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Entries in Financial Services Firms (13)

Wednesday
Oct262016

Post-Brexit: Will Financial Services Firms Leave London?

London’s financial districts provide London’s financial services firms with an ecosystem like no other, but could this now be under threat?

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

Over the weekend it was widely reported that Brexit could mean the end of the city’s financial district as we know it. Whispers by top industry representatives even warned that banks could start leaving London before Christmas as the industry struggles to adjust to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit more than any other sector of the economy, both in the degree of its effect and implications. London has long been seen as the epicentre of the financial market in Europe. But rising real estate costs have led companies to move outside the Capital. With the recent Brexit vote causing many firms to have their hands ‘quivering over the relocate button’, is it likely that this spread will continue to secondary cities like Birmingham? Or will companies establish a stronger presence in Mainland Europe?

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Monday
Oct102016

How to Add Vibrancy to Latin America's Finance Workforce

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Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

Let’s get real for a second. Latin American countries, people, and culture are vibrant, musical, bubbly, and social, with strong family bonds (kids live with their parents well into their thirties or until marriage). Play some music in any office in Latin America on a Friday around 5:30pm and you will have a dancing and singing party, or “Planchaton,” in no time!

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Tuesday
Sep272016

How to Choose the Right Amenities for Your Office

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Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

“You can’t always get what you want,” sang the Rolling Stones. It’s true in life and no less true in the workplace environment, particularly when it comes to amenities. But a smart and strategic approach to amenity selection and design can result in something much better: you get what you need.

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Monday
Sep192016

Nearshoring in the United States

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Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

“Everybody's doing it!” No, they’re not dancing to that great Irving Berlin song. The “it” that everybody's doing in the world of financial services is "nearshoring." Nearshoring? What on earth is nearshoring? You might ask, “Do I want to be doing it? What are the consequences?”

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Thursday
Mar032016

How Technology Has Changed Workplace Design in the Financial Services Sector, Part 1

Every iteration of technology changes how people work. Image © Gensler

Recently, while discussing some tweaks to the layout of his own office, I was asked by an investment industry leader, “What’s changed in office designs?”

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