Monday morning briefing – 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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