September 27, 2016 -- Canadian firms continue to see the U.S. as an intimate trading partner and its market a source of growth, according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in partnership with American Express. Although there are some issues to be tackled as regulatory and compliance challenges cause costs to rise, a majority of firms anticipate their trade with the U.S. to increase, in part thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
September 19, 2016 -- Currency Exchange International, Corp. is pleased to announce that effective September 19, 2016, Currency Exchange International of Canada Corp., CXI's wholly owned subsidiary, has been continued as Exchange Bank of Canada (EBC), in English, and Banque de change du Canada, in French, and is now operating as a Canadian Schedule 1 bank.
September 15, 2016 – Financeit, a leading cloud-based point-of-sale financing platform, and Concentra, a leading wholesale finance and trust solutions provider for Canada’s credit unions, today announced the acquisition of TD Bank Group’s indirect home improvement financing assets, with a book value of approximately $339 million.
September 15, 2016 -- Today, Panini, a global payments technology leader, announced the commercial release of Panini EverneXt(TM), the latest solution from their continuous innovation program. The EverneXt delivers an unprecedented architecture that is API free, uses HTTPS protocol, and thus becomes independent from the end-user's Operating System. This is the next decisive step in the evolution of Panini platforms designed to support branch transformation.
September 13, 2016 — At the 2016 RIMS Canada Conference, RIMS Ontario Chapter presented the Donald M. Stuart Award to Mark Day, Executive Director, Risk Management and Insurance, Treasury Board and Finance for the Government of Alberta. Widely recognized as Canada’s highest honour within the risk management field, the Donald M. Stuart Award has been bestowed annually since 1979 by the RIMS Ontario Chapter (ORIMS) to celebrate Canadians who have made outstanding contributions in the risk management profession.
September 7, 2016--Canadians have flooded their Members of Parliament with messages in support of postal banking after Canada's six biggest banks reported a combined profit of $10.4 billion last week. Banking is the most profitable industry in Canada, but Canadians pay some of the highest bank fees in the world, averaging $185 per user per year. Calls to bring back postal banking are gaining momentum as the Liberals' public review of the post office enters its second phase of consultation.
September 7, 2016--Wealth One Bank of Canada launched the nation's first federally chartered Schedule I Bank founded by Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs and with a special focus on the Chinese Canadian community. "We are pleased to be launching Wealth One, a community-focused bank with a vision to become a preferred bank among Chinese Canadians," said Wealth One President and CEO, Charles Lambert. "At the heart of this bank is a team with a deep knowledge and respect for Chinese values and culture, and frontline financial services managers who are fluent in Chinese and English."
September 6, 2016 --Environics Analytics (EA), the analytical and marketing services company, today announced the release of WealthScapes 2016, the most comprehensive database available on the assets, liabilities and wealth of Canadians. The latest edition consists of 178 key financial and investment statistics, including disposable income, liquid assets, retirement savings, consumer debt and equity holdings.
August 26, 2016 -- Financeit today announced the launch of Financeit Direct, a direct-to-consumer financing platform. This first-of-its-kind tool is simple, convenient and available 24/7 from any location on any device, building on Financeit’s reputation as a leading fintech innovator.
August 18, 2016 -- The delinquency rate among young millennials (18-25 years) hit 1.8 per cent in the second quarter of this year, an increase of 11.7 per cent from their 1.6 per cent rate in the second quarter of 2015. However young adults didn't add much debt over the past year with the average change at $167, while the debt obligations of seniors (65+ years) increased by $1,134 (8.2 per cent) to $15,001 according to Equifax Canada's Q2 2016 National Consumer Credit Trends Report.
August 16, 2016 -- ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced an integration agreement with Ethoca, a leading provider of collaboration-based technology solutions for card issuers and online merchants. ACI will integrate Ethoca’s flagship service, Ethoca Alerts, into its UP eCommerce Payments solution, making it available to payment service providers (PSPs) worldwide, and by extension, to thousands of leading online merchants globally. The integration of Ethoca Alerts gives PSPs, acquirers, processors and their merchant customers a powerful way to bolster their fraud defenses with card issuer-confirmed fraud and customer dispute data, while ensuring continued revenue growth.
August 8, 2016 -- By understanding the foundation of the organization’s business, the risk tolerance acceptable to leadership and key details of countries under consideration, a risk manager can start to gain solid footing to tackle the complicated world of political risk, according to a new RIMS Executive Report Decoding Political Risk Management.
August 2, 2016 -- Vantiv, Inc., a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, announced today the formation of a new channel-focused business advisory service – PaymentsEdge – that will assist partners in every channel, from financial institutions to independent software vendors. The new group is part of Vantiv’s Xcelerator Solutions, which are designed to optimize partner portfolio revenue growth and attract new customers.
July 7, 2016 -- Companies that want to support their employees in saving for retirement can now purchase group registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) for a fraction of the cost of traditional plans.
June 23, 2016 -- Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, today published new research that shows Canadian pension plan sponsors are acutely aware of -- and concerned about -- the risks to a secure post-retirement income for employees. Amid a rapidly evolving retirement and pension landscape, including the recently announced expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) beginning in 2019, the majority of defined benefit (DB) surveyed plan sponsors (75%) rank risk management as the top priority including the risks related to compliance, fiduciary, and asset- liability.
June 21, 2016 -- Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), the country's leading association for senior financial executives, applauds the federal government's proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan by raising premiums moderately over time.
June 2, 2016--The Marketing Association for Credit Unions (MACU) voted to fold its organization into the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) – the national industry leader for Canada’s credit unions. The vote took place during MACU’s Annual General Meeting, in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
June 1, 2016--Novantas, Inc. has acquired Chicago-based Treasury Strategies, Inc., a leading consultancy in bank and corporate treasury functions. The transaction expands the Novantas portfolio and strengthens its position as the leading revenue management company serving the financial community. It also extends Novantas analytic advisory services and technology solutions into the corporate arena.
May 31, 2016 -- Trulioo's industry leading global ID verification capabilities are now available through the KoreConX platform. Companies can now achieve frictionless ID verification to help reduce fraud and satisfy Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements.
May 27, 2016 -- A well-known leader in family entertainment recently implemented the FirstStrike global supplier portal from APEX Analytix LLC, the industry leader in auditing, recovering and optimizing profit in the global financial supply chain.
May 26, 2016 -- RIMS, the risk management society, advises the risk management community to review and prepare for new rules regarding electronic recordkeeping of workplace injuries. The new rules, released by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), will take effect August 2016.
May 24, 2016 -- APEX Analytix, an industry leader in auditing, recovering and optimizing profit and working capital in businesses’ global financial supply chains, has announced its newest release of FirstStrike SmartVM, the most comprehensive solution for cleansing, enriching and dynamically monitoring and updating supplier information in real time.
May 16, 2016--Imagine being without a valuable employee for a month. That's the situation accounting and finance departments typically find themselves in when a member of the team moves on. According to a new survey from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, Canadian CFOs said it takes four weeks, on average, to fill an open staff-level accounting or finance position and six weeks to hire for a management-level role.
May 11, 2016 -- Reval, provider of a treasury and risk management application and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that its treasury and risk management application is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Reval application allows companies using Oracle Financials Cloud to manage their treasury and risk globally.
May 10, 2016 -- Today, MasterCard announced it will bring its cardholders Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay that’s fast and convenient. MasterCard credit cardholders banking with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Canadian Tire Bank and ATB Financial can pay with Apple Pay starting today, and cardholders who bank with BMO Financial Group (BMO) will be able to use Apple Pay in the coming weeks.
May 10, 2016 – Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”), one of North America’s leading credit and debit card processors, welcomes the Canadian expansion of Apple Pay enablement for Interac, Visa and MasterCard cardholders, following the American Express acceptance that was enabled in late 2015. With Interac Debit and three major credit card brands on board, coupled with the popularity of Apple devices in Canada, more consumers will be able to use their favourite credit and debit cards with Apple Pay.
May 5, 2016--EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys, which offers the Infosys Finacle universal banking solution suite, today introduced its EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework designed to further the adoption of blockchain technology by the global financial services sector. The framework, introduced at the Infosys Confluence global client summit in San Francisco, has been developed to deliver value-generating solutions and technologies based on blockchain.
May 5, 2016 --Global market volatility in early 2016 contributed to a 0.03 per cent decline in Canadian defined benefits pension plans' returns in Q1, according to the $650 billion RBC Investor & Treasury Services All Plan Universe, the industry's most comprehensive universe of Canadian pension plans. The loss comes on the heels of a 3.1 per cent Q4 2015 return and annual return of 5.4 per cent in 2015.
March 18, 2016--Gord Nelson, Chief Financial Officer of Cineplex Inc., has been named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016. Now in its 14th year, Canada’s CFO of the Year (CFOY) Award honours senior financial leaders who have made significant contributions to business in Canada with demonstrated quality, insight and integrity. The award is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half.
March 18, 2016--Two Vancouver-based fintech start-ups are poised to shake up the Canadian wealth management industry in the coming months. Tridus Wealth Management (Tridus) is looking to create a radically different wealth management firm, and is launching today in partnership with local fintech research and development firm Cassia Research. The partnership mandate is simple: to create Canada’s first officeless, paperless, full-service wealth management company.
March 11, 2016--According to PwC's Canadian Banks 2016: Embracing the FinTech Movement report released today, Canadian banks are laser-focused on responding to the threats – and opportunities – posed to the banking industry, at the hands of a group of new companies building financial technology (FinTech) solutions. FinTech offerings range from competing financial services such as alternative lending, to additive solutions atop existing banking services, to enabling technologies for the banks themselves. Capitalizing on the latest mobile, cloud and digital technologies, Canada is now home to many FinTech firms who are trying to shake up and be accretive to the banking value chain.
February 29, 2016 --The brain drain is a very real outcome of the low loonie. US companies can now offer more for high-demand talent in compliance and risk. It's a worrying development for banks, but also an opportunity for them to re-think their long-term strategy and ask, who's the banker of the future?
February 22, 2016 -- Mid-market companies looking for a fast, easy and cost-efficient way to shed spreadsheets for treasury technology will find it in Reval CORE, which now includes a newly-tailored bank connectivity offering by Fides Treasury Services Ltd., the world’s largest multi-banking service bureau for corporate treasuries. Reval CORE is a pre-configured package of cash and liquidity management functionality from the Reval Cloud Platform.
February 17, 2016 -- While many Canadian organizations are concerned with risk and have a documented management plan in place, a significant number (one in five) do not, according to a study by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada).
February 17, 2016 -- Northern Credit Union has launched an online account opening tool to offer small businesses accounts with affordable, unsecured lines of credit up to $250,000. It is Canada's first financial institution to offer business accounts with a line of credit online and the service is available to Ontario-based companies.
February 2, 2016 -- A new study by Citi shows that Canadian M&A activity is expected to accelerate in 2016, as low energy prices attract buyers to the market. The appetite for deals is broadly projected to rise: 70% of respondents predict a higher level of M&A activity in the next 12 months, with 20% expecting a significant increase.
February 2, 2016 -- Scotiabank President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Porter has announced the appointment of Ignacio 'Nacho' Deschamps as Strategic Advisor, Global Digital Banking to the President and CEO.
January 25, 2016--Dun & Bradstreet released D&B Credit, a cloud-based platform designed to provide more efficient credit and risk analytics to CFOs and finance departments in any industry. The platform will help finance professionals manage and monitor trade credit risk and leverages Dun & Bradstreet's global database of more than 250 million business records updated five million times a day.
January 24, 206--Sterling Analytics Canada, the first and only legal fee consulting and advisory firm in Canada, arrived in Canada late in 2015 The firm will manage, review and audit legal billings on behalf of mid- to large-size businesses that retain outside counsel and have a significant legal spend. Clients can expect to receive a savings of up to 20 per cent in the first month alone through Sterling Analytics Canada's assistance in reducing their legal costs.
January 22, 2016 -- Equitable Bank, a subsidiary of Equitable Group Inc. has announced the launch of EQ Bank, a new completely digital way of banking. EQ Bank offers a seamless online and mobile banking experience, and will help Canadians reach their savings goals faster.
January 22, 2016 -- Billed as one of the largest deals of its kind in Canada between a lending technology company and a financial institution, Lendful is poised to shake up the market with up to $15M in backing from Alterna Bank.
January 22, 2016 -- TD Bank Group has announced the launch of customer service through Messenger. Taking comfort and convenience to the next level, TD is the first bank, globally, to offer Messenger as a way of connecting with customers.
January 22, 2016 -- Tangerine is pleased to announce the launch of Secure Chat, a brand new service feature that will allow Clients the ability to interact securely with the bank over a real-time chat session. Available through Tangerine’s website and soon on its Mobile Banking app, Secure Chat provides a means for Clients to have typed conversations with Tangerine Associates about confidential banking matters that previously could only be discussed over the phone.
November 18, 2015--Canadian delinquency rates (the ratio of all accounts that are 90 or more days past due) continue to stabilize, according to TransUnion’s Q3 ‘2015 MarketTrends’ report. Delinquency rates have remained in a narrow range of 2.58 per cent to 2.66 per cent over the previous three quarters, and the recent Q3 reading of 2.60 per cent indicates consumers’ steady ability to make payments on time. This is a 5.5 per cent improvement from the 2.75 per cent delinquency rate of Q3 2014.
