What are the latest comparable statistics for mergers and acquisitions and active trades in the financial services industry? Check out PwC's quarterly valuation summaries for the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management sectors. Insights include: trends in market multiples, related transactions, and transaction benchmarking analysis.
This PwC podcast series focuses on the latest technical developments in the financial services industry and what those developments mean for you. Topics for podcasts range from broad financial services industry specific issues such as actuarial or banking to technical issues related to financial statement presentation resulting from new accounting standards/pronouncements, recently issued tax regulations, and IRS practice and procedure issues.
These webcasts feature Wayne Carnall, PwC partner and former Chief Accountant in the Division of Corporate Finance of the SEC, from 2007-2011. One webcast discusses trends impacting Product & Services sectors and the other is focused on Financial Services industries.
Rapidly accessing and processing increasingly large volumes of data derived from various sources is a major challenge for financial institutions. What makes Big Data different from traditional data management?
Security incidents at financial institutions attributed to partners and vendors rose to 18% in 2012. Although improvements to strengthen third-party risk management (TPRM) have been made, PwC has found that most institutions still need to apply a risk-based approach to their vendor reviews.
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) continue to experience significant growth, both in the US and globally. Successful ETF sponsors will need to adapt to the increasing competitive landscape to operate in an efficient and cost effective manner.
On June 5, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board approved an interim final rule (with request for comment by August 4, 2013) on the treatment of uninsured US branches and agencies of foreign banks under section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act - the so-called Swaps Pushout rule.
On June 3rd, the Financial Stability Oversight Council met in a closed session and voted to provide written notice to three major US nonbank financial companies of the Council’s proposal to deem them as systemically important.
This FS Regulatory Brief focuses on (a) the broad principles underlying the SEC and CFTC releases, with a focus on the obligations of dealers; (b) the primary discrepancies between the two regulators' approaches to cross-border transactions and substituted compliance; (c) whether (and the extent to which) the SEC proposal may shape final CFTC cross-border rules and guidance or simply complicate the picture; and (d) operational implications of the dueling proposals and what institutions should be doing now.
This FS Regulatory Brief (a) analyzes the guidance’s key points, and (b) offers our view that further written regulatory detail is unlikely to be provided in the near term because of the guidance’s link to the Too Big To Fail debate in Washington and because of lack of agreement between the regulators.
The final FATCA regulations released in January brought clarity on some issues the insurance industry had identified in the proposed regulations. While some provisions in the final regulations attempt to simplify the impact on the insurance industry, other provisions have ultimately complicated FATCA's impact.
This FS Regulatory Brief provides our view of (a) where banks stand right now in preparing for Volcker, (b) the timing of the final rule and what it may look like, (c) the response of foreign regulators, and most important (d) what banks should be doing now.
Financial services mergers & acquisitions (M&A) will face both uncertainty and opportunities in 2013 due to several factors including increased regulatory costs, depressed organic growth, and the greater availability of attractive financing.
After decades of relying on agency distribution, life insurers are unprepared to keep up with changing consumer buying habits and behaviors. The number of life insurance agents continues to decline as more consumers turn to the Web for insurance. Insurers must adapt their go-to-market strategies toward direct distribution or risk losing market share.
The US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released their guidance on FATCA for the asset management industry, with a compliance deadline of January 2014. Key issues in implementation and other areas remain to be resolved.
PwC released an earlier newsbrief on January 18, 2013 highlighting many of the distinctions between the proposed and final FATCA regulations, which potentially apply to all industries. To supplement the earlier newsbrief, this newsbrief describes the most notable differences between the proposed and final regulations that will impact insurers.
The final FATCA regulations document from PwC's Global Information Reporting (GIR) practice is formatted with references in an easy to read format. The GIR team has developed this version of the regulations to give tax and compliance professionals an easier option to study and know the rules surrounding FATCA.
Final regulations for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) were issued on January 17, 2013. FATCA was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) on March 18, 2010 to serve as an administrative tool to prevent and detect US tax evasion and improve taxpayer compliance. The final regulations contain over 500 pages of guidance.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) was enacted as part of the Hiring to Restore Incentives (“HIRE”) Act. FATCA was enacted with a primary goal of providing the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) with an increased ability to detect US tax evaders concealing their assets in foreign accounts and investments.
For non-financial services companies, regulations introduced by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Basel III will result in significant changes to the derivatives market. Every aspect of a corporation using derivative to manage risk will ultimately be affected—from risk strategies and corporate funding to operations and accounting. This 10Minutes provides insight on the impacts of new regulation on corporate entities and what those entities need to do now in order to meet impending reform deadlines and ensure they're well equipped to manage increased costs and compliance responsibilities.
The rise of the digital consumer and the high-cost infrastructure of physical banking locations are leading to a declining ROI for branches. Evolving the branch network to align with changing consumer and economic realities can help banks boost ROI and position themselves for the future.