Emerging Trends

  • Asset Owners See Sustainability as Core to Future of Investing
    Asset Owners See Sustainability as Core to Future of Investing

    Increasingly, they’re embracing ESG and factoring it into their strategy

    A majority of asset owners globally actively integrate ESG factors into their investment process, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. The new survey polled 110 public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth entities, insurance companies and other large asset owners…
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  • Return To Work Refocuses on The Employee Experience
    Return To Work Refocuses on The Employee Experience

    Three key operational decisions to determine the most effective strategy

    A Gartner, Inc. survey of 214 HR leaders in April found that 64% are prioritizing employee experience more highly now than before the coronavirus outbreak. To effectively choreograph the return to the workplace, HR leaders need to create new “employee journey maps” to identify and manage the moments that matter most to employees upon reentry…
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  • Markets React to Positive Outlook
    Markets React to Positive Outlook

    Upbeat comments by the Federal Reserve Chairman and more signs of an economic turnaround combined to help fuel a powerful rally in the stock market last week

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.29%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 advanced 3.20%. The Nasdaq Composite index climbed 3.44% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 3.87%.
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  • How Has The Pandemic Impacted Our Small Business Community?
    How Has The Pandemic Impacted Our Small Business Community?

    From operations to access, capital to balance sheets, the severity of a struggle to rebalance and restart

    With the novel coronavirus impacting small business community, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) today highlighted the survey results of the State of Small Business Report conducted by the Small Business Roundtable and Facebook, which indicates that small and medium-sized businesses in the United States are being hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. NASE…
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  • Industry Leaders See Recession, Job Losses & Protectionism As ’Top Of Mind’ Concerns
    Industry Leaders See Recession, Job Losses & Protectionism As ’Top Of Mind’ Concerns

    The big concern, however, is the possibility of another pandemic

    Geneva, Switzerland, 19 May 2020 – Economic distress and social discontent will rise over the next 18 months unless world leaders, businesses and policy-makers work together to manage the fallout of the pandemic. As economies restart, there is an opportunity to embed greater societal equality and sustainability into the recovery, which would unleash a new…
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  • Reinsurers Brace for A Spate of Mortgage Losses
    Reinsurers Brace for A Spate of Mortgage Losses

    Exploring the 'spillover effect' in the wake of the pandemic

    With mortgage delinquency rates expected to dramatically increase due to COVID-19 pandemic-related forbearance and job loss, AM Best has explored the spillover effect into the mortgage-related activities of the reinsurance industry. Reinsurers have been assuming incrementally more U.S. mortgage risk from two main sources: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (i.e., the government-sponsored enterprises [GSEs]); and…
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  • The Health And Well Being Of Our Retirement
    The Health And Well Being Of Our Retirement

    Social security faces serious financial challenges

    A new issue brief from the American Academy of Actuaries, An Actuarial Perspective on the 2020 Social Security Trustees Report, provides policymakers and the public with an actuarially informed overview of Social Security’s financial condition and projections of its condition.
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  • Reinventing The Workplace
    Reinventing The Workplace

    When resilience can determine organizational survival, only 16% expect to increase investment

    With COVID-19 creating urgency around workforce reinvention, it's clear that while organizations have doubled down on investments in technology over the past decade, many have significantly underinvested in how humans could adapt to and embrace new ways of working. Only 17% of respondents are making significant investments in reskilling to support their AI strategy with…
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  • Advisors Push Ahead with Hiring Plans Amid The Pandemic
    Advisors Push Ahead with Hiring Plans Amid The Pandemic

    According to FlexShares survey advisory firm recruiting is moving ahead despite the current market environment

    Advisory firm recruiting is moving ahead despite the current market environment, according to a survey conducted this month by Northern Trust Asset Management’s FlexShares® Exchange Traded Funds. The survey found that 41 percent of financial advisors are making plans to grow their team in the near-term, defined as “during or soon after” this market downturn.…
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  • A Roadmap to Governors to Address Long Term Care Workforce Needs
    A Roadmap to Governors to Address Long Term Care Workforce Needs

    Group calls on states to help with immediate and long-term solutions to those on the front-lines of COVID-19 response

    Today, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) released a “Long Term Care Workforce Roadmap for Governors and States,” outlining ways state public health officials can help nursing homes and assisted living communities address workforce needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the roadmap, AHCA/NCAL offers possible solutions to states to help…
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  • What Are The Impacts Of Pandemic On Our Global Financial Systems?
    What Are The Impacts Of Pandemic On Our Global Financial Systems?

    Recommendations for policy-makers based on industry practitioner perspectives

    This briefing is the outcome of several multi-stakeholder dialogues organized by the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems. Since mid-March, the Forum has virtually convened senior leaders from financial institutions, international organizations, central banks and other institutions for several discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on the financial…
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  • Small Business Alert: Watch for Fraudulent Online Purchases
    Small Business Alert: Watch for Fraudulent Online Purchases

    More than ever, your credit-information is vulnerable to attack

    The sharp increase of online ordering, delivery services, and other internet commerce transactions is keeping some businesses afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic. BBB warns that despite the credit card companies shifting to chip-enabled cards to reduce instances of fraud, scammers still find ways to steal shoppers' information. This presents a big issue for any business…
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  • Fed Chief Powell Somber on Recovery
    Fed Chief Powell Somber on Recovery

    Stocks drop last week from worries that the emerging economic reopening might accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

    Stocks drifted lower last week, weighed down by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's unsettling comments on the economy and signs of renewed tensions with China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.65%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 retreated 2.26%. The Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 1.17% for the week. The MSCI EAFE Index, which tracks…
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