November 6, 2015—The Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs has released a report on the region’s financial services technology (“Fintech”) sector and its impact on the region’s future economic success. The report, which was commissioned by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), states that although there is great potential in the region, there is no true Fintech ecosystem and various factors are inhibiting its development – this comes at a cost to the region’s overall economic growth.
November 4, 2015--New research on the U.S. bank and thrift sector from SNL indicates that profitability in the industry will improve but not reach pre-crisis levels. The inaugural edition of SNL’s 2015 U.S. Bank and Thrift Market report also suggests that while loan and security yields are expected to expand from near 10-year lows, banks’ cost of funds will increase by similar amounts, keeping net interest margins from expanding meaningfully from their historic lows.
October 27, 2015--A study released today by Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc. finds financial institutions are allowing employees to communicate via mobile messaging on unsecure apps and platforms. According to the study, 50 per cent of financial institution employees use mobile messaging daily, yet 38 per cent of employers do not have an official platform – internal or third-party – whatsoever.
October 26, 2015 --Saxo Payments, a global transactions services provider, has unveiled its new brand – Banking Circle – for its international payments community. A marketplace that disrupts the status quo of traditional international B2B banking, Banking Circle delivers significant advantages for FinTechs and their merchants, providing transaction fees lower than any traditional bank; highly competitive FX rates and transfers in minutes or seconds rather than days.
October 22, 2015--Canada’s banks may be pitching their big push into technology as a growth platform, but in reality it is just a way — and a costly one at that — to try to preserve their “golden goose” of dominance in personal and commercial banking, according to a new report from analysts at National Bank Financial, says Peter J. Thompson of the National Post.
October 14, 2015--Grier Colter, vice-president and treasurer, Canadian Tire Corporation, and Jeff McConaghy, vice-president, corporate treasurer, Celestica Inc. have joined the Canadian Treasurers Association Executive Committee.
October 5, 2015--Kount, a leading supplier of fraud protection and sales boosting technology, today revealed three current tends converging to create the perfect storm of fraud, along with tips that both vendors and consumers can use to protect themselves.
September 23, 2015--Large and medium-size banks will be able to offer rich corporate banking services cost-effectively through their web-based portals, using Reval INSIDE from Reval, a global provider of a scalable cloud platform for corporate treasury and risk management (TRM). Reval INSIDE is the third package launched this year, leveraging functionality from the Reval Cloud Platform.
September 22, 2015--Kount, a provider of fraud detection and sales boosting technology has announced that it has integrated Emailage, an innovative new fraud prevention solution that gives merchants the ability to assess and leverage risk based on a user’s email address.
September 4, 2015--ThetaRay, a provider of big data analytics solutions for advanced cybersecurity, financial risk detection, and operational efficiencies, has unveiled a credit risk detection model for online lending banks. The model helps lenders increase revenue by identifying viable loan applications that have been wrongly rejected by the banks’ automated credit risk assessments.
September 4, 2015--Corcentric, a provider of cloud-based financial process automation solutions, today announced the availability of new research on the increase in electronic invoice adoption through strategic automation.
September 1, 2015 -- EMVCo, the global technical body that facilitates the worldwide interoperability and acceptance of secure payment transactions by managing and evolving the EMV Specifications and related testing processes, has announced the appointment of Bastien Latgé to the newly created role of EMVCo Director of Technology
August 4, 2015--SNL Financial has released its annual ranking of the world’s largest banks by total assets, finding that China now has four of the five largest banks in the world after weakening currencies pushed French and Japanese companies out of the top five this year.
July 30, 2015--Capify, an alternative finance provider powered by proprietary technology and analytics, has announced its global rebrand to become the most diverse, worldwide alternative small and medium-sized business (SMB) finance platform.
July 29, 2015--In a relatively stable insurance market, businesses paid nearly one per cent (.99 per cent) less in 2014 than they did in 2013 to cover the total cost of risk (TCOR) after three consecutive years of increases, according to the '2015 RIMS Benchmark Survey'.
July 29, 2015 --CanadianForex , one of the world’s leading technology-driven international money transfer providers, today announced the launch of ‘Forex Money Transfer’, the latest advance in currency transfer apps. Forex Money Transfer enables consumers on-the-go to send money in 48 currencies to friends, family, and merchants around the globe. CanadianForex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The OzForex Group, a pioneer in global payments.
July 22, 2015--Tata Consultancy Services, a global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, has launched a major new global study looking at the impact of IoT technologies across a wide range of industry sectors around the world.
July 7, 2015--Basware, a provider of e-invoicing and purchase-to-pay solutions , has announced key findings from a study by Ardent Partners, ‘ePayables 2015: Higher Ground ’. The firm, which polled financial executives across the globe, uncovered that Accounts Payable (AP) executives are focusing on improving operations and analysis, technology, and collaboration to achieve the next level of operational excellence.
July 7, 2015 --Internal audit departments need to demonstrate flexibility and agility to address today’s complex and dynamic business challenges, but a report from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) finds much remains to be done.
July 6, 2015--The Financial Services Institute (FSI) has officially endorsed Kovack Securities’ Co-Founder & President Brian Kovack for the FINRA Mid-Size Board seat. The election for this position will take place at the annual meeting of FINRA firms at the end of July.
June 24, 2015--In comparison with paper-based processes, electronic invoice handling processes make it possible to reduce costs by 50 to 80 per cent. Investments in electronic invoice processing can therefore often be gained back within six months.
June 18, 2015--Cambridge Global Payments, a provider of global payments and risk management solutions, is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance with IQ BackOffice, a leading global accounting and human resources outsourcer. The strategic alliance combines the global payments technology offered by Cambridge and IQ BackOffice’s full-service accounting solutions, to give customers a seamless and integrated invoice processing and electronic payments process from start to finish. The new strategic alliance will enable companies to implement one-day invoice processing for their customers, while at the same time, allow them to enjoy efficient cost savings of automated payments processing to vendors across the globe.
June 12, 2015-- Due to the tremendous publicity and new information regarding the impact of a cyber-attack, organizations have placed greater emphasis on developing risk management strategies to proactively address these exposures. RIMS, the risk management society, conducted its first ‘Cyber Survey 2015’ to explore strategies implemented by risk professionals including insurance investments, exposures, cyber security ownership, government involvement, as well as identification methods and response procedures.
June 8, 2015--The concept of global competitive advantage is the main finding of a report issued today, titled ‘Selling to the World: The Keys to International Business Success’, and its companion case studies of 20 globally successful companies from across Canada, commissioned by HSBC Bank Canada from The Conference Board of Canada.
June 4, 2015--The recent bribery scandal involving soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, has revealed involvement of U.S. banks in moving alleged bribes through the financial system, raising questions about whether the banks were properly implementing and applying anti-money laundering rules, including customer due diligence on shell companies, and verifying the source of funds coming into the accounts.
June 3, 2015 --Organizations that offer health benefits to their employees are looking for more information and analysis regarding their plans, says the 2015 edition of t he ‘Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey’. Seventy-two per cent desire better reporting/evaluation of the ROI of their health and wellness program; 76 per cent want a better understanding of how their benefit plan affects health outcomes, productivity and absenteeism; 62 per cent want a better understanding of their claims data; and 68 per cent want a better understanding of connections between claims and utilization of programs.
June 3, 2015--Findings from the latest edition of the ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ show that by 2020 advanced mobile technology will be commonplace around the globe: smartphone subscriptions will more than double, reaching 6.1 billion, 70 per cent of the world's population will be using smartphones, and 90 per cent will be covered by mobile broadband networks.
June 2, 2015--Basware, a provider of e-invoicing and purchase-to-pay solutions , says that a customer implementation of its ‘Invoice Automation’ solution, which saved an interactive entertainment software company more than $1 million, was selected for the ‘ 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100’. This annual award from leading supply chain publication Supply & Demand Executive spotlights the leading supply chain projects that demonstrate supply chain excellence.
May 7, 2015--The Financial Services Institute (FSI) today announced the election of John Rooney, Managing Principal of Commonwealth Financial Network, as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Rooney will serve a minimum of three years.
April 28, 2015--Banks continue to juggle growing demands to aggregate and analyze risks, stress test overall balance sheets, and assess the capital adequacy and variety of performance and regulatory measures. Since performance depends on many complex models, banks must develop and demonstrate a robust risk model governance strategy to regulators. Failure to actively manage business and regulatory models can expose banks to uncertainty and possibly lead to higher capital requirements.
April 28, 2014--Canadian bank customers continue to overwhelmingly trust their primary financial services provider to securely manage their personal data above other institutions, including non-traditional banks that have entered, or are looking to enter, the banking industry as digital disruptors, according to an Accenture survey of more than 4,000 retail bank customers in Canada and the U.S.
April 28, 2015--MineralTree, the accounts payable (AP) and payment automation solution for growing companies, has announced a partnership program to help Finance and Accounting Outsourcers (FAOs) bring greater value, efficiency and security to their customers. Through this program, MineralTree’s FAO partners can streamline accounts payable processes for their clients – from invoice to payments – while providing them with unparalleled visibility, greater control of cash flow, guaranteed security and significant cost savings.
April 27, 2015--As banks address new capital regulatory requirements and slow balance sheet growth, a new global study on alternative channels for capital from shadow banking – a broad activity relating to all nonbank credit intermediation – provides a unique investor perspective on what it will take for these financing vehicles to take hold and support economic growth.
March 30, 2015--KPMG has expanded its strategic relationship with Microsoft to include a global collaboration to jointly deliver new suites of innovative solutions and services in data and analytics (D&A), cloud compliance and transformation, and business solutions.
March 24, 2015 --Whitebox Security, a solution provider in the field of data access governance, has enhanced its solutions by adding in the ability to administer permissions, allowing IT to manage access to critical systems on an individual or bulk basis for enhanced compliance.
March 10, 2015--One of the most common compliance issues identified by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenu Québec (RQ) in organizational audits is improper assessment of taxable benefits and allowances, or excluding taxable benefits from employment income. In fact, on the most recent list of top ten CRA audit adjustments, 7 out of 10 of the most commonly requested adjustments to an employer's payroll are related to taxable benefits not being correctly reported (see the Canadian Payroll Association's Payroll Tips at payroll.ca).
March 9, 2015--Cyber-attacks, data breaches, and losses of consumer information are dominating the headlines, making ‘Fraud Prevention Month’ more relevant than ever before. These attacks and related cyber security-based threats pose a mounting risk for Canadian businesses of all sizes. It's no longer a question of if an attack will occur, but when. In fact, 60 per cent of KPMG C-Suite survey respondents reported recently increasing their budget to secure data against the threat of cyber-attacks.
March 3, 2015--Internal audit professionals are making strides in meeting cybersecurity and data privacy standards, says ‘ From Cybersecurity to Collaboration: Assessing the Top Priorities for Internal Audit Functions’, a report by Protiviti. Much work remains, with many of the surveyed organizations rating themselves as less than "very effective" at addressing their cybersecurity risks. However, the results are significantly better for organizations in which the board of directors has a high level of engagement with information security risks, and those that include cybersecurity in the annual audit plan.
March 2, 2015--With market attitudes changing, a new publication from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) helps public companies explore alternative forms of equity-based compensation.
February 24, 2015--FundThrough, a technology-driven online lending platform that changes the way businesses access financing, officially launched today. FundThrough is the first marketplace platform that offers lines of credit to growing businesses in Canada.
February 23, 2015 -- Risk committees have proven to be an effective tool for risk professionals to bridge the operational gap, understand more deeply the risks taken and educate key stakeholders throughout the organization about the entities’ risk strategy, tolerance and appetite – according to a RIMS executive report titled, ‘Exploring the Risk Committee Advantage’.
February 18, 2015--Canadian banks need to reinvent themselves through simplification of businesses, deconstruction of products and an end to global universal banking, according to EY's Global banking outlook 2015: Transforming banking for the next generation. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, new regulations, investor sentiment and evolving customer behaviour are challenging Canadian bankers' commitment to global universal banking. EY's report shows that around the world, banks operating on a global scale reported average ROEs of around 7.5 percent in 2013, while large banks with a less diverse business and geographic footprint achieved an average ROE of around 10.7 percent. Canadian big six banks had an even higher ROE of 15.54 percent.
February 5, 2015--Forty-one per cent of attendees at CFA Society Toronto's ground-breaking conference, ‘ Getting to Alpha: The Competitive Advantage of Gender Diversity’, believe that 50 per cent of women should hold board seats in Canada by 2020 compared with the 20.8 per cent women on board representation Canada sees today. Fifty-nine per cent feel that female representation should increase to 40 to 45 per cent of board seats.
February 3, 2015--According to a study released today by Canadian IT solutions integrator, Scalar Decisions, only 41 per cent of Canadian organizations believe they are winning the cyber security war. The research was conducted with over 600 IT and IT security practitioners in Canada, and found that the primary challenge respondents cited was a lack of in-house expertise. Almost half (49 per cent) of respondents believed that they do not have a sufficient number of in-house personnel who have such critical qualifications as job experience, professional certifications, and specialized training.
February 2, 2015--A survey providing the most-comprehensive look into the practice of internal audit launched today in 23 languages globally. The ‘2015 Global Internal Audit Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK) Practitioner Survey’ is designed to solicit new insight into a profession whose value continues to grow as ever-evolving risks and opportunities challenge business operations worldwide.
