Covid-19: Lessons for the Economy via Healthcare

Posted on: 12 May 2020

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By Ann Dodd A Storm Arrives In my study of economics, I don’t recall ever evaluating the impact of health policy or crisis on our economy. Yet, here we are. The storm of Covid‑19 crept up on us quickly and violently. We are now dealing with this crisis in our…

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Blockchain Technology – Transforming Global Financial Markets

Posted on: 9 April 2020

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by Merav Ozair, PhD Blockchain Technology – Transforming Global Financial Markets Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, in general, have been under strict scrutiny by both regulators and leaders in the financial industry. We must understand, however, that blockchain technology does not equate to bitcoin or to cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is only one example…

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Making Sense of Healthcare’s Long Evolution

Posted on: 28 February 2020

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by Ann Dodd Making Sense of Healthcare’s Long Evolution Déjà Vu All Over Again When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, it promised to provide Americans with better access, better outcomes, and reduced costs for our healthcare.i Great news!Of course, it would take some time to have…

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The Lack of Covenants in a Leveraged World

Posted on: 30 January 2020

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by Julie Barnum The Lack of Covenants in a Leveraged World The Roaring ‘20s are here! The world of finance looks wonderful – the Dow Jones Industrial Average is at record highs, inflation and interest rates are low, unemployment is at an all-time low, and trade tensions have eased. What…

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2019’s Top 11 Issues in Operations and Technology

Posted on: 19 December 2019

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by Charlotte Scott Consultant and Trainer, Spinnaker Training Despite the fact that end-of-year lists always risk being arbitrary, over-simplified, opinionated, and exclusionary, we’ve compiled yet another for “What We Were Talking about in 2019” in Operations and Technology. These areas are in no particular order and include issues and trends…

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Reflections on Recent Volatility in the Repo Markets

Posted on: 26 November 2019

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by Charles Gates Managing Director, eDelta Consulting, Inc. Reflections on Recent Volatility in the Repo Markets The repo markets in the United States have historically been a relatively obscure but highly important part of the “plumbing” of the capital markets by facilitating overnight and generally, short-term financing of securities transactions…

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Evolution of Responsible Investing

Posted on: 8 November 2019

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by Rob McDonough Director of ESG and Regulatory Initiatives at Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC Evolution of Responsible Investing Investors have a long history of directing their capital towards organizations whose activities lead to desirable social outcomes. The earliest examples of this practice were often associated with specific religious or…

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Negative Interest Rates Revisited: The Topsy-Turvy World in Which We Live

Posted on: 3 September 2019

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by Bill Addiss In an April 2019 blog post, “Negative Interest Rates? – The Enigma Explored!”, GFMI examined the definition of negative interest rates, the reasons for negative interest rates, and the potential for a better option than buying a fixed income security with a negative yield. In this article…

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3-Month SOFR Futures

Posted on: 2 August 2019

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By Kenneth Kapner President and CEO, GFMI In our LIBOR Schmibor article series, I introduced SOFR (See https://www.gfmi.com/articles/libor-schmibor-whats-next-sofr-part/). SOFR issuance continues to expand including the potential use in adjustable rate mortgages. (To view a user’s guide for SOFR, go to https://www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/Microsites/arrc/files/2019/Users_Guide_to_SOFR.pdf.) In this article, we intend to explore futures on…

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Practical Fintech For Financial Professionals

Posted on: 31 May 2019

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FinTech Defined The recent growth of financial technology, or “fintech,” affects us in many ways. Upon hearing the term “fintech,” you may envision technology related to cryptocurrency, mobile payments, money transfers, crowdfunding, robo-advisors, and asset management. In its broadest definition, fintech is “technologies used and applied in the financial services…

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