Category Archives: Financial Services

Scariest Risks of 2016


As Halloween nears, people’s thoughts inevitably turn to ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night. At the Wire we take this opportunity to reflect on the scariest risks our clients faced this year.  … Continue reading →

Simplifying pension plan investment management


As the investment world becomes more sophisticated over time, pension plan investment committees have access to better ideas and better implementation. But, as with any industry, developments can come with increasing complexity and decreasing rewards. At some point, innovation may … Continue reading →

Peering past the hype around blockchain


To some it sounds too good to be true: an online trading system that can’t be hacked, costs almost nothing, more or less runs itself and has potentially vast applications for transactional and data-driven business — like insurance. Continue reading →

The risk manager of the future

risk manager of the future

Some people miss the good old days. I don’t. I’ve been around since the days when business was done on a napkin with people who were more like buddies than business partners and yes, when the deal was done, there … Continue reading →

Guide to casualty insurance for financial institutions


What is the purpose of casualty insurance? Casualty insurance is actually a catch-all term for a number of diverse coverages. The common thread that binds these various lines is that they are all concerned with losses caused by injuries. Casualty … Continue reading →

Six Practical Points to Remember When Doing M&A


Last year was a standout year for mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Not only did we see some of the largest deals in history, but the M&A market showed strength and depth with records broken for both the number of deals … Continue reading →

Turning whistleblowing to your advantage


The Dodd-Frank whistleblower program is picking up steam – and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. According to, since its inception in 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded $85 million to 32 tipsters. A … Continue reading →

Robo-advisers – an iron giant


At the beginning of June, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched its Advice Unit, designed to help “robo-advisers” – firms offering automated advice through online platforms to deliver cheaper advice to consumers. Advice gap I’d give you advice, but you … Continue reading →

For insurers #blockchain is the new black

Read Magda's previous post, For insurers #blockchain is the new black

Blockchain is a distributed digital ledger technology. Many believe that it will radically change our world, but is blockchain really the new internet? Continue reading →

Fintech’s Achilles heel: The U.S. regulatory system


American Fintech is in danger. There is a real risk that financial innovation will fall between the cracks of what is already a convoluted system of regulation in this country. That is bad for everyone. It’s bad for the innovators … Continue reading →