January 29, 2015--"As the global economy continues to heal, Canadian Finance, Accounting and IT employers need robust recruiting and retention strategies to succeed in outperforming the competition in 2015 and beyond," says Peter Jeewan, President and CEO of Lannick Group, one of Canada's largest regional finance, accounting and IT recruitment specialists.
January 29, 2015--Employees and consumers are gaining greater influence over corporations' behavior thanks to a surge in e-commerce and social sharing, according to Sodexo's 2015 Workplace Trends Report, released today. The new form of public accountability, labeled "Rateocracy," is putting unprecedented pressure on companies to act transparently, highlighting one of the major shifts in how the workplace is changing in response to technology and cultural expectations.
January 27, 2015--Tinubu Squar , the trusted source of credit risk solutions for trade credit insurers and businesses, has today announced that the Tinubu RMC SaaS (Risk Management Center) platform is being deployed by Janson Computers plc, trading as Computers Unlimited, the pan-European distributor of computer, home entertainment, and hi-tech products, to manage limits on trade credit facilities and automate its credit arrangements with customers.
January 26, 2015--More than four in 10 of Alberta small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs) surveyed run deficits at any given time of the year. That's one of the key findings of the latest ATB Financial Business Beat. While 57 per cent of SMEs say they never run deficits, 42 per cent say they experience a shortfall at least once a quarter.
January 22, 2015--CloudMask, an innovator in masking data from hackers, today launches a free tool to enable consumers and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to have control of their data security. CloudMask believes that every individual and organisation has the right to determine what data they would like to protect and what data they would like to share.
January 21, 2015--Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, and Beamm, Inc., makers of intelligent cloud-connected POS and commerce technology for small businesses, launched today a new multi-channel commerce solution for small business owners. Called the ‘smart tabletPOS’ and available immediately, it combines powerful tablet POS software integrated with cloud-based tools to help merchants ring up sales, manage their business, engage customers and drive revenue.
January 13, 2015--Comdata is collaborating with Behalf and MasterCard to offer a more flexible and convenient way for small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) to pay their vendors. The initiative helps improve cash flow for SMBs by providing payment terms to SMB’s for their payments to merchants that currently accept MasterCard and are approved for participation by Behalf.
January 5, 2015--Morneau Shepell's '60-Second Surve'y for December 2014 identified employee engagement and leadership as the most significant challenges to workforce productivity in 2015. These two factors were identified as the top areas of focus in 2015 for the 442 Canadian human resources (HR) professionals who completed the survey.
December 12, 2014--TELUS is helping Canadian businesses accelerate their adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology with the launch of the TELUS IoT Marketplace – an online space offering turn-key IoT solutions from cutting-edge innovators and industry-leading technology companies.
December 12, 2014--Large business commercial insurance customers (risk professionals) are significantly more satisfied when 11 key performance indicators (KPIs) – best practices that have the most influence on customer satisfaction – are met by brokers and insurers, according to the ‘2014 Large Commercial Insurance Report ’ by J.D. Power and RIMS ( the risk management society™).
December 12, 2014--Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
November 25, 2014--Modern technologies such as cloud, social, mobile, and big data are changing the competitive dynamics of the global economy. Organizations that know how to create digitally enabled business models leveraging modern technologies are thriving; leaders who continue to invest in traditional business models powered by legacy systems are putting their companies, employees, and shareholders at serious risk. To help CFOs master digital transformation, Oracle partnered with Financial Executives International (FEI) to identify the modern best practices that will help CFOs and their finance functions flourish in the Digital Age.
November 19, 2014--Only 23 per cent of employers say they use social media to find talent, says Hays Canada. The report, based on a national poll of more than 1,000 hiring managers, human resources professionals and candidates, also revealed that half of employers lack recruitment strategies and jobs are often marketed to the wrong audience.
November 17, 2014--‘ Return on Investment for Employee and Family Assistance Programs’, a study conducted by the Morneau Shepell research group, found that every $1 invested in an employee and family assistance program (EFAP) translates into a return on investment of $8.70 through a combination of improved productivity at work and less time away from work.
November 17, 2014--From the playground to the classroom, bullies are everywhere--even the workplace. A new study reveals that 45 per cent of Canadians feel they have been bullied in the workplace, with bosses being the most frequent tormenters.
November 3, 2014--Despite a series of recent, high-profile data breaches and consumer concerns over data collection, shoppers are still open to sharing their personal information, reveals a new survey released today by Aimia Inc.
November 3, 2014--Reval, a global technology company for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for Treasury and Risk Management (TRM), has expanded its operations into Japan to locally service the growing treasury needs of Japanese corporations. Reval, which has more than 600 clients representing some of the world’s largest brands across 25 countries, has recently opened its office in Tokyo.
October 29, 2014 --For banks exploring the mystery that is corporate remote deposit capture, moving from a testing phase to a full fledge offering solution is complicated and a bit scary! There is a lot to consider while weighing the pros and cons of moving forward.
October 28, 2014--According to EY's annual risk management survey of major financial institutions around the world, regulatory changes – combined with other risks – are placing increased pressure on traditional business models, and Canadian banks are not immune.
October 22, 2014--Roughly one in four (26 per cent) small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and managed services providers (MSPs) expect the Internet of Things (IoT) including multiple devices, wearables, and cloud-based services in general to generate more money for them than any of the other current big IT trends
October 20, 2014--Small business activity in Canada is lagging behind the economy as a whole, but has the potential to pick up and grow in the next five years, especially in Alberta and British Columbia which provide the greatest advantages for startups, finds a report from CIBC World Markets.
October 20, 2014--The widening wealth gap is a concern to more than six in ten bank risk professionals, according to the latest quarterly survey of North American bank risk managers conducted for FICO, a predictive analytics and decision management software company. In the survey, 62 per cent of respondents agreed that "the wealth gap poses a growing risk to the financial system in North America."
October 14, 2014–While 84 per cent of Canadian business owners are optimistic about the future, most are not thinking about trying to get bigger or tap into new markets with barely a third having expansion plans, finds a CIBC poll. It doesn't appear recent performance is the drag on growth plans as nearly half of all business owners say their financial success is better now than it was last year.
October 10, 2014–The majority of Canadian financial executives surveyed by the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation are more optimistic about their company’s ability to obtain sufficient capital to meet its financing requirements in the next year (whether these needs are short-term, long-term or equity based).
October 10, 2014–Five significant and interrelated forces are in the midst of transforming the financial services industry, according to EY's ‘ Global banking outlook 2014-15’. EY warns that, collectively, these forces threaten a number of the traditional competitive advantages co-ops have held over banks.
October 10, 2014 – A paper from the American Academy of Actuaries, ‘Actuaries and Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA),’ explores some of the insights that ORSA reports, a relatively new form of internal risk self-assessment required of insurers, can provide into insurance companies’ and groups’ financial stresses and their ability to withstand them.
October 8, 2014--SunGard has introduced Quantum Six, a highly intuitive, web-based treasury and risk management platform that leverages the latest in cloud technology. Quantum Six offers corporate treasurers an ergonomic design for enhanced usability and mobility as well as a fully enabled web platform to help reduce total cost of ownership.
September 24, 2014--Most organizations are not prepared for Microsoft's looming end of support for Windows Server 2003 according to TechCheck™ assessment analysis by Softchoice, a leading North American technology solutions and managed services provider.
September 22, 2014--David VanWinkle is sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole for stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer. The court also ordered that he forfeit to the government $4,911,621, a 2013 Holland tractor, a 2007 Hummer H3, a 2012 John Deere no-till seed drill, and $28,086 that was seized from various bank accounts.
September 19, 2014--“Sterling, gilts and UK equities are likely to rally today on Scotland’s ‘No’ result,” forecasts a leading global analyst. Tom Elliott, international investment strategist at deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations, is responding after Scotland voted to stay in the UK after voters rejected independence.
September 17, 2014--RIMS Ontario Chapter presented the ‘Donald M. Stuart Award’ to Anne Chalmers, vice-president risk & security and chair of the materials stewardship committee for Teck Resources. Widely recognized as Canada’s highest honour within the risk management field, the award has been bestowed annually since 1979 by the RIMS Ontario Chapter (ORIMS) to celebrate Canadians who have made outstanding contributions in the risk management profession.
September 16, 2014--The Empire Life Insurance Company has signed an agreement with Express Scripts Canada to provide pharmacy benefit management services to its group customers. The agreement takes effect February 1, 2015.
September 12, 2014--Aite Group's new report, Global Bank IT Strategy and Spending Report, 2014, shows how banks view technology in terms of their general technology goals, how they evaluate technology, and whether they are embracing new trends, such as big data and the cloud.
September 12, 2014--RadioShack says it might have to file for bankruptcy protection, or liquidate, if it can’t find a solution to its current liquidity problems. RadioShack says in a 10-Q filing dated September 11, 2014, “Given our negative cash flows from operations and in order to meet our expected cash needs for the next twelve months and over the longer term, we will be required to obtain additional liquidity sources, consolidate our store base and possibly restructure our debt and other obligations.
September 12, 2014 – Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a non-profit advocacy organization which promotes the entry and advancement of women into leadership roles in the industry, has announced the winners of the ‘2014 WCM Return to Bay Street (RTBS) Award’. The award is given to professional women who have taken a break from their successful careers in the capital markets industry and are now ready to re-launch their careers. These women are returning to roles in capital markets and represent a valuable pool of talent returned to the industry.
August 26, 2014 – Canadian employees can expect to see average base salary increases of 2.6 per cent in 2015, says a national survey of over 400 Canadian public and private sector employers conducted by Hay Group in June and July. Participants include many of Canada's leading employers.
August 26, 2014 – Great-West Life has introduced an interactive, responsive sponsor resource centre that simplifies how plan compliance is monitored and provides enhanced reporting that illustrates member behaviours to create a meaningful way for sponsors to understand member investment decisions.
August 25, 2014 – With Canada recently opening up international markets with historic trade agreements, it is time to drop trade barriers between our own provinces. As Canada's premiers come together in Charlottetown, PEI, this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging them to use international agreements like the Canada-EU free trade agreement as a model for modernizing trade within Canada's borders.
August 22, 2014 – Following on today's premium rate announcement, the Construction Employers Council on WSIB, Health and Safety, and Prevention [CEC] would like to congratulate WSIB chair Elizabeth Witmer and CEO David Marshall for the strong improvements that have been made to the WSIB's financial position under their stewardship. Given this rapidly improving financial situation, the time is fast approaching to reduce WSIB premium rates to bring them into line with employer performance on lost-time injury (LTI) rates in the province.
August 20, 2014 – Creative Breakthroughs, Inc., one of the fastest growing IT Risk Management companies in the world, announced today the expansion of its Forensics and Dispute Resolution Services group, focused on defending and preparing organizations facing a multitude of issues, such as: fraud investigation, financial crimes and accounting irregularities, eDiscovery, litigation support readiness, and allegations of compliance breaches.
August 15, 2014 – July’s 'National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Optimism Index’ technically rose 0.7 points to a reading of 95.7. There was little change in the 10 index components other than outlook for expansion and business conditions which accounted for the small gain in the index. Even though these improved, they still remain historically low.
August 11, 2014 – Multiple credit unions are proving that Facebook is a viable channel for originating new loans. Alliant Credit Union produced nearly $1 million in new auto loans over four-months using a calculator tool on Facebook. CitizensFirst generated $500,000 in loans from a Facebook contest.
August 5, 2014 – The SEC has laid charges against the CEO and former CFO of a Florida-based computer equipment company for misrepresenting to external auditors and the investing public the state of its internal controls over financial reporting. The SEC said the improper accounting maneuvers were performed in order to maximize the amount of money that QSGI Inc. could borrow from its chief creditor.
July 28, 2014 – According to the newly released ‘RIMS Benchmark Survey’, the average Total Cost of Risk (TCOR) trended higher for the third year in a row – a two per cent increase from $10.70 per $1,000 of revenue in 2012 to $10.90 per $1,000 of revenue in 2013. The annual RIMS survey, produced with Advisen Ltd, is a single source of benchmark statistics with industry data for more than 52,000 insurance programs from almost 1,500 organizations.
July 25, 2014 – While the number of workplace accident rates is on the decline in the U.S., a number of high-profile and serious accidents in recent years has led to new safety processes. To create a healthier and safer workplace, UL, a global safety science company, believes that organizations must establish a culture in which employees actively identify indicators of unsafe conditions, both through formal and informal processes before a crisis hits. In doing so, organizations can learn from safety-related failures, or events that point to the potential for major negative outcomes, and implement necessary changes.
July 25, 2014 – Three Chinese banks have temporarily suspended a yuan remittance service over suspicion of money laundering, says a Wall Street Journal report.
Last week, China Central Television (CCTV) accused Bank of China (BOC), China’s fourth largest lender, of allowing wealthy Chinese citizens to circumvent the country’s controls on cross-border transfers by exploiting an obscure remittance programme called You Hui Tong.
