Democrats join effort to relax US banking rules | Economists tip US inflation to turn back upward | Analysis: Bubble threat could be Powell's first challenge as Fed chairman
January 17, 2018
Risk Management and Insurance
Democrats join effort to relax US banking rules
The odds that Republicans will roll back parts of the Dodd-Frank Act this session are improving now that several Democrats support the effort. A Senate bill to relax a variety of rules for banks has 11 Democratic co-sponsors.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/15) 
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Economists tip US inflation to turn back upward
The US inflation rate has defied expectations and remained persistently low, but a number of economists assert it may be about to rebound this year, approaching or breaching the 2% target. A strong economy, relatively light regulation, the lowest unemployment level in 17 years, announcements of pay rises by large employers and the raising of the minimum wage in numerous states are among the factors named as upward propellants.
Bloomberg (free registration) (1/16) 
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Analysis: Bubble threat could be Powell's first challenge as Fed chairman
Analysis: Bubble threat could be Powell's first challenge as Fed chairman
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Record-high stock and property prices are raising the specter of possible asset bubbles, which could complicate monetary policy for Jerome Powell, who has been nominated to replace Janet Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve. While the financial system is better protected from losses than it was before the crisis, the Fed has little room to move on interest rates, leaving Powell with difficult trade-offs, according to this analysis.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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Study: Banks struggle to find IT talent
A Capgemini study finds 76% of financial institutions have established IT positions during the past two years, but companies report difficulty finding talent. Companies most want a consultant for information security or privacy, a chief digital officer or a chief digital information officer, and a data architect.
The Financial Brand (1/16) 
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Government Regulation
House subcommittee studies ways to revamp Fed
The House Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade has discussed proposals to overhaul the Federal Reserve. Topics include the way regional presidents are appointed and a blackout period for public communication by the Federal Open Market Committee.
Financial Regulation News (1/15) 
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How blockchain will make over the financial institutions sector
Aon Risk Solutions Financial Institutions Practice Leader Jacqueline Quintal discusses the anticipated impacts of bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and blockchain, the underlying technology behind them. She writes that using this emerging technology can ultimately reduce infrastructure costs for banks by billions each year.
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BofA posts nearly 68M Zelle transactions for 2017
BofA posts nearly 68M Zelle transactions for 2017
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Bank of America customers made almost 68 million transactions last year through payment platform Zelle, up 84% compared with 2016. Zelle has almost 3 million active users from BofA, which says thousands more come on board daily.
American Banker online (free content) (1/12) 
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Findings from the 2018 Global Medical Trend Rates Survey
The 2018 Global Medical Trend Rates Survey was conducted across 98 countries in which Aon brokers, administers or advises clients on employer-sponsored medical plans. The survey results highlight the medical trend expectations shared by Aon experts, clients and carriers in each country. Join our Aon experts on Wednesday, Jan. 24, as they discuss the findings from the survey and the potential impact to your business. Register.
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