Markets are up and the economy is down. Some next moves for investors

The New York Stock Exchange.

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The financial markets are rising and the economy is falling. What is with this disconnect between the two? Many investors may be asking themselves if this is all a cause for concern.

So, what’s an investor to do?

To begin with, the financial markets were doing quite well before the pandemic. In fact, the S&P 500 Index closed at a record high (3,386) on Feb. 19. But once Covid-19 cases started spreading in the U.S., the markets plunged. By March 23, the S&P 500 had fallen about 34%.

Fast forward a few months, however, and the numbers tell a different story. By the end of the first week in August, the S&P 500 had risen nearly 50% since March 23, regaining almost all the ground it had lost.

Meanwhile, at the same time of this market rally, the overall economy

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Abaka launches Chatbot as a Service solution for financial firms

  • baka debuted a conversational chatbot product for financial firms to integrate into their digital channels, complementing its existing AI applications.
  • The move will be especially useful for smaller players’ digital transformations.

The off-the-shelf offering enables financial advisors, wealth managers, retail banks, insurers, and retirement providers to integrate an AI chatbot, Finextra reports. Launched in 2015, Abaka is a technology platform that provides AI solutions to financial firms of all sizes, and it has offices in the UK, France, Singapore, and the US.

Reported benefits of using AI interactions for global banking and insurance customers

Abaka launches Chatbot as a Service solution for financial firms.

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Abaka’s chatbot promises to boost financial firms’ client engagement and satisfaction, and complements its existing products.

  • Financial firms are keen to use chatbots to improve customer interactions, but they face implementation challenges.¬†Forty-nine percent of global consumers say that AI interactions in insurance and banking provide better security and privacy around personal data than humans
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