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Fintech includes four areas, all of which are changing the financial industry in different ways. These include peer-to-peer financing, robo-advising or systematic asset management, decentralized finance and machine learning and artificial intelligence, said Campbell Harvey, professor of finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, during a panel at the Northern Finance Association’s conference in […]


“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” Opening the keynote address at the Northern Finance Association Conference in September with this quote by Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase, Campbell Harvey, professor of finance at Duke University, spoke about the challenges of using data empirically. He cited being careful about data selection, delegation, […]


The Ontario Securities Commission has laid out its priorities for 2019-20, which focus on promoting confidence in Ontario’s capital markets and reducing regulatory burden. In terms of confidence building, the commission said it intends to continue consulting on client-focused reforms and on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ policy consultations on mutual fund embedded commissions; improve the […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 8, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 10:39
Rise People partners with Cowan Insurance Group for new integrated product

Digital human resources company Rise People Inc. is partnering with Cowan Insurance Group to launch an integrated product that includes human resources, payroll and insurance services. In December 2017, Rise People launched a national sponsorship program aimed at combining its technological expertise with advice from consultants, such as Surrey, B.C.-based Davis Benefits and Pensions Ltd. and […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 10, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 15:30
Caisse-backed venture capital fund completes $75M financing round

Luge Capital, a venture capital fund backed by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has completed a round of financing worth $75 million in order to begin its operations. The fund, which focuses on early-stage financial technology companies and artificial intelligence solutions applied to the financial services sector, first announced last fall that it had […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 11, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 15:00
Great-West Life funds Toronto program fostering innovations in health, financial tech

The Great-West Life Assurance Co. is contributing $300,000 to a Toronto-based program that aims to help technology startups working to improve economic productivity and human well-being. The insurance company will contribute the funds over three years to seed-stage program Creative Destruction Lab, part of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The program, which runs over nine months, provides entrepreneurs with […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 15, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:07
What Bitcoin investors can learn from the rise and fall of gold, dot-com companies

I have been watching Bitcoin’s price advance with trepidation. In just six months its value has quintupled and it has risen more than tenfold since last December. It started 2017 at just below $1,000 and by the end of November it hit $11,000, proceeding to surpass $16,000 a few days later. This, to me, is reminiscent of […]

Rise People launches partnership program with pension, benefits consultants

Digital human resources company Rise People Inc. is launching a national partnership program that allows it to offer its integrated human resources, insurance, group benefits and pension product through consultants and advisory firms across Canada. The company noted it aims to combine its technology expertise with advice from consultants, such as Granville West Group in Vancouver; Davis Benefits […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 6, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 17:12
Panel considers value of pharmacogenetic testing, fintech for benefits plans

As innovations in science and technology disrupt the status quo, developments such as pharmacogenetic testing in group benefits plans and robo-advisors in the pension industry are offering new options for plan members, a panel of experts said at an event on Wednesday. The acceptance of pharmacogenetic testing is growing as 88 per cent of doctors believe it will be the […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • November 24, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30