July 23, 2014 – Improving profit margins and firm commodity prices have led to an increase Russell Investments' year-end target for the S&P/TSX Composite Index from 13,800 to 15,300 according to the firm's Q3 2014 Strategists' ‘2014 Global Outlook Update’, which reflects the most recent guidance for the firm's multi-asset portfolios and services from Russell's global team of investment strategists, including commentary specific to the Canadian equity market.
July 17, 2014 – A greater number of Canadian professional accountants in senior corporate positions are forecasting a jump in employee numbers as economic optimism holds steady, says the Q2 ‘ CPA Canada Business Monitor’.
July 9, 2014 – Business leaders are becoming increasingly complacent, says Shred-it’s ‘4 th Annual Security Tracker’. While Canadians are more aware of information security risks than ever before, business leaders have taken little to no action to decrease risk of reputational damage or disruption to their business operations.
July 9, 2014 – Canadian businesses trading with Mainland China are missing out on new opportunities and cost savings because they are not settling their trade transactions in Renminbi (RMB), the world's fastest growing currency, says a global of international business decision makers in 11 countries carried out by HSBC.
July 9, 2014 – Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) providing financial advice in Canada are important contributors to the economy and the financial health of the population, says ‘ Sound Advice: Insights into Canada's Financial Advice Industry’, a study by PwC. However, the study also shows that these benefits could be eroded if regulatory proposals currently being considered by the Canadian Securities Administrators are adopted.
June 27, 2014 – In an economic climate where organizations must strategically balance their budgets while satisfying their employees, a recent workplace survey generated by Lannick Group of Companies reveals that while businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of Ontario have come a long way, there is still progress to be made. Many employers assume all hiring flaws come from unreliable individuals, but companies are failing to address the real reasons why recruitment and retention are on-going issues.
June 25, 2014 –RIMS, the risk management society, commends the House Committee on Financial Services for approving a bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) now, providing policymakers with time to negotiate the terms of the final TRIA extension prior to its December 2014 expiration.
June 21, 2014 – Walmart Canada announced today the appointment of Dirk Van den Berghe as president and CEO. Mr. Van den Berghe will assume his new role effective August 1 and will report to Shelley Broader who was recently promoted to president and CEO of Walmart's EMEA Region which encompasses the retailer's operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada.
June 20, 2014.– For the first time since 2006, more CFOs believe the state of the U.S. economy will improve (51 per cent) rather than remain the same or worsen (49 per cent) during the next six months, says the Grant Thornton LLP ‘2014 Spring CFO Survey’.
June 11, 2014 – External demand for Canada's goods is central to the country's economic growth story this year and next, says the ‘Economic and Financial Market Outlook’ by RBC Economics. It is forecasting real GDP growth of 2.4 per cent in 2014 and 2.7 per cent in 2015.
June 5, 2014--The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is aware that electronic sales suppression (ESS) software is being marketed and sold to Canadian businesses. As part of its efforts to combat the underground economy, it has introduced new measures to address this problem.
April 14, 2014--New Canadian businesses seeking financing from outside sources need an estimated $3 billion in debt and $2.5 billion in equity to adequately fund their innovations every year, The Conference Board of Canada estimates in an analysis by its Centre for Business Innovation. But these start-ups often fail to obtain financing because they don't demonstrate the management expertise needed to successfully take their products to market.
April 14, 2014--Desjardins launches eight new corporate class funds offering exposure to Canadian, U.S., international and emerging markets opportunities. With the introduction of these new funds, Desjardins expands its suite of offerings for investors seeking tax-efficient investment solutions.
March 19, 2014 --As the global economy continues to recover, demand for Canada's exports will pick-up, fuelling real GDP growth in the period ahead, according to the latest Economic and Financial Market Outlook issued today by RBC Economics. RBC is forecasting real GDP growth of 2.5 per cent in 2014 and 2.7 per cent in 2015.
March 13, 2014--The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is pleased to announce that it has become the first Canadian financial institution to receive B Corp certification and the 100th Canadian company to join the international B Corp community.
March 13, 2014--Canada escaped the last great financial crisis relatively unscathed - at least compared to other major economies like the U.S. However, a report published today by The School of Public Policy heeds the warning that the next crisis could cause serious damage to the country's financial sector and overall economy because regulators have not addressed some key areas.
March 12, 2014--The Canadian credit union system ended 2013 financially strong and Canadian credit unions continue to grow, according to the year-end National System Review from Credit Union Central of Canada (Canadian Central). Central affiliated credit unions/caisses populaires across Canada ended fourth quarter 2013 with $160.86 billion in assets, representing a 5.5 per cent increase over the $152.5 billion reported at year-end 2012.
March 11, 2014--Janice Fukakusa, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at RBC, has been selected as Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2014. Canada's CFO of the Year Award is presented annually by Financial Executives Canada, PwC and Robert Half. The award honours and recognizes the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada's senior financial executives.
January 29, 2014--Only 41% of executives said that their strategic portfolio review drove their last divestment decision — despite the fact that 80% of companies that based divestment decisions on portfolio reviews experienced a higher valuation multiple in the remaining business, according to EY's 2014 Global Corporate Divestment Study.
January 20, 2014--Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada's leading financier and insurer of Canadian exporting companies, announced that Canadian companies providing supply and/or services into the Hebron and White Rose platforms can now access its financing, bonding and insurance products.
December 17, 2013 --Financial executives don't anticipate bonus levels will differ much this year compared to 2012, suggests recent research. Further, at companies where bonuses will change, they are more likely to fall than rise.In the Robert Half survey, only 8 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) at firms that offer bonuses said their bonus levels in 2013 will increase over last year, compared to a slightly higher 12 per cent of respondents who expect a decline. Sixty-two per cent of executives foresee no changes.
December 16, 2013 --SunGard has expanded asset class coverage of its SunGard Global Network (SGN) Short-Term Cash Management solution to provide customers with increased investment options, operational efficiencies and risk analysis. By working with wholesale market broker Tullett Prebon PLC and its specialized Corporate, Institutional & Public Sector Division, the SGN Short-Term Cash Management solution is now providing access to bank deposits and certificates of deposit (CDs) in addition to money market funds (MMFs) through a single trading connection, as well as aggregate risk analysis across all investments.
December 13, 2013 --A new resource guide from the Columbia Institute, LOCO BC, and ISIS Research Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business, offers innovative tools for economic development. Buying Local: Tools for Forward Thinking Institutions details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing.
December 12, 2013--Cambridge Mercantile Group, a leader in corporate foreign exchange and global payments, and Beanworks Solutions, a leader in cloud-based accounts payable automation, today announced a strategic partnership to provide corporate customers with an end-to-end automated solution for processing purchase orders through to electronic payments. The partnership will provide customers with a single integrated offering combining the BeanworksAP automated payables solution with Cambridge's ezPay+, a superior online solution for international corporate FX payments. Secure and reliable, ezPay+ is the most recent addition to the full suite of payment and FX tools available on Cambridge Online.
December 10, 2013--The 2014 Scotiabank Economic and Market Outlook Conference (EMOC) offered a measure of optimism to investors. "Global economic activity remains highly uneven, with U.S. consumers getting back in a spending mood and Europe showing signs of crawling out of a lengthy recession just as China and some other new world powerhouses are losing momentum," said Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank. "From a Canadian perspective, the cyclical recovery of U.S. consumer spending and the prospect of a comprehensive trade deal with Europe are positive for exporters.
September 5, 2013--Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh says banks around the world need to strike the right balance between capital, assets and liquidity and risk culture to ensure global economic growth. Mr. Waugh addressed the Empire Club of Canada today in Toronto, with a speech entitled, "The future of financial services: finding the right balance for stability and economic growth". Waugh's speech explored the effect of regulation on the financial industry and the global economy, and stressed the need for a strong risk culture to ensure stable banks around the world.
September 2, 2013 --Workers are more engaged when they know their employers' visions, and recent research suggests most Canadian companies feel they are keeping their teams informed of their business goals. In the Robert Half Management Resources survey, nearly four in five (79 per cent) Canadian chief financial officers (CFOs) said their employees are at least somewhat aware of their firm's strategic objectives.
August 22, 2013 --Improved market performance, coupled with effective advisor communication with their clients, help drive an increase in overall investor satisfaction with full service investment firms in Canada, according to the J.D. Power 2013 Canadian Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.
The Canadian Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study provides benchmarks for satisfaction that allow individual investment firms in Canada to compare their performance with other firms included in the study. Overall investor satisfaction with full service investment firms and financial institutions that offer wealth management and private banking services is measured in seven factors (in order of importance): investment advisor (38%); investment performance (18%); account information (17%); account offerings (14%); commissions and fees (8%); website (2%); and problem resolution (2%).
Davis + Henderson completes acquisition of Harland Financial Solutions as part of core business strategy
August 16, 2013 --Davis + Henderson Corporation has completed the US$1.2 billion acquisition of Harland Financial Solutions, a leading U.S.-based provider of strategic technology, including lending and compliance, core banking, and channel management technology solutions. With the Acquisition, D+H improves its competitive position by expanding its value-added suite of financial technology products for banks and credit unions and accelerates its strategy of being a leading North American FinTech provider. The complementary nature of D+H's combined offering is expected to fuel product cross-selling synergies and new revenue opportunities by providing existing and new clients with a more powerful solutions set that they can use to grow, compete, meet compliance requirements and drive operational effectiveness. Inclusive of HFS, D+H now serves approximately 6,200 customers in North America and achieves greater revenue diversification by geography and service line.
August 8, 2013--As tax controversies continue to make headlines around the world, a new EY survey finds risk management is the top transfer pricing priority for 76 percent of Canadian companies. That beats out the global trend, which shows 66 percent of companies identified risk management as their highest transfer pricing priority. That figure more than doubled from 32 percent in 2010.
July 15, 2013 - Canadian consumer spending jumped 3.61 per cent in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year - with increases of 3.53 per cent in April, 4.38 per cent in May and 3.17 per cent in June, according to Moneris.
July 9, 2013 - Almost half of Canadian manufacturers are more optimistic than their international counterparts about the global economy in the next two years but also believe the sector has some obstacles to overcome to remain competitive, according to a KPMG survey.
July 8, 2013 - In a new survey from OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half, more than one-third (39 per cent) of workers identified in-house, instructor-led workshops as the type of professional training they value most.
June 26, 2013 - Across the world, the members of Generation Y are contributing to significant change in the way companies evaluate and report their performance, says ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
June 25, 2013 - Ontario's economy will limp along this year and next before gaining momentum in 2015 through to 2017, says the latest forecast by Central 1 Credit Union's chief economist Helmut Pastrick. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth will average 3.1 per cent annually in 2015-17, up from an anticipated 1.4 per cent in 2013 and 1.9 per cent in 2014.
June 21, 2013 - Consumers can now decide whether they want to receive credit card cheques from their financial institutions. These cheques, sometimes called "promotional" or "convenience" cheques, can be used by consumers to pay bills or to transfer a balance from a higher interest credit card or loan to a credit card which may be offering a promotional low interest rate for a specific period of time.
June 19, 2013 - Canada's economy started 2013 growing at a solid clip, as energy production continued to recover and the U.S. economy proved to be more resilient to a recession than was feared, according to the latest Economic and Financial Market Outlook issued today by RBC Economics. Following an increase in Canadian GDP output of 1.7 per cent in 2012, RBC raised its real GDP growth forecast to 1.9 per cent through 2013 and expects a firmer 2.9 per cent rise in 2014.
June 19, 2013 - Optimism is on the rise when it comes to economic growth, according to the sixth annual American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending Monitor. The Monitor, a survey of senior finance executives from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Latin America, Asia and Australia, found that fifty per cent of Canada's finance executives plan to support top-line growth this year, while improving profitability through modest spending and investment.
June 13, 2013 - Capital allocation and access to capital have rocketed to the top of the business risk list for mining and metals companies globally, up from number eight in 2012, in Ernst & Young's annual Business risks facing mining and metals 2013-14 report, released today.
June 12, 2013 - Kyriba has launched the first social support platform for the treasury management industry. Built on the Salesforce Service Cloud, it enables users to create and view support cases online, share and promote ideas and best-practice tips with fellow Kyriba clients and harness the collective wisdom and experience of Kyriba users by searching and contributing to a shared knowledge base.
June 11, 2013 -- GuestLogix has appointed Mr. Patrick Leung as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective June 17 th, 2013. Mr. Leung has served as CFO within the Canadian technology and investment sectors. Mr. Leung succeeds outgoing CFO, Mr. Brian Reddy.
June 10, 2013 – Bank of America Merrill Lynch is expanding of its Global Transaction Services (GTS) business in Canada. The planned growth maps onto the firm’s increasing base of clients doing business in Canada and will enable BofA Merrill to better serve and meet the needs of those clients.
May 31, 2013 – With municipal leaders from across the country gathering in Vancouver later this week for the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on them to take action on municipal overspending. CFIB today released a report showing that spending has grown more than three times the rate of population over the past 12 years in Canada’s three largest cities – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – and in Canadian municipalities overall.
May 31, 2013 - An Ontario Securities Commission report released today identifies a number of deficiencies around the sale of exempt securities to non-accredited investors, relying on purported "client-directed trade instructions" and inadequate processes for the collection, documentation and maintenance of KYC information.
May 29, 2013 —Banks and other financial institutions are in the midst of restructuring business processes in light of hundreds of pending rules that will touch everything from loan origination to payoff. Regulatory and compliance pressures are one of the biggest challenges faced by financial institutions today—the mortgage industry, in particular, is heavily affected by compliance demands that dictate correct business operations.
