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March 2018

The Olympic stadium built in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for this year’s Winter Games cost $109 million. It was used four times and will be demolished, meaning the cost of the stadium is $10 million per hour of use. The stadium was not used for a single event. Since 1968, no Olympic Games have come in under budget….

February 2018

Artificial intelligence is no longer something we just see in Sci-Fi films, often set in dark, disturbing versions of the future. It has now become reality, and financial services firms and organisations are embracing this new technology, applying it to the way they do business and deal with customers. From automated tellers to robo-investing, AI is changing the…

January 2018

As our January newsletter goes out to you, the global crypto currency market is tanking, with all the major coins experiencing a major drop. However there has been a huge amount of talk in 2017 about the influence of blockchain technology, and this will almost certainly continue in 2018. Bitcoin will remain the ‘gold standard’…

December 2017

2017: A Year In Review Global growth is said to be headed for a 6-year high with expected growth reaching 3.7% for 2018. This sort of growth hasn’t been seen since 2011, with the last financial year also seeing the strongest growth in global trade since the GFC. In Australia, the financial services and insurance sector has outperformed…

November 2017

We recently caught The Wizard of Lies, the HBO-produced TV movie about Bernie Madoff and the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, starring Robert De Niro. De Niro plays a cool, calm Madoff; engaging and charismatic enough to swindle billions from investors, and curiously swift to deflect any questions regarding the future of Madoff Securities when questioned by his sons….

October 2017

Bond. Green Bond. There’s been plenty in the news the last few years about the trend to move away from investing in alcohol, gambling, tobacco and firearms stocks. Well, “green” bonds are another way of making socially responsible decisions when it comes to investments. As the name suggests, green bonds are specifically in support of environmental…

September 2017

Outsourcing HR: A Smart Move? In a world where businesses are often looking to cut costs and increase efficiency, HR is one of many functions of a company that are increasingly being outsourced. Global Industry Analysts estimate that the global market for Human Resources Outsourcing is going to reach close to US$54bn by 2020. That’s only…

August 2017

Technology in Wealth Management: Friend or Foe? For a while now Australian wealth has sat with the baby boomers but we’re seeing a shift towards younger millennials. What this means is that the needs and requirements of the industry are changing. Millennials are seeking increased efficiency and adaptation by established firms. Now more than ever,…

July 2017

Later this year a new law will be introduced in New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio, whereby companies will no longer be able to ask prospective employees about their past salary earnings or any other related compensation. The law, which the Mayor has described as a “milestone achievement”, is being introduced in an…

June 2017

The recently announced Australian Major Bank Levy Bill will raise around $6.2bn over the next four years, applying to only the 5 largest banks, ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac and Macquarie, with the government imposing a 0.06% tax on bank liabilities. The amount raised under this levy is a bit complex because it will vary depending on…

May 2017

Increasingly, Investment Bankers, from grad-level Analysts to senior VPs, are getting tired of the long hours with variable reward and are seeking to make a seismic career shift into the Fintech game. In our opinion the concept of working in ‘Fintech’ is getting broader and less defined, but across our four coverage locations from Singapore,…

April 2017

Some of our candidates get an interview with the HCM team and ask why HCM instead of HR? Well, here we attempt to quickly explain the difference. Human Capital Management (HCM) is an approach to staffing where people are perceived as assets (human capital). It’s a different way of tackling the management of employees and…