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Tips for Communicating with Employees During a Spin-Off, Demerger or Divestiture

Vested Managing Director Ted Birkhahn shares the importance of employee communications when it comes to spin-offs.

Justin Joffe, Editor in Chief

Becoming B Corp Certified as a Wealth & Asset Manager

Bailard, a top wealth and asset management firm and long time Vested client, has officially received their B Corp certification after completing the process earlier this year.

Marian Daniells, Director

China’s Prospects Are Far from Bright: Most of Its Wounds Are Self Inflicted

China’s economic future is dimmer than its shining past. Most of its problems originated in the Forbidden City.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Comms Lessons from Paramount’s Leadership Upheaval

When there’s a shakeup at the top of an organization, the impact cascades through the organization, creating ripple effects well beyond the executive level.

Sean Devlin, Editor

Content Marketing for Financial Services: Tips, Ideas & Strategies

Unlock the power of content marketing in finance with Vested. Drive engagement and build trust with expert strategies tailored for financial services.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Proactive Strategies for Communicating About Activist Investors

Recent proxy battles offer insights into how communications can get out in front of the drama.

Justin Joffe, Editor in Chief

Fitch Takes A Dim View Of China’s Financial Outlook

Fitch, the credit rating agency, has announced that it harbors doubts about the future of Chinese finance.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Art of Persuasion: Media Interviews as a Performance

Learning how to deliver a great media interview that ultimately results in positive coverage requires practice, refinement, and technique.

Geri Cheng, Senior Account Executive

Vested View: The Value of Pressing Pause

We sat down with Millie Graham, Account Director at Vested, to discuss her recent sabbatical and what she got up to during her time away.

Amelia Graham, Account Director

Vested Embarks on Marcomms Degrees Tie-Up With London University

Financial PR and marketing agency Vested is helping City, University of London to deliver marcomms degree courses and support new talent joining the industry.

Elizabeth Wiredu, Reporter

Consumer Confidence Amid Uncertainty

With inflation in the UK at a standstill and global elections looming, consumer confidence takes a dip.

Sophie Paterson, Associate Director

The Post-ChatGPT Playbook: Key Learnings about Communicating GenAI

Key learnings from Vested's experiences on consulting with and advising our clients on generative AI.

Austin Rae Downey, Account Manager

Social Media for Financial Services: Benefits, Tips & Strategies

Discover powerful strategies for financial services social media marketing with Vested. Maximize engagement and grow your brand effectively.

Caroline McMullan, Senior Account Manager

A Day in the Life of a Vested UK Account Executive: Caitlin Ellis

A day at Vested in the life of Account Executive Caitlin Ellis.

Caitlin Ellis, Account Executive

Sustainable Snapshot: Valentine's Day 2024

Tune into Sustainable Snapshot, the video series with Vested Director Marian Daniells and AssetTV.

Marian Daniells, Director

Ted Birkhahn Joins Vested as Managing Director

Ted Birkhahn joins Vested as Managing Director where he will lead the firm's strategic push into the middle market.

Bitcoin Again: This Time Bigger and Better

In light of the SEC's approval of Bitcoin ETFs, Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores Bitcoin's volatility and investment value.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Sustainable Snapshot: Green Asset Ratio

Tune into Sustainable Snapshot, the video series with Vested Director Marian Daniells and AssetTV.

Marian Daniells, Director

Bank Branding: Ideas, Inspiration & Best Practices

Discover the impact of branding for financial services companies, particularly banking institutions.

Chad Schmidt, Vice President

Still 'a topic of hand-wringing': Four years after COVID began, agency RTO policies are yet a work in progress

Firms generally want employees in the office at least two days a week, but questions continue about whether to mandate attendance, how to monitor it and other factors.

Jess Ruderman, Reporter

The Impact of Marketing Automation for Financial Services

Discover the impact of marketing automation for financial services brands, including key benefits and use cases for the finance sector.

Ibby Hussain, Vice President

Social Media Star Erika Kullberg Shares How to Avoid TikTok Scams and Get Rich the Right Way

Vested Managing Director Eric Hazard shares the importance of evaluating a TikTok commentator’s financial experience before taking any advice with InvestorPlace.

Samuel O'Brient, Reporter

Vested UK 2023: It’s a Wrap

EMEA CEO Elspeth Rothwell reflects on a wonderful year of growth, collaboration, and partnership.

Elspeth Rothwell, EMEA CEO

2023 Marks Another Landmark Year for Vested

As 2023 comes to a close, Vested has won numerous awards and recognitions that support the agency’s continued rapid growth and commitment to delivering unparalleled creativity to the financial services industry.

Financial Branding: Ideas, Inspiration & Best Practices

Learn best practices for financial branding, get inspiration from successful brands, and find out how to build a brand kit in this guide from Vested.

Eric Hazard, Managing Director

There’s No Such Thing as Over Preparing: Looking Ahead to 2024

Vested partnered with Trajectory for the MoneyMinds trends research that explores lag-flation, the economic power divide, and sustained -ability.

Paul Flatters, Co-Founder, Trajectory Partnership

Navigating the UK’s Evolving Media Landscape

In today's evolving media landscape, news consumption is moving from traditional broadcast TV, newspapers and broadsheets to social media platforms.

Elizabeth Murray, Account Manager

Whither the Private Debt Boom

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the history of private lenders and how they've come to control some $1.5 trillion of debt.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Sustainability & Authentic Storytelling

Our MoneyMinds insights explore the biggest trends impacting the financial services landscape in 2024. The third trend looked at the long-term sustainability agenda and the role of the financial services industry in driving this forward.

Gian Marco Candolo, Account Manager

Vested MoneyMinds Insights: 2024 Trends

Leaders in the financial services marketing and communications space gathered for discussion about Vested's MoneyMinds insights, which breaks down the key trends brands need to aware of in 2024.

Katie Spreadbury, Managing Director

Dear Marketing and Comms Pros - Your Job Is to Continue Learning About Your Target Audience

With a growing economic power divide, audiences are segmenting at a faster rate. Account Manager Tolani Idris explores how brands can serve these different audiences with more relevant messaging.

