Monday morning briefing

Private equity could get more aggressive. The wealthy are focused on minimizing losses. SEC looking to confirm adherence to ESG principles. And much more in this week’s briefing.

Economic/industry news

The Fed reduces its central interest rate to 0%–0.25%: Federal Reserve cuts rate to zero and launches massive $700 billion quantitative easing program

The BoC makes emergency rate cut: Bank of Canada cuts key interest rate to 0.75%

The ECB announces stimulus measures: ECB to let banks run lower capital levels to deal with virus

BoE lowers Bank Rate to 0.25%: Bank of England cuts interest rate to 0.25%

The economic growth of G20 nations slowed in the fourth quarter of 2019: G20 growth was sluggish prior to COVID-19

How to help the U.S. economy: Cut payroll taxes? No, Trump should stimulate ventilator companies

SEC looking to confirm adherence to ESG principles: ESG funds might soon have to prove to SEC they’re actually ESG 

Managing investors amid volatile markets: How advisors manage market volatility

News and notes (U.S.)

Private equity could get more aggressivePrivate equity firms won’t waste another crisis

How COVID-19 will change the environment for M&ACoronavirus alters the merger playbook for dealmakers

It’s time to buy, according to Howard Marks: Oaktree’s Howard Marks says he’s starting to find bargains to buy

Reforming insurance investment disclosures: SEC reforms insurance investment disclosure

News and notes (Canada)

Harvest launches unhedged units of three ETFs: Harvest announces unhedged units of three ETFs

Total value of Canadian PE deals declined last year: Private equity investment dipped in 2019: report

IIROC may loosen some regulatory requirements: Compliance requirements may be eased amid COVID-19 concerns

Private pension assets grew in the third quarter of 2019: Pension assets up: StatsCan

On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech

Moving to the cloud: Run your bank in the cloud: Crazy or fintech smart?

How COVID-19 could impact the fintech sector: How the coronavirus could positively and negatively affect fintechs

The challenges facing a fintech startup: 4 hurdles every fintech startup must overcome

Could branches go obsolete?: Why customers won’t set foot in banks in the future

AI is contributing positively to the sales process: Making the sale with AI and data

What you need to know about PSD2: The PSD2 deadline: 8 things businesses needs to know

High-net-worth topics

The wealthy are focused on minimizing losses: How wealthy investors are managing their portfolios amid the coronavirus scare

Here are the best cities for the high-net-worth: Top 12 global cities for the ultra-wealthy

Polls & surveys – What financials are saying

Private equity allocations set to rise in 2020 (Torys LLP): Pension funds set to increase private equity allocations: survey

Younger generation struggling to get quality advice (Betterment): Millennials, Gen Z try to build retirement savings but face obstacles: Betterment

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