Addressing Cybersecurity in the Business World

Recent events such as the Equifax hack and the breach of the Edgar system, the SEC’s public company files, are not isolated events; this is a new reality. The volume of data stored electronically “in the cloud” and the rapid pace of technological change puts everyone at risk. As quickly as we can develop firewalls and protections, hackers can create viruses and ways around them. Continue reading

C-Suite Insights: Jeffrey S. Coons

Jeffrey S. Coons, PhD, CFA
President
Manning & Napier

Jeffrey S. Coons is the president of Rochester, NY-based Manning & Napier, an investment management firm with $27 billion in AUM. The firm manages multi-asset class and single-asset class portfolios via a staff of over 400 employees, a commitment of resources that speaks to the importance of client service in its model. The firm also has its own captive trust company, mutual fund complex and significant depth of expertise within its team of over 65 investment professionals.

As president, Coons is responsible for the firm’s IT and administrative operations, together with its client analytics team, a group that provides additional information and services to help clients understand their situation, establish their objectives, and meet their overall needs. He also oversees the firm’s trust company, and supports its product development, research and sales efforts.

I recently sat down with Coons to get his read on current and future industry trends, including technology’s impact on the field of asset management, and his thoughts on regulation and the ongoing struggle for gender equity in the sector. Continue reading

Do Pep Talks Really Motivate Employees?

We’ve all seen the films: before a crucial game for an underdog team, a battle where the army is outnumbered, the coach or general exhorts the players or soldiers to give their all to win. It’s not just a plea for victory: the speech places those individuals in the middle of the action, connecting them to the cause and helping them to understand why success is essential. In other words, it’s a pep talk. Continue reading

News from the Pay Equity Front

Some recent headlines showed progress on pay equity in the workplace. In September, the Census Bureau found the wage gap between men and women narrowed significantly, with women earning approximately 81 cents for every dollar a man earns. That number increased almost a full percentage point since 2015. However, while women are earning more, the increase is also attributed to stagnant wage growth among men. Continue reading

C-Suite Insights: Jeffrey Kleintop

Jeffrey Kleintop, CFA
Senior Vice President
Chief Global Investment Strategist
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Global Investment Strategist for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Jeffrey Kleintop’s interests are vast and wide-ranging, from geopolitics to earnings to central bank actions. His responsibilities include deciphering and interpreting events as they take place around the world and ascertaining what they mean for investors.

“Schwab created this role about three years ago because we noticed that money was increasingly flowing to international investments,” explains Kleintop. “Our customers were looking for insights on what developments around the world mean for markets here and abroad, so I stepped in to fill that role.”

I recently sat down with Kleintop to talk about trends he’s watching, opportunities he’s tracking, and the advice he would share with investors. Continue reading