Predictions for 2012

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Welcome to 2012!

As we settle back into the swing of things, we take a moment to reflect on the year that was and the year ahead. It’s no secret that 2011 was a challenging year for the financial industry. A mood of uncertainty dominated which was combined with market volatility and industry missteps, such the MF Global debacle. In this environment, compliance, regulations, transparency, risk management, data management and the cloud were the big topics for just about every firm.

For 2012, we foresee much of the same: another challenging year with firms trying to maneuver in an uncertain environment. The key difference between 2011 and 2012 so far seems to be one of outlook, in which we see more optimism from the folks we are speaking with than we did last year. Taking this optimistic view, every challenge or problem is truly an opportunity. The key is finding where the opportunities lie. Knowing exactly where you want to go, how to get there, and what’s standing in your way will help ease the challenges that lie ahead.

For 2012, we’ll cover the most pressing industry topics (and then some), highlight relevant viewpoints and make sure to get your thoughts as well. After all, the more we know and the more we share, the more everyone benefits.

Here’s to an inspired year!

With that, we ask you: what are the biggest issues facing your firm? How do you plan to address them? Tell us on LinkedIn.