May 24, 1013 — Companies are aiming for higher performance to contend with the ever-changing risk landscape, but are not raising the bar on internal audit at the same pace, according to the PwC Internal Audit State of the Profession 2013 survey . However, before internal audit reaches new heights, it must continue to evolve its focus or risk losing relevance as other functions become more vital contributors in the risk management area.
April 30, 2013 - Already faced with a changing regulatory landscape globally, the financial services sector may have yet another challenge: finding and keeping good employees. In a recent Robert Half study, nearly nine in ten executives surveyed in seven countries reported recruiting difficulties, and 83 per cent said they are concerned about losing top performers to other opportunities.
April 29, 2013 - It cost Canadians between $19.2 billion and $24.8 billion to prepare, file and remit payment for personal income taxes, property taxes and business taxes in 2011, finds a new report from the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
April 24, 2013 -With the support of their respective boards of directors, The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) today announced their intent to merge operations.
April 16, 2013 - While cost control remains the primary focus for many financial executives, others also are looking toward taking business from competitors, new research finds. Eighty-five per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey cited managing spending as a high priority in 2013, but close behind was capturing market share, which was reported as a main objective by 72 per cent of respondents.
April 9, 2013 – As Davis + Henderson’s first Chief Marketing Officer, Carrie Russell will be responsible for marketing, communications and new product commercialization. Russell will be a member of D+H’s executive management team and report directly to D+H CEO Gerrard Schmid.
April 2, 2013 - CGI is consolidating its security expertise and offerings in response to the rapidly increasing risk security threats pose to Canadian business by establishing a Security Centre of Excellence, located in Ottawa. The Security Centre of Excellence comprises over 200 security professionals, a 24/7/365 Security Operations Centre and one of three accredited security evaluation test centres in Canada.
March 21, 2013 – The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) reached a milestone this week when the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago became the organization's 100th member. AFI's network of institutions now expands across the globe, with representation in every region. Together, AFI members now cover more than 95 per cent of the world's unbanked population.
March 14, 2013 – In 2012, the total losses resulting from account takeover and new account fraud each rose by approximately 50 per cent over the previous year. These two fraud types impact consumers most severely, and are historically more difficult for FIs to prevent and detect than any other major fraud type. Today, Javelin Strategy & Research releases the firm’s 2013 Banking Identity Safety Scorecard. For eight years, Javelin has evaluated the top 25 FIs by deposit size based on their consumer facing security features in the three fraud stages of Javelin’s Protection, Detection, and Resolution Model.
Mar 15, 2013 – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today joined Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in leading a nine state coalition demanding new, permanent leadership at the Federal Housing and Finance Agency, the agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In a letter to the President and Congressional leaders, the attorneys general write that under the current leadership of the FHFA’s Acting Director Edward DeMarco, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been a “direct impediment to our economic recovery” by the continued refusal to give principal relief for struggling homeowners, and call for a new permanent leader to replace DeMarco, an appointee of former President George W. Bush.
March 14, 2013- Canada's first online Chartered Accounting firm is offering its services to small businesses over a webcam, bringing businesses into the digital age while saving on paper. This new online service is challenging the conventional approach, allowing entrepreneurs to remain focused on their day- to-day business-critical tasks while being able to connect to their chartered accountant on the go.
Mar 7, 2013 - A recent study of financial industry leaders showed a growing trend towards mobile financial management, with more than 66 percent of respondents now processing transactions from their devices, according to Bill.com.
Mar 5, 2013 - The city of Appleton, Wis., is reporting extraordinary results just four months into its LUKE II multi-space parking pay station trial. The city attributes a 300 per cent increase in parking revenues to the pay stations' ability to accept bills as payment and because consumers can no longer piggyback on time from previous parking.
February 13, 2013 - Defined benefit plans represent a substantial risk to many organizations – these companies need to devise a comprehensive strategy to lower their risks. That’s the major conclusion of a new research study by the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation (CFERF) which shows that almost 60 per cent of financial executives surveyed indicated that their pension plan posed either a moderate or substantial risk to their organization. The research project was sponsored by Mercer.
February 13, 2013 - Tax simplification would provide countless economic benefits, according to a report released by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada). Some of the benefits cited in the report include lower compliance and administration costs, improved efficiencies, better tax planning opportunities and positive effects on Canada's economic growth
February 3, 2013 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is assisting small businesses to get ready for penniless cash transactions. On February 4, the Royal Canadian Mint stopped distributing one-cent coins to financial institutions and started gradually pulling pennies out of circulation.
January 22, 2013 -- The Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), a Toronto-based global leader in financial services education and credentialing, has launched a Certificate in Advanced Mutual Funds Advice (CMFA). As investor needs become increasingly complex and diverse, the addition of this new financial education option is part of CSI’s strategy to offer specialized credentials that help advisors meet growing consumer expectations and raise the bar in the professionalization of advice.
January 4, 2013 --A $1.3 billion surge of new equity issues in the fourth quarter helped turn around the 2012 Canadian IPO market and raises hopes for growth in 2013, the annual survey of Canadian equity markets by PwC has revealed.
December 18, 2012 --Incurring expenses on behalf of a client is part of the cost of doing business. While many of those costs – such as travel and entertainment (T&E) expenses – can be passed along to the client, the majority of professional services organizations utilize error-prone systems that are costing them money.A recent survey of professional services businesses by BMO Financial Group and Chrome River Technologies,revealed that while companies understand the need to spend on behalf of their clients, there is some confusion around which costs can be billed back to the client due to traveling professionals who frequently aren’t aware of their own internal expense policies or their customers’ policies. This can be attributed to the lack of visibility to their policies, because the policies are not built into a manual expense process like they are in an automated expense system.
December 14, 2012---The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today published Consultation Paper 45-710 Considerations For New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions, which discusses concepts for new prospectus exemptions in Ontario. The objective is to facilitate capital raising in the exempt market, while continuing to deliver strong investor protection.
December 13, 2012 --Ottawa must move carefully in deciding the best role for the Bank of Canada in preventing threats to financial stability, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Seeking Financial Stability: The Best Role for the Bank of Canada," former Bank of Canada Governor John Crow assesses how much of a role the Bank should play in this new policy front.
December 12, 2012 --Incurring expenses on behalf of a client is part of the cost of doing business. While many of those costs – such as travel and entertainment (T&E) expenses – can be passed along to the client, the majority of professional services organizations utilize error-prone systems that are costing them money.
December 11, 2012 --While transparency is critical to well-functioning capital markets and effective monetary policy, forward policy guidance is best used sparingly by central banks in normal times, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said today. In a speech to the Toronto CFA Society, the Governor discussed where policy guidance can be most effective and when it may be warranted.
December 9, 2012 --A global, nomadic approach to personal and professional life is a key factor to the success of millionaires around the world, according to a new research report released today by RBC Wealth Management and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Quality of life and family needs were the top considerations for millionaires who left their birth country in search of success, rated as important by 88 per cent and 79 per cent respectively, while business interests were a key factor for two-thirds (67 per cent).
December 6, 2012--Canada's CFO of the Year™ program presents its distinguished panel of business leaders from across the country which will review nominations and select Canada's 2013 CFO of the Year™ Award winner.
After 10 years of service, Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc., will be stepping down as chair of this independent selection committee. Canada's CFO of the Year™ program thanks Mr. Dey for his insights, leadership and guidance during the past decade.
December 4, 2012 —Canadian businesses are at risk of falling behind international competitors in the era of Big Data. A recent survey conducted by IDC Canada and commissioned by SAS, has found Canadian that while 96 per cent of Canadian companies say the ability to process and act on data in real time is important, less than half (48%) have invested in the technologies to do so.
November 30, 2012 --Scotiabank was recognized at the 2012 Canadian Marketing Awards Gala winning a number of awards for its "Richness is" campaign as well as in the customer management categories for its SCENE 3D program and for mobile banking.
November 27, 2012--As the first step in raising the awareness across North America of the emerging "Data Science Centre of Excellence" in Atlantic Canada, T4G Leading Thinkers and the New Brunswick Information Technology Council (NBITC) announce the 2013 Big Data Congress.
November 23, 2012 --Recent studies indicate major discrepancies between the perception of privacy protection in Canada and the reality behind the ability of companies to protect personal information. A recent report from Advertising Standards Canada and MacLaren McCann indicates widespread willingness among Canadians to share personal information, with up to 79% exchanging their data to obtain a benefit
November 21, 2012 ---Activity in the Québec venture capital (VC) market returned to cruising speed in the third quarter (Q3) of 2012, advancing at a sustained pace with $112 million in investments, a slight 2% decline from Q3 2011.
November 13 , 2012 -- Canada's C-Suite is bracing for a mass exodus over the next five years and little has been done to fill the imminent void. As the country's top senior executives prepare for retirement, Canadian organizations are faced with a significant threat: a massive skills gap that has the potential to stifle innovation and productivity.
November 9 , 2012 -- The sentiment of Canadian chief financial officers (CFOs) of middle-market companies on the state of their own industry and the strength of the national economy remained steady and positive in the third quarter, according to the latest GE Capital Mid-Market CFO Survey. CFOs' view of the world economy was unchanged and remains less optimistic than about the national economy.
November 6, 2012 -- Wells Fargo & Company, a U.S.-based financial services company, is expanding its wholesale banking capabilities throughout Canada. Currently a lender to middle market companies in the U.S., it can now provide expanded lending, treasury management, foreign exchange and trade services to customers in Canada.
October 29, 2012 -- Manulife Financial has completed its acquisition of independent financial planning firm Wellington West Financial Services Inc., a division of Wellington West Holdings Inc., and a dealership registered with the Mutual Funds Dealers Association (MFDA), from National Bank.
October 23, 2012 -- Canadians may be more pessimistic about the overall state of the global economy, but they're still pursuing growth opportunities, Ernst & Young says in a new survey. Forty-four percent of Canadian companies expect to acquire in the next 12 months, down slightly from 48% in April, but significantly more than only 25% of their global counterparts.
October 18, 2012 -- The third quarter of 2012 saw 599 announced Canadian M&A transactions worth $58.6 billion. Volumes were down 17% from Q2 2012 and 21% from the same period last year, according to PwC's Q3 Canadian M&A Deals Quarterly.
October 9, 2012 -- Following collaboration with business and corporate stakeholders, Canada’s financial institutions, led by the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) and the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), have endorsed a best practice for the treatment of wire payments for their customers.
October 3, 2012 -- After the rally in Canadian stocks this summer, Canadian investment managers are less bullish about domestic securities and are finding other global markets increasingly attractive, according to the latest Russell Canadian Investment Manager Outlook from global asset manager Russell Investments.
October 1, 2012 -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award. The presenting sponsors for the 2013 award are Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC and Robert Half. Now in its 11th year, the award honours the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada's senior financial leaders.
September 28, 2012 -- RBC Investor Services has launched its Global Derivatives Platform, a new, fully integrated global operating model for listed and OTC derivatives. This single platform and operating model was developed to deliver middle and back-office services to listed and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives for a wide range of global clients.
September 18, 2012 -- Two thirds of CFOs say they are involved in driving sustainability strategies in their organizations, and more than half say their involvement has increased over the last year, according to a global survey launched by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), Sustainability: CFOs come to the table.
September 12, 2012 -- As a result of business tax reform since 2005, Canada has become the most tax-competitive jurisdiction in the G-7 according to a report released today by The School of Public Policy.
September 11, 2012 -- RBC has announced changes to its business segments, effective October 31, 2012 . RBC's business segments for financial reporting purposes will be: Investor & Treasury Services; Personal & Commercial Banking; Capital Markets; Wealth Management; and Insurance.
September 11, 2012 -- B2B Bank has announced the launch of its new mutual fund and investment dealer services, B2B Bank Dealer Services which is designed to deliver investment account administration and services to the Canadian investment community.
September 7, 2012 -- The global commodities boom drives enormous benefits for Canada, including higher incomes and greater economic security, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said today in a speech to the 2012 Spruce Meadows Changing Fortunes: Global Economies Round Table.
September 6, 2012 -- Scotiabank has reached a definitive agreement to purchase ING Bank of Canada (ING DIRECT) from Netherlands-based parent ING Group for $3.126 billion in cash, which is expected to result in a net investment by Scotiabank of approximately $1.9 billion after deducting the excess capital currently at ING DIRECT.
August 24, 2012 -- TD Canada Trust has earned the top spot in Customer Service Excellence among the big 5 banks in Canada for the eighth consecutive year according to global market research firm Ipsos.
August 14, 2012 -- Global car sales advanced six percent in the first half of 2012, according to a Global Auto Report released by Scotiabank Economics. Japan and Russia are leading the way, with gains of 52 percent year over year (y/y) and 29 percent respectively.
July 30, 2012 -- Ramping up government spending on infrastructure, rather than trimming interest rates, may be Canada's best path should economic growth falter in the next year, notes a new report from CIBC world Markets Inc.
July 27, 2012 -- Weakening growth in emerging markets, Europe's fiscal and economic woes, and sluggish job creation in the U.S. are weighing on growth in the provincial economies. But despite the global economic uncertainty, The Conference Board of Canada's Provincial Outlook-Summer 2012 forecasts solid growth in Western Canada this year and next. Central and Atlantic Canadian economies will slowly gain traction over the same period.
