We’re seeing a global trend towards responsible investing. Increasingly, institutional investors are recognising the potential for ESG factors to affect the valuation and financial performance of the companies they invest in. At the same time, consumer demand for responsible investments is surging, especially from the younger generation.
“Responsible” or “sustainable” finance and a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have moved firmly into the mainstream today.
This booklet presents the proof to address the issues around responsible investment implementation: statistics from across investment markets that show how significant this shift is.
When we first launched the Women In Alternative Investments Report (WAI Report) in 2001, we were among the few voices talking about women’s advancement in alternative investments. It was a delicate conversation and one that few people were comfortable having. But now, eight years later, the conversation has shifted. The issues have moved mainstream, the dialogue has broadened, and the voices are many, but change is afoot. Investors are pressuring Alternative Investment Firms to increase gender diversity at the funds and portfolios they invest in. Read the KPMG report to understand why achieving gender diversity is a business imperative.
The alternative investment industry is increasingly feeling the impact of digital technologies, but are hedge funds and private equity firms moving quickly enough to adapt to the digital world? Read now KPMG's report Alternative investments 3.0 and understand how the alternative investment industry can embrace disruption and accelerate digital innovation.
Consumers have become more educated about the value of data and cyber risks associated with it. As consumer awareness increases so does their expectations of trust and digital security. Read now KPMG's report Trust in the time of disruption to understand the cybersecurity gap that exists between consumers and organisations, and what asset management and financial services firms as a whole can do to close the trust gap.
The asset and fund management industry has grown signifcantly in the last decade, with surveys indicating about 65 percent growth since 2007, to over USD 80 trillion in assets under management worldwide.
As its importance to the world financial system – linking those with money to invest with enterprises and activities that require funding – is increasingly recognized, so both the industry and the regulators that police the sector become more prominent.
The industry and regulators are coming under pressure from a range of “external” voices – demanding investors and consumer groups, clamoring political and economic needs, changing priorities and hopes of civil society, an increasingly noisy press, the explosion in social media and the rapid growth of new technologies.
This sea of voices is directly influencing the regulatory agenda and increasing expectations on the industry. A fundamental rethink of firms’ mindset and investment offerings is required.
Changing attitudes to data privacy leave many firms in a precarious position. When there is so much regulatory variation in different markets, how do firms balance their responsibility for customers’ data with maximising value from that data?
Listen now to discover:
• The current state of play for data privacy – understanding what your customers want and what the regulators want
• How to lay solid foundations to help you adapt to the changing landscape
• How to ensure your privacy strategy supports growth.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Oct 30, 2019
Midmarket firms face many of the same data center security risks as their enterprise counterparts with far fewer resources at their disposal to mitigate them. Downtime, data theft, and regulatory non-compliance all pose existential threats to these organizations and as they drive for continuous innovation and advantage in an increasingly competitive landscape, they must ensure valuable data and IT assets are secure, protected, and available at all times. How can midmarket organizations succeed in the face of these challenging market dynamics? This Research Insights report shows that the success organizations have enjoyed varies greatly, and further that organizations enjoying the greatest success demonstrate a clear organizational commitment to prioritizing security and operate fundamentally more secure data center environments. Download this report from Dell EMC and Intel® to learn more.
"Following a study of hundreds of organisations about how they scale agile, this Harvard Business Review article outlines what they’ve learned, and how to scale agile effectively.
They studied small firms that run their entire business with agile methods, already agile larger companies that are becoming even more agile as they’ve grown, and organisations that are making the transition from traditional hierarchies to more agile enterprises.
Download the article to discover how these organisations have scaled agile effectively.
Real estate and facilities executives work across a broad agenda, from supporting business growth to improving building performance. Where should technology fit in and when is the right time to review your options? Independent research firm, Verdantix, explores the multiple trends profoundly changing real estate management and driving the need for a refreshed technology strategy. Download your complimentary report and learn more.
