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Financial services and insurance, most read in 2017

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Street Talk | Episode 98: Regulatory scrutiny having cooling effect on community bank M&A

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Insight Weekly: M&A outlook; US community bank margins; green hydrogen players' EU expansion

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Street Talk | Episode 97: Recessionary fears still keeping bank investors on the sidelines

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Making sanctions effective: Key themes for banks


Financial services and insurance, most read in 2017

Most read stories for 2017 include an article on Warren Buffet, who warned "naysayers" in annual letter, and a report on Donald Trump's plan to separate consumer lending from investment banking.

Warren Buffett has warning for 'naysayers' in annual letter

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s President and CEO Warren Buffett added a warning to "naysayers" and a reference to the likelihood of major market declines to his usual optimistic remarks about the U.S. economy and long-term investment outlook.

Promising Dodd-Frank relief, Trump also considers breaking up banks

President Donald Trump considered separating consumer lending from investment banking. He made the comments while promising the banking industry that relief from the postcrisis Dodd-Frank Act would be coming soon.

Lemonade CEO blasts 'copycat' insurers Liberty Mutual, GEICO in blog post

Lemonade Insurance Co. CEO and co-founder Daniel Schreiber called out other insurers as "copycats," citing certain advertising campaigns, products and technology offerings.

State Farm steps up investments in insurtech-type ventures

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. during the first quarter increased its investment in a technology startup and made an initial capital contribution to a new subsidiary that will test advanced insurance and technology concepts.

After Equifax, it's still unclear who is liable for cyberattacks

The Equifax Inc. breach has again raised the question of what parties are liable in a cyberattack, as financial services industry leaders called for clarity and Congress looked into the incident, which may have affected about 143 million U.S. customers.

Diversity can pay — but women aren't 'pixie dust'

Investors hoping to beat the market by focusing on diversity need to dig deeper than a simple metric such as the number of women on a board. When combined with the right leadership or deployed under certain conditions, diversity is strongly correlated with improved profits. But the empirical, peer-reviewed research tells a nuanced narrative about the relation between diversity and market returns.

Looming CEO pay ratio rule could lead to season of discontent

A long-awaited rule requiring public companies to disclose how CEO compensation compares with the rest of the workforce is expected to generate scrutiny and friction during the 2018 shareholder meeting season. It is up for debate whether the rule benefits investors.