Tools for Success in Financial Services & Fintech PR

Sep 13 2018

Today’s financial markets operate at lightning speeds and are constantly monitored by regulators and compliance organizations to ensure there is a level playing field for all participants. Participants must ensure their operations are organized and buttoned-up, particularly their messaging and their brand image. With that in mind, managing public relations for firms in this sector – whether asset managers, fintech vendors, or tier-one banks – is no small task and requires a specific set of expertise, tools and strategies. Here are five tips that will help you successfully manage your client’s expectations and become a more well-rounded communications professional.  

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Entering the New Era of Banking Stress Tests

Jul 2 2018

As technology and regulation continue to mold and catalyze a structural evolution in the banking sector, so must the commissions and administrations that oversee it.

Earlier this year, the Fed announced that it is considering an overhaul to its annual stress tests that are given to the United States’ largest banks, transitioning from a Pass/Fail grading system to a more comprehensive approach that would mandate a capital ratio as soon as 2019, as reported by Ryan Tracy at The Wall Street Journal last week.

Some believe this is a necessary step to ensure we do not encounter another economic crisis, but others remain skeptical of whether the tests truly gauge the integrity of our largest banks.

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Pages with P.J: The Inner Lives of Markets

InnerMarketsBookReview
Aug 1 2017

The third Pages with P.J. column focuses on Tim Sullivan’s and Ray Fisman’s The Inner Lives of Markets, which examines the inner workings and evolution of market dynamics. From securities trading across the global capital markets to the online behemoths like eBay and Amazon that dominate online retail, markets influence our everyday lives whether we realize it or not. This book examines exactly how marketplaces function and how they have changed with the rapid pace of technology innovation.

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Pages with P.J: Phishing for Phools

Phishing for Phools
May 3 2017

In the second installment of Pages with P.J., I take a look at Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. Phishing for Phools outlines the theories formulated by Nobel Prize-winning economists George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller about how free markets operate across various industries and that regardless of intentions of all parties, there will always be a winner and a loser. In other words, someone will always be “phished” for a “phool”.

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Pages with PJ: The Only Game in Town

The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse
Feb 22 2017

In Pages with PJ, I will be taking a close look at books that affect the financial industry. This week, I read Mohamed A. El-Erian’s The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse. It details how the Federal Reserve, central banks and key policymakers have impacted the global economy and how they will remain the instrumental players in sculpting capital markets well into the future.  

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The Future of FinTech: Where’s the Next Hub?

fintech
Sep 15 2016

The emergence of financial technology, or “fintech” as it has become universally known, has been rapid and widespread. From high-speed trading to cloud infrastructure, it has become the beating heart of the capital markets. But while adoption is ubiquitous and inevitable, New York and London remain the world’s premier fintech centers. With these leading markets well-defined, where will we see the next major fintech hub emerge?

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The Perfect Media Interview (Vlog)

Media Interview
Aug 30 2016

Media interviews are a power tool used to garner exposure for your brand and position you as a thought leader in your industry. Paragon’s Geena De Rose and P.J. Kinsella offer a few tips on how to make your next interview a success.
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Social Media’s Tipping Point

Social Media Tipping Point
May 31 2016

Anyone who has read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point has been exposed to a number of different epidemics, some of which are much easier to explain than others. The rate at which social media has exploded in the last decade makes one wonder if it’s the next major trend to reach its tipping point. At its current rate of adoption, there’s reason to believe that it might be.

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Regulation Hits the Big Screen

Regulation Hits Big Screen
Apr 21 2016

Regulation is always one of the top stories across the global financial sector. Market structure is constantly evolving and, as such, must be cautiously monitored by regulators around the globe. While regulatory issues are not exactly the most enthralling of discussion topics, I thought it would be fun to compare some of the big ones to films. Below you’ll find a little AFI (American Film Institute) and a little AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive).

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Requiem for a Resume

March Madness and Resumes
Mar 22 2016

Last week, the NCAA tournament – arguably the most exciting sports championship of the year – kicked off around the country. As always, “March Madness” did not disappoint in the first two rounds, with upsets aplenty and last second finishes that will be replayed for ages. However, this year was marked by some blatant oversights by the tournament committee, who failed to recognize the accomplishments of some smaller schools and instead granted spots in the field to bigger, more established programs whose “resume” was deemed more impressive (see what ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi had to say).

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