Tolani Idris, Account Manager

All Change Please: What a New Government will Mean for PR

UK CEO Elspeth Rothwell shares how PR professionals can prepare for a possible change in UK government.

Daney Parker, Editor

MoneyMinds: Building Trust While Grappling with Lag-flation

Account Manager Elizabeth Murray delves into lag-flation (the long lasting impact of inflation), one of the trends discovered in the MoneyMinds research.

Elizabeth Murray, Account Manager

Are Banks Failing to Address the Unique Needs of Women?

Survey data suggests that financial anxiety among women has worsened in recent years, even as banks say that they are focused on addressing the specific needs of women. Vested CEO Binna Kim shares the importance of technology and data with The Financial Brand.

Caroline Hroncich, Reporter

Fintechs Are Pivotal To Helping Younger Consumers Feel Confident Switching Banks

What moves the needle when it comes to younger generations changing banks? Vested Ventures CEO Eric Hazard shares the three main areas of focus for fintechs to build comfort with their consumers in this article with The Fintech Times.

Francis Bignell, Writer

Sustainable Snapshot: New Board Diversity Trends

Tune into Sustainable Snapshot, the video series with Vested Director Marian Daniells and AssetTV.

Marian Daniells, Director

The Complete Guide to Public Relations for Financial Services

Managing Director Eric Hazard shares the complete guide to public relations for financial services.

Eriz Hazard, Managing Director

Dr. Claudia Goldin: 2023 Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Sciences

Dr. Claudia Goldin, Harvard professor and trailblazer, won the 2023 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Caroline McMullan, Senior Marketing Strategist

Qwoted Rolls Out Collaborative Industry Network

Qwoted released a new feature allowing users to search by agency, subject matter, expertise, job title or name.

Natasha Bach, Writer

China’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati breaks down China's severe economic troubles.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Sustainable Snapshot: Conference Season & Carbon Offset Programs

Tune into Sustainable Snapshot, the video series with Vested Director Marian Daniells and AssetTV.

Marian Daniells, Director

How Communicators Help Employees Use Their Wellness Benefits

Vested Chief People Officer Loreal Torres shares the ways she communicates benefits with new and existing employees.

Sean Devlin, Editor

Whither ESG Investing

Chief Economist Milton Ezrati shares the history of ESG investing in the United States and where the data shows us we're headed.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Vested View: Why is a Sabbatical an Important Part of a Career Journey?

After four years with Vested, Account Director George Pitt took advantage of Vested's three month sabbatical program.

George Pitt, Associate Director

Gen Z Favors Word of Mouth Over Marketing

Group Vested CEO Binna Kim shares her thoughts on the Netflix factor and what the younger generation expects out of their banking experience in this piece with American Banker.

John Reosti, Reporter

Introducing Sustainable Snapshot

Introducing the Sustainable Snapshot, the new video series with Vested Director Marian Daniells and AssetTV.

Marian Daniells, Director

Crafting an Ever-Evolving Editorial Calendar

Vested Managing Director Eric Hazard shares his advice on staying true to your organization's editorial objectives and how to make the most out of your content with PR Daily.

Sean Devlin, Reporter

Top Agency Leaders Talk Tech

Group CEO Binna Kim joined PRWeek and Notified for a roundtable on the conversations agencies are having with their clients on technology and artificial intelligence.

Melissa Fleming, Reporter

Office Space: More Trouble for the Foreseeable Future

The real-estate impact of COVID lockdowns is empty office space and a lack of desire to return to in-person work full time. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the fallout and the longterm effects in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

China Is Dumping Its U.S. Treasury Bonds

China has begun to sell its vast holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores what this means for financial markets, Washington's finances, and the economy at large.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Is the UK a Hostile Environment for Bigwigs Who Forget the Basics?

Are there lessons to be learned from the recent NatWest fallout? Vested Associate Director Henry Adams examines the current environment in which the story is unfolding and and the implications for business leaders moving forward.

Henry Adams, Associate Director

MAD//Fest 2023

Account Executive Marcus McGrigor shares his key learnings from this year's MAD//Fest marketing festival in London.

Marcus McGrigor, Account Executive

What Google Analytics 4 Means for Your Business

Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is here to stay and Universal Analytics has officially been retired. What does that mean for your organization and why does it matter?

Ibby Hussain, Senior Account Manager

Threads Is Huge. Sew What?

Meta’s Threads has been out only a few weeks, but it already has become a major player in the social space. But is it the Twitter killer everyone was anticipating?

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Future of Crypto

Recent SEC action against two of the world’s largest crypto exchanges have called into question the future of crypto. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Breakfast & Brainfood: B2B Marketing in the New Digital Era

The Vested UK team hosted a Breakfast & Brainfood event with LinkedIn and BlackRock with discussion about how marketers are engaging with institutional investment audiences in the new post-pandemic digital era.

Sophie Paterson, Associate Director

Breakfast & Brainfood with Signal AI: Mastering the Art of Meaningful Metrics

The Vested UK team hosted an event in partnership with Signal AI focused on the innovative ways companies are looking at PR and marketing measurement.

Lizzie Murray, Senior Account Executive

Another Housing Crisis?

Chief Economist Milton Ezrati talks about the ongoing housing crisis, and what we can learn from the collapse of 08-09.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Is the Fed Done?: Interest Rate Predictions

Chief Economist Milton Ezrati looks at recent actions by the Fed to predict what's next for interest rates. Spoiler alert: there are likely more hikes to come.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Navigating Communications Trends and Challenges

Group Vested CEO Binna Kim joined PR’s Top Pros Talk to discuss leadership styles, the challenges communicators face in today's environment, and how we can leverage both data and a variety of channels to mitigate the issues our clients face.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

The Bamboo Ceiling: Being an AAPI Leader

Less than seven percent of PR and advertising professionals identify as AAPI. Very few AAPIs are represented in the C-suite amongst the top PR agencies. Beyond the communications industry, AAPIs run into the “bamboo ceiling,” and AAPI women, in particular, find themselves crashing into the “bamboo glass ceiling.” Group CEO Binna Kim writes for O'Dwyer's.

