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April 9, 2020
In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a massive mobility shift that has forced many auto insurers to reevaluate policy pricing and exposure, leading to premium refunds, discounts, and payment deferrals. While these actions by Allstate, American Family, GEICO, Liberty Mutual, Farmers, and others are to be lauded given the circumstances, this is expensive for the carrier and...
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April 8, 2020
The president of the United States signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. The legislation includes provisions for advanced tax credits to Americans that meet certain eligibility criteria. While the IRS will be responsible for disbursing the tax credits as economic impact payments to qualified recipients, there are some gray areas surrounding the...
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April 6, 2020
I use Zoom video conferencing and will continue to use it despite the negative press reporting. Here's the situation. Zoom was a niche application a few short months ago, and it was never designed for today’s 200 million concurrent users. There were some amateurish flaws in the code, but there wasn't enough scrutiny to make a difference. Then we saw a huge spike in popularity, and suddenly...
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April 1, 2020
As COVID-19 fears spread, cardholders may choose to cancel a trip purchased with their credit card. Many airlines, car rental companies, event organizers, and hotels will be understanding, considering the current pandemic. However, cancellation and return policies are not consistent from one company to the next, and some companies may be hesitant to give up that revenue, since it is unclear when...
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April 1, 2020
The current situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented, and the impact it is having on our economy and our way of life is greater than most could have imagined a few weeks ago. Every industry worldwide is hit by these events, and the time to come together and act is now. The initial wave of affected businesses includes many small businesses that cannot afford to be closed for long and will be...
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March 25, 2020
The new coronavirus has imminent and profound implications for health plans, benefit providers, health systems, and financial institutions. These constituents require a rapid strategic response as they brace for a landscape that is different from anything forecasts have offered to date. A digital workplace, interoperability, customer-centricity, and fraud prevention are just a few of the factors...
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March 20, 2020
Watching the markets and trying to navigate the volatility stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic can be gut-wrenching. Daily trading volume is breaking new records and has tripled since last month from about 6 billion shares to 18 billion shares. I wouldn’t want to tempt fate, but the U.S. markets, from an infrastructure and technology standpoint, are functioning without major issues. Market-makers...
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March 12, 2020
Unfortunately, right now our world, and I mean the entire world, is being put to the test. People are being quarantined, working diligently to stay healthy and protect their families. Streets are empty in an attempt to contain the serious virus that causes COVID-19, and yet the world still goes on around us. It has to, right? Senior analysts at Aite Group are nearly all remote workers and...
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February 7, 2020
For a modern trade and market surveillance compliance program to be considered “fully complete,” many would contend that this would translate to leaving no stone unturned when it comes to coverage and functionality. Whether it be as tangible as market data, as exciting as waves in an initial public offering, or something less obvious but potentially more nefarious such as a series of minor...
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February 6, 2020
Securities class actions represent an increasingly important aspect of the capital markets industry. Their rise has sparked an increased demand for infrastructure and insight that is adequate to deal with them. As global jurisdictions look to catch up with the highly developed legal system of the U.S., class-actions regimes are beginning to take shape in jurisdictions such as the U.K., Saudi...
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