July 18, 2012 -- FINCAD, provider of financial risk analytics technology, has announced the launch of F3 3.0. The new release includes enhancements such as market correlation calibration for hybrid modeling and dual-curve stripping capabilities consistent with the cross-currency market including cheapest-to-deliver curve construction.
July 16, 2012 -- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has announced draft regulatory changes that, when finalized, will allow credit unions and caisses populaires to more easily expand beyond provincial boundaries.
July 13, 2012 -- BNY Mellon, provider of investment management and investment services, has appointed Dan Gosselin chief executive officer of BNY Trust Company of Canada and head of its corporate trust business in Canada.
July 6, 2012 -- Cambridge Mercantile Group, provider of customizable global payments, has added the Check Elimination Solution to its suite of products and services. The solution offers companies a method to convert from paying suppliers by cheque to using low-cost card and ACH-based electronic payments.
June 28, 2012 -- BMO Spend & Payment Solutions, a division of BMO Financial Group and Chrome River Technologies, a provider of online expense reporting and invoice management services have announced a strategic referral and solution development partnership.
June 27, 2012 -- Jefferies, a global investment banking firm, has announced its plans to expand into Canada. Steven Latimer has joined as a Managing Director and Head of Canadian Investment Banking, and will initially focus on the metals and mining sector. He will be based in Toronto.
June 25, 2012 -- At the Investment Industry Association of Canada’s (IIAC) Annual General Meeting on June 6, 2012 in Toronto, Roman Dubczak, Managing Director and Head of Cash Equities, Wholesale Banking with CIBC World Markets Inc., welcomed the election of two new Vice Chairs.
June 25, 2012 -- Cambridge Mercantile Group, provider of corporate foreign exchange and global payments services, has received the Deutsche Bank Straight-Through-Processing (STP) Excellence Awards for 2011. The award recognizes outstanding performance with respect to payments processing.
June 18, 2012 -- Celestica Inc., a deliverer of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, has announced that over the course of the next three to six months, it will wind down its manufacturing services for Research in Motion (RIM).
June 14, 2012 -- BNY Mellon, provider of investment management and investment services, has been appointed indenture trustee, collateral agent and financial model custodian for Capital City Link General Partnership's (CCLGP) CAD$534.8 million bond issuance. CCLGP will use the proceeds of the issuance to finance construction of the northeast leg of Anthony Henday Drive, a ring road highway around Edmonton.
June 12, 2012 -- Executives want up-to-date information about what is happening in their company in order to make better and faster decisions. According to Real Time Business: Making the Most of Big Data, a study conducted by the Canadian Financial Research Foundation (CFERF), the demand for accurate operational data in real time is driven in part by the widespread use of mobile devices in the workplace, a trend known as the consumerization of IT.
June 11, 2012 -- Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) has announced its 2012-2013 board of directors including incoming chair Lisa Dorian. The new board was elected via ballot prior to FEI Canada's annual general meeting, which took place on June 5, 2012 in St. John's, Newfoundland.
May 9, 2012 --Canadian chief financial officers (CFOs) of middle-market companies are positive about the current state of their own industry as well as the domestic economy, according to the first Canadian Mid-Market CFO Survey by GE Capital, Canada.
April, 2012-- According to PwC’s 2012 State of the internal audit profession study, nearly three-quarters of the 1,530 chief audit executives and stakeholders surveyed cited global economic uncertainty as the biggest risk to companies in 2012.
March 23, 2012-- Large companies and their corporate payments systems remain the prime targets for fraudsters, according to the 2012 AFP Payments Fraud and Control survey released today by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP).
March 19, 2012-- JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Commercial Card business and AirPlus International, a leading provider of corporate travel & entertainment expense solutions, announced the formation of a strategic partnership to help multinational organizations optimize processes and strengthen control of their corporate card and travel expense management programs.
March 8, 2012-- Twenty per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) plan to add full-time accounting and finance employees during the second quarter, while 11 per cent forecast staff decreases, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index. The resulting net 9 per cent increase mirrors the previous quarter's forecast.
February 27, 2012 -- A slower economy is not stopping Canadian CEOs from using mergers and acquisitions as a key growth strategy, as their desire to expand into foreign markets grows. This is according to the 15th Annual Global CEO Survey conducted by PwC, which compared the views of 130 chief executives in Canada to their counterparts around the world.
February 21, 2012 -- The dollar value of attempted fraudulent activity is staggering according to Equifax Canada’s application fraud data. Figures derived from Equifax’s fraud solution database for the financial sector reveal that there was more than $650 million in fraud incidents detected across Canada in 2011.
February 21, 2012 -- Senior Canadian treasury professionals have spoken out about the impact of the euro crisis on their businesses and their concerns about how prepared their banks are to deal with a country exiting the eurozone.
February 8, 2012 -- Brand Finance released its annual Banking 500 report, a study analyzing the financial value of the world’s top banking brands. First published in 2006, the Brand Finance Banking 500 in association with The Banker, incorporates data from all listed companies globally.
February 8, 2012 -- SunGard has completed a cash management study that highlights the growing importance of money market funds (MMFs) among corporate treasurers. As economic and regulatory challenges create greater complexity in managing cash, treasurers have become aware of the importance of defining and delivering on the right investment policies.
February 1, 2012 -- Dovetail, the provider of next generation payment services hubs, today announces that BMO Financial Group (BMO) has signed a contract and started to implement the Dovetail Payment Services Hub. Dovetail enables organizations to reduce the number of payment platforms they operate, centralize processing of multiple currencies and payment types, increase straight through processing and lower processing costs, and provide better, more holistic real-time information to their clients to help them manage the entire payment process.
January 26, 2012 -- Linedata, the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced that Canadian hedge fund Radiant Investment Management has gone live with Linedata Beauchamp, the company’s award-winning portfolio management software, and part of Linedata’s full front-to-back solution for hedge funds.
January 24, 2012 -- IT2 Treasury Solutions today announced the latest version of its treasury management solution, IT2 7.2: Treasury Transparency & Performance. The launch addresses emerging demands on treasury with a series of major enhancements to the solution.
January 9, 2012 -- SunGard has completed its acquisition of Syntesys, a European SWIFT service bureau and network of business and technical experts dedicated to serving the SWIFT community. The acquisition, the terms of which were not disclosed, is not expected to have a material impact on SunGard’s financial results.
December 20, 2011 -- Investment manager sentiment towards Canadian and international equity markets improved in the fourth quarter, with emerging markets leading the way, according to the latest Russell Investment Manager Outlook, which was conducted between November 15 and 25, 2011.
December 20, 2011 -- TD Canada Trust ranked first in Surviscor’s 2011 Public Website scorCard, a comprehensive, impartial audit of online features and functionality on the public/pre-login website of leading Canadian banks and credit unions.
December 19, 2011 -- Looking toward the new year, chief financial officers (CFOs) expect the financial hiring outlook to improve in the first quarter. Ten per cent of executives interviewed for the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index said they plan to add full-time accounting and finance employees, while only one per cent forecast staff decreases. The resulting net 9 per cent increase is up one point from the fourth-quarter survey.
December 19, 2011 --
Short-term sentiment has driven markets at the expense of long-term investment thinking during a markedly volatile 2011, says HSBC Global Asset Management. But this has created what it believes to be a potentially attractive set of investment opportunities for 2012 for those with a longer-term perspective.
December 13, 2011 -- SAS Canada, the leader in business analytics software and services and TransUnion, a global leader in credit and information management, today announced the development of one of the first consortiums in Canada that will leverage anonymized credit file information, in conjunction with application and fraud data from participating financial institutions to greatly enhance fraud detection.
December 8, 2011 -- SAP today announced an update of its industry-specific banking software, including planned enhancements to help banks excel in today’s financial climate. The forthcoming 8.0 release of banking services is planned to include analytics tailored to the latest compliance regulations as well as accommodation of mergers and acquisitions through highly flexible transactional banking.
December 5, 2011 -- Nearly 40% of companies worldwide plan to shift some foreign investment from developed to emerging markets within five years, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit paper, Canadain a Globalised Economy: An investment perspective,sponsored by Ernst & Young.
December 1, 2011 -- Linedata, the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced the results of its Annual Global Investment Management Survey. Key findings include the recognition of regulation as a present and future challenge; a clear move towards cloud computing and hosted environments; plus risk and trading systems as top IT priorities. Despite a small number of downbeat pronouncements, the majority predicted market growth in 2012.
November 14, 2011 -- The good news for Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is that there will continue to be opportunities for growth in 2012. The challenge is that this growth will be modest, the Canadian dollar will stay strong and consumers will be cautious in taking on more debt, according to BMO Economist, Sal Guatieri, who presented an economic outlook for 2012 to small-and-medium-sized-businesses gathered last week at FEI Canada's 4th Annual SME Conference 2011: Driving Growth and Expansion at the Mississauga Convention Centre.
November 3, 2011 -- For the second straight year RBC Royal Bank has ranked 1st in Surviscor’s Online Banking scorCard, a comprehensive, objective annual assessment of online features and functionality at major Canadian banking institutions.
October 26, 2011 -- US credit card charge-offs improved significantly in September, according to Moody's Credit Card Index.Moody's charge-off rate fell to 5.27%, its lowest point since December 2007, with the six largest issuers each posting sizeable declines in their trust charge-off rates.
October 18, 2011 -- Kaye Scholer LLP has announced that it represented Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and a lender, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated as lead arranger, in a $1.8 billion U.S. and Canadian revolving credit facility extended to United Rentals ( North America), Inc. and United Rentals of Canada, Inc. and certain of their affiliates.
October 14, 2011 -- Faced with global economic uncertainty, 51 per cent of Canadian businesses believe 2012 will be a better year than 2011, and only 13 per cent expect it to be worse. More than one in three (79 per cent) of Canadian business owners also plan to invest the same amount or more into their business in 2012, according to a new report from BMO Bank of Montreal.
October 5, 2011 -- NetWorth Services, Inc., a leading provider of cost basis products and services has announced the introduction of a new addition to their suite of Netbasis products - Netbasis-Canada. The result of a synergistic collaboration between NetWorth Services and Exchange Data International (EDI), Netbasis-Canada will provide crucial cost basis services to the Canadian financial industry.
October 5, 2011 --
Canadian companies are lessening their dependence on the U.S. as a trade partner with exports now 30 per cent more diversified than a decade ago, finds a new economic report from CIBC World Markets.
October 4, 2011--Tax simplification is not only desirable and beneficial, it's achievable, said the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) during its pre-budget appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
October 3, 2011--Scotiabank has expanded its app offerings, including Android for Canadian cusotmers, and a Smartphone application is available to customers in 20 Caribbean countries. This complements the Bank's existing suite of apps, now available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android users in Canada.
September 21, 2011--- To better address the current lending environment Credit History Reports (CHR) are now available through PayNet’s online system to provide Canadian commercial finance lenders with exclusive credit profiles on hundreds of thousands of privately-held businesses.
September 21, 2011--- PayNet, a firm that provides risk management tools and market insight to the Canadian commercial finance industry, has released the 2nd quarter 2011 Canadian Business Lending Index (CBLI). The Index signals the first signs of definitive growth. Its rise to 133 from the bottom of 127 hit last year is the first solid increase on both a year over year and quarter over quarter since 2007.
September 20, 2011---
Over the summer, the global economic outlook deteriorated, the European sovereign debt crisis intensified, and investor confidence decreased in the ability of policy-makers to respond, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said today.
September 15, 2011---Canadians' confidence in the economy continued its drop from last month as the economic climate continues to worsen in both Europe and the United States.The TNS Canadian Consumer Confidence Index dropped more than another point, from 97.6 to 96.4, after dropping two points in August.
September 12, 2011---Small business confidence took a significant hit in August as owners digested a string of bad news about world economy in the first half of the month. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)'s Business Barometer Index dropped to 61.7 last month from its July level of 68.3—the lowest reading since July 2009.
September 7, 2011---Small business confidence took a significant hit in August as owners digested a string of bad news about world economy in the first half of the month. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)'s Business Barometer Index dropped to 61.7 last month from its July level of 68.3—the lowest reading since July 2009.
September 7, 2011---The three parties represented in the Ontario Legislature have all expressed strong support for a national securities regulator headquartered in Toronto and, for the first time, all agree that the federal government should be asked to review the treatment of HST with regard to financial products. These are just two of the topics addressed during an all candidates debate on issues of importance to the financial services industry that was arranged by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA).
September 7, 2011---Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Scotiabank announced Tuesday that Scotiabank has entered an exclusive partnership to be the Official Bank of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The announcement of the agreement will take place at the 2011 Leafs & Legends Charity Golf Classic. Scotiabank is the presenting sponsor of the event, benefitting the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) Team Up Foundation.
September 6, 2011---Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Scotiabank announced Tuesday that Scotiabank has entered an exclusive partnership to be the Official Bank of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The announcement of the agreement will take place at the 2011 Leafs & Legends Charity Golf Classic. Scotiabank is the presenting sponsor of the event, benefitting the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) Team Up Foundation.
August 31, 2011---CIBC announced today that it has completed the acquisition of a 41 percent equity interest in American Century Investments, a leading U.S.-based asset management company, for U.S.$848 million in cash.
