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Bart Chilton at Hong Kong Fintech Week 2017
FinTech, Video
Led by InvestHK and NexChange, the 2017 Hong Kong Fintech Week gathered over 4,000 attendees and more than 300 speakers from around the globe. Among the latter was former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton, whose rhythmic, fintech-inspired speech became quite the hit among attendees. Here it is for those of you who weren’t able to make it:
Help Clients Make Charitable Giving History
2017 may well be a record breaking year for philanthropy in the United States. Three significant contributing factors—strong markets, possible tax reform, and increased support for disaster relief and recovery—suggest that now may be an ideal time for clients to embrace charitable giving, perhaps more than ever before. Giving now, rather than later in the year, could also be prudent
How to Make Firing Someone During the Holidays Less Horrible
Lifestyle
Getting fired any time of year is a traumatic experience. However, when it happens around the holidays, it can seem particularly difficult. Reconciling a job loss with the “most wonderful time of the year” is tough, especially when there are presents to buy and parties to plan. It’s not unusual for companies to plan layoffs for year-end and, sometimes, people
El-Erian: Bitcoin is Not a 'Fraud' - But it Also Won't Become a Currency Either
FinTech
Mohamed El-Erian - who is rumored as possibly heading to the Federal Reserve - said on Friday that he does not think bitcoin is a fraud (like someone else we know does), but he also doesn't think adoption of the digital currency will ever be widespread enough to elevate bitcoin to a position where it competes with traditional currencies, as
Guess Which Companies Get the Most Web Traffic?
Capital Markets
It’s telling of today’s economic climate that $600 billion of accrued market cap in the S&P over the course of 2017 was generated by just four tech companies. These names, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), have exerted an outsized control on the direction of the overall
PWC Hong Kong Accepts Its First Bitcoin Payment
FinTech
While bulge bracket banks and hedge fund bigwigs go back and forth over bitcoin, Big Four accounting firm PWC has now started to accept it as payment. The Wall Street Journal: Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said it accepted a payment in bitcoin for its advisory services, its first in a virtual currency. The announcement Thursday came at a hot time for
First-Time Venture Capital Funds See Strong Performance
Venture Capital
Debut funds account for increased proportion of fundraising in 2017 YTD Venture capital* fundraising has seen a slight slowdown in in the first three quarters of 2017 when compared to the same period last year. However, first-time venture capital funds represent a larger proportion of total fundraising compared to last year. As at September 2017, first-time venture capital vehicles represented
Robo Advice Data for Q3 2017 Now Available for Advisors
The Robo Report™ has opened accounts across the most prominent robo advisors and tracks performance across the portfolios. The portfolios are created by presenting the same investor type to robo advisors, seeking a moderate portfolio of 60% equities and 40% fixed income in the taxable accounts and the most aggressive portfolio available in the IRA accounts. By opening and tracking
Which Gets You Further at Work: Effort or Talent?
Lifestyle
Twenty years after McKinsey researchers declared a “war for talent” under way, organizations and leaders appear to be more talent-obsessed than ever. There are endless conferences, books, and C-level roles all geared toward mastering the mysteries of talent: finding it, attracting it, rewarding it, developing it, and of course retaining it. But while this obsession rests on a correct premise–that
Most Americans Hate the Republican Tax Bill
Capital Markets
The Republicans are likely pushing through their eagerly anticipated/dreaded big tax bill this week, which President Trump and the GOP are touting as bringing tax relief the middle class. There's only one problem: The majority of Americans aren't buying the Republicans' claims that this tax bill will help middle-class Americans as much as it helps corporations and the country's wealthiest