U.S. Stocks Edge Higher Ahead of Midterms, Fed; Dollar Falls

Investopedia.com | November 04, 2018

Energy and financial stocks pushed U.S. equities higher on Monday, on the eve of U.S. midterm elections to determine whether President Donald Trump's Republican Party retains control of the U.S. Congress and ahead of a meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. Choppy trading in oil left prices mixed after five days of heavy losses as the United States imposed a range of sanctions aimed at curbing oil exports by Iran. The Trump administration's decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran's exports lifted oil prices for much of the day, boosting many U.S. shares. But the Nasdaq index fell, pressured by slumping shares of Apple and Amazon.

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"The financial crisis saw a large number of firms suffer huge losses through a manual and disjointed approach to approving credit. Fast-forward to 2016, and things have shifted substantially. Government regulatory changes have demanded innovation – and marketplace lenders have risen to the challenge by using predictive modeling, data aggregation, and electronic payment technology to assess the financial health of consumers and small businesses. But these innovations don’t just help with compliance; new lending tech dramatically improves the customer experience by demonstrating that a lender truly understands the consumer’s credit needs. To this end, the industry is moving toward developing a single, unified view of the consumer – incorporating personal, transactional, application, and product-selection data collected from financial institutions – and using this data to perform rich analytics and needs assessment for borrowers. So armed, new-age lenders can leverage this alternative data to cross-sell other credit products at key decision points during the loan-application process – a win-win for both borrowers and lenders. In this webinar you'll: * Learn the trends driving change in marketplace lending and credit risk management * Build more accurate predictive ratings models based on alternative data sets * Get insight into the future of marketplace lending and credit risk management Speakers: * Scott Crawford, VP of Product and Marketing, Ascend Consumer Financial * Krishna Venkatraman, SVP of Data and Analytics, OnDeck * Terrence McKeown, Practice Manager, Credit Analytics, Envestnet | Yodlee * Evan Schuman, Moderator, VentureBeat "

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"The financial crisis saw a large number of firms suffer huge losses through a manual and disjointed approach to approving credit. Fast-forward to 2016, and things have shifted substantially. Government regulatory changes have demanded innovation – and marketplace lenders have risen to the challenge by using predictive modeling, data aggregation, and electronic payment technology to assess the financial health of consumers and small businesses. But these innovations don’t just help with compliance; new lending tech dramatically improves the customer experience by demonstrating that a lender truly understands the consumer’s credit needs. To this end, the industry is moving toward developing a single, unified view of the consumer – incorporating personal, transactional, application, and product-selection data collected from financial institutions – and using this data to perform rich analytics and needs assessment for borrowers. So armed, new-age lenders can leverage this alternative data to cross-sell other credit products at key decision points during the loan-application process – a win-win for both borrowers and lenders. In this webinar you'll: * Learn the trends driving change in marketplace lending and credit risk management * Build more accurate predictive ratings models based on alternative data sets * Get insight into the future of marketplace lending and credit risk management Speakers: * Scott Crawford, VP of Product and Marketing, Ascend Consumer Financial * Krishna Venkatraman, SVP of Data and Analytics, OnDeck * Terrence McKeown, Practice Manager, Credit Analytics, Envestnet | Yodlee * Evan Schuman, Moderator, VentureBeat "

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CANACCORD GENUITY GROUP INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF UK ADVISORY BUSINESS RESULTS INTERNATIONAL GROUP LLP