Binna Kim, Group CEO

How Does the Inflationary Environment Impact How We Communicate?

The UK may be on track to dodge a recession this year, but inflation concerns remain high. Account Director Amelia Graham explores what this means for both consumers and businesses and how brands can communicate clearly to support their customers during these volatile times.

Amelia Graham, Account Director

Is the digital dollar likely?

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the implications, roadblocks, and advantages of the digital dollar after a resurgence of interest, in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Whoa, Mama: 2023 Mother's Day Spending Up $4 Billion

Despite a looming recession, data from NRF indicate that 2023 Mother’s Day spending could increase to as much as $35.7 billion - the highest year on record.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Is America Recapturing Manufacturing?

After decades of decline, American manufacturing is making something of a comeback. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati dives into the investment spending in new facilities and how a surge could impact employment.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

On Embracing AI

With artificial intelligence dominating in the business news cycle, there's a lot of talk about innovation and the future. There's also a lot of talk about the drawbacks or dangers of the emerging technology. In this article originally published by Forbes, Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati helps readers move past their fears and focus on embracing AI.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

How Can Businesses Celebrate Earth Day Authentically?

How are your Earth Day comms shaping up? Account Director Megan Lloyd shares her top pointers for brands planning to weigh in.

Megan Lloyd, Account Director

The Budget Deficit Continues

The budget deficit continues to widen, but what exactly does that mean for the US? And what exactly could be done about it? Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati breaks down the issues in this article originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Firms Dial Up Advertising to Draw Market-Shy Investors

Continued market turbulence may mean wealth management firms are allocating more advertising resources to investors looking for advice. Vested CEO Binna Kim weighs in on why firms need to simplify their messages to break through to consumers.

Michael Taffe, Reporter

After SVB Collapse, Regional Banks Hustle to Protect Their Reputation

Vested US CEO Amber Roberts weighs in on how her teams are responding to the aftermath of the SVB collapse and the importance of communications in uncertain times.

Ewan Larkin, Reporter

You Can Bank on This Crisis Communications Toolkit

In the finance world, bad news travels fast, and rumors travel even faster. All PR professionals know that in a crisis situation, every second you’re not actively participating in the conversation is a strike against you. The Vested Crisis Communications toolkit provides you with guidance that all FinComm pros can follow when planning for and responding publicly to organizational emergencies.

Amber Roberts, CEO, US

Maximizing the Vested Media Map

The recently launched Vested Media Map is a great tool to uncover valuable media trends and insights to help you stay ahead of the competition. This deep-dive video will help you discover how to maximize its potential.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

What Is the Outlook for Challenger Banks Following the Collapse of SVB?

In the wake of the SVB collapse, challenger banks have the opportunity to pick up customers who have lost their faith in traditional banking brands by positioning themselves as the alternative.

Marcus McGrigor, Account Executive

Inflation Woes Continue

The inflation issue has been tough to crack, with numbers creeping back up after a brief period of hope that we may be through the worst. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

College or Career?: The Jobs-College Split

For decades now, a college degree has been considered the only means to a good job, a “ticket to the middle class,” as many in media and in politics say.  But in today's environment, that may no longer be the case. Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the jobs-college split.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

How Will Recent Bank Failures Impact the Economy?

Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins KNX Radio to discuss whether the American banking system is really safe and if the economy will be impacted.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Silicon Valley Bank, Rising Interest Rates and Banks

Silicon Valley Bank has failed. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati analyzes how we get here, the Fed's action, and what it means for banks moving forward.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

International Women’s Day: Embrace Equity

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the theme “Embrace Equity,” which focuses on promoting gender balance and inclusion in all areas of society.

Loreal Torres, Chief People Officer

Commercial Real Estate Outlook, February 2023

The post-COVID recovery has been a mixed bag for most industries. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati looks at the numbers to help understand the commercial real estate outlook for 2023.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

PR and Communications Resources for Growth

During times of turmoil, smart orgs get resourceful. There are many free or low-cost resources that can help early-stage brands carve out a competitive advantage in the PR and marketing communications space. These are some of Team Vested’s favorites.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Vested in the News: Milton Ezrati on the 1980s Recession

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati was quoted in "Why the 1980s recession haunts the Fed," published online by The Hill on February 6th, 2023.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Technology and the Future - Part 2

In part 2 of this series originally published by The Epoch Times, Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the economic impact that technology will have on the future, with an eye toward ESG and the aging retiree population.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Charting the Media Landscape with the Vested Media Map

Vested is excited to announce the official launch of the Vested Media Map, a real-time dashboard of top media topics across core industries.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

5 Financial Leaders We Celebrate for Black History Month

These financial professionals may not be household names, but we think you’ll agree their accomplishments deserve recognition. Here are five Black Americans we’re honoring at Vested this Black History Month.

Delani Morgan & Ashley Grant, Team Vested

ChatGPT Wrote My Article For Me

Vested Chairman Dan Simon uses ChatGPT to write a whole article for him promoting Qwoted, Vested's tech platform.

Dan Simon, Chairman

Technology and the Future - Part 1

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the future impact that technology will have on the economy through the lens of data, communication, fintech, and healthcare, in part 1 of this 2-part series, originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Inflation impacts consumer spending

With inflation far outpacing recent wage gains, consumer spending in key categories is down. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the far-reaching impacts in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Are Bonds Back? Well, Yes, Sort Of.

The Fed's efforts to ease inflation have given investors reason to include bonds in their portfolios for the first time in a decade. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati examines what the renewed interest in bonds means for investors as the world’s central banks raise interest rates higher still.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Role of Reputation in Uncertain Markets

With market fluctuation and economic uncertainty at a high, brands are under increased pressure to manage their reputations. Director Jo Field examines how increased scrutiny impacts communications strategies.

