Monday morning briefing: December 11, 2017

Fintech developments, regulatory change, advisor and investor insights – these are the most important stories in the financial industry – and they’re unfolding now. Check it out and stay ahead of economic, market and technology trends.

Economic/industry news

International Economic Data Snapshot – includes aggregated data of the worldwide economy: Snapshot: International Economic Data

The BoC decided to leave its benchmark overnight rate at 1%, but hints at future rate hikes: BoC holds overnight rate target, with hint of future hikes

What to watch for in Canadian business next week: bitcoin futures, Fed rate decision and more earnings: The week ahead: Bitcoin futures begin trading on CBOE, Fed rate decision

Mackenzie has launched an ETF focused on global companies that promote gender diversity and women’s leadership: Mackenzie launches gender diversity ETF

Millennials and women are primarily responsible for the doubling of ESG assets globally: ESG funds boosted by women and millennial investors

Broadridge Financial solutions teams up with Wealthsimple to offer automated investment management for advisor and investor businesses: Wealthsimple teams up with global fintech firm

Bitcoin soared above $15,000 for the first time last week, days before it starts trading on major option exchanges: Bitcoin tops US$15K amid security breach

A strong data and application architecture can enhance a bank’s success in capital markets: A foundation for value in capital markets

On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech

Smashing silos, the rise of digital and data specialists, along with content creation among the twelve major marketing trends for 2018: 12 Major marketing trends for financial institutions in 2018

The Federal reserve considering its own digital currency: Federal Reserve starting to think about its own digital currency, Dudley says

Blockchain and AI among the digital transformation trends in 2018: The top 5 trends for digital transformation in 2018

Retirement can be saved through a blend of digital tools and behavioural economics: How digital tools and behavioural economics will save retirement

A look at the regulatory environment for cryptocurrency around the world: Cryptocurrencies and ICOs – A rough guide to regulation

Benefits of blockchains transferrable to digital asset management: Turning the tables on traditional asset management through crypto

Some big banks not comfortable protecting losses on bitcoin futures: Big banks not happy to cover risks of bitcoin futures

The FSB discusses the financial stability implications of AI: Canada: Financial Stability Board releases report on financial stability implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning

Trends in cybersecurity: Top 5 emerging cybersecurity trends for 2018

What Canadian financials are saying – Polls and surveys

64% of Canadians say that holiday shopping is out of control. Shopping budgets up 8% this year (CIBC): Nearly two-thirds of Canadians say holiday shopping is out of control, finds CIBC poll

53% of Canadian investors are optimistic about achieving their investment targets (CSA): Canadian Securities Administrators 2017 Investors Index

News and notes (U.S.)

Corporate pension funding up $41 billion in the past 3 months (Milliman): Milliman analysis: Corporate pension funding up $7 billion in November, $41 billion in past three months

33% of investors and senior fund managers use some type of platform for hedge fund manager allocations (Gemini): Gemini survey reveals hedge fund assets are migrating to lower cost structures

More than three-quarters of bank executives and directors surveyed believe that the U.S. economy will experience moderate growth (Bank Director): Bank leaders convey modest optimism on economy, prospects for regulatory relief

Community Capital’s whiteboard video on how investors can customize impact investments within its flagship mutual fund (Community Capital Management): Community Capital Management releases 2-minute video on how to customize impact investments in a mutual fund

High-net worth topics

Here are some keys to attracting high-net worth investors: How to attract high-net worth clients

Video – Not only for the wealthiest investors, average high-net worth individuals are investing in private companies: Why high-net worth investors are looking at private companies

75% of high-net worth investors are concerned about housing affordability, while 60% showed concern about rising rates: High-net worth investors have some concerns about CRE

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