Published By: IBM APAC
Published Date: Sep 30, 2019
Companies that are undergoing a technology-enabled business strategy such as digital transformation urgently need modern infrastructure solutions. The solutions should be capable of supporting extreme performance and scalability, uncompromised data-serving capabilities and pervasive security and encryption.
According to IDC, IBM’s LinuxONE combines the advantages of both commercial (IBM Z) and opensource (Linux)systems with security capabilities unmatched by any other offering and scalability for systems-of-record workloads. The report also adds LinuxONE will be a good fit for enterprises as well as managed and cloud service provider firms.
Read more about the benefits of LinuxONE in this IDC Whitepaper.
Published By: Flexential
Published Date: Oct 11, 2019
This Gorilla Guide covers one of the most important emerging areas of IT infrastructure, but one that still remains a mystery to many: The Edge. This short book aims to take the mys¬tery out of edge computing. By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll have a firm grasp of the ins and outs of the technology, as well as see ways that it’s being used to solve real-world problems.
Hobson & Company (H&C), a leading research firm focused on total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) studies, conducted independent research and found that a proven Apple device management solution delivers a quick and compelling ROI to both large and small enterprises.
• Simplifying IT management
o 90% reduction in time spent managing apps
o 80% reduction in time spent provisioning
• Improving end-user experience
o 60% reduction in end-user productivity loss
o 15% reduction in volume of help desk tickets
• Mitigating risk
o 90% reduction in time spent creating inventory reports
o 65% reduction in time spent managing policy and setting changes
Endesa es una compañía de energía líder en España y Portugal con alrededor de 10,000 empleados, que provee servicios a más de 11 millones de clientes. La empresa tiene el compromiso de promover una cultura energética más sustentable y busca estar a la vanguardia en la transformación tecnológica de la industria energética. Para cumplir con este objetivo, Endesa se unió al Enel Group en 2009, una firma energética multinacional y el operador líder en los mercados globales de electricidad y gas, con un enfoque particular en los mercados europeos y latinoamericanos.
Servicios Financieros es una industria en la que la innovación siempre está presente. Los modelos de negocio transformadores como las casas de bolsa de bajo costo, los productos de inversión innovadores como los fondos de inversión cotizados, y las regulaciones estrictas como Gramm-Leach-Bliley son algunos ejemplos. Otros ejemplos incluyen:
• Las nuevas firmas fintech, como la reciente inversión de nueve mil millones de dólares hecha en Ant Financial Services Group, y un sinnúmero de otras empresas emergentes similares apoyadas con capital de riesgo, están apuntando a segmentos bien establecidos de la industria de servicios financieros.
• Servicios de gestores automatizados potenciados por la inteligencia artificial y el machine learning que apoyan a los asesores financieros y a los gestores de carteras
• Las regulaciones y las leyes para el manejo de riesgos que cambian constantemente, como GDPR, Basilea III y Open Banking, y que transforman la manera en que se interactúa con los
Published By: CheckMarx
Published Date: Sep 12, 2019
Financial services organizations operate under a host of regulatory standards. This makes sense, as the assets and information managed by these firms are valuable, sensitive, and targeted by sophisticated cyber attackers daily.
Compounding these challenges is the large volume of personally identifiable information (PII) that financial organizations handle regularly. PII is subject to many compliance regulations, notably the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which regulates not only the processing of personal data, including PII, relating to individuals in the EU, for also any organization that processes personal data of EU residents.
For US banking consumers, Section 5 (Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices) of the Federal Trade Commission Act and numerous state regulations enforce basic consumer protections, which financial organizations must also uphold.
Performance evaluation is coming of age. Once a narrow, back office role focused solely on
crunching returns, it has become ever more integrated into the DNA of investment firms. Both
internally and externally, performance evaluation adds value, helping senior management make
key judgement calls where the difference between the right solution and the wrong solution is the
difference between growth or decline. The performance analyst of the future will provide valuable
input into nearly every area of an investment firm.
