of Quantitative Research
• Matt Peron, Head of Global Equity
With over 1 billion monthly active users, Facebook Messenger is beginning to change the world for companies looking for ways to connect with, engage, and retain an unprecedented number of customers. And we’re guessing that’s probably you.
It’s all because of Messenger’s developer tools, which have leapt on the promise of bots for customer service and native payments without ever leaving the platform--and have thoroughly delivered on it. Users stay cozily inside the Messenger platform to play games, search, shop, pay, and more, meaning they’re fully engaged with your brand in multiple ways in a single brand context.
Facebook’s long-term plan: make Messenger the center of users’ lives. Your short-term plan: start positioning yourself to take advantage of this revolution in messenger tech innovation. Register for this free VB Live event now and learn how you can monetize Messenger.
In this webinar, you’ll:
Understand the broader digital wallet strategy to connect with customers through chatbots
Get valuable tips to spin chatbots into gold
Learn the biggest mistake organizations are making with payments through Messenger
* Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
* Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
In the fragmented world of digital payments, some merchants have shown that they are not willing to abdicate control of their valuable customer relationships to third party open mobile payment systems. Companies like Walmart, Target and CVS have announced their own in-app payment solutions to take control of the entire customer lifecycle from enrollment to checkout, even while continuing to support broader mobile payment initiatives sponsored by platform/OS companies.
This talk will discuss both sides of this rapidly-evolving phenomenon, and will help you decide if you need "your own damn Pay".
Digital payments saw an increase in popularity last year and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. With more and more countries supporting the fight to go cashless, will 2017 truly be the year of digital payments?
Join this panel where industry experts will discuss:
· Digital Payments v the need of the consumer for instant gratification are they compatible.
· Consumers say they want to deal with banks for security v Fintech and understanding consumers what they want
· Data and the limitations of what goes down card scheme rails
· Closed loop digital payment solutions v new schemes v open loop who will win
· How long until the majority of consumers no longer feel the need to carry some cash, or is that an unrealistic expectation
· Will increasing regulation mean frictionless digital payments become a mirage
According to the latest research done by ‘Saxo Payments’ on cross border B2B payments landscape, almost 50 percent of businesses are dissatisfied with the rates associated with cross border payments, with 80 percent stating that they would consider changing supplier if it reduced costs.
But why the adaptation of alternative providers is so slow? What kind of other solutions SMEs really have? How this cross border payment friction can be removed?
Join us in the discussion on “Is the cost of cross border payments now a deciding factor for SMEs?” and learn what the industry experts and market players think about this issue.