August 30, 2011---For the seventh consecutive year, Canadians ranked credit unions first in overall Customer Service Excellence among all financial institutions, surpassing all Canadian banks in Synovate Canada's annual Best Banking Awards. Credit unions also took sole honours in two other categories: Values My Business and Branch Service Excellence.
August 30, 2011---TD Canada Trust has earned the number one ranking in Customer Service Excellence among the top five banks in Canada for the seventh year in a row, according to a survey by global market research firm Synovate. TD was an award recipient among the top five banks in all 11 categories and leads by a significant margin in five of the eleven categories.
August 30, 2011---CIBC today announced that it is being recognized by Global Finance Magazine as "Best in Mobile Banking" among North American Consumer Internet banks. This is the first year the mobile banking category has been included in the Global Finance awards, reflecting the emergence of mobile technology as a rapidly growing area in North American banking.
August 29, 2011---Continuing to expand on one of Canada's most comprehensive financial recovery practices, BDO Canada Limited is pleased to announce the integration of KPMG's consumer insolvency practice into BDO's national financial recovery services practice. Effective August 26th, 2011, the practices now operate under the BDO Canada Limited name.
August 25, 2011---Canadian banks are expected to continue doing well relative to their global peers but aren't necessarily shielded from the challenges plaguing the world's financial institutions, including concerns about growth, capital, data and regulatory issues, says Ernst & Young.
August 24, 2011--FINCAD, the market leader for innovative derivatives solutions in the financial industry, is pleased to announce that Mike Brooks has joined FINCAD as Sr. Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive. He brings to FINCAD more than 15 years’ experience in the software industry in Vancouver.
August 23, 2011--The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) commercial real estate investment market has rebounded strongly from the market trough of two years ago. Solid property-market fundamentals and record sale volumes in the retail sector signal the GTA is poised to achieve unprecedented investment results by year-end 2011.
August 22, 2011--As Canada's economy emerged from recession and the flow of private sector credit available to small business gradually improved, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) continued to provide strong support to Canadian entrepreneurs.
August 22, 2011--TD Bank Group and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation today announced a donation of $20,000 to help Goderich after being hit by Ontario's most powerful tornado in years. The tornado caused extensive damage to the town known as a popular tourist destination with historical charm.
August 16, 2011--TD Bank Group (TD) and Bank of America Corporation today announced a definitive agreement under which TD will purchase MBNA Canada's credit card portfolio, as well as certain other assets and liabilities. TD will pay a modest premium on an expected $8.5 billion of credit card receivables at closing.
August 12, 2011--Fidessa Group, a vendor of trading, investment management, and information solutions, has integrated Fincad’s derivatives pricing library into its sell-side trading platforms. Surrey, BC-based Fincad’s derivatives technology is already integrated into Fidessa’s buy-side platforms.
August 11, 2011--The British Columbia Securities Commission today announced steps it is taking to improve investor protection in the "exempt market". It will require more disclosure from companies that raise money in BC's securities markets under prospectus exemptions.
August 4, 2011--Investments in customer-facing systems and processes by the Big Five banks and midsize banks have contributed to a substantial increase in overall customer satisfaction with retail banks in Canada, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction StudySM released today.
August 3, 2011 --comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, announced the comScore Canadian Online Banking Insights report, providing a detailed look into emerging trends in the Canadian online banking industry. Based on comScore's opt-in research panel of approximately 40,000 Canadian Internet users, the detailed quarterly reports include web site visitation, online marketing metrics, transaction benchmarks and mobile banking data that yield critical insights into emerging trends and consumer behavior in the Canadian online banking industry.
August 3, 2011 -- An independent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid across Canada, the U.S. and the UK on behalf of Shred-it, a world-leading information security company providing document destruction services, reveals that 30 percent of business operators in the financial sector are not worried about the potential implications of a security breach. This statistic stands in contrast to the 96 percent of financial service respondents who reported that they know of their legal obligation to protect client information, the highest percentage of all of the sectors surveyed.
August 2, 2011 -- US Legal Support Incorporated, a provider of full-service court reporting, record retrieval, legal staffing, litigation, trial and document review services, has selected SunGard’s AvantGard Receivables to help automate its order-to-cash cycle for improved operational efficiencies and cash flow.
July 27, 2011 -- After falling in May, Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index, which measures price trends in 32 of Canada's major exports, eased further in June, though the decline was slight at -0.3% m/m. The All Items Index has corrected only moderately by -2.8% from the April-2011 near-term peak and remains 55.3% above the cyclical low in April 2009, following the 'Great Recession'.
July 26, 2011 -- Investments in customer-facing systems and processes by the Big Five banks and midsize banks have contributed to a substantial increase in overall customer satisfaction with retail banks in Canada, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Study SM released today.
July 26, 2011 -- TD Canada Trust has received the highest ranking in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Study SM, for the sixth year in a row.
July 26, 2011 -- Reinforcing its commitment to unprecedented value and customer service, President's Choice Financial was today ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Midsize Retail Banks, Five Years in a Row" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Study SM.
July 25, 2011 -- Reval, the premier provider of financial risk management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to corporations and financial institutions globally, announced today that Patrick Cannon has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Client Services to oversee dedicated Professional Services and Client Solutions teams in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Cannon brings over 16 years of experience in client-facing roles in the financial technology industry.
July 21, 2011 -- Faltering global equity markets largely erased fixed income advances during the June quarter, according to a survey just released by RBC Dexia Investor Services, which maintains the industry's most comprehensive universe of Canadian pension plans and money managers.
July 21, 2011 -- Fiscal restraint by Canadian governments—and households—will curb national economic growth this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Outlook - Summer 2011. Real GDP growth is expected to slow to 2.5 per cent in 2011, down from 3.2 per cent last year.
July 20, 2011 -- Home Trust Company, one of Canada's leading Trust companies and ninth largest deposit-taking financial institution, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Home Capital Group Inc., today announced it has successfully gone live with solutions from the SAP® For Banking solution portfolio. With these offerings from SAP AG, Home Trust has joined a growing list of financial institutions worldwide by investing in a platform to power its growth. With the implementation of SAP for Banking solutions, Home Trust has improved its ability to introduce new products, enhance reporting of business operations, achieve substantial new efficiencies and drive future growth and profitability.
July 15, 2011 -- The current drama in Washington over increasing the U.S. debt ceiling and related conditions to reduce deficits is just the opening act in a long series of intense negotiations. There is no pain-free way for the United States to deal with its excesses of the past, which has added to the risks for sustained growth in Canada, according to a Conference Board of Canada briefing released today.
July 12, 2011 -- The vast majority (85 percent) of online investors are using their online investing accounts for either long-term goals or a combination of long-term and short-term ones, according to the latest RBC Direct Investing poll. Contrary to popular perception that many online investors are looking for quick financial gains, just nine percent of Canadian online investors are seeking short-term profit through their online investing accounts.
July 12, 2011 -- Canadians believe the emerging markets—in particular Asian nations such as China and India —represent the best investment opportunities, according to Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.'s latest national research.
July 11, 2011 -- Cambridge Mercantile Group, a leader in the foreign exchange and global payments industry, has received the Deutsche Bank Straight Through Processing (STP) Excellence Awards in recognition of the outstanding STP rating of 98.57% for USD payments and 99.96% for EUR payments. This marks the third consecutive year Cambridge has been honoured with the Deutsche Bank STP Excellence Awards.
July 6, 2011 -- Optimism among Canada's small- and medium-sized business owners fell slightly in June. According to the latest business confidence survey findings from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the business confidence index came in at 66.3, down about a point from May's 66.9 level and its 70.7 April peak
June 28, 2011 -- There's no shortage of pressures facing today's top finance professionals, according to a new Robert Half report, CFO Concerns: What Are the Top Challenges Facing Today's Financial Executives? The report highlights a number of issues impacting the role, namely controlling costs and improving profitability, maintaining staff morale and motivation, and managing growth.
June 27, 2011 -- Despite a few lingering economic concerns and a slower than expected recovery from the recession, a majority of small business owners anticipate higher revenues and more hiring in the months ahead, according to a new survey from TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®.
June 27, 2011 -- TD has pledged $250,000 towards the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation's campaign to build a new centre for mental health and addictions, which includes the expansion of the UBC Medical School and funds to support TD Grants in Medical Excellence to further the education of health-care workers at Lions Gate Hospital. The announcement was made today at the TD Canada Trust branch at 14 th and Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
June 23, 2011 -- Desjardins Group, a major sponsor of cycling in Québec, is proud to participate for the second consecutive year in the presentation of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. These two exceptional trials, which are part of the UCI WorldTour, are set to take place on September 9 and 11 of this year.
June 20, 2011 -- OTTAWA -- The Bank of Canada unveiled a new polymer bank note series today at its head office in Ottawa. Information on the polymer material and advanced new security features was released, along with the images and designs of the soon-to-be-issued $100 and $50 bank notes, and the themes for the remaining notes in the series.
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty and RCMP Commissioner William J. S. Elliott joined Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney for the unveiling ceremony.
June 17, 2011 -- As the owner of Canada's largest commercial risk database, Equifax has raised the industry standard for innovation by launching a powerful information solution. The new Equifax Business Credit Report (TM) provides a comprehensive view of the credit history and payment performance of small firms and large businesses – a valuable tool for managing risk and acquiring profitable customers. With its user-friendly format, Canadian lenders and providers of commercial credit can quickly identify potential risky accounts, better assess the financial profile of applicants and make more informed credit decisions.
June 16, 2011 -- RBC today announced that it will become title sponsor of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, signing a five-year golf sponsorship through to 2016.
An iconic event on the PGA TOUR since 1969, the tournament, to be named the RBC Heritage, is one of the players' favourite stops and boasts one of the most challenging and precise tests of golf on tour. Past champions have included such golfing greats as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, and Team RBC ambassador Jim Furyk.
June 16, 2011 -- CIBC Mellon has surpassed $1 trillion in assets under administration (AUA), demonstrating the company's leading position in the Canadian asset and investment servicing industry.
"Achieving this milestone clearly illustrates our clients' recognition of the superior service and product solutions they receive by partnering with CIBC Mellon," said Tom Monahan, president and chief executive officer, CIBC Mellon. "While institutions across the globe remained challenged by economic headwinds, we are proud to have experienced marked growth in our AUA and our client base. We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with the best asset and investment servicing experience in Canada."
June 13, 2011 --Canadian consumers remain more confident than their American counterparts according to the latest results of the Harris/Decima-Investors Group Consumer Confidence Index. In the latest wave of the quarterly survey, Canadian consumer confidence index stood at 83.7, down slightly from 86.2 in February, but still well ahead of the US, where the index stood at 74.3.
Canadians remain more likely to see good times financially for themselves a year from now than bad. In total, 25% believe they will be better off financially a year from now. Conversely, 15% feel they will be worse off a year from now. In February, this split was 31%-13%.
June 11, 2011 --TD Bank Group today announced the launch of TD Auto Finance, its new auto lending brand, at an employee event in Farmington Hills to celebrate the lender's new name, new logo and a new beginning.
TD Bank Group (TD) closed the purchase of Chrysler Financial in April of this year, combining its existing auto lending business with Chrysler Financial under a new North American auto lending brand -- TD Auto Finance. TD Auto Finance provides a robust array of automotive financing options to meet its customers' needs as well as the needs of its dealer partners.
June 7, 2011 -- RBC Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, today announced key management appointments for its operations in Asia.
Doug Moore has been appointed to the newly created position of head of RBC Capital Markets, Asia. Moore's appointment illustrates RBC's continued growth in the region, and follows RBC Capital Markets' announcement in November 2010 of a new trading floor in Hong Kong, doubling its capacity.
May 26, 2011--As Canada emerges from the economic downturn in growth mode, Canadian finance executives are taking a more aggressive stance when it comes to increasing top-line revenue and seizing investment opportunities the latest American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending Monitor reveals. With many companies sitting on large cash surpluses, companies report that they will deploy more resources toward developing new products and services, building new production capacity, and adding headcount in sales - a sharp contrast to the positions of their U.S. counterparts.
May 3, 2011 ---TMX Group Inc. and QuoteMedia, Inc. announced the launch of TSX InfoSuiteTM, a new market data and shareholder solution powered by QuoteMedia, Inc., introduced to enhance the suite of services for Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) listed companies.
March 24, 2011--If time is money, finance executives may have something to worry about, according to a new Robert Half Management Resources survey. Nearly one-third (32 per cent) of chief financial officers interviewed cited time management due to competing priorities as their biggest work challenge. Keeping up with technology and achieving work/life balance garnered 24 per cent and 19 per cent of the response, respectively.
The use of Straight Through Processing (STP) for the efficient transfer of treasury information is being neglected by a significant number of treasurers, according to a survey by IT2 Treasury Solutions.
London, UK-based IT2 Treasury Solutions is a provider of treasury management software to corporate treasuries and financial institutions. The company’s North American clients include Costco Wholesale Corp., Marriot International, Office Depot, and Sara Lee.
March 10, 2011--Although 75 percent of Canadians surveyed say their trust in banks has stayed the same or has increased in the past 12 months, almost 64 percent say they plan to switch banks or have already done so because of service quality issues, says an Ernst & Young report released today.
