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8/14/2018

Reporting regulations' fast evolution means banks can no longer rely on a tactical approach to compliance from legacy technology and must look to cloud and open platforms, says Guillaume Spay, solution lead for capital markets and treasury at Finastra. "Legacy technology is generally quite old, and the only way to avoid losing market share is to be more agile," Spay says.

8/14/2018

A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis shows that between 1971 and today, lower-income Americans have grown poorer, while those in the top 10% of wealth distribution are nearly three times as wealthy. Economists attribute this in part to the fact that the housing market has not fully recovered from its prerecession peak, while the stock market is about 50% higher than before the recession.

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8/14/2018

The second quarter of 2018 brought the third-highest Q2 total for catastrophe bond issuance, which was at $4.03 billion, although that figure falls short of the $6.38 billion recorded in Q2 of 2017, Aon says. Alternative capital rose to $95 billion at the start of last quarter, increasing 7% over Q1 and accounting for 16% of reinsurer capacity, according to Aon.

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Aon
8/14/2018

The number of college students age 35 and older was 2.2 million in 2015 and is projected to grow to 2.4 million by 2026, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Going back to school later in life could mean a hit to retirement savings, and those doing so should avoid borrowing from a 401(k) to pay for it, says advisor Sean Moore of Smart College Funding.

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MarketWatch
8/14/2018

A firefighter from Utah has died after suffering injuries while battling the Mendocino Complex fire, becoming the sixth firefighter killed amid Northern California wildfires in recent weeks. More than 30 wildfires in the Northern Rocky Mountains, meanwhile, have begun in recent days after a relatively calm start to fire season, and several large wildfires have broken out after a heat wave in Montana.

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Mendocino Complex
8/14/2018

An incident in which a turboprop was stolen and crashed by a ground service agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is prompting questions about the security of parked airplanes and airline employees' ability to access them. The FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident, in which the employee who stole the plane died.

8/14/2018

While understanding five key points about credit-based insurance scoring is crucial for agents, brokers and consumers, critics argue that the practice is unfair to certain socioeconomic groups, PCI's Alex Hageli writes. "Credit-based insurance scores have proven to be an incredibly accurate predictor of future losses," and they can lead to lower premiums for many consumers, Hageli writes.

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8/14/2018

Storms on Monday caused flash flooding in areas of eastern and central Pennsylvania, where water went into homes and several roads were closed. Some stranded drivers had to be rescued from their vehicles, while crews in helicopters rescued people from roofs.

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The Associated Press
8/14/2018

About $196 million was left in the US Forestry Service's fire-suppression account as of Aug. 6, and the agency is looking to pull $555 million from other accounts to use as additional firefighting funding. The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill will allow spending as much as $2.25 billion to battle wildfires under a provision that takes effect in fiscal 2020, and that amount is set to increase to $2.95 billion in fiscal 2027.

8/14/2018

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux has called an IRS proposal for the "qualified business income" deduction a "big win for NAIFA." "This goes hand in glove with our work with the administration and Congress to ensure tax reform made no changes to the taxation of life insurance and annuity products, protecting advisors and their clients from proposals that could have threatened Americans' financial security," Mayeux says.