Jo Field, Director

Housing Depression Will Continue

After a volatile 2022, the housing market continues to make waves in the new year. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores in this article originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Does hiring signal strength?

In early January 2023, hiring remained strong. But does hiring signal strength for the rest of the economy? Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores in this article originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Chairman Dan Simon Named to PRWeek Dashboard 25

Each year, the Dashboard 25 recognizes top leaders in the communications technology space and celebrates the innovators driving the PR industry forward. 

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Consumer cutbacks in 2023

Between inflation and rising interest rates, consumers have been cutting back on spending, increasing the looming threat of recession. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in in this article originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Vested Partner Program

After four years of service, Vested employees are eligible to join the partner program, which offers executive coaching, professional development and other perks.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

Jobs Strength Won't Last

Jobs strength has continued to grow in face of an increasingly volatile economy. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati puts it all into context in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

At the Vested Bar with Shari Dodgen: Vice President of Global Corporate Marketing at Trintech

Shari Dodgen, Vice President of Global Corporate Marketing at Trintech, sits down at the Vested bar to discuss communicating with a global mindset, speaking to various, complex audiences, and how the culture at Trintech has evolved thanks to powerful female leadership.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

Progress Against Inflation

In recent weeks, the Fed has made significant progress against inflation. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati reviews impacts so far and what we can expect next in this article originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati , Chief Economist

Song of Sam

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on the FTX collapse, Sam Bankman-Fried, and how we got here in the first place.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

A Look Back at 2022, a Look Forward to 2023

‘Tis the season for articles that look back at the past year and forward to the next. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati looks back at the wild ride that was 2022 to give us a clearer view of 2023 in this article originally published by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Federal Reserve Chair Offers Guidance on Inflation

Fed chairman Jerome Powell has frequently spoken publicly about inflation in recent weeks. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on the Fed's efforts in this article originally posted by The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Best of Vested: 2022 in Review, Q4

The final article of our 4-part series explores the top Qwoted content of Q4 2022.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Hiring is Poised to Weaken

While new job creation has seen a slight bump, evidence suggests hiring is poised to weaken. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Best of Vested: 2022 in Review, Q3

This is part 3 of our 4-part series on 2022 in Review. As we prepare for 2023, we look back on a year of Vested content. This article looks at our top content from Q3 2022.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Best of Vested: 2022 in Review, Q2

This is part 2 of our 4-part series on 2022 in Review. The end of the year is a time for reflection. As we prepare our resolutions for 2023, we look back on a year of Vested content. This article looks at our top content from Q2 2022.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Flap Over ESG

ESG investing has been in the headlines frequently as of late. In this article, Chief Economist Milton Ezrati breaks through the noise to define the major players and their interests regarding ESG regulation.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Inflation Impacts Holiday Spending, Gaudy Yard Decorations

If you noticed that Black Friday somehow became Black November this year, you’re not alone. With inflation ravaging budgets, retailers decided to meet consumers where they were at, with one of the earliest, longest holiday shopping seasons on record. Explore how inflation impacts holiday spending with Vested.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Best of Vested: 2022 in Review, Q1

The end of the year is a time for reflection. As we prepare our resolutions for 2023, we look back on a year of Vested content. This article looks at our top content from Q1 2022.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

A New Standard in Climate and Investing: Most Effective Content Marketing Campaign 2022, Financial Services Forum Awards

The Vested UK team led the go-to-market strategy for CFA UK’s Certificate in Climate & Investing, which resulted in winning the Most Effective Content Marketing Campaign 2022 at the Financial Services Forum Awards.

Jo Field, Director

Financial Services Brands on Twitter: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

What does Elon Musk's Twitter takeover mean for brands and advertisers who rely on the platform? Vested's social media experts share the advice they’ve given to financial services clients about posting and advertising on Twitter during this uncertain time.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Credit-risk Transfers: A Financial Vulnerability

Looking back to the 2008-2009 financial crisis for guidance, Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores what may be one of today's greatest vulnerabilities in the face of a potential recession: credit-risk transfers.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Gobbling Up a Little Less: Inflation and Thanksgiving 2022

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, US Americans are preparing for stuffing—the side dish and themselves. But with inflation ravaging the economy and threat of recession on the horizon, many are tightening the elastic on their stretchy pants.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Declining M&A Activity Speaks Volumes

A decline in M&A activity has spread to every market, a signal of things to come. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the roles interest rates, inflation, currency fluctuations, and uncertainty play in business decision-making, and what to expect in the future.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

UK SMEs: Optimism in the face of challenge

The Vested UK office recently hosted a Breakfast and Brainfood event and welcomed back Shiona Davies, author of the BVA BDRC SME Finance Monitor to update us all on today’s SME landscape.

Jodi Dawson, Head of UK Agency Experience

More To Worry About In Financial Markets

As the Fed drives up interest rates and recession looms, there's more to worry about in financial markets. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The US Economy is Sick

As we stand on the precipice of a recession, one thing is clear - the economy is under the weather. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati looks at earnings, inflation, and GDP to offer insights about our current situation.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Biden Competes with China

The CHIPS Act is the latest effort to re-establish American manufacturing excellence. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the impacts of recent political moves made as President Biden aims to compete with China.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Inflation: No Relief Today, Nor Any In Sight

September numbers confirm--inflation's not going anywhere anytime soon. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati investigates inflation numbers from the month and what we can expect in the near future. Originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Is Small Talk at Work Necessary to Succeed?

Vested Group CEO Binna Kim weighs in on how small talk can help build relationships at work and how employers can think about it in this article originally published on WorkLife.

Bryan Aungst, Contributor

East And West Rates Going In Different Directions

Western central banks have been fighting inflation by raising interest rates, but China has taken a different approach. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Federal Financial Mess

Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the current federal financial mess we find ourselves in and offers his insights on how we got here in this article originally pushed in The Epoch Times.