CANACCORD GENUITY GROUP INC. and RESULTS INTERNATIONAL GROUP LLP | August 04, 2022

Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is pleased to announce that through its UK & Europe capital markets business, Canaccord Genuity Limited, it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the business of Results International Group LLP ("Results"). Results is an independent advisory firm headquartered in London, UK, focused in the technology and healthcare sectors which provides M&A and corporate finance services to entrepreneurs, corporates, private equity firms and investors. Results has executed more than 60 strategic advisory transactions in the past three years. The transaction is expected to close in the current fiscal quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. This transaction complements recent investments by the Company to expand its global Advisory business with the acquisitions of Petsky Prunier (2019) and Sawaya Partners (2021) in the United States and expands its European domain expertise in the Healthcare and Technology sectors. 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To ensure a seamless transition for Results' clients and employees, Managing Partner Julie Langley will become Head of Technology and Healthcare Advisory for Canaccord Genuity UK & Europe. All existing employees of Results are expected to continue with Canaccord Genuity's UK & Europe capital markets business. Julie Langley, Managing Partner of Results, added: For more than three decades the Results team has been achieving outstanding results for our clients through a combination of deep sector expertise, a relentless focus on client service and an agile and collaborative approach. We are pleased to have found a flexible and entrepreneurial partner in Canaccord Genuity, where both the strategic and cultural fit are so strong. We look forward to providing enhanced geographic reach, domain expertise and service offering for our combined clients. 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Remote Work, HR departments, HR TechMarkacy, (“the Company”) a digital strategy and marketing firm headquartered in New York City, today unveiled its Finance-Based Marketing solution (“FBM”). This new capability is aimed at methodically improving profitability and empowers brands to identify immediate cost savings and marketing efficiencies without sacrificing long-term growth. FBM is an evolution of Markacy’s financially driven approach to digital and e-commerce direct-to-consumer (DTC) strategies for new and established brands across sectors. “When the market is thriving, it seems less risky to spend frivolously. However, spending that is not optimized creates challenges when there is an economic downturn,” said Chris Jones, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Markacy. “When the market is thriving, it seems less risky to spend frivolously. However, spending that is not optimized creates challenges when there is an economic downturn,” said Chris Jones, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Markacy. “We expect brands to re-evaluate their marketing budgets over the coming months. Knowing how and when to adapt expenditures throughout the entire marketing program is absolutely crucial, especially with current market volatility. We built FBM as an all-encompassing solution focused on driving P&L objectives and achieving sustainable growth.” Deploying FBM requires a comprehensive evaluation of a brand’s enterprise-wide commercial objectives and an audit of its P&L. This enables Markacy’s marketing strategists to gain a deep understanding of the brand’s financials and its most pressing challenges and the biggest opportunities. To that end, at the very outset, Markacy defines marketing key performance indicators (KPIs) including Media Efficiency Ratio (MER) targets that are reverse-engineered from a brand’s P&L objectives using its proprietary calculator. This strategy ensures that all expenditures - ranging from advertising cost, and the use of marketing technology platforms, to headcount - are fully aligned and optimized in accordance with enterprise-wide business goals. During economic downturns, many DTC brands have been known to uniformly cut operating and marketing expenditures, often stunting mid and long-term growth. Informed by FBM, Markacy is working with clients to mitigate this effect by prioritizing strategies and advertising channels that drive profitable growth while also cutting back from marketing programs that do not advance MER targets or the bottom line. Tucker Matheson, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Markacy added: “Our multidisciplinary offering fills a gap in traditional digital marketing strategies that brands use despite today’s uncertainties. We put a critical lens on the quantitative financial impact of marketing and bring it to life. FBM will raise our impact to another level, enabling us to advise clients in a more focused and precise manner directly tied to financial performance. We have a set of critical, proprietary tools that enable us to understand which channels and campaigns are the most impactful and shift budgets accordingly when necessary.” Markacy’s work is guided by the evolving and growing expertise of its team, combined with the leadership’s experience in finance and strategy consulting. To receive a complimentary assessment for your brand using our FBM solution, contact Markacy. About Markacy Markacy is a digital strategy firm helping brands launch, grow and scale, by developing and executing cross-channel strategies. Specializing in finance, media, strategic planning, creative, and marketing operations, the company is headquartered in New York City with teams in multiple cities including Boston and Los Angeles. Visit us at http://markacy.com/

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