“Canadian banks came out of the financial crisis relatively unscathed as compared to most of their global counterparts. As a result, banks here have seen the level of trust remain steady or even improve,” says Paul Battista, Financial Services Advisory Leader at Ernst & Young Canada. “But our survey clearly shows that the trust factor isn’t what drives dissatisfaction in Canadians’ banking relationships. It’s the lack of personalized attention and service issues.”
March 10, 2011--New research has shown that many corporate treasurers are uncertain about the relevance and implications of new global accounting standards to their treasury operations.
According to the research, undertaken by IT2 Treasury Solutions, a leading provider of treasury management software to corporate treasuries and financial institutions, just 52% of the responding corporate treasurers reported that they were aware of the content and impact of impending changes in IFRS. In Europe, IFRS 9, the standard for classifying and measuring financial instruments which was released in November 2009, will apply to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013.
CAMBRIDGE--In the aftermath of the global financial meltdown, which saw many countries and financial institutions collapse under the weight of excessive debt, Canada weathered the storm and emerged as a shining example of fiscal responsibility. But while the balance sheets of the nation’s banks, businesses, and government remain strong, individual Canadians haven’t fared as well. Canadians have accumulated debt at an unprecedented rate: the country’s total household debt is now three times the size of its national debt – more than $1.5 trillion CAD in total.
March 9, 2011--ING DIRECT pushed the national rollout of the THRiVE Chequing Account, an online, no-fee daily chequing account that actually pays interest. THRiVE Chequing enables Canadians to make payments, deposit, withdraw or transfer money for free, all without being nickel and dimed. Building on its history of innovating new financial products for savers, THRiVE Chequing marks a new era for ING DIRECT, as the no-fee daily chequing account and client card makes banking with ING DIRECT a part of Canadians' daily lives. Earlier this week, THRiVE Chequing won a consumers choice award as Product of the Year in the Financial Services category based on innovation.
February 25, 2011--Third-quarter profits at ATB Financial (ATB) rose $30.8 million, or 86.2 per cent, as margins and loan volumes improved and credit losses reduced.
Net income for the quarter ending December 31, 2010 was $66.6 million, compared to $35.8 million during the same quarter last year. Adjusted net income - which excludes a recovery on asset-backed commercial paper - was $58.9 million, an increase of $20.4 million over last year's third quarter.
February 23, 2011--Canada's mining and metals sector is set to heat up in 2011 with increased deal activity, more diverse buyer competition and a continued appetite for projects in frontier markets, according to Ernst & Young.
"Canadian M&A activity has made an incredible rebound with companies reaping the rewards of reinvigorated balance sheets and flushed with cash from high commodity prices - particularly gold and copper," said Tom Whelan, Leader of Ernst & Young's national Mining practice. "In 2010, a third of all global gold deals took place in Canada, with over half of all deals conducted by Canadian companies. The largest of these was Kinross Gold's acquisition of Red Back Mining, valued at US$7.4 billion."
The use of Straight Through Processing (STP) for the efficient transfer of treasury information is being neglected by a significant number of treasurers, according to a survey by IT2 Treasury Solutions.
February 11, 2011--Everlink, a leading provider of Integrated Payment Solutions and Services in the Canadian marketplace, is pleased to announce that Servus Credit Union, the third largest credit union in Canada, has signed an agreement to implement the Everlink Fraud Management solution
February 10, 2011--The need for efficient working capital management, the requirement to secure paper documents, plus advances in scanning technology have all come together to drive the growth of paperless receivables.
February 10, 2011--BNY Mellon subsidiary Eagle Investment Systems has become the latest financial services company to offer derivative pricing analytics to its global clients via a partnership with Surrey, BC-based FINCAD. Eagle will incorporate FINCAD Analytics into its investment management suite, which is used by clients for managing complex investments. Eagle joins the 70 partners who embed FINCAD’s products into their own client offering.
February 10, 2011--Moody's Investors Service expects to publish its operational risk
guidelines for global structured finance transactions by the end of February
2011. This announcement follows the end of the request for comment period on
15 January 2011. The rating agency believes that the new guidelines could
affect the senior ratings of up to 200 transactions worldwide.
February 10, 2011--Reval, the premier provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
solutions for corporate financial risk management, has added 70 new clients
in 2010, generating 63 percent more new contract value than in 2009. As a
result, revenue grew over 43 percent. Demand for more risk management tools
and straight-through processing drove new business.
February 10, 2011--American Express Canada has a new online foreign exchange payment solution for Canadian businesses. American Express FX International Payments (FXIP) allows clients to make foreign currency transactions at competitive rates and with the convenience, security and control of 24/7 online service.
"For many small and medium sized businesses, navigating the volatile and complex global foreign exchange market can be as challenging as learning a foreign language," said Jeff Gladwish, Director, FXIP, American Express Canada. "Our clients have told us they're looking for cost-effective and efficient ways to transact internationally, so we've put over a century of foreign exchange expertise to work in designing a solution that gives our clients the support and tools they need."
January 25, 2011--Canadian natural resource companies with excess cash to invest have spurred San Francisco, California-based Institutional Cash Distributors (ICD) to expand its distribution and sales operations in Canada.
January 11, 2011--The 2010 winners of the annual Service Award were released today by DALBAR. Earning the #1 spot in the mutual fund industry is BMO Mutual Funds. This marks five consecutive years of award winning service by BMO Mutual Funds for both its English & French language services. The #1 ranked company in the discount brokerage industry is RBC Direct Investing. This also marks the fourth consecutive year that RBC Direct Investing has earned this award. Honourable mentions go to Franklin Templeton Investments and TD Waterhouse Discount Brokerage, both companies finished second in their respective categories.
January 11, 2011--CommunityLend, Canada's only online loan marketplace, today announced the launch of Financeit.ca, its innovative in-house financing platform for Canada's multi-billion dollar home improvement industry. Starting immediately, home improvement businesses will be able to register at www.financeit.ca to provide their customers with immediate loan approvals for purchase financing.
January 6, 2011--Manulife Financial Corporation is announcing significant progress
on its goal of reducing its underlying earnings sensitivity to equity market
and interest rate movements in the fourth quarter of 2010.
January 4, 2011--The 2010 Fincad Corporate Finance Survey has found that 83 percent of corporates are continuing to use derivatives to hedge risk. However, as a result of the financial crisis, more corporate treasuries have taken measures to adjust their risk management strategy with increasingly required checks and balances in place.
January 3, 2011--Despite reports of a strengthening Canadian dollar, new job creation and what's expected to have been a solid Christmas shopping season, almost half of Canadian small business owners report a downturn in business, notes the latest quarterly American Express Small Business Monitor conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion.
January 3, 2011--An in-depth study of billing and collections practices by U.S. insurance companies by Ward Group, a U.S.-based provider of insurance industry benchmarking and research studies, has found a preponderance of paper-based methods.
December 30, 2010--Dovetail, a UK- and U.S.-based provider of payment services hubs, has joined the International Payments Framework Association. The IPFA provides rules, standards, operating procedures and guidelines to improve cross-border payments and the inter-connection of international clearing systems.
December 28, 2010 --Desjardins Financial Group entered into a support agreement with Western Financial Group, the largest insurance and financial services retailer in Western Canada.
Desjardins will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Western Financial at a price of $4.15 per common share in cash for a total transaction value of $443 million.
December 28, 2010--Due to their record cash positions, Canadian companies are poised to increase their M&A activity both domestically and internationally, says the 2010 Canadian Investment Banking Study from U.S.-based consultancy Greenwich Associates.
Canadian corporations’ strong financial position is the result of a booming bond market and the eagerness of banks to provide credit at favourable rates, says Greenwich. Its study is based on interviews with chief financial officers, corporate development officers, and treasurers at large Canadian companies between April and June 2010. In all, 107 executives in debt capital markets and 105 in M&A and equity capital markets were interviewed for the study.
December 23, 2010--Davis + Henderson, Limited Partnership, a wholly-owned business of Davis + Henderson Income Fund is going to acquire substantially all the assets of ASSET Inc.for $76 million payable in cash. The acquisition is expected to close on or about January 18, 2011, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. ASSET is Canada's largest provider of technology based asset recovery and insolvency management solutions to the Canadian financial services industry.
December 21, 2010--Canada’s BMO Financial Group has launched a treasury management platform that helps corporate customers to manage their day-to-day banking needs online from a single point of contact.
The new BMO Online Banking for Business service provides business customers with a single screen or “personal dashboard” to manage all of their global cash management and foreign exchange services online.
December 20, 2010-- Cincinnati, Ohio-based Fifth Third Bancorp has had a commercial branch in Toronto for five years, serving U.S. corporations which do business in Canada as well as Canadian firms wanting to expand in the U.S. In 2011, the bank plans to expand the customer-serving staff at its Toronto office.
“Our focus with our Canadian branch is very targeted,” Jeff Ficke (right), Fifth Third’s director of Treasury Management, tells Canadian Treasurer. “We serve corporations which are doing business on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. The aim is to act as a single financial institution bringing both their U.S. and Canadian operations together. Our Canadian cash management service offerings complement what we offer in the U.S., but obviously differ slightly due to the fact that Canada is a different banking environment to the U.S.”
December 20, 2010--The European Commission (EC), the governing body for the European Union (EU), has announced a set of initiatives to encourage the growth of e-invoicing across Europe. By 2020, the EC hopes that e-invoicing will be the main method by which European businesses issue invoices. It estimates that that moving from paper invoices to e-invoices will generate savings of around (EUR) €240 billion (C$318 billion) over a six-year period.
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December 10, 2010 --PwC's December Capital Markets Flash report highlights 20 reasons why Canada is the place to be from a markets perspective. Despite a backdrop of global macro weakness, Canada's public debt capital has been plentiful and investor demand for equities has been very healthy.
December 10, 2010 --Canada's CFO of the Year™ program welcomes Richard Bird, John Clappison, Cynthia Devine and The Hon. Brian Tobin to the distinguished panel of business leaders from across the country which will review nominations and select Canada's 2011 CFO of the Year Award. This independent selection committee includes the following notable names from the Canadian finance community.
December 8, 2010--A survey has found that two-thirds (68 percent) of corporate treasurers would be willing to change banks in return for better service in the areas of on-boarding, account maintenance and query handling. In July-August 2010, online financial information site Finextra.com and U.S.-based financial IT firm Pegasystems surveyed corporate treasuries and banks worldwide, receiving 61 survey responses from 38 banks, and 37 from corporates, making a total of 98 respondents.
December 1, 2010--DeciZens, a Toronto, Ontario-based financial management outsourcing company, is launching CFO-for-hire services for Canadian small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs). “What we offer is the ability to help convert the fixed cost of the finance function into a variable cost,” DeciZens’ founder Azam Foda CMA, MBA, tells Canadian Treasurer.
Among the outsourcing services provided by DeciZens are treasury management, risk management, including advice on insurance coverage, transaction processing, and working capital management. “We already have some clients using our services,” Mr Foda says.
November 28, 2010--ScoreSharp, a South African credit scoring consultancy, is helping its customers create automated scorecards with the help of technology from Dallas, Texas-based GDS Link. GDS Link’s flagship product, DataView360, creates customized credit scorecards based on information collected from a variety of data providers. These sources range from credit rating agencies to government data sources, public records and in-house information.
November 24, 2010--Ontario’s economy will grow more slowly in 2011 than this year, dragged down by the continuing slump in the U.S., according to a new economic forecast released today by Central 1 Credit Union. The province’s Gross Domestic Product will rise 2.4 per cent in 2011, compared to 3.7 per cent this year, with a slight uptick in 2012 to 2.5 per cent. Looking at the next three years, Central 1 says the auto manufacturing sector will lead Ontario’s growth as it rebounds from deep recession lows.
November 22, 2010 --Davis + Henderson Income Fund and Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited, have formed a strategic alliance for the purpose of enabling value for financial services clients in Canada. Davis + Henderson - a leading provider of technology and technology based services to Canadian financial institutions, and Wipro - an outsourcing industry leader with extensive experience in the banking and insurance industries, will combine forces to offer program management solutions for the Canadian financial services industry via their combined capabilities.
November 22, 2010--With short-term credit expensive and difficult to come by, managing cash and improving working capital has assumed top priority for European finance executives, says a report from CFO Research Services and the Royal Bank of Scotland. The report entitled Working Capital Management in a Post-Recession Environment: The View from Europe, is based on the response of 207 senior finance executives to an online survey.
November 22, 2010--U.S.-based transaction processor First Data is stepping up ACH (automated clearing house) security protection for online business banking users via a link up with ACH risk management firm Laru. First Data currently protects ACH transactions via measures such as multi-factor security and transaction limits, says Cindi Lieblich, Vice President of First Data’s FundsXpress online banking platform. “With rapidly increasing ACH volumes and growing regulation, financial institutions are asking for higher security, and that is why we are working with Laru,” she says.
November 22, 2010--Fundtech Ltd, a NASDAQ-listed developer of transactional banking software, has launched Mobile ACCESSplus, a mobile platform designed specifically for corporate electronic banking. George Ravich, Fundtech’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, tells Canadian Treasurer that the platform currently works with Blackberrry and Apple wireless devices as well as devices running the Android and Microsoft mobile operating systems.