Today’s Advisors: Confident in Job Security But Not the Market

Financial services professionals are confident in their job security despite being negative about the economic outlook, according to a new survey by Selby Jennings. Over half (57%) of global respondents feel confident in keeping their jobs over the next six months, despite the majority (62%) foreseeing a worsening economy over the next year.

CFP Board Implements Reforms to Strengthen Enforcement of Its Code of Ethics and Standards

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) today announced additional efforts to strengthen the enforcement of its Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct (Code and Standards) for CFP® professionals, which will begin on June 30, 2020.

FSI Applauds Development and Rollout of SEC’s Regulation Best Interest

With the arrival of the June 30 implementation date for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI), the Financial Services Institute (FSI) applauds the Commission for establishing a workable, universal standard of care that applies to all financial advisors, regardless of their business model.

Homes Are Selling At The Fastest Pace in More Than Two Years

Homes are selling faster now than any time since spring 2018, a new Zillow® analysis shows1, meaning potential buyers should be prepared to strike quickly, and sellers who have been on the fence through the onset of the coronavirus pandemic might now want to list.

How Emerging Technologies Will Redefine, And Revolutionize, The Insurance Industry

Many industries around the world that have incorporated emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to the internet of things (IoT) into their business models are already seeing significant benefits across many facets of their business.

Rise in Cases Inspires Turbulence

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 3.31%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 retreated 2.86%. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 1.90% for the week. The MSCI EAFE Index, which tracks developed stock markets overseas, declined 1.28%

U.S. Insurers’ Private Equity Holdings Continue to Climb

U.S. insurance companies for a fourth-straight year increased their private equity holdings—by nearly 10% in 2019 to $81.3 billion—as this asset class remains attractive to insurers looking to diversify their investment portfolios or increase returns in the low interest rate environment, according to a new AM Best special report.

FSI Statement on DOL’s Proposed Exemption for Investment Advice Fiduciaries

Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed exemption for investment advice fiduciaries relating to retirement financial advice. This comes after the DOL’s fiduciary rule was struck down by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in March 2018 following a challenge by a coalition of organizations, including the Financial Services Institute (FSI).

Private Capital: Investor Transparency As A Differentiator

PEF Services, a leading fund administrator for Alternative Investment Managers, today announced the release of a new white paper entitled “Investor Transparency as a Differentiator.” The report considers how General Partners (GPs) can win the trust of their Limited Partners (LPs) during the downturn and position themselves advantageously for the influx of allocations that are predicted to transform private capital in the future. If done right, investor transparency will maintain and possibly enhance the trust between firms and their investors.

Asset Stress From COVID-19 Drives Negative Ratings For Insurers

Following a review of North American insurers on the coronavirus impact, asset stress contributed to the most Negative Rating Outlook changes, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch reviewed its entire portfolio of rated North American insurers between March 17 and June 5, 2020, in light of the risks and uncertainties related to the global coronavirus pandemic.