- As The Fear Gauge Ticks Up, Alt-Investments Appear Robust
Alternative investment allocators likely to increase allocations to less liquid strategies, embrace new managers
While the “fear gauge” that tracks market volatility has remained at elevated levels since the onset of the pandemic, those who allocate alternative investment dollars for large investors are showing no signs of skittishness, according to the Alternative Investment Allocator Survey conducted by leading law firm Seward & Kissel. The survey found that allocators are… read more
- Investing In Women
How those committed to gender diversity can align their investments with their values
When it comes to business and investing, gender diversity is still an aspiration. On the business side, just 5% of Russell 3000 companies have a woman as chief executive, and just 18% of board members are women. When it comes to personal finance, only 29% of women see themselves as investors, according to a recent… read more
- Did The Crisis Of 2020 Accelerate Financial Fraud?
How those tasked with prevention were thwarted by work-from-home protocols
As cases of fraud and money laundering rose during the pandemic last year, banks in the UK faced unforeseen challenges. In a new study by global analytics software provider FICO and independent research firm OMDIA, 79 percent of respondents from UK banks said that working from home had a high or major impact on the… read more
- For ESG Investing In The U.S., Women Are Leading The Way
Responsible investing is poised to become a dominant strategy
The winds of investing in the U.S. are shifting and women are a driving force behind the change. A recent client survey conducted by RBC Wealth Management – U.S. shows that responsible investing, namely Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), is gaining traction. Women are leading the charge for ESG investing and are more likely to… read more
- Economic Optimism Index Continues To Inch Closer to Pre-Pandemic Level
National outlook climbs again, reaching highest mark since January 2004, while Presidential Leadership dips
The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, today revealed that consumer confidence is up for the fourth consecutive month. After hitting 55.4 last month, the index rose another 1.8% to 56.4, moving closer to the February 2020 pre-COVID reading of 59.8. For the IBD/TIPP indexes, a reading above 50.0 signals… read more
- Has A White Swan Turned Investors Green?
ESG disclosures are starting to align with investor demands as Companies become more accountable, ambitious
A new global survey of companies and institutional investors commissioned by ING shows the COVID-19 pandemic as a 'white swan' moment, which has accelerated the majority of companies' green transformation plans. read more
- Spender, Saver or Investor?
Understanding the ‘personality’ of HSA accounts
TIAA, the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields, today launched its Health Savings Account (HSA) Resource Center, developed to engage and educate people on how to make their health savings work for them at different life stages. read more
- The New Productivity Agenda
Financial institutions spend 14% of operating costs on change management
Financial institutions are spending, on average, 14% of annual operating costs on change management functions in order to drive greater productivity gains, a new PwC study has shown. read more
- Will Work From Home Become A New Norm For Employees?
How COVID-19 has created new thinking on the viability of remote workforce
With 71% of people whose jobs can be done remotely working from home all or most of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Best States for Working from Home, as well as accompanying videos, in order to highlight which areas are thriving and which are… read more
- CFOs Seen Transitioning From Crisis Management To Growth
Cutting expenses, investing in diversity & sustainability and looking beyond pre-pandemic benchmarks
According to a recent survey by Grant Thornton LLP, most chief financial officers (CFOs) are focused on growth and turning the lessons from the pandemic into a road map for the future. read more
- Small Business Hiring Growth Continues In March
Seeing positive hiring trends for the second consecutive month, building on February’s bounce from early-year declines
The CBIZ Small Business Employment Index (“SBEI”) reported a seasonally adjusted increase of 0.86% for March. The reading closes the first quarter of 2021 on a positive note and builds on February’s hiring growth. The CBIZ SBEI tracks payroll and hiring trends for over 3,500 companies that have 300 or fewer employees, providing broad insight… read more
- Effective Networking In A Virtual World
What are the new rules for client-engagement?
by Jill J. Johnson, MBA
With the shift to our new virtual world, you have probably found it more difficult to build and sustain professional relationships. Yet, the virtual technologies we are all using have actually expanded our opportunities to network and build connections. We are no longer limited to connecting with those in our local community as we now… read more
- Five Skills Workers Need As The Economy Reopens
Online assessments reveal which crucial skills workers are missing
A list of the top-five skills workers will need as the global economy recovers has been unveiled by Questionmark, the online assessment provider. read more