What began as a mathematical task—calculating investment returns—is morphing into something
much broader. The objective of performance evaluation today is determining what is behind the
return being analyzed. What were the key drivers—allocation or selection? What risk was taken to
achieve the return? Was it skill, or was it luck, that produced the return?
Published By: Quovant
Published Date: Oct 01, 2019
Even with the greatest level of talent on your in-house legal team, you will at some point, need the services of external counsel. When an organization rates its outside law firms, selecting just the right data might be a challenge. Business leaders may not be lawyers, so it may be necessary to rely on the self-assessment of firms to determine the “health” of their programs.
But does it need to be that subjective? Hard data is an essential tool when it comes to performance evaluation. There are specific metrics organizations can use to evaluate law firm performance. While it may not be “all about the money,” these key metrics can provide insight into how your panel handles its work and the value of the results you receive.
At a projected market of over $4B by 2010 (Goldman Sachs), virtualizationhas firmly established itself as one of the most importanttrends in Information Technology. Virtualization is expectedto have a broad influence on the way IT manages infrastructure.Major areas of impact include capital expenditure and ongoingcosts, application deployment, green computing, and storage.
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Dec 20, 2018
Companies across the world are innovating with artificial intelligence (AI) to improve customer experience and forge deeper relationships with customers. Through surveys and interviews with 599 executives, from large and mid-sized companies across the globe, this MIT report reveals that most customer-centric firms have already deployed AI extensively in their customer-facing operations and customer experience management processes.
Get the global report and regional spotlights on North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia to access complete results. Key insights include:
• Nearly 90% of respondents report measurable improvements in the speed of complaint resolution; 80% note enhanced call volume processing using AI
• 80% of respondents report measurable improvements in customer satisfaction, service delivery and contact center performance
• In North America, 60% of the respondents believe they will deliver a 10% or more increase in customer lifetime value in the next year
Published By: Icertis
Published Date: Oct 24, 2019
LIBOR is the preeminent contracting challenge in finance today. ICM is the leading contract management solution in the cloud, trusted by corporations across the globe, in every industry. With ICM, financial firms can be confident that they will meet the challenges of a post-LIBOR world.
Published By: MuleSoft
Published Date: Jun 27, 2019
Banks of all sizes, from multinational firms to regional credit unions, face unparalleled pressure to digitally transform in the face of evolving customer expectations. Learn how a top 10 bank partnered with MuleSoft to address these pressures by developing an application network to rapidly modernize legacy systems, digitally transform mortgage lending, and accelerate Salesforce implementation.
Read this whitepaper to learn:
How banks can leverage APIs to accelerate integration between core banking systems, legacy applications, and modern SaaS endpoints.
The step-by-step approach a top 10 bank took to build a Center for Enablement (C4E) and transform their SDLC to accelerate application development.
How the bank created unified customer experiences across different product lines, from mortgages to wealth management, across in-person, and digital engagement channels.
Published By: PatSnap
Published Date: Sep 27, 2019
Out-of-box tools that use AI, machine-learning, and real-time intelligence are driving the commercialization of IP today. However, IP professionals are faced with a dizzying array of offerings on the market. What features are must haves for IP teams in 2019? What processes will streamline the commercialization process?
This eBook works as a clear guide in identifying the tools IP teams need to commercialize with confidence, in 4 easy-to-action workflow tips:
1. Confirming patent novelty easily
2. Deciding on ideas that are worth pursuing
3. Collating key data via analysis and patent landscaping faster
4. Mitigating bottlenecks through interdepartmental collaboration
To stay ahead of the competition in a global marketplace, firms are increasingly speeding up operations, in many cases adopting real-time systems and tools to allow for instant decision-making and faster business cycles. Download here to learn how.
Over the past ten years, IT personnel costs have risen faster than hardware and software investments. IT services have not improved process-wise and still require as much manpower, if not more, to operate now as they did in the past. As firms spend 76% of their IT budget on maintenance and support, they will naturally invest in BSM solutions that will reduce costs, enable ITIL, and provide an optimal ROI.