As The Fear Gauge Ticks Up, Alt-Investments Appear Robust

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 likely to increase allocations to less liquid strategies and continue to embrace emerging managers in 2021.

Investing In Women

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 Fidelity survey.

Did The Crisis Of 2020 Accelerate Financial Fraud?

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 effectiveness of their financial crime prevention.

Corporate Pension Performance For FY 2020 Improves Slightly Over FY 2019

Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today released the results of its 2021 Corporate Pension Funding Study (PFS), which analyzes the 100 largest U.S. corporate pension plans. This marks the 21st consecutive year in which the report has been published.

Milliman & The Helper Bees To Offer Innovative LTC Solution For Aging-In-Place Payers & Policyholders

Milliman, Inc., one of the premier global consulting and actuarial firms, today announced that its Long-Term Care Advanced Risk Analytics (LARA) group has formed a strategic alliance with The Helper Bees, a care concierge program, to offer an innovative long-term care (LTC) solution to payers and plan sponsors.

For ESG Investing In The U.S., Women Are Leading The Way

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 have a positive outlook toward this growing investment trend.

Economic Optimism Index Continues To Inch Closer to Pre-Pandemic Level

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 optimism and below 50.0 indicates pessimism.

Has A White Swan Turned Investors Green?

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.

Transitioning From Remote Work To Back-To Work

Many employees are still working at home as the pandemic lingers. But now that vaccination distribution has ramped up, many leaders are counting down the days to when they can bring employees back and once again maximize the rewards of face-to-face collaboration and innovation. The biggest question on their minds: How can we do this in a way that keeps everybody safe—including employees, vendors, and customers?

Spender, Saver or Investor?

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.