Halloween Spending 2022: Eye of Newt at Record Prices

While some may say it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus, there’s something darkly magical about spooky season. Halloween is the most fun when it’s all about the scares, and this year promises something truly terrifying: irrational consumers. Despite record inflation, a record number of adults (69%) are planning to celebrate Halloween in 2022. Dive into the ghoulish details in this blog to learn more.

BOOryan Aungst, Contributing Ghostwriter

A Guide to the Student Debt Debate

President Biden has ordered the Education Department to pursue a plan of massive debt relief for former and existing college students. But every public policy has its winners and losers. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores the potential economic impacts in this guide to the student debt debate.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

What Is a Communications Professional’s Role in the Face of War and Crisis?

In times of crisis, communications professionals have to determine the right actions, provide expert counsel, and execute with compassion and tact. Account Executive Gabby DiCarlo examines the steps professionals took during the start of the Ukraine crisis and offers a path for moving forward.

Gabby DiCarlo, Account Executive

Interest Rates Will Go Higher

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has indicated that more rate increases are coming. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores implications for recession and the economy at large, in this article originally published in The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

At the Vested Bar with Jessica Zaloom: Head of Corporate Communications at WisdomTree

Jessica Zaloom, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at WisdomTree, sits down at the Vested bar to discuss marketing to various audiences, her advice for those breaking into the industry, and how she successfully partners with her Vested team.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Understanding, Trust, Tone and Thoughtfulness: The Armory of Communicators

Managing Director Katie Spreadbury joined Signal AI to discuss the opportunities and challenges that a recessionary environment presents to B2B communicators. Dive into what she learned and how the panelists believe communicators can be most valuable to their consumers during times of volatility.

Katie Spreadbury, Managing Director

The CHIPS for America Act: A Strange Mix

Chief Economist Milton Ezrati takes a deep look at the CHIPS for America Act - a new bill devised to spur semiconductor manufacturing in the US.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Federal Reserve Has A Long Way To Go

The Fed shows no signs of slowing down interest rate hikes, and markets have responded accordingly. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores implications and looks to the past to provide future guidance in this article originally published by Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The UK’s not so ‘mini-budget’ could have a major impact

Since mid-summer, debates surrounding what the new conservative leader and Prime Minister would do to tackle the cost of living crisis have been widespread. Now that we know it is Liz Truss, the country’s attention is very much fixed on her to deliver a plan.

Marcus McGrigor, Account Assistant

Whither Real Estate: Impact of Inflation

Rising mortgage rates aren't going anywhere in the near future. But these aren't the only factors impacting the housing market. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores market pressures and how some are coming to see real estate as a safe haven for wealth in this article originally published in Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

How Founders Get More Sales in Their Startups

Vested Ventures CEO Eric Hazard joins Making Billions with Ryan Miller to discuss the right messaging when raising capital and the benefits of the PESO model.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Inflation Numbers Sink Wall Street

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins KNX In Depth to discuss the latest on inflation and the economy.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

New Business Formation Offers Good Economic News

Is the economy in a recession? Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in, looking at the rate of new business formation as a key indicator.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Vested Steps Behind the Camera

Account Assistant Marcus McGrigor got a taste of the media training and preparation he puts clients through with a series of mock interviews designed to make it feel like you're presenting to a live audience.

Marcus McGrigor, Account Assistant

For the Love of Campaigns!

Campaign work can be rewarding, intriguing and challenging. Managing Director Katie Spreadbury explores the campaign process, the magic of collaborating with a team, and the moment when a complex idea comes to life.

Katie Spreadbury, Managing Director

Financial Communications Leader: Scott Stanzel

Scott Stanzel named Chief Communications Officer at Truist.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Back-to-School Loans?: Inflation Impacts BTS Spending

As the summer winds down, back-to-school shopping is in full gear. With inflation at a 40-year high, families are feeling the impact, but that hasn't slowed down spending.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Investing in Fintech with an Impact

Vested Ventures CEO Eric Hazard joins The Compassionate Capitalist podcast to discuss the nuances within fintech and how its uniquely qualified to address issues with financial access.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

5 Considerations When Developing Your ESG Strategy

Learn how ESG-focused industry leaders build strategies in their own companies and the 5 key points to consider when developing your own ESG policies.

Abbegayle Stallons, Contributing Writer

Financial Communications Leader: Jennifer Lowney

Jennifer Lowney named Global Head of Communications at Citi.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Is the Fed Up to the Job?

The Fed has started taking action to ease inflation, but do they have the mettle to stay the course? Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores whether the Fed is up to the job in this article originally published in Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Cost of Living Crisis: How Does It Impact How We Communicate?

As the cost of living crisis continues to take its toll and inflation is expected to peak above 10% later this year, Account Director Amelia Graham explores what it means for both borrowers and savers in real terms and ultimately how brands communicate with their customers.

Amelia Graham, Account Director

A Break in Inflation?

July brought a measure of relief on the inflation front, but one month does not make a trend. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati digs into details from the latest CPI report and offers insights about the ongoing economic situation in this article originally published in Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Financial Communications Leader: Brenda Tsai

Brenda Tsai named Chief Communications Officer at State Street.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Real Estate: One Way to Hide from Inflation

Facing the prospect of long-term inflation, investors are looking to protect their wealth. Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores how real estate might be the best bet to hide from inflationary pressures.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Financial Communications Leader: Pablo Rodriguez

Pablo Rodriguez promoted to Head of Communications for the CCB group at JP Morgan Chase.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Landing a PR Job After Graduation

Between the applications, interviews, and waiting games, the process of landing a PR job after graduation can feel very overwhelming. After spending years learning a new skill set you suddenly are facing a brand new challenge - breaking into the job market. Senior Account Executive Madison Perrott shares tips to stand out from the crowd and better position yourself to land a job after college.

Madison Perrott, Senior Account Executive

Will The Fed's Latest Move Be Enough to Combat Inflation?

