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Spurring Growth Initiatives Through Tax Reform in Insurance

Recent months have seen many discussions and questions about tax reform and its impact on the industry as a whole. The introduction of lower corporate tax rates in the U.S. has created a jubilant atmosphere, as the rates are generally expected to boost earnings and investments for many insurers. Companies including Aflac, MetLife, Travelers, and […]

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Common Ingestion Framework

Big Data is the way to move forward for all enterprises today. May it be healthcare, retail, finance or manufacturing, everyone is at different stages in their journey to create their industry-grade, enterprise-ready Data Lake repository. Data Lake forms the core foundation for companies in their journey to build state-of-the-art intelligent applications and provide cutting-edge […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Support

The first thing any investment company must do in response to the new SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization is evaluate its current state of readiness. Chances are you have started a compliance program. However, we can help you understand your gaps, including areas where you need immediate action and longer-term changes to support the program. […]

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Enabling Key Stakeholders in the Insurance Industry

Ensuring that agents and brokers have the best tools to evaluate and close opportunities can be a real differentiator for insurance companies. For example, many companies wish to invest in solutions that effectively automate and improve underwriting, as such solutions can help remove human bias, increase the lendable pool of consumers, and reduce response times. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Program Challenges

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the challenges you can expect when developing a response program. Expect challenges in various areas: Data Availability: All required data elements may not be available internally. […]

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Attracting and Cultivating Customers in the Insurance Industry

Attracting new customers and cultivating existing relationships by building a great customer experience is a certainly a recipe for growth and profitability. When speaking of customer experience, one typically thinks of the technology customers interact with, be it a website or a mobile app. Customer experience encompasses the features, functionality, and benefits provided to customers […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Foundational Work

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the foundational work companies should have already completed. By now, you should have a program in place that covers the following work streams: Engage Report Filing […]

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How Microsoft Word “Protected View” Stops Information Leaks

Microsoft Word has long offered support for loading images and templates over the network.  This is a great feature within corporate environments because it facilitates the reuse of assets like logos and corporate document templates.  Unfortunately, these features can be abused by bad actors to obtain operational intelligence on individuals, or even to steal credentials.  […]

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Investing in Technology Across the Board in Insurance

Technology investment is an essential component of most strategic growth and operational efficiency initiatives. Technology comes in two parts. There’s the front-end technology that customers experience. There’s also the back-end technology that other stakeholders (i.e., agents, brokers, underwriters) leverage, enabling the company to effectively facilitate relationship-building. But equally important is technology that sits in corporate […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Deadlines

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below shares some deadlines the new rules present. Form N-PORT If you are a larger entity with net assets of over $1 billion, you were initially required to comply […]

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How to make Puerto Rico your new crypto home

Is Puerto Rico a haven for crypto-currency? Is Act 20 right for my business? Do I have to move? What are the tax benefits? What does it take to qualify for tax benefits? What is the process? Identifying the steps to becoming a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico as an individual and/or a company is […]

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5 Steps to Modernize Your Mainframe with Pair Programming

It seems like once I stopped mainframe coding in COBOL and RPG and moved to Java, I have been continuously involved in mainframe retirement projects. There may be no bigger and slower moving pending disaster than the state of the corporate mainframe. The mainframe itself stands in stark contrast; they are better and faster than […]

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Expanding Through M&A in the Insurance Industry

M&A is always on the table, as it can provide quicker access to more customers through geographic expansion, as well as new business lines and capabilities. It’s also a way to reinforce a company’s innovation strategy. Zurich’s acquisition of Bright Box, a company which provides telematics solutions “that link drivers to their vehicles, and the […]

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The Most Valuable Benefit of Salesforce Financial Services Cloud

Advising the Advisor: Are you thinking far enough ahead? Here’s how How familiar is your organization with the flexibility and integration Financial Services Cloud offers? The solution helps improve the customer experience, strengthen client relationships, and drive new business by integrating sales, service, and marketing. Digital transformation impacts every area of an organization, and companies […]

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Streamlining the Manufacturing and Automotive Treasury Function

The strategic vision of the manufacturing and automotive treasury function is to deliver efficiency, control, and scalability. The logical structure for this transformation includes several key components: business events, centralized demand deposit accounts with banking connectivity, and a reporting data warehouse. A comprehensive finance and treasury transformation program can help improve cash and liquidity management, […]

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Investment Company Reporting Modernization Goals & Expectations

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below shares the rules’ objectives and expectations. The SEC wants to improve: The quality of information that funds report to the Commission The Commission’s risk monitoring and oversight, examination, […]

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Embracing Strategic Initiatives in the Insurance Industry

Today, insurance companies remain heavily focused on growth, productivity, and efficiency. That is, how can they generate more revenue and increase profitability? How can they get a bigger piece of the pie in a market that offers customers so many options? How can they create more value for shareholders? The answers to these big questions […]

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Salesforce DMP, Financial Services Cloud & B2B Analytics Intro

Must-Know Salesforce Updates What You Need to Know About Financial Services Cloud Field Service Updates in Summer ’18 that Will Change How You Work Self-Service or Bust: Why Connected Customer Portals are Vital to Customer Experience 6 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Campaign Gartner Names Salesforce a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application […]

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[Guide] SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization

In an effort to increase transparency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted new rules and amendments, called Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules, which require registered investment companies to modernize their reporting and disclosures. While many investment managers have started their journey towards compliance, others have struggled. The new requirements can be daunting for […]

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