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July 5, 2016
Distribution is a question and concern on every life insurance and annuities company’s mind. What new channels should we experiment in? What should our distribution strategy look like? What types of consumers are most important to our strategy, and how do we reach them? What type of products are most important to our strategy, and what consumers are they fit for? All of these questions are...
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Samantha Chow
July 5, 2016
Just two years ago, “robo” models on the market included over a dozen direct-to-client models (e.g., Wealthfront, Betterment, Personal Capital). Despite the enthusiasm surrounding robos by wealth managers and even a small pocket of clients, they were lacking the institutional buy-in needed to achieve scale. That changed in October 2014. Fidelity broke new ground when it formed a partnership with...
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William Boland
July 5, 2016
After many uneventful years and diligent care of my data, I got hit with a card fraud, and a rather big one. One of my cards I use primarily for travel—it helps me keep expenses in one place and easily track them. Due to the limited use, I typically just pay the balance without much thought. Yes, I know I should be reviewing the transactions, especially as it is primarily a travel card, but we...
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Ben Knieff
June 30, 2016
Summer doldrums give analysts inspiration to reflect on what’s hot—no pun intended—in the wealth management marketplace. FinovateSpring 2016 took place May 10th and 11th and certainly provided fodder and put some firms on the map and—since then—was the catalyst for a deeper dive into what wealth management startups and incumbents are up to these days. Yes, the robo-advisor trend...
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Javier Paz
June 30, 2016
On June 28, SWIFT issued a press release and announced that “SWIFT’s global payments innovation initiative will transform cross-border payments.” This initiative could be a big game changer in B2B payments. I think SWIFT has found a winner with this project, and it looks like one that won’t languish waiting for participants to sign up and use it. SWIFT has 73 banks committed to the initiative...
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Nancy Atkinson
June 29, 2016
The momentous referendum of June 23, 2016 set the stage for the U.K. to leave the European Union within a period of two years, something that will provide discussion fodder at industry events for at least five more years. So, besides leaving plenty for event producers, reporters, legal teams, and consultants to decode, what’s the apparent impact of Brexit on FX markets? In a speech earlier...
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Javier Paz
June 27, 2016
After its debut in Belfast last year, MoneyConf 2016 was held in Madrid. The venue was La Nave, a brand new conference hall a 30-minute drive from the city center. At least the attendees were not distracted during the day by the great capital of Spain’s seductions. MoneyConf is an invite-only event “focused on the future of finance.” One of its goals is to bring together startups and...
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June 27, 2016
For some time now, the financial services industry has been anxiously awaiting updated regulations regarding mobile banking security. In a response to the rise of digital banking usage, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) updated its Retail Payment Services Handbook and added Appendix E—Mobile Financial Systems (MFS). Appendix E highlights the complexity of the...
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June 24, 2016
Brexit is no longer a question of “if” but “what now?” The implications of the U.K. vote to exit the European Union cannot be understated, and the process by which the largest financial center in the European Union will fundamentally change its role starts now. Here’s what some of Aite Group’s analysts have to say: Javier Paz, Wealth Management: Foreign exchange: The U.K.’s decision...
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June 23, 2016
I had the opportunity to be on a panel at an event hosted by IBM in New York last week focused on emerging fraud issues. Participants ranged from fraud managers at financial institutions to data scientists from various vendors. It was a fantastically open and interactive dialogue that brought up many issues, none of which we easily resolved. One of the really interesting conversations was around...
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Ben Knieff

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