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Monday morning briefing – January 8, 2018

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

Canadian unemployment rate hits its lowest level in 41 years: Canadian jobs market ‘on fire’ as unemployment falls to 41-year low

U.S. unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1% in December: U.S. adds modest 148,000 jobs in December, unemployment rate stays at 4.1%

The Canadian ETF market experienced a record $26 billion of inflows in 2017: Record breaking year for Canadian ETFs

The European economy gained momentum closing out 2017: Eurozone economy ends 2017 on “stellar” note

Asian equities the best performing Morningstar Canada fund index: Asian equity funds lead the charge in 2017

The week ahead: Bank of Canada business outlook survey, Canadian housing starts more earnings: The week ahead: Loblaw begins gift card registrations; media earnings

Knowledge First Financial acquires Heritage Education Funds: Knowledge First unveils plans to create largest RESP provider

On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech

Online identification management will be an important development to watch in 2018: How online identification will change businesses

Artificial intelligence, the digital drive and distributed ledger technologies will be important topics to watch in 2018: The fintech outlook for 2018

Finextra’s top news stories of 2017: Finextra’s year in review

Fintech platforms that allow users the ability to engage with numerous financial institutions will thrive: Can fintechs maintain their edge in an industry that won’t stop disrupting itself

Amending AML laws to allow cryptotrading, various regions and countries looking to provide more regulatory oversight: EU amends AML laws for cryptotrading as US ponders: Expert blog 

Technology is sure to have a profound effect on political and economic change: Technomics is the new economics

What Canadian financials are saying – Polls & surveys

2018 resolutions – 54% of Canadians will focus on improving their physical health, while 32% will look to improve their finances (Tangerine): Fitness and Finance Top Canadian’s New Year’s Resolutions

Paying down debt is the top financial priority for Canadians in 2018 (CIBC): CIBC Poll: For eighth straight year, Canadians say paying down debt is their top financial priority in the coming year

News and notes (U.S.)

An average of $1,171 was lost by individuals who lack personal finances knowledge (National Financial Educators Council): How much money did financial literacy shortfalls cost Americans in 2017?

Process automation, distributed ledger/blockchain and artificial intelligence the top disruptors that will impact treasury operations (TD Bank): Finance professionals preparing for innovation and disruption, TD survey reveals

Here are some current and emerging threats facing investors in 2018 (Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities): Current and emerging investor threats for 2018

Net ETF issuance up $473.2 billion in 2017, up 67% from 2016. BlackRock led the way: ETF assets boom in 2017

High-net-worth topics

High-net-worth investors preparing for potential market corrections in 2018: How high-net-worth investors can navigate tricky markets in 2018

High-net-worth investors are looking for targeted information more often from their advisors: How to meet the demands of today’s high-net worth customers

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