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins Yahoo! Finance Live to discuss whether the latest move by the Fed will be enough to combat inflation.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

The Difference Between Paid, Owned, & Earned Media

There are many ways of getting your organization’s message across to the world. Broadly, these fall into three categories: Paid Media, Owned Media, and Earned Media. Each of these PR channels have their own strengths and weaknesses, and each serves an important role in developing a strong media mix.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Biden-Harris Inflation Plan: Rhetoric or Real?

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on the Biden-Harris plan to tackle inflation in this article originally published on Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Plain Speaking Needed To Make Sense of E, S and G

Vested Associate Director Henry Adams examines the complexities of ESG and how leaders and businesses can be more specific about their agendas.

Henry Adams, Associate Director

How To Crush Your Next Interview

Vested Senior Account Executive Madison Perrott interviewed Talent + Culture Specialist Nikki Barachina to discover tips and best practices to nail the interview process.

Madison Perrott / Nikki Barachina, Senior Account Executive / Talent + Culture Specialist

Interest Rate Hike Looks to Fight Off Inflation

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins the KNX In Depth team to discuss the impact of the Fed's interest rate moves on inflation.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

At the Vested Bar with Ian Miller: CMO at Agile and MCT

Join Keren Unrad, Vested's Head of Marketing as she interviews Ian Miller, Chief Marketing Officer at Agile and MCT. They explore the development of Agile’s brand and messaging from the ground up and how Vested’s 360 process and experience in the fintech space were deciding factors in working with the agency.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Financial Communications Leader: Rob Cox

Rob Cox named Global Head of Corporate Communications at Credit Suisse.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Financial Communications Leader: Amy Bonitatibus

Amy Bonitatibus named Chief Communications and Brand Officer at Wells Fargo.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

Group Vested Executive Leadership Expands Responsibilities Amid Double Digit Growth

Group Vested made several changes to its executive leadership team's titles at the beginning of this month to more accurately reflect the team's responsibilities.

Ewan Larkin, Reporter

Can the Fed Counter Inflation?

The Fed faces an especially tough battle against inflation in the months to come. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on how we got here and what to expect next.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

What It Means to Win Awards

Elspeth Rothwell, CEO of Vested EMEA, reflects on what it means to win the CIPR Specialist Consultancy of the Year award.

Elspeth Rothwell, CEO, Vested EMEA

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Debt: Exploding Cost of Fireworks

With the 4th of July approaching, many are getting ready for travel, cookouts, and the All-American Fireworks Spectacular. But with supply chain issues and inflation ravaging the economy, the cost of Independence Day celebrations is higher than ever, and many fireworks displays across the country are being canceled as a result.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Can Biden Help Affordable Housing?

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati shares his thoughts on President Biden's 5-point affordable housing program and how market limitations could affect outcomes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Market and CFOs Are Clearly Discounting Recession

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on what it means that more than half of CFOs believe that the Fed will take the necessary steps and will stem the inflation, even if they underestimate the ultimate size of the necessary interest rate increase.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Humanising Brands Is the Key to Unlocking Meaningful Relationships

Vested hosted a breakfast event in collaboration with LinkedIn to discuss the trends from the Finfluence Report that will drive the agenda for FinServ marketers over the next year and beyond. Learn more about what was discussed and where we can go from here.

Jo Field, Director

Weakening Household Finances

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores how budget constraints will slow consumer spending growth for The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Roots of America's Labor Shortage

There are many theories as to why the nation is facing a labor shortage. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores various explanations and attempts to get to the root of the problem.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Father's Day Spending Index 2022

For many, Dad taught us our earliest financial lessons. Turn off the lights. Don’t touch the thermostat. You don’t need new shoes until your white New Balance sneakers are completely green from mowing the lawn 1,000 times. You know, the basics. With Father’s Day a few days away, most of us will be looking for a way to repay the man who raised us for all the insights, encouragement, and lessons in frugality.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Many Mysteries of Decision Making

Joseph Devlin, Vice-Dean at UCL and a leading specialist in the sphere of neuroscience and marketing, shares how our brains impact decision making, even when it comes to brands and services.

Katie Spreadbury, Managing Director

At the Vested Bar with Lynn Kier: VP of Corporate Communications at Diebold Nixdorf

Join Keren Unrad, Vested's Head of Marketing as she interviews Lynn Kier, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Diebold Nixdorf. They dive into the power of storytelling in marketing, how to use global teams and perspectives to the benefit of consumers, and how Lynn boosts women in a male dominated industry.

Caroline McMullan, Marketing Specialist

How To Bring More Care into Your PR Workplace

When employers show they care for their employees, it creates a cycle that positively impacts not only the business, but clients too. Vested managing director Katie Spreadbury shares her thoughts on creating a caring culture with PRmoment.

Katie Spreadbury, Managing Director

LinkedIn-spiration: 4 FinServ Companies to Emulate on LinkedIn

Need inspiration for your corporate LinkedIn page? Check out these four best-in-class examples to revamp your existing strategy.

Chad Schmidt, Vice President

Vested Campus Day 2022

In May 2022, Vested celebrated Campus Day at our New York HQ. We gathered more than 50 Vesties from around the world for a day of connection, learning and fun. Hear from some of our colleagues about what made the event so special and why they love the space.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

However Bright Stuff Looks, there is Always Trouble

The digital revolution is well underway, but it's important to consider the environmental impact of new technologies. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati discusses tech-related energy use and implications for the future.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Decentralized Leadership is Key to Organizational Change

Decentralized leadership is the key to progressive organizational change. It's also a reflection of our increasingly decentralized world.

Jo Field, Director, Vested UK

Queen Elizabeth II, The Platinum Jubilee, and How Things Have Changed

In celebration of the Queen's Jubilee and a long weekend in the UK, account assistant Zuhur Ahmed looks at just how much has changed over the last 70 years when it comes to money.

Zuhur Ahmed, Account Assistant

Reshaping the Leadership Paradigm Will Help AAPI, Others

As Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month comes to an end, Vested president Binna Kim weighs in on how we define and promote leadership within corporate America.

