One of the core beliefs of 1st Global is that thought leadership is critical to CPA firm growth and success. The firms that affiliate with 1st Global rely upon the progressive ongoing education that is derived from the primary research we perform on the accounting and financial services industries. The following articles have been published in leading accounting and investment journals. We encourage you to weigh in on the articles and interviews posted here. We want to hear your voice!

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Emerging Markets: A Growing Global Force

By: Jose Zepeda
IMS Trader

Sep 21, 2016

Emerging markets are a group of countries that are in a transition phase: They have maturing financial and regulatory systems, are open to foreign investment and trade liberalization, and are gearing toward becoming industrialized nations.  (more)

Data Security While Traveling Internationally

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

Aug 24, 2016

While technology provides many advantages to us in our daily lives, it can also be a source of risk to our personal information — especially while traveling internationally.  (more)

Taking a Strategic Approach in a Low-Rate Environment

By: Rick Spencer, CFA

Aug 18, 2016

The search for income from investments has only become more challenging in recent years, and for years, investors have been told that interest rates can only increase from here. In our challenging economic environment, it is important not to give up on the opportunity to earn a decent level of return at an acceptable level of risk.  (more)

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of the Fixed-Income Market

By: Moises Ospina
Senior Advisor, Capital Markets

Jul 14, 2016

Central banks around the world have used monetary policy to stimulate economic growth.  (more)

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Password Protection

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

Jul 8, 2016

Because of the growing concern of hacking and fraudulent schemes in the technology we use every day, the importance of password protection is something all businesses — and all individuals — should understand and apply.  (more)

Brexit Is a Reality — Now What?

By: Jesper Rindboel, CFA, FRM
Portfolio Manager, 1st Global Investment Management Research Group

Jun 24, 2016

With the U.K.’s exit from the European Union — the Brexit — now a reality, there is a great level of uncertainty among investors as they try to discern what this means to their financial plans.  (more)

Keys to Making Wise Investment Decisions

By: Alan Zabloudil
Director, Capital Markets

Jun 15, 2016

How you feel about market conditions and sentiment can greatly impact your decision to make your savings work harder for you through investing.  (more)

Protecting Your Business from Cybercrime

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

May 20, 2016

Cybercrime has become a prevalent problem in society today with the advancement of technology and instantaneous access to so many different online outlets.  (more)

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Becoming Phishing Bait

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

May 16, 2016

A common issue that continues to grow as a problem in the technology world is phishing, which is a tactic used by cybercriminals to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from unsuspecting individuals.  (more)

Shifts in Major Asset Classes

By: Yogi Kraja
IMS Trader

Apr 22, 2016

With a strong U.S. dollar and slowing global economic output, lower commodity prices have not helped the Fed’s case in raising interest rates, leaving investors plenty of opportunity to adjust their inflation expectations.  (more)

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