Issues & Innovations

  • Making It Work In The New Virtual & Hybrid Workplaces
    Making It Work In The New Virtual & Hybrid Workplaces

    What we are learning in crisis about our ability to ‘return to work'

    An international Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey on employee sentiment reveals that productivity can be maintained surprisingly well in a virtual or hybrid work setting, according to a new BCG article, What 12,000 Employees Have to Say About the Future of Remote Work.
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  • Corporate Bond Holdings Pose Risk to Insurers’ Balance Sheets
    Corporate Bond Holdings Pose Risk to Insurers’ Balance Sheets

    Low interest rate, cut in corporate earnings serve up a double-whammy

    Recent macroeconomic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a concern for insurers’ balance sheets as corporate bonds constitute a majority of the insurance industry’s assets, according to a new AM Best special report.
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  • COVID, College & Credit
    COVID, College & Credit

    How is the pandemic altering the perceptions of young Americans about their financial future?

    Two-thirds of college students (13.3 million) say the coronavirus has changed how they feel about their financial future, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub’s 2020 College Student Financial Survey, released today. The survey also revealed that students feel the pandemic is the biggest thing holding them back financially right now, ahead of a lack of…
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  • How A Pandemic Can Uncover the Importance of Retirement Financial Planning
    How A Pandemic Can Uncover the Importance of Retirement Financial Planning

    A lack of familiarity with planning tools contributes to financial worries among young Americans

    Despite retirement worries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, familiarity with common retirement planning tools remains low. According to the latest research from the Center for a Secure Retirement® and Bankers Life, a national life and health insurance brand that focuses on the insurance needs of Americans who are near or in retirement, only about half of…
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  • States with the Most Improved Health During COVID-19
    States with the Most Improved Health During COVID-19

    Many have jumped ahead of the Covid-19 curve, while others still lag behind

    With states’ reopening progress being delayed due to spikes in COVID-19, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Health Improvements During COVID-19, along with accompanying videos and audio files.
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  • Reimagining The Post Covid-19 Workforce
    Reimagining The Post Covid-19 Workforce

    Pandemic-style working from home may not translate easily to a “next normal” mix of on-site and remote working

    As the pandemic begins to ease, many companies are planning a new combination of remote and on-site working, a hybrid virtual model in which some employees are on premises, while others work from home. The new model promises greater access to talent, increased productivity for individuals and small teams, lower costs, more individual flexibility, and…
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  • Guide to Approaching Life Insurance With Pre-Existing Conditions
    Guide to Approaching Life Insurance With Pre-Existing Conditions

    And how these conditions can affect your chances of qualifying

    Life insurance is an important part of sound financial planning. We all want the best for our family, and if you were to pass away, and were therefore unable to continue to support them, a life insurance policy would provide some much-needed financial security for those dependent on you.
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  • In COVID-19 Crisis, Older Americans Are More Resilient Than Younger Generations
    In COVID-19 Crisis, Older Americans Are More Resilient Than Younger Generations

    Research shines on a new definition of retirement

    Research shines on a new definition of retirement Research of the pandemic’s effect on the mental health of 5 generations in Canada and the U.S. conducted by Edward Jones and Age Wave ST. LOUIS, Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Despite COVID-19’s severe and disproportionate impact on the health of aging adults, older Americans reported they…
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  • One-In-Four Companies Have Changed Employee Health Benefits Since COVID-19
    One-In-Four Companies Have Changed Employee Health Benefits Since COVID-19

    Will working americans take notice?

    Fidelity Investments® today issued new employer research finding that one-in-four (27%) organizations have changed employee health benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. Given these changes and the amplified importance of maintaining physical, mental and financial health, this year’s annual enrollment marks a critical moment when employees need to spend time understanding and evaluating…
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  • The State of the Social Sector: Navigating in a Time of Uncertainty
    The State of the Social Sector: Navigating in a Time of Uncertainty

    Series of reports seeking to help social good organizations interpret the rapidly changing landscape and plan for  resilient future

    The Blackbaud Institute, a research division of Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, today releases The State of the Social Sector: Navigating in a Time of Uncertainty, a series of reports which seeks to help social good organizations interpret the rapidly changing landscape of 2020 and plan for a…
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  • Coronavirus Impact on GDP will be Felt for Years to Come
    Coronavirus Impact on GDP will be Felt for Years to Come

    The path it will take moving forward is unknown

    The impact of the 2020 coronavirus recession on GDP will continue to be felt for years to come, with GDP levels in the largest advanced economies expected to remain around 3% to 4% below their pre-virus trend path by the middle of this decade, says Fitch Ratings in a new report.
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  • Investor Preferences Undergo Lasting Transformation from Covid-19 Pandemic
    Investor Preferences Undergo Lasting Transformation from Covid-19 Pandemic

    57% report change in advisor communications

    Changes in how investors and financial advisors collaborate, at first caused by Covid-19, are likely to remain long after the pandemic, according to a new survey from Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR), a global Fintech leader. Over half (57%) of investors surveyed said communications with their advisor had changed in some way in light of…
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  • Is Your Brand Racist… or Racial?
    Is Your Brand Racist… or Racial?

    Considerations on how you are perceived by your clients

    by Bruce Turkel

    Recently all of these storied brands have come under protest and scrutiny for being offensive: Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Eskimo Pie, Barbie, GI Joe, the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves.
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