Delta Data has a unique culture. For starters, how many privately held software companies do you know that are in their 35th year of continuous operation? Not many, I am sure. The tag line for our company is “Stay Ahead of the Change.” To still be around after 35 years, we have had to practice what we preach to our clients.
The concept of asset allocation models isn’t new by any means, but how it is delivered to RIAs, Consultants, and other Institutional gatekeepers has never carried as much importance as it does today. Fee compression and commoditization of investment products over the last decade are threatening already slim margins in asset management. Read more
While mutual funds may still dominate the U.S. market, ETFs are gaining traction quickly. According to the 2019 Investment Company Institute Factbook, at the end of 2018, the U.S. domestic mutual funds market amounted to $17.7 trillion in total net assets. At the end of 2018, US domestic ETFs had $3.4 trillion in total net assets, which is double the assets in ETFs from just five years ago. Index domestic equity ETFs are attracting one and a half times the net inflows of index domestic equity mutual funds since 2009. Clearly, ETFs have become very popular investments in a rather short period of time and are continuing to grow. Read more
As I discussed in my last blog post, Collective Investment Trust (CIT) growth is something we’ve been keeping a close eye on here at Delta Data.
I believe this trend strikes a particularly loud chord within the industry today because it’s a microcosm of the seismic changes we’re helping our client’s weather in terms of product strategy. It’s yet another moment in time in our industry where the curtain has been pulled back to reveal some of the back-office shortcomings that have plagued us for years, like siloed data systems that rely heavily on manual processes and spreadsheets. Read more
Customers like a frictionless experience when it comes to finance. When a client has decided to transfer their assets, it’s important to educate them as much as possible. This means keeping customers in the loop as to where their assets are and when they are expected to transfer. No one likes getting the run-around, especially not when it comes to making such a big financial move. The key to streamlining the trust customer’s experience in ACATs is to make the process more proactive than reactive. Read more
At the recent Coalition of Collective Investment Trusts annual meeting in New York, a central topic of all the sessions was a clear move down market. CITs are no longer only marketed to and sold to the mega plans where they got their start 15 years ago. Smaller 401k plans are now the target and this shift in demographics could spell disaster without technology support. Read more
A recent article in Ignites caught my eye. It detailed a recent research report by Deloitte’s Casey Quick, which revealed that asset managers that spent the most on technology (related to distribution) over the last three years saw significantly higher profit margins than those of their peers.
We’re looking forward to attending and exhibiting at ICI’s General Membership Meeting (GMM) in Washington DC May 1-3, 2019! In its 61st year, ICI’s GMM is a great opportunity to connect with other leaders in the global fund industry, as well as hear insights from their top-of-the-line speakers.
We recently returned from sunny Florida, where Delta Data sponsored, exhibited, and spoke at NICSA’s 2019 Strategic Leadership Forum, and we thoroughly enjoyed the event. From disruptive technologies to gender diversity in asset management, to fraud prevention, there were many engaging topics discussed at the conference. However, the main thread woven throughout the sessions was how to adapt to change in our industry to increase productivity and streamline go-to-market strategies.
We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at NICSA’s Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) in Ponte Verde Beach, FL April 3-5, 2019. As the must-attend event for professionals in the global asset management industry, NICSA SLF will be a great opportunity to connect with peers and hear from all perspectives, such as asset management firms, broker-dealers, and an extensive group of firms that include technology, law, and service firms that support the industry. Read more
Product rationalization has been at the forefront of the mutual fund industry over the last few years. As a result, share class “churn,” which ramped up starting in 2016, is on pace to continue as managers add and replace share classes that better fit the current consumer demand. Read more
Recently we had the opportunity to gather with asset managers and others in mutual fund operations in Boston for our annual roundtable, where we discussed many of the pressing issues changing our industry. We realize how difficult it can be to take a step back to evaluate how our industry is changing, so we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to hear from key companies and individuals to strategize on challenges and opportunities brought on by industry disruption. Read more