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Banks, credit unions and insurance companies may have differing business models, but they all have a common goal: better conversion and retention rates.
Fortunately, better customer onboarding usually translates to better conversion and retention. For this reason, organizations continue to invest in digital technologies to streamline operations and eliminate time-consuming online interactions in areas such as new account opening, loan origination and policy applications.
Those first information-intensive interactions, of course, are the most critical: you usually only get once chance to win a new customer’s business. But winning is only part of the equation. What if you could win—and wow—customers from those first moments and keep them engaged throughout the onboarding process?
Mark your calendars for this upcoming webinar, where industry experts will share six best practices to help your organization win and wow customers:
• Easy—Enable instant image and data capture via web and mobile technology
• Accurate—Extract data from pictures of physical documents without error-prone manual entry
• Automated—Invest in workflow tools to automate and track completion of process steps
• Visible—Empower staff and customers with process transparency and timely communication
• Consistent—Ensure data is complete and integrated across internal systems
• Efficient—Meet expectations for speed, while effectively managing regulatory risks
Speakers will include:
•Sheryl Kingstone, Director, 451 Research
•Sarah Johnson, Industry Solutions Architect, Kofax
•Jim Marous, Owner and Publisher, Digital Banking Report
Digital transformation is a promise that many have been skeptical of. Join this panel where industry experts will tackle all the tough questions and provide new and thought-provoking insights.
Among others, they will discuss:
-Can the banks switch to making money from enabling customers’ healthy financial behaviour, rather than from continuing to exploit ongoing financial self-harm?
-Traditional banking is on the verge of major disruption, so digital transformation had better deliver *actual* transformation. Tinkering is expensively pointless
-Continuing to exploit inertia-driven customer behaviour – and thus coining excess profits - will be seriously challenged by Open Banking
Moderator: Dr. Louise Beaumont, Head of Open Bank at Publicis.Sapient
Aleksi Grym, Head of Digitalisation at Bank of Finland
Bharat Bhushan, Industry Technical Leader, Banking and Financial Markets at IBM
As enterprises evolve their digital infrastructure, service providers need to piece together offerings that will differentiate themselves without breaking the bank. In this panel we will discuss how M&A can provide some missing pieces and what those pieces may be. Join our distinguished panel of finance experts as we discuss key questions such as: Who is likely to go shopping? What firms will be targets? Are networks and datacenters more or less sought after than services and software providers? How are assets being valued? What financing is available and on what terms? We will debate these and more as we explore trends impacting this dynamic sector.
Leadership Panel Session Featuring:
James Henry, Senior Managing Director, Bank Street
Andrew Bartrop, Global Investment Banking, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
Is it too late for incumbent banks to try and still win at the Relationship game, wow the consumer with addictive experience and become beloved brands? If we believe only new players will be able to do the above and many banks will become pipes - do they have a back-up business plan in place for that alternative?
Attend this panel debate where the speakers will discuss all this and more:
- What will banking look like in a post-PSD2 Europe and once Open banking models start to emerge? When will that be?
- Is banking culture one of the inhibitors of change and what can we do to change that?
- Define what "Invisible Banking" means to you and the consumer
- What role will Platforms play in this new world over the next few years?
Banking is changing! The emergence of digital technologies and fintech are supporting changes in the way consumers use these products/services, particularly millennials.
These new style banking services are becoming much more than simply a way to look at one's bank account, or to pay. They are becoming truly financial cockpits and watchtowers that consumers can use for a wide range of usages whenever, wherever whether it is to manage better their finance, pay and order on mobile commerce, transfer money between them, etc.
We will discuss the way they are transforming personal finance, how consumers change their usage patterns, what are the impacts, how startups innovate, how incumbents and new players are interacting, where are the truly disruptive services, etc.
This webinar will present and train agents on using CSG Actuarial's comprehensive suite of Medicare quoting and sales tools. Learn how to use CSG's Medicare tools on LeClair Group's Advisor Advantage site. With 10,000 people aging in every day, ensure you can quote MediGap, Advantage and Cost Plans.
With stocks across the U.S., Europe, Japan and the emerging markets breaching their historic average valuations, some wonder when gravity will take hold and bring things back to average levels. Katie Nixon explains why the laws of physics may not apply here.
Any financial expert willing to invest time and effort into developing and sharing their wisdom can become an online financial influencer in whatever niche suits you best. Since advisor podcasting happens online, it has many advantages versus showing up at a local broadcast studio or meeting at the stock exchange for an interview.
This presentation will show you how to start your own podcast or will confirm that it is the time to get started. Kirk will explain how podcasting:
•Separates you from other advisors
•Enhances the value of your firm’s offering
•Makes you more attractive to your ideal prospect
•Fits in your marketing strategy
Kirk will answer attendees’ questions during the session and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.
