Monday morning briefing – January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019

Hedge funds looking to expand their offering to attract investors. Is private equity about to be revolutionized? The top digital trends of 2019. How to help high-net-worth families invest with a conscience. And much more in this week’s briefing.

Economic/industry news

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

The U.S. unemployment rate rises to 3.9% in December: Job growth surges by 312,000 in December

Canada’s unemployment rate steady at 5.6% in December: ‘Less than meets the eye’: Canada adds 9,300 jobs amid weak wages

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board will listen to the markets and act accordingly: The Fed has an important history lesson for panicked markets

A look at alternative investments: What exactly are alternative investments?

ESG ETF assets growing: Assets in ESG ETFs up 34% in ‘18

Market volatility could help active managers: Active fund managers say their time has come

Wealthsimple launches Wealthsimple Advisor Services Inc.: Wealthsimple introduces mutual fund dealer

ETFs attracted $20.1 billion in new assets in 2018: ETFs outsell mutual funds in 2018

Could ETFs be its own asset class?: ‘ETFs as asset class’ is among the top 2019 trends in markets

On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech

Here are the top technology trends for wealth management, according to Capgemini: Tech trends in wealth management to watch in 2019

It should be another strong year for fintech startups: 2019 looks to continue another lights-out year for fintech startups

UBS to make Evidence Lab available to clients: UBS’s big data lab is no longer just for its analysts

Why automation is key for fintech: Automation will be the end of banks as we know them

Some resolutions banks should be considering: 5 resolutions for digital banking success in 2019

The insurance industry is ready to be changed by digital technologies: Digital insurance in 2018: Driving real impact with digital and analytics

It is shaping up to be a big year for insurtech: Busy year ahead expected for insurtech

Here are the top digital trends for 2019: Digital transformation trends to watch in 2019 and beyond

A look back at the first year of MiFID II: MiFID II – One year on

New York State forms task force to understand, use and regulate cryptocurrencies and blockchain: New York to form cryptocurrency task force

News and notes (U.S.)

North American hedge funds down in November: North American hedge funds suffered further losses in November, says Eurekahedge

Get to know Bridgewater’s Head of Investment Research, Karen Karniol-Tambour: Bridgewater’s new brain: A millennial woman is blazing to the top of the world’s largest hedge fund

Hedge funds looking to expand offerings to attract investors: Hedge funds turn to private capital playbook in search of assets

PE and VC should keep an eye on oiltech and commoditech: Next big thing: Oiltech

Out to change private equity: This San Francisco investor wants to revolutionize private equity. Is he crazy?

Investing in managed futures through an ETF: Eyeing alternatives with a managed futures ETF

U.S. mutual funds experience largest weekly redemptions since February: US fund investors pull most cash from stocks since February, says report

U.S. defined benefit pension plans had a slightly lower deficit at the end of 2018: Funded status of US corporate pensions slipped in 2018: survey

High-net-worth topics

Helping high-net-worth families invest with a conscience: Advisor works with families to make an impact

Navigating clients through 2019: What wealth advisors are telling their clients in preparation for 2019

Polls & surveys – What financials are saying

Investors should buy into this market decline (Citigroup): Citi says ‘buy this dip’ and sees equities returning 14% in 2019

Predictions for 2019 (Nuveen): Bob Doll’s 10 predictions for 2019

Energy prices could be volatile in 2019 (Moody’s): Energy outlook for 2019

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