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FSOC’s Future Under the New Administration

Almost a year ago I posted a blog entitled SEC, Dodd Frank, Money Market Reform and FSOC: Connecting the Dots Between the Acronyms. In the post, I expressed my dismay with the passing of the Money Market Reform (MMR) laws, and how it seemed to me that the cure was worse than the disease it was trying to cure. Typically, the SEC does an OK job at assuring us with cost/benefit analysis of its rules. However, something about the MMR rule did not feel right, so I decided to do a little research on how the MMR rule came to be. Read more

3 Reasons Why Broker Dealers Should Embrace Fintech

A never ending series of new regulatory and compliance mandates means that the broker-dealer community is continually having to adapt to change. In response, it’s investing in enterprise software that can handle large volumes of data, and integrate with “data as a service” solutions.

While it was the need to satisfy regulators’ demands for transparency that initially spurred the mutual fund industry to upgrade its back office technology and IT systems, the best data management utilities are now prized for their ability to provide real-time insight and analytics, and speed up decision making. Read more

DOL Fiduciary Rule

In Episode 12 of the Days of our DOL Lives …

Congress still on the “outs” with DOL pick ─ who, in turn, has undisclosed Nanny Baggage to resolve. Meanwhile, Donald still has commitment issues …

If you thought this was going to be a political piece, sorry to dismay but it is not. This is the actual update from the past few days of our lives. Politics aside, the viewing audience has been kept on their seats in deft fixation on the outcome. The cost to the industry of the seesaw of the last four airings of this melodrama has to be in the Billions of dollars. The winners? The lawyers and consultants. The losers, the Investors. Read more

Will Swing Pricing Be DOA?

The SEC, as part of their initiative around the new liquidity rule, has given the green light for funds to implement Swing Pricing. For those not familiar with the Swing Pricing concept, basically it allows a fund to bump up or down their end of day NAV to help cover their increased transactional costs when market volatility causes higher than normal purchases or redemptions. It will be voluntary for a fund company if they want to implement Swing Pricing. Funds are prohibited from implementing it until November 19, 2018, in order to give those funds that do not have experience with Swing Pricing time to implement needed system changes. Swing Pricing is popular in Europe and those funds with a presence in Europe would perhaps have an advantage in being able to implement earlier than other funds, hence the delayed date.

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Mutual Fund Data Management Whitepaper (for Distributors)

Our Mutual Fund Data Management Whitepaper is a thought piece authored by Whitfield Athey, CEO and Burton Keller, EVP, of Delta Data, that addresses the unique data elements and key functionality that should be considered when acquiring or building an enterprise data management system designed to accommodate the unique needs of pooled investments – with focus on mutal funds.

Click here and complete a simple form to download the whitepaper.

 

For Mutual Fund Distributors, RegTech Is Now A Question of Survival

Whatever happens to the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, the mutual fund industry is moving into a “fiduciary era.” For one thing, investment advisors hope to capitalize on investors’ heightened awareness of the role of a fiduciary. For another, the backlog of regulatory change that must be implemented is large and there are many processes in place that were implemented with time to market not efficiency of execution that need to be addressed.

Besides demanding ever-greater levels of transparency, regulators are also beginning to turn their attention to RegTech, to ensure investment firms have the systems to manage compliance workloads. As we look ahead to a future dominated by financial technology, it’s becoming clear that when it comes to data management, only the fittest will survive. Read more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Change – That Ship Sailed Months Ago

Friday’s bill on the House floor to delay the DOL fiduciary rule may result in a 24-month delay of pending arduous legislation. The largest providers of services to investors in our industry set sail for the April 10th destination months ago. In our blog just after the election we noted that anything less than immediate clear guidance would allow for structural and maybe irreversible changes to go forward in our industry. I am not aware of any large platform that has a ‘Plan B’ whereby a coordinated roll-back exists.

The deadlines outlined in the initial rule were so tight that the companies affected only had time to prepare a “plan to comply.” I believe the DOL’s rule will be delayed, but this will actually increase the expense of doing business for the industry. Read more

DOL Fiduciary Rule and Impact on Advisors & Product Selection

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DOL Fiduciary Rule and Impact on Advisors & Product Selection

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The DOL is requiring Brokers to act in the best interest of the client. What is the most effective and efficient way to do this with product selection?

How do you devise controls to manage the universe of securities that advisors choose from?

What are the product attributes you want your financial advisors to focus on?

In this webinar, we discuss how to leverage technology to satisfy the Advisor’s legal obligations and learn to:

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule is Igniting a Revolution in the Mutual Fund Industry’s Back-Office

The burning issue for the mutual fund industry is whether the Trump administration will curtail or rescind the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. The nomination of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary, who is anti-regulation, could mean changes to the fiduciary rule as it currently stands.  While it’s meant to remedy conflicts of interest in the provision of commission-based retirement products, opponents fear it could lead to advisors to abandon mass-market clients. Read more

Jim Carrey for Education Secretary and Effect on DOL Rule

 

Today’s news declaring Andy Puzder as Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary does not bode well for the short-term prospect of moving the date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule. For the past several weeks, the consensus in our industry was that the date could be moved by the incoming Secretary. The caveat is that the incoming Labor Secretary’s ability to move the date hinges on his/her confirmation by the legislature in a timely manner. Read more

How to Effectively Communicate Dealer / Custodian Resignation Activities

Is Your Firm Prepared?

According to ICI whitepaper regarding the DOL final rule defining “fiduciary,” certain financial intermediaries (and mutual funds in limited circumstances) may choose to resign as Broker-Dealer of Record or both Broker-Dealer of Record and Custodian.

Delta Data anticipates the needs of the parties affected by the DOL Fiduciary Rule change.

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