The Investment and Operations NZ survey is back. Following the success of last year’s inaugural research project, Investment News NZ (IN NZ) is once again asking for industry input on the issues of the day (and year).
In 2016, the survey, conducted in association with BNP Paribas Securities Services NZ, confirmed anecdotal evidence that the impending Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMC) was the number one sleep-deprivation factor for the country’s investment professionals.
But with six months of full-on FMC experience under its belt, is the financial services industry over regulation? Or still feeling over-regulated?
The only way to find out is by asking; which is why the NZ Investment and Operations Survey 2017 is now open for feedback by clicking here.
Of course, while FMC might be, almost, yesterday’s news, this time around the industry faces yet another legislative overhaul with the imminent update of the financial advisory regime.
Regulation aside, other concerns have come to the fore over the previous 12 months. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, for example, which ranked a low priority in the 2016 IN NZ/BNP Paribas NZ survey, blew up as a cause célèbre in the intervening months.
Despite a rash of geopolitical ‘surprises’ over the last year global markets are testing new highs with little signs of volatility: which could either be cause for celebration (one more glass of punch can’t hurt) or time to leave the party.
Meanwhile, fintech fever has gone viral, infecting all NZ banks, millennial-staffed start-ups and even regulators with big data and big dreams.
But is ‘disruption’ more cliché than verité in financial services? Will learning-machines and artificial intelligence render humans passé, or do people still have a purpose?
We would appreciate hearing your views: RSVP to our survey ASAP.
The anonymous questionnaire – which, as explained above, is available by clicking here – should take about five minutes to complete (less if you are a robot):
As per the 2016 survey, BNP Paribas NZ and IN NZ will collate, analyse and publish the results in a full report – this time showing year-on-year trends – later in 2017.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Investment News NZ