Binna Kim, President

Inflation Will Lead Inexorably to Recession

With inflationary pressure confronting the economy, Chief Economist Milton Ezrati believes recession is on the horizon. Here, he shares his thoughts on timing and outcomes with Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Eric Hazard Talks Financial Literacy and How to Manage Its Complexities

Vested managing director and CEO of Vested Ventures Eric Hazard joins NBC News Radio to discuss financial literacy and how people can get started on the path toward a more informed financial future.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

How Inflation will Impact the Cost of Your Memorial Day Picnic

Inflation is driving up the price of just about everything these days. That means your Memorial Day picnic is going to be a bit pricier this year.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati on the Economy, Housing Market and the Possibility of an Upcoming Recession

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins managing director Jacqueline Gogel to discuss the current housing market and whether the economy is positioned for recession.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

The Evolving Attitudes Toward Mental Health: Q&A with Leadership Impact Coach, Simon Scott

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, hear from leadership coach Simon Scott on the evolving attitudes toward mental health and his work with leaders across businesses.

George Pitt, Associate Director

Inaction in Europe Makes the Fed's Anti-inflation Fight Tougher

Inflation will persist as a problem on both sides of the Atlantic as the ECB weighs its options. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati offers insights on what the coming months might hold.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

PR Players Aim To Claim Their Space In the Metaverse

As brands fast-track their moves into the metaverse, industry watchers are urging communicators to proceed with caution. Vested's Binna Kim weighs in.

Diana Marszalek, Senior Reporter, PRovoke Media

April Showers Bring Q2 Revenue Boosts

Dive into springtime with a look into the home and garden sector and how it's changed over the last few years.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati on TD Ameritrade Network: Recession Is Coming, Inflation Is The Villain

Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joined TD Ameritrade Network's "Market on Close" to discuss how the Fed's fight against inflation, rising interest rates, and restrained credit could bring on a recession.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

The Revealing Economics of the Metaverse

Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati takes a look at the economics of the metaverse, and how they parallel the "real" world.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Financial Industry Free Fall Engages the Communicators’ Cavalry

No matter their politics, everyone seems to have headaches and anxiety about the current state of their finances. Stuck in the middle of all this are financial platforms, banks, and advisors. Communicators, once again, will answer the call and serve as the cavalry in a sea of confused and worried clients. Vested's Eric Hazard weighs in.

Nicole Schuman, Senior Editor, PR News

What Elon Musk Could Mean for Brands on Twitter

Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter could mean big changes (and problems) for brands.

Chad Schmidt, Vice President

You Can’t Put a Price on a Mother’s Love, But You Can Try

Mother's Day 2022 will see record spending in the U.S. How does it stack up to previous years?

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

May the 4th Be with You: The Economics of Nostalgia

On the holiest of holidays in Geekdom, we look at the value of original Star Wars memorabilia on today's market and see how the toys stack up against the S&P 500 over the years.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Inflation-fighting Policy Failure Seems Unavoidable

Vested's Chief Economist looks at the Fed and ECB responses to fighting inflation.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Housing: Poised for Trouble

Residential real estate may be due for a correction. Vested's Chief Economist paints a picture of what the future could hold.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Recession on the Horizon

Vested's Chief Economist explores how today’s inflation is laying the groundwork for a significant and fundamental recession further out on the horizon.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Investing in the Metaverse

Investing in the metaverse may not be as revolutionary as some believe.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

TikTok #ForYou…and #ForYourBrand

Once thought of as an app for videos of dancing teenagers, TikTok has now become a platform for financial services brands and fintechs to create awareness among new audiences.

Chad Schmidt, Vice President

Aon Names Vested as North America PR Partner

Aon's Head of Global Communications, Mike Marinello, announces that Vested has been named as its North American agency partner.

Where IR and Content Meet

First quarter earnings are around the corner, a time when the Investor Relations’ pages of a corporate website start gaining real traction. The IR role is an important one and a good content strategy, like a solid quarterly earnings, can drive eyeballs to your site. 

Heather Robertson, Senior Content and Campaigns Manager

US Economy: Slowing Growth and Inflation

Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores economic indicators that paint a picture of slowing post-pandemic recovery amid ongoing inflation.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Vested Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Fintech Startup, Qoins

Qoins is a financial planning app that helps users pay down debt and achieve financial goals through automation.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks, I am Never Going to Financially Recover from This

As baseball fans return to the stands, concession costs creep higher.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

A Universal Basic Income?

Milton Ezrati gives his thoughts on the idea of a Universal Basic Income and thinks "the idea to give a free cash stipend to everyone is wrongheaded".

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

War and the Price at the Pump

Vested's Chief Economist, Milton Ezrati weighs in on the impacts of the war in Ukraine on the prices we're paying at the pump.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Modern Comms is More Substance than Style - a Reminder from EVRi

Earlier this month, EVRi (formerly Hermes), one of the UK’s best known delivery companies announced a complete corporate rebrand in a likely bid to remove itself from its toxic brand identity.

Henry Adams, UK Associate Director

The Fed Does As Expected, Giving Reason for Both Relief and Disappointment

Milton Ezrati gives his analysis of the Fed's recent interest rate increase.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Five Facts About Women and Finance: Supporting Financial Literacy for Women

During Women’s History Month, we want to emphasize the importance of women increasing their wealth through education. Here are five facts about women and finance that should encourage you to prioritize financial literacy.

