Monday morning briefing – January 22, 2018

Posted by ext - January 22, 2018 - Categories: Marketing

Fintech developments, regulatory change, advisor and investor insights – these are the most important stories in the financial industry – and they’re unfolding now. Check them 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 Bank of Canada (“BoC”) raises benchmark overnight rate by 25 bps to 1.25%: BoC hikes interest rate to 1.25% on strong economic data

Year-over-year, Canadian mutual fund sales rose in 2017, led by equity funds: Increase in equity mutual fund sales drive growth in AUM   

Canadian ETF industry had inflows of $18.9 billion in 2017: Canadian ETF industry accelerated in 2017: report

Chinese economy grew by 6.9% in 2017: China reports 6.9% growth in 2017 on strong retail sales, exports

Redwood Asset Management launches ETF designed to find opportunities from behavioural biases: Redwood ETF seeks to profit from investors’ biases

On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech

Cryptocurrencies face challenges as we head into 2018: Cryptocurrencies – Does the next big thing have staying power?

With all kinds of applications, artificial intelligence is set to become a key contributor to banks: The use of AI in banking is set to explode

As blockchain becomes more widely adopted, here are some key developments for blockchain in the year to come: 5 blockchain developments coming in 2018

Four developments of regtech from 2017 that will impact its momentum during 2018: Four regtech trends of 2017

Here are what artificial intelligence teams need to do to help deliver growth for firms: The 5 things your AI unit needs to do

Curve, a new app designed to consolidate debit and credit cards into the Curve Mastercard, launched in the U.K.: ‘Curve’ card launches to replace your wallet  

What Canadian financials are saying – Polls & surveys

65% of Canadian advisors are bullish on Canadian and U.S. equities in the first quarter of 2018 (Horizons): Advisor sentiment bullish on Canadian, U.S. and cannabis stocks

77% of Canadians are confident about their finances, but approximately 60% worry about the impact of rising interest rates (CIBC): Canadians say they’re financially confident, but fret about possible rates hikes, rising costs and inability to save: CIBC poll

News and notes (U.S.)

Carson Group offering investors the full range of financial planning services: Carson Group platform gives investors financial planning choices

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink discusses corporations having a sense of purpose, in his latest letter to CEOs: A Sense of Purpose

From capitalism to sustainable capitalism, the shifting responsibility of corporations: Has the era of sustainable capitalism arrived?

76% of investors see equity market growth over the first quarter of 2018 (Ally Financial): Ally Invest quarterly survey results: Nearly 40% of respondents more bullish this quarter than last about near term market outlook

A look back at the global private equity market in the fourth quarter of 2017: Visualizing the rise of the IPO and other 4Q 2017 trends in PE [datagraphic]

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