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Focus on Financial Planning

Keith Costello

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Investor behaviour biases are still paramount

Financial planners and financial advisors need to understand the behavioural finance categories that their clients fit into

Changes in public policy pose great risk for retirement planning

Financial planners and advisors need to factor in volatile government policy, such as changes to tax policy, when helping clients plan for retirement

  • November 6, 2017 November 6, 2017
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Speak softly to your clients

Financial planners and financial advisors need to embrace soft skills to succeed in the future

  • September 10, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Banning embedded commissions may not be the holy grail for investors

Ethics and disclosure are key to whatever compensation model financial planners and financial advisors employ

  • July 17, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Technology will drive harmonization, regulators say

The insurance industry is taking a page from the mutual fund industry, leveraging technology to address mounting disclosure regulations

AI is not just another fad

AI is slowly making its way into the wealth-management industry and will ultimately transform financial advisors’ role

  • October 29, 2017 October 29, 2017
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Is financial services the next music industry?

Blockchain technology may transform financial services just as peer-to-peer file-sharing technology changed the music industry almost 20 years ago

  • September 4, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Clients want humans, not robots

Far from replacing interaction with real people, technology strengthens the financial advisor’s client service

  • July 10, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Cybersecurity

Yan Huard

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Managing the risks related to social media

Read and follow your firm’s guidelines on social media use and take the necessary steps to protect yourself

Why security professionals fell short on ransomware attacks

Although it’s costly to upgrade key IT systems, the costs of not doing so could be much greater

  • July 27, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Cyberthreats extend beyond money

Hacktivism, ideological insiders and intelligence gathering are key sources of cyberattacks threating financial services firms

  • May 25, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Cloud computing: Bringing light to security issues

Now is the time to adopt a concerted cloud migration strategy because the security challenges associated with this technology will be on our radar screens…

  • March 23, 2017 December 15, 2017
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Responsible Investing

Deb Abbey

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The need for sustainable business supply chains is growing

Advisors and their clients stand to benefit when corporate leaders focus on building socially and environmentally responsible enterprises

Opportunity knocks for investors who want to make an impact

A growing base of investors are looking for investments that contribute measurably to environmental and social sustainability

  • October 20, 2016 December 15, 2017
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Diversity makes dollars and sense

Corporate boards and executive teams that lack gender and cultural diversity risk missing out on opportunities to generate long-term value

  • August 18, 2016 December 15, 2017
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Good corporate governance matters

You can play an active role in ensuring company executives and directors are working in the best interests of their shareholders

  • June 16, 2016 December 15, 2017
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Protecting Investors

Neil Gross

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Be bold, regulators

Those still timorous and uncertain about introducing a best interest duty have a duty, themselves, to become decisive

Non-GAAP metrics: investors’ little helpers or harmful nonsense?

Every company can calculate non-GAAP metrics however they want, so there’s real risk of investors and markets being misled

  • October 3, 2016 January 17, 2018
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Class dismissed

Overcautious courts are erecting barriers to securities class actions, even though these lawsuits are essential for maintaining the integrity and fairness of our capital markets

  • September 6, 2016 December 15, 2017
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Why is deficient issuer disclosure allowed to persist?

Data show that investors routinely receive, or are at risk of receiving, seriously bad disclosure from reporting issuers more than a quarter of the time

  • August 8, 2016 December 15, 2017
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