Muni Bonds: making every basis point matter

November 14, 2019

Municipal bond funds experienced strong flows in 2019, as tailwinds from the country’s new tax code (the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “TCJA”) and low interest rates found investors flocking to the asset class for the tax benefit. Add in strong year-to-date performance, and investors may be asking if they missed the boat and if it’s too late to invest in municipal bonds. Yet, there are clear and distinct reasons why municipal bonds are still an attractive investment for investors today.

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TOP 5 DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGES INWEALTH MANAGEMENT

whitePaper | January 24, 2020

Although the wealth management industry is in agreement on the importance of digital innovation, few organizations manage to achieve any business value from their transformation initiatives. This is because most wealth management firms pursue digital transformation as a feature selection exercise, implementing stop-gap solutions that address a pressing need to keep up with competitors or consumer trends. As a result, firms are left with digital capabilities that are basic, disconnected and insufficient to meet clients’ needs.

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CLOUD, BANKING & FUTURE CHALLENGES

whitePaper | April 15, 2022

It’s a time of particularly significant change in the banking sector. Digital transformation is opening fresh opportunities worldwide, and as a result, the adoption and integration of cloud platforms has become a pivotal component in a company’s technology strategy. It’s easy to see the advantages too: new environments are bringing with them greater security and reliability. That, and a huge range of PaaS and SaaS options continue to evolve. There’s opportunity for real, reachable modernisation, and for cost savings too, and that’s what we’re going to explore here.

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Cloud momentum is building in retail banking

whitePaper | November 24, 2021

For retail banks entering a post COVID-19 world, the only way is cloud. Today, the world’s most disruptive banks are in the cloud. For newcomer banks, cloud has been the only option for some time – and the same is increasingly true for established banks as well. Why? Because cloud is not only disruptive in its own right, but also provides the foundation for harnessing other emerging technologies. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to play out, the need for banks to transform digitally using cloud is accelerating by the day. To do this, banks must steer their operations toward a new operating model. One that delivers a highly relevant customer experiences, provides easy access to innovation, and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) without the burden of managing security and infrastructure. The way to achieve all this? Cloud. And banks worldwide are getting the message.

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The digital drive to replace the passport in financial services

whitePaper | February 17, 2020

Despite the onward march of technology, especially in the financial services sector, methods of authentication and identity confirmation appear to be falling behind the curve. While biometrics may be making inroads into the industry, the passport and the paper document remain the dominant way that many organizations authenticate their users via know your customer (KYC) checks and controls, which have become an ever-more important factor in a banks’ success.

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DEFINING THE EVOLUTION OF FP&A: BENCHMARKS, CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

whitePaper | June 4, 2022

Historically, FP&A has been viewed as a back-office function. A provider of historical data, it was often regarded as the “scorekeeper,” focused on producing routine management reports with limited forward-looking capability. Now, many FP&A leaders are regarded as trusted advisers for both strategic and operational decisions. How empowered are FP&A leaders to support CFOs who have more strategic, customerfacing, disruptive roles?

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Digital Bank A Proposal for Licensing & RegulatoryRegime for India

whitePaper | November 30, 2021

In writing this Discussion Paper, “A Proposal for Digital Banks in India: Licensing & Regulatory Regime”, we are pleased to have collaborated with Black Dot Public Policy Advisors as the knowledge partner. Mr Mandar Kagade, Founder Principal at Black Dot made valuable contributions in developing this Discussion Paper. Ms Shehnaz Ahmed of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy acted as external expert reviewer of the Discussion Paper and offered detailed comments and inputs. We acknowledge her valuable contribution. We are also grateful for the support and inputs from the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, representatives of public sector banks including the State Bank of India, and Sabyasachi Upadhyay, Associate, NITI Aayog. Useful insights were also obtained from the deliberations in the conference, “Neo-banking for Business: The Future of Digital Banking”, especially Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore. They are gratefully acknowledged. Last but not the least, the inputs offered by the fintech sector stakeholders who were approached for inputs in the course of drafting this Discussion Paper is acknowledged. NITI Aayog would endeavour to continue with the stakeholder consultation in evolving policy dialogue.

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Brightside is the first employer-based financial care platform to drive meaningful ROI for employers by making paychecks go farther for the 72% of Americans who are not financially healthy. Since 2018, its Financial Assistants, proprietary rules engine, and innovative products have helped thousands of families save more than $1,200 each while improving emergency savings and reducing debt, resulting in improved productivity, retention, and diversity while lowering healthcare costs.

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