September 27, 2019 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • FREE: Chicago SRI/ESG – ESG Data and Ratings Breakfast Discussion
  • Digital Asset Research Webinar: The Path to Clean Prices in Crypto
  • 100 Women in Finance: EDUCATION SESSION #1043: Future-Proof Your Business
  • FREE: ACG Webinar: US-China Trade Tariffs: Driving Companies to Expand Beyond China
  • FREE: Building Sustainable Value for Impact: A Wealth Management Conference
  • White Paper: Marsh & McLennan: Global Cyber Risk Perception Survey Report 2019
  • White Paper: Marsh & McLennan and NACD: Five Principles for Oversight of Digital Transformation
  • NRS Fall 2019 Compliance Conference (Huntington Beach, California)

Events:

FREE: Chicago SRI/ESG – ESG Data and Ratings Breakfast Discussion
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:45-9:30 A.M.
Mesirow, 353 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL

Join us for our next breakfast conversation that will focus on ESG data, ESG ratings and rating methodologies.

The prevalence of ESG data continues to increase with better disclosure by companies, new and expanded offerings from research providers and the use of AI. Increasingly, asset managers are looking beyond third-party ESG ratings to examine ESG data and either develop their own ratings or incorporate ESG assessments into their security analyses. Different materiality frameworks can yield different ESG ratings based on the same ESG data. Consultants, advisors and asset owners are becoming more sophisticated in their use of ESG data and ratings.

The speakers will be: Michael Jantzi from Sustainalytics and Amisha Parekh from Bloomberg.

Please RSVP via email to Dan Nielsen at dnielsen@greatlakesadvisors.com by Friday October 4th.

Digital Asset Research Webinar: The Path to Clean Prices in Crypto
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 10:00-11:00 A.M.

Much has been said by regulators, industry, and the press about the potential for price manipulation and concerns about the quality of a market price.  Is it possible to get clean prices–valid activity between legitimate buyers and sellers?

Join us as we explore ways to sift through market prices for legitimate economic activity, encourage best practices by exchanges, and help investors find safer trading venues.  We will explore the concerns of regulators and market participants, discuss ways to vet providers and how data science talents might help in the absence of highly regulated exchanges.

We will touch on:

  • Regulatory Diligence
  • Governance and Institutional Diligence
  • Technical Diligence
  • Data Science Analysis

To register, click here.

100 Women in Finance: EDUCATION SESSION #1043: Future-Proof Your Business
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:30 P.M. Registration, 6:00 P.M. Event Begins
Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph St., 68th Floor, Chicago, IL

The daily onslaught of news and change generates multiple signals regarding customer behavior. The new challenge is paying attention to the correct signals to predict how the future will play out in your sector. These changes manifest in two ways: on a macro scale, or long-wave signals, and as micro-behaviors, or short-wave signals.  Discerning an enduring signal, rather than noise, can be difficult. As you distinguish the type of signal, you approach the why behind the force of change, a critical first step to future-proof your business.

Hear why you and your business need to pay attention to both long- and short-wave signals. Learn how to synthesize this information into strategic action that will keep your organization both nimble and thriving.  Consider how to apply these insights to your firm as you network with peers over drinks and snacks.

The program will begin promptly at 6:00 PM; please allow time to get through building security and to register before the event begins. Those arriving after registration has closed will NOT be admitted and will be subject to a “No-Show Fee.”

Networking reception will follow.  To register, click here.

FREE: ACG Webinar: US-China Trade Tariffs: Driving Companies to Expand Beyond China
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 1:00-2:00 P.M.

The presentation will focus on understanding how companies’ perspectives and their retaliatory actions towards the US-China trade tariffs have changed over the past 12 months. Additionally, what these changes mean for the future – in particular with regards to the global expansion of manufacturing operations, global supply chain optimization and global customer base expansion.

The foundation for this analysis:

  • EWA survey of 200+ US manufacturers producing in/sourcing from China: August 2018
  • EWA survey of 230+ US manufacturers producing in/sourcing from China: August 2019
  • Each survey was designed to explore how manufacturers perceive the potential impact of the US-China trade tariffs and what actions have/are being taken to mitigate risk to operations.

The presentation will outline the following processes:

  • Global Manufacturing Footprint Optimization
  • Global Supply Chain Optimization
  • Global Customer Base Optimization

Additionally, EWA will present 3 case studies of US companies expanding their manufacturing, supply chain and customer base into Mexico, Central Eastern Europe and Vietnam.  At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the comprehensive impact of the US-China trade tariffs upon US companies operating in and supplying from China.
  • Mitigate the impact of the US-China trade tariffs on a company by expanding beyond China.
  • Learn how to optimize global manufacturing footprint, global supply chain and global customer base.

Attendees can ask questions during the webinar.

For more information, click here.

FREE: Building Sustainable Value for Impact: A Wealth Management Conference
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
DePaul University, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 8005, Chicago, IL

Climate and water are central to the future value of investment portfolios.

We are at a watershed moment in history; how we approach climate change and its impacts will determine the next chapter of life on earth. The Building Sustainable Value for Impact Conference will explore how wealth managers benefit by helping to address society’s greatest challenge.

Hosted by the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services at DePaul University partnering with Greenleaf Advisors.  Keynote Address by Jonathan Foley of Project Drawdown.

For more information, click here.

Publications:

White Paper: Marsh & McLennan: Global Cyber Risk Perception Survey Report 2019

Our 2019 Global Cyber Risk Perception Survey, conducted in partnership with Microsoft investigates the state of cyber risk perceptions and risk management at organizations worldwide, especially in the context of a rapidly evolving business environment.  To read the entire survey, click here.

White Paper: Marsh & McLennan and NACD: Five Principles for Oversight of Digital Transformation

Authors: Leslie Chacko from Marsh & McLennan Solutions and Friso van der Oord from NACD.

Automated retail kiosks, robotic processes, autonomous vehicles and digital payments are all innovations shaping how the lives of consumers and workers are being streamlined. The economic value generated from these new digital solutions and business models combined with the speed of their adoption is staggering. In fact, the World Economic Forum estimates that the combined value of digitization in every industry could generate upward of $100 trillion over the next six years.  To read the entire paper, click here.

Non-Chicago Events:

NRS Fall 2019 Compliance Conference
October 15-18, 2019
Hyatt Regency, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach CA

Join NRS at our Fall 2019 Compliance Conference where industry experts will address how investment adviser and broker-dealer firms can successfully navigate the disruptive currents of regulatory change and adapt procedures to compliance programs.

Leading industry subject matter experts possess will share insights, perspectives and practical advice relating to rules and regulations for maintaining effective compliance programs.

Nicole Kalajian from Stradley Ronon will be presenting on two panels on October 16th: (1) Private Fund Advertising and Distribution and (2) Compliance Considerations related to Digital Assets and Blockchain.

For more information, click here.

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