Monday morning briefing – February 25, 2019
Asset allocators are looking for ways to access private equity. Is Apple entering the credit card market? The number of Canada-based targets from activist investors grew in 2018. And much more in this week’s briefing.
International Economic Data Snapshot – includes aggregated data of the worldwide economy: Snapshot: International economic data
European inflation down to 1.4% in January: Top News: Eurozone consumer inflation slows to 1.4% in January
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board released its policy meeting minutes: Fed releases minutes from Jan. 29-30 policy meeting
Housing and investment risks could put the BoC on hold, for now: Bank of Canada’s Poloz says rate hike path ‘highly uncertain’
Private equity’s interest in ESG is growing: ESG a growing priority for private equity finds PwC survey
Global dividends rose 9.3% in 2018: Global dividends surged to new record in 2018: Janus Henderson
Could a lack of transparency in index creation harm investors?: What’s really in your index fund?
Exchange-traded products continued to experience robust growth: Size of exchange-traded products industry tops US$5 trillion: report
The U.K. government is looking to add more illiquid investments to defined-contribution plans: U.K. consults on incorporating illiquid assets in DC investments
The greatest benefit from ETFs is how you use them: Are ETFs about to rule the world?
News and notes (U.S.)
The Barclay Hedge Fund Index rose 3.88% in January: Hedge funds make solid start to 2019
Institutional investors plan to hold or increase their exposure to hedge funds this year: After hedge funds’ mediocre year, investors still want more
Redemptions from hedge funds were $42.3 billion in December: Hedge fund redemptions hit five-year high of USD42.3bn in December
Corporate VCs invested $52.95 billion into start-ups in 2018: The rise of corporate VC
Newer private equity funds are attracting much more capital than their predecessors: More than 90% of PE funds are outpacing their predecessors
Asset allocators are looking for ways to access private equity: McKinsey: Private equity growth drives creative fund structures
Inflows into active U.S. equity funds outpaced passively-managed funds: Active beat passive in asset flows in January: Morningstar
Mutual fund sales and performance over the past two weeks: Mutual funds scorecard: February 19 edition
Future mergers could have greater government scrutiny: What the T-Mobile, Sprint hearing means for the future of M&A in the US
The SEC issued a proposal to allow IPOs to gauge market interest before filing: SEC proposes easing IPO rules
News and notes (Canada)
CC&L launched three liquid alternative funds: CC&L Funds introduces 3 liquid alts
Provisus Wealth Management launched nine actively managed PTFs: Provisus: We’re putting our money where our mouth is
Impact investments have grown in Canada: Impact investing gains traction in Canada
The number of Canada-based targets from activist investors grew in 2018: ‘You need to watch out’: Activist investing stronger than ever in Canada, M&A lawyer says
International sub-advisors don’t improve performance: International subadvisors don’t have a performance edge
Volatility was good for some active managers in 2018: Stock-pickers need some volatility
On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech
How to take a step forward in digital banking in 2019: Digital banking strategies and investments for 2019
How private banking can benefit from digitalization: Why digitalization is the way forward for private banking and wealth management
Companies are looking toward a product-based structure to help in their digital transformation: Gartner: organisations shifting to product-centric application delivery model for digital transformation
Customers need to be shown how open banking will help them: Consumers don’t know what open banking is – and that’s OK!
Is Apple entering the credit card market?: Apple could be working with Goldman Sachs on a credit card
There is a big difference between technology and handling a customer’s money: Are you in banking or technology?
A look at what the future may hold for wealthtech: The future of wealthtech
A look back at the technological advancements in the financial services industry, and a look ahead to where the industry is going: The growth of fintech: From the first wire transfer to blockchain technology & beyond
National Bank will use AI software to help with cybersecurity: Element AI, National Bank partner on cybersecurity
Helping institutional investors with digital asset trading: Bank Frick targets institutional investors with digital asset trading
The Mather Group has acquired family office, Astraeus Advisers: Chicago’s Mather Group buys $1 billion family office
High-net-worth clients should be looking at different types of alternative investments: Too few investors are looking beyond stocks and bonds, wealth advisor says
Manulife bolstering its services for the high-net-worth: Manulife targets Canada’s rich in industry a decade behind U.S.
Polls & surveys – What financials are saying
Important investment themes you need to know for 2019 (Raymond James): 10 hot investment themes for 2019: Raymond James
Advisor-directed clients are receptive to a fee-based structure (Cerulli Associates): Advisor-reliant clients prefer fee-based accounts: survey
Many Canadians don’t understand the difference between an RRSP and a TFSA (BMO): Better advice needed on the difference between TFSAs and RRSPs