IHC will describe how their MetalGap plans can provide cash payments to cover your clients' deductibles in the event of critical illness or accident. In addition Ryan will give an overview of IHC's Short Term Medical plans.
Provisions of the DOL’s fiduciary rule went into effect on June 9, but the controversy over its impact on advisors and clients continues. In this live, Munk-style debate moderated by Bob Huebscher, Tom and Knut will take opposing sides on the following proposition:
The benefits to investors and society of implementing the DOL fiduciary rule far outweigh the costs
Knut will speak in favor of this proposition, while Tom will argue against it, covering issues such as:
•Should the decision to work with an advisor who adheres to the fiduciary standard or the suitability standard be left to investors, rather than the government?
•Will the rule create administrative burdens and liability risks that will discourage advisors from serving retirement clients?
•Will registered representatives moving from commission-based to fee-based compensation no longer be willing to take on clients with smaller pools of retirement assets?
Knut and Tom will answer attendees’ questions during the session and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.
The IMCA® has accepted this program for one hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the IMCA ® webinar ID to self-report your attendance.
Forget Oracle, IBM or any of the other big-name, publicly traded acquirers that – until now --have always set the tone in the tech M&A market. If a tech deal printed in 2017, the buyer is more likely a private equity firm than any of the well-known serial acquirers on the US stock market. This is the first time in the history of the multibillion-dollar tech M&A market that financial acquirers have been busier than these strategic acquirers. To understand how the ever-growing influence of buyout shops is reshaping the tech industry, join 451 Research for an hour-long webinar on Thursday, Sept. 7 2017.
Researchers often assume that retirees make decisions only at or just before retirement. But retirees and their financial advisors can dynamically adjust strategies over time. Doing so improves the likelihood of financial success in retirement.
This presentation will explore:
•Why dynamic models result in higher retirement-spending rates
•Which withdrawal approaches work best
•Why annuities are less important in a dynamic framework
•How to make optimal portfolio allocations
David will answer attendees’ questions during the session and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.
The IMCA® has accepted this program for one hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session, please email us for the IMCA ® webinar ID to self-report your attendance.
On August 1, news of a bitcoin "hard fork" broke the cryptocurrency world. Traders were flung into uncertainty and many started wondering about the new Bitcoin Cash and what it means for the market.
Should you invest in Bitcoin Cash? Why fork Bitcoin rather than just using a pre-existing cryptocurrency? Will there be more drastic price changes in the different cryptocurrencies? Will the value of bitcoin be diluted? What comes next?
Join this session where an expert panel of bitcoin investors, engineers and entrepreneurs will discuss what you need to know about the bitcoin fork, the current situation of the market, the impacts of the hard fork, and their predictions for the future.
They will also take audience questions live so make sure to tune in and have your questions ready.
Moderator: Ina Yulo, Senior Content Strategy Manager at BrightTALK
David Siegel, Blockchain and decentralization expert at 20|30
Jameson Lopp, software engineer at BitGo and creator of Statoshi fork of Bitcoin Core
Dr. Craig Wright, Chief Scientist at nChain
Every year, we develop long-term forecasts for the global economy, monetary policy and capital markets. Jim McDonald explores three of the key themes to emerge this year and what they mean for investors.
Digital transformation is increasingly becoming a major strategic issue for banks. They increasingly understand that digital is not just another distribution channel but a major change in their business models, functioning, cultures themselves with major impacts and demanding change programs across the whole business and value chains.
We will assess how these transformations are taking place, how do they impact the financial services sector, how the implementation of technologies such as blockchain are accelerating the transformation, where are the convergence and in particular how best startups and incumbents can work together.
Moderator: Jean-stephane Gourevitch
Alexa Fernandez, Head of FinTech Partnerships at BBVA
Christoffer Hernaes, Chief Digital Officer at Skandiabanken
Arthur Leung, Product Lead at Curve
Laurence Leyden, General Manager for Financial Services at SAP
Despite women’s rising economic power, many female clients face financial discrimination. The gender wage gap, the lack of funding for women entrepreneurs, and the “pink tax” levied on many products and services makes it challenging for these clients to accumulate wealth at the same rate as their male counterparts.
Money silence just makes this bad situation worse.
These women need savvy advisors to teach them “money talk” skills so they can stop paying such a high price for their gender.
In this webinar presentation, Kathleen Burns Kingsbury explains why the cost of money silence is especially high for women and offers practical strategies advisors can use to empower these clients to negotiate more and pay less.
Attend and discover:
•The high price women (and their families) pay for money silence
•Common myths about women and money that could be costing you business
•Practical strategies for teaching women negotiation skills
•How joining the Breaking Money Silence® Revolution makes good business sense
All participants receive a bonus chapter, “Is Your Gender Costing You A Fortune?” from Breaking Money Silence: How To Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly, and Live a Richer Life, to be published September 30, 2017.
Kathleen will answer attendees’ questions during the session and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.
Are we going to see digital central bank currencies in the future? Who will be the next country to introduce its own digital currency?
