Week InReview

Goldilocks Economics

The WSJ's Fed team breaks down exactly what soft inflation means as it aims for a 2% target rate.
Fri Sep 22, 2017
Let's recap
In case you missed it . . .
What do you get when you combine more than 100 heads of state, a few hundred chief executives and several thousand hangers-on in Midtown Manhattan? (Sep 21)

Companies that took advantage of the chance to practice filing sensitive information with the Securities and Exchange Commission might wish they hadn't (Sep 21)

Is artificial intelligence ready for financial compliance?
Like many industry buzzwords, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a hot topic that RegTech technologists often write or speak about. But the reality is AI has become an overloaded and misused term, often mistaken for Machine Learning (ML) (Sep 20)

Four core principles for mastering lean data management
Big data continues to be the new frontier for many businesses, but an organization can't just collect all the data it can and expect it to do work for them. They need to carefully manage that data, and apply it in ways that make sense (Sep 19)

NY governor proposes stricter regulations for CRAs
Proposed regulations would subject credit reporting agencies to the same rules as banks and insurances companies (Sep 18)
The Cyber Cafe
Cybersecurity news every Friday.
What is BlueBorne? Billions of phones, laptops and TVs at risk of silent Bluetooth hack
Silent attacks are invisible to traditional security controls, and can spread without clicks.

Companies look to an old technology to protect against new threats
Firms are once again storing data on tape, just in case.

A better way to teach cybersecurity to workers
Companies are training employees with carrots, not sticks.
Cyber Security Council update
Best practices doc now available
2017 Cyber Security Council Best Practices - developed by an INVESTORS Cyber Security Council task force -  can be found on the CSC page on the Association of Institutional INVESTORS website. The task force compiled a knowledgebase on the following topics:
  • Phishing testing & training
  • Generational differences across firms
  • Collaboration & general areas asset managers should focus on
Market Practices Council update
FINRA Rule 4210 (margin requirements)
(Sep 19) -- Self-regulatory organization FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for immediate effectiveness, a proposed rule change to delay the implementation date of certain amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 (margin requirements for Covered Agency Transactions) from Dec. 15, 2017 until Jun. 25, 2018, 
FSOC insurance member bill
Senate clears unanimously
(Sep 19) -- The Senate passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 3110, which would allow the insurance expert who serves as a non-government member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to continue to serve as long as 18 months after his or her term ends if there isn't a successor in place. The House passed the measure, now cleared for the president's signature, on Sept. 5.
Binge reading disorder
Hand-curated, chosen with love.
The financial system's weak link: Zombie firms
The Bank for International Settlements has some telling charts on the state of the Western corporate world.

Simple isn't easy
Einstein said everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler. However, it's often hard to tell the difference between two simple but opposite views.

The next crisis will start in Silicon Valley
Forget Wall Street. Worry about fintech.