One of the issues that plagues investor education and financial service professionals, who are focused on educating retail investors and have a vested interest in a better-informed client base, is that many individuals don’t perceive themselves as investors.
The combination of the financial crisis, events like the Libor scandal, and frequent news stories about financial organizations putting their interests above their clients, it is obvious why some investors may be concerned about the quality of advice and the motivations of their financial service providers.
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A European Central Bank plan to normalize monetary policy is on track, says Jens Weidmann, president of Germany's Bundesbank. The ECB aims to end bond buying by year-end, clearing the way for gradual interest-rate increases, Weidmann says, and a forecast of 1.7% inflation in 2020 is in line with stability targets. Reuters (19 Aug.)
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he hopes for a breakthrough in talks between the US and Mexico about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lighthizer also said he expects Canada might rejoin talks soon. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (17 Aug.)
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