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Five situations when you should request a Proof of Concept

November 23, 2018

Any major IT project on behalf of an asset management firm is fraught with risk. Client, market, jurisdictional, regulatory and technological changes can all derail a perfectly planned technology roll-out in asset management and the IT highway is literally strewn with abandoned, over-budget and overdue systems failures. One way of mitigating that risk is the Proof of Concept (PoC). A PoC is a limited-scale deployment of a software system within an asset...

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Mitigating the risk of your client reporting implementation

September 10, 2018

There are a number of perils for any vendor going into a client reporting project on behalf of an asset management firm. One such problem area is what some in the industry call ‘data interfacing’ – handling data from external sources such as benchmark data vendors, third party administrators, other vendor systems (e.g. risk or performance applications) or various inhouse systems. There are three key reasons why this issue of interfacing with data sources is...

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Days are numbered for quarterly client reporting.

August 14, 2018

I read with interest the FT’s recent article ‘The long and short of the quarterly reports controversy’ (Owen Walker, Monday July 2, 2018). The article reflects on how Paul Polman, on his first day as chief executive of Unilever in 2009, bravely ditched the FTSE 100 company’s quarterly earnings reports and with it all the other short term-focused KPIs normally included. Polman’s argument, in short, was that for a firm focused...

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7 Reasons Why Producing Factsheets Yourself Never Works Out The Way You Plan

August 17, 2017

                    You underestimate the workload If you only have a few funds, you may be thinking “how difficult can it be to produce 2 pages of copy text, with a few graphs, a few tables and some performance figures…”. So, let’s break this down further to see exactly what will be needed to produce this “simple” two-page document. Say you have 10 funds, each...

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10 Signs You Should Invest in Automated Financial Reporting Technology

May 24, 2017

  It is all too easy to continue with inefficient or poor reporting practices just because you ‘have always done it this way’. Take a look at the following tell-tale signs. Are any of the following sounding familiar? If, so, now is the time you need to invest in technology. 1. Your reporting cycle seems to finish just before it all starts again. Many firms operate a reporting cycle that takes almost the entire...

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PRIIPs implementation pushed by 12 months.

November 15, 2016

Following a debate, The European Commission (EC) has confirmed the date for its PRIIPs regulations will be pushed to January 2018. The Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) legislation was due to come into force on 31 December 2016. Early indicators were there: in September the European Parliament (EP) rejected the regulatory technical standards (RTS) governing PRIIPs Key Information Documents (KIDs). With the College of Commissioners voting to delay the implementation, the Commission...

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Are you preparing for PRIIPs?

May 20, 2016

New Rules on PRIIPs On the 7th April, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities finished its regulatory technical standards (RTS) on KIIDs for PRIIPs. The new rules address the content and presentation of the KIDs and include: a common mandatory 3-page template for the KID, covering the texts and layouts to be used (see Annexes I, III, V and VII of the Report); a summary risk indicator of seven classes for the...

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Welcome to our blog

May 11, 2016

Over the coming months, we will be updating our blog with frequent content, including thought leadership pieces, company updates and the occasional industry story or two.    ...

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