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October 6, 2016
With data breaches reported nearly daily, it is no stretch to think pretty much everyone’s card information has been compromised at some point. Criminals typically use only a fraction of stolen card information, but this week, I was one of the (un)lucky ones to have my card compromised and used. The experience with my bank was, however, a very well-handled card fraud event that deserves to be...
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Ben Knieff
October 3, 2016
The Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule is applicable on April 10, 2016, and in full force on January 1, 2018. Broker-dealers and their business partners are at work designing or supporting compliance programs. The effort will have an impact on both financial advisors and clients. The rule affects the financial advisor market serving individual retirement assets, most notably the individual...
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Denise Valentine
September 19, 2016
Over the past 18 months, U.S. auto insurers have expressed renewed interest in usage-based insurance as consumers become more comfortable with the concept. Some U.S. insurers are seeing growing uptake for their telematics insurance programs. Over 30% of new customers are now opting for usage-based insurance at Nationwide and Progressive, for instance. The maturation of smartphones as telematics...
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September 19, 2016
As usual, last week’s Finovate event offered a great mix of innovation across many areas of financial services. Anyone who has attended knows it is an amazing fire hose of content and smart people. Having attended almost every year since the first conference (this year’s event was the 10-year anniversary) it is great to see how the event has expanded in both geography and attendance. There...
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Ben Knieff
September 15, 2016
There is no shortage of speculation about how personal auto insurance may become obsolete in a driverless era, how auto manufacturers’ product liability may compete with personal auto insurance, and how ridesharing may replace personal car ownership and vaporize the need for personal auto insurance. Those topics make good cocktail conversations, but they have little practicality for insurers...
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September 6, 2016
Slow economic growth, rising inflation, and rising unemployment equal "stagflation." Stagflation has historically been a tough economic predicament, and hard to get out of ... could it be back in the U.S., and where would that leave us today (e.g., interest rates)? While stagflation didn't seem to be a consideration for Fed chair Janet Yellen at Jackson Hole last Friday, none other than...
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David B. Weiss
August 23, 2016
On September 8th and 9th, Finovate celebrates its 10-year anniversary by returning to New York with FinovateFall, the flagship two-day showcase of the latest and greatest financial technology innovations from established companies as well as startups. Since 2007, Finovate conferences have showcased cutting-edge banking technology and fintech in a unique demo-only format. Networking...
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August 15, 2016
On July 29, 2016 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a Financial Institution Letter seeking comments on proposed changes to 2008 guidance for third-party lending. Since the FDIC’s role in regulation is to insure customer deposits against bank failures, its 2008 guidance spoke to third-party dangers that could cause banks to fail and what measures and due diligence might need...
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Christine Pratt
August 8, 2016
Life insurance is a must-have if you have a family or financial commitments. Like many, I bought my policy many years ago and never really thought about it again. Granted, I live in the world of life insurance, so I know it is there and active, but it wasn’t until recently that a friend probed me to take a look and make sure I had the coverage I needed (he’s a new agent). I passed all my...
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Samantha Chow
July 26, 2016
Twice a year and once every three years, the world of foreign currency trading gets a peek at the trajectory of OTC FX markets. Having just gone through the April 2016 results from semiannual FX surveys by major central banks, I am now anxiously awaiting the early-September interim results from the April 2016 Bank for International Settlements triennial FX survey. Here are some of the...
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Javier Paz

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