Mansura Ghaffar, Contributing Writer

From the Frontlines of Ukraine: A Follow Up with Yuriy Matsarsky

Qwoted's Editor In Chief, Lou Carlozo conducts a follow-up interview on March 18 with Yuriy Matsarsky, the Ukrainian journalist-turned-soldier to get an update on the conditions in the war zone.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

An Interview with Graduates of the Vested Graduate Associates Program

Recent Graduates of Vested's Graduate Associate Program Give New Applicants the Inside Scoop of What It's Like to Work at Vested.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Sanctions Will Weigh Heavily

Milton Ezrati speculates on the effects current global sanctions will have on the economy of Russia.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Milton Ezrati Discusses the War in Ukraine and Possible Recession on KNX News "In Depth"

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on how the war in Ukraine will affect the American economy.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Banks and Fintech May Miss the Expected 2022 Lending Surge

Vested's Chief Economist, Milton Ezrati, warns that the projected lending surge, may not be as promising as it appears.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

From the Frontlines of Ukraine: Journalist Trades His Laptop For a Rifle

Until last week, Yuriy Matsarsky was a Ukraine-based journalist. Today he's a soldier defending his homeland. Listen to the powerful interview conducted on Friday, March 4 by Qwoted's Editor In Chief, Lou Carlozo.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Vested Ventures Provides Strategic Investment to Financial Planning Software Company Anasova

Vested Ventures funding will help the company develop their financial Anasova advance and promote their mission of minimizing the stress around finances through free financial planning tools.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

What's the Deal with the Digital Dollar?

With cryptocurrencies gaining in popularity, is the digital dollar far behind?

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Building Financial Resilience With America Saves Week

America Saves Week is happening now! And this year’s theme is all about building financial resilience. Here are America Save’s top five tips for boosting your financial resilience this week.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Women Are Not Returning to the Workforce After the Pandemic

Many women who worked before the pandemic remain at home.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

A Day in the Life of a Vested UK Account Assistant: Marcus McGrigor 

Life at Vested is pretty fast-paced, but that is why I love it!

Marcus McGrigor, ACCOUNT ASSISTANT

FinTech and the Regulators

Regulation is coming for the global FinTech industry, but how smoothly it goes over still remains to be seen.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Valentine's Day Spending: How Much Do People Spend In The Name Of Love?

Valentine’s Day spending is expected to hit $23.9 billion in 2022, with the average person doling out around $175.41 on their significant other. Here’s a closer look.

Cassidy Horton, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati Discusses Inflation on KNX News "In Depth"

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins KNX News "In Depth" to discuss inflation and if there is any end in sight.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

In defence of EastEnders - how pop culture shapes finance

Self-professed financial services geeks shouldn’t care about who killed whom on EastEnders, right? Corporate business strategies bear no relation to Keeping Up With The Kardashians… Well… not quite. Celebrity and pop culture has always influenced the status quo, which in turn impacts how consumers interact with financial services firms. As well as the social reforms that came about thanks to his writing, Charles Dickens is widely accredited to have given us the cultural blueprint for the ‘traditional’ Christmas we know today.

Lucy Mundy, Associate Director

Capital Spending Points to Growth, At Least for the Time Being

Milton Ezrati hints that an increase in capital spending may be an indication that economic recovery is coming.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Milton Ezrati Discusses Consumer Confidence on Yahoo Finance

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss consumer confidence, inflation and real estate.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Doing Well, but Feeling Worried Nonetheless

Americans know more about inflation and the economy than the media gives them credit for, but the real indication of how they feel about the current state of affairs is in their spending habits.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The Other D: Accessibility and Access for Employees with Disabilities

Vested's Managing Director, Bryan Limon, describes what it's like to live and work with disabilities and steps employers can take to make workplaces more accessible.

Bryan Limon, Director

What Happened Last Time is Not Encouraging

Milton Ezrati warns that Washington's aggressive spending could lead to inflation rates similar to the 1970's.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Robinhood's 2021 PR Crisis

Vested's Eric Hazard comments on Robinhood's 2021 PR crisis in PRovoke Media's roundup of the top 20 PR Crises of 2021.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Milton Ezrati Previews December Jobs Report on Cheddar News

Milton Ezrati speaks to Cheddar News about what to expect in the December jobs report

Erica Thompson, Head of Agency Marketing

2022 Predictions from PR Experts

Top PR Execs, including Vested's Binna Kim, Give Their Predictions for 2022.

Erica Thompson, Director

It's A Wrap: 2021 Edition

It’s beginning to look a lot like… the end of an amazing / challenging / exhausting / exhilarating / incredible year! Take your pick, all and any of those words sum up the last 12 months for me and so much more.

Elspeth Rothwell, UK CEO

2021: The year we all moved the dial on the treadmill a little...or a lot

2021 has been a year of recalibration, but also one of optimism. After the seismic global shift which emerged out of nowhere in 2020, we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and moved forward with purpose.

Jo Field, Director

Planning for 2022 with resilience, creativity, flexibility, purpose and empathy

As we near the end of another year of change for the communications industry, we hosted a webinar with Signal AI, looking at the opportunities for communicators in 2022.

Sophie Paterson, Associate Director

What Does the IPO Surge Say?

What the IPO flood reveals is that a large and diverse group of presumably savvy business people see a bright economic future and a market that might be pricing itself for something even brighter than the reality they see. It is a view that investors need to consider and one to which the flood of IPOs has called attention.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Black Friday - a different turn of events in 2021?

Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Retailers slash their prices, double their marketing efforts and brace themselves for an influx or orders over the weekend. Last year, the UK was in a national lockdown throughout November, so bargains could only be bagged online, meaning consumer spend was significantly down compared to 2019.

Sophie Paterson, UK Associate Director

Do "Buy Now, Pay Later" Services Like Klarna Trick You Into Debt?

Are you thinking about using a “buy now, pay later” service like Klarna or Afterpay this holiday season? If so, here’s what you need to watch out for.

4 Common Types of Financial Fraud & How to Avoid Them

In honor of International Fraud Awareness Week, we’re uncovering four common types of financial fraud and how to avoid them. Click the link to learn more.

Questions Still Remain After COP26

George Pitt, Associate Director

Reaching B2B Audiences in a B2H Way

Katie Spreadbury, UK Managing Director

Event Virtualization Pros & Cons

DAN SIMON, BINNA KIM & ISHVIENE ARORA, LEADERSHIP

Employee Health & Protocol

AMBER ROBERTS & ELSPETH ROTHWELL, LEADERSHIP

Remote Meetings

SHINDY CHEN, SCRIBE CEO

A day in the #VestedLife with Jenny Dellupo

JENNY DELLUPO, Junior Account Executive