All these and more will be tackled by our panel, so get your questions ready.
Agenda points will include:
-Is there going to be a Bitcoin crash?
-What are some of the adoption issues for digital currencies?
-The sustainability of blockchain and cryptocurrencies for making and processing payments
-Assessment of risks
-Introducing cryptocurrencies in the mobile world
Still confused about this whole Blockchain thing? Interested in investing in digital currencies, but not sure where to start? Want to get a better idea of the threats and opportunities?
David Siegel is a Blockchain, decentralization and business agility expert who has been a high-level management & strategy consultant to companies like Sony, Hewlett Packard, Amazon, NASA, Intel, and many start-ups. David has been praised for being able to explain Blockchain in the most simple and interesting way.
What you will learn:
-What is Bitcoin?
-What is the blockchain?
-What is Ethereum? What is Ether?
-What is a distributed application?
-What is a smart contract?
-What is a triple ledger?
-What about identity and security?
-What business models are at risk?
-What are the opportunities?
-What should we do?
Listen to expert panellists discuss:
1. How did we get here? Security, authentication and digital identity of today.
2. What are some issues currently facing this industry?
3. How are blockchain solutions being applied?
4. What could the future of blockchain have in store?
Bitcoin is all the rage right now. But many question the security behind this popular cryptocurrency.
Join this session where Anupam's agenda will include:
-Anonymity Vs. Pseudonymity
-Bitcoin working mechanics and cryptography involved
-Transaction conduct and types
-Wallets and types
Much has been written about the power and scope of Smart Ledgers and Mutual Distributed Ledgers (MDLs, aka blockchains). Amidst the rush to find new applications for this versatile, ‘trustless’ technology, people overlook the challenge of governing Smart Ledger networks. Governance provides the mechanisms required to balance accountability of the governing body and its duty of meeting the specific objectives of the organisation.
Effective governance of Smart Ledgers should answer four critical questions - How are rules created for the ledger and who oversees their application? What happens in the case of dispute? Who is allowed to change the software application and the data? How are security, risk and performance managed and reported?
One approach is to embed these questions in existing legal structures, another to try to remain outside, but a third is to explore the appropriate role of arbitration, mediation, and expert determination, as far as possible avoiding enmeshing novel identity, document, and agreement exchanges within traditional legal structures.
In this webinar, Professor Michael Mainelli will share research from the Mattereum initiative as well as Long Finance research sponsored by the Cardano Foundation. He will conclude that, while there is nothing new under the sun, Smart Ledgers may need to shift the balance of power from law, to code, to human wisdom.
Regulation has been considered an obstacle when it comes to the adoption of blockchain technology. But many have taken on the challenge and have actively started to take blockchain and DLT as both a challenge and an opportunity.
Join this panel where we will discuss:
-ICOs, Self regulation of ICO, status of tokens in an ICO
-How blockchain will affect existing market regulations
-Which new regulations can we expect to respond to the ecosystem that blockchain has created?
-How would the governance structure be determined?
-How can the obstacle of a cross-border environment be tackled?
The title smart contracts is used to refer to a number of arrangements in which relationships are governed by a pre-determined digitalised arrangement, so that coded instructions execute on the occurrence of an event.
These often use Blockchain or distributed ledger technology to record and execute transactions. In their purest sense, the code – once agreed – becomes self-executing and self-governing and thus (it is argued) replaces the need for a wider contract or checks and balances.
Whilst their common name is arguably a misnomer (they are not necessarily contracts in the traditional legal sense), their implementation can enable transparency in supply chains and the reduction of frictional and intermediary costs.
This panel will examine how the concepts of smart contracts, utilising blockchain technology, can co-exist with existing legal concepts to include a review of:
· The distinction between traditional legal prose/code and programming code.
· Application of traditional principles (to include the three f-words: frustration, fraud and force majeure)
Since its inception the Open University has used the latest technology to bring Higher Education to everyone who wishes to study. During development its initial name was ‘the University of the Air’ due to the prevalence of radio at the time.
Following our innovation thread we have over the past year or so been conducting a number of experiments in deploying blockchains in OU courses.
In this talk I will cover how we have been using blockchains to manage micro-accreditation (including badging), ePortfolios and peer accreditation in a variety of settings. I will also outline our initiatives to setup national and international blockchain networks and how blockchains could herald the emergence of Uber-style universities.
For investors taking an index approach to ESG, using Best-In-Class ESG offers an opportunity to take their commitment to sustainable investing a step further.
In our thirty minute webinar you will hear from one of our ESG experts on:
• What Best-In-Class ESG is
• Why Best-In-Class ESG is darker green than screening or norms based ESG
• How you can invest in Best-In-Class
With over 25 years of responsible investing experience and $60 billion managed to sustainable strategies, Northern Trust Asset Management is helping investors around the world integrate their values with their investment goals.