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Working Through Liquidity Rule Bucketing Methods

As a firm dedicated to helping funds and distributors “stay ahead of the change,” we’ve been following the liquidity rule closely over the past year. Starting in the late fall of last year when ICI sent a letter to the SEC urging the regulator to delay the compliance date, to February of 2018 when the SEC did elect to grant firms a one-year extension, and continuing to present day where fund shops are in the midst of formalizing the processes needed to comply. Read more

Counterparty Communications Seen as Most Neglected Function

Twenty years ago, email was coming into its own as a simple and effective solution for counterparty communications important information to large groups of people – a significant technological upgrade to faxes. For the fund industry, this has long been the standard for disseminating important information about products to the firms who distribute and service them. As the years went on, the industry has clung to the email based system ever since, despite the industry growing and becoming more complex. Read more

DLT and AI Top of Mind at SIFMA Fintech Conference

Last week, I attended SIFMA’s Fintech conference in New York. I sat through panels discussing the topics of the day in financial services operations – emerging technologies, the ever-evolving regulatory landscape, you name it. Overall, it was an engaging event with interesting insights into how fintech is transforming the financial services sector. As I reflected on the event and the topics explored, it became clear that many of us face the same challenges in grappling with new technologies that promise to transform the industry. Read more

Our Journey from DeltaDataSoft.com to DeltaData.com

Recently our firm completed the end of what can only be called an odyssey. For years, we sought to acquire the domain Deltadata.com from a company who bought up “swell sounding” domain names in the mid-nineties. Their business model may have been sound, but the execution ended up being quite poor. Despite our best efforts to reach them, we didn’t receive a response from the domain owner for more than 15 years. We felt like someone else had lost the blockchain hash key to our domain name!  Read more

Fund Communication Shouldn’t Bog Down Broker Dealers

It’s indisputable that fintech is rapidly changing the landscape of financial services. It seems as though there’s a new innovation every day promising that Mutual Fund asset managers can leave their outdated legacy systems behind. Broker-dealers have been particularly hampered in recent years due to where they sit in the mutual fund supply chain. They are pulled in all directions, whether it’s their fund company partners adding or altering share classes or responding to demands from their investment managers around product availability, performance, and transparency. Read more

Disrupt, Don’t Disturb: What We Learned at the Mutual Fund Roundtable

We recently had the privilege to host some of our clients and Mutual Fund industry leaders for a roundtable discussion in Boston. It was an opportunity for us collectively to step away from our daily workplace rituals and talk about the future of our industry. Read more

Liquidity Rule Delayed Six Months

The SEC voted on Wednesday to delay the compliance date of the classification requirement of the Liquidity Rule in what turned out to be a whirlwind of a week for the regulatory body.

With a delay now formalized, fund firms with more than $1 billion in assets now have till June 1, 2019, to comply with the classification requirements, while smaller firms have till Dec. 1, 2019. The SEC also issued an FAQ document detailing compliance requirements for the rule, which you can find here. The other requirements of the rule still go into effect December 1, 2018, for large funds and June 1, 2018, for smaller funds. Read more

Peeking Behind the Curtain of Mutual Fund Corporate Actions – Part III

In part three of our series looking at the world of mutual fund changes and how they’re communicated, we look toward the future. To recap, funds and distributors have been frustrated with the fund event communication process since the beginning. The main issue is that manual processes, lack of standardization, and massive amounts of irrelevant data confuse both the funds and the distributors – and leads to errors, audit issues, and fines. Read more

Broker Dealer Platform Rationalization Puts Operations Teams Front and Center

Over the past two years, the industry has seen a growing trend of platform rationalization across the board for broker-dealers, with several in the top tier seeking to offer advice as part of their value proposition, similar to what the end investor receives.  The supermarket approach of the early 2000s was expensive to maintain, and research coverage was relegated to a small list of preferred mutual fund products. Read more

How to Ease Your December Dividend Headache

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … unless you’re an intermediary in charge of processing mutual fund dividends. December is a high-volume month, with an onslaught of dividends that have to be posted in a timely fashion. Years ago when most fund accounts were held fully disclosed on the fund company’s TA system, dividends were a non-event. But the move to omnibus accounts and the growth of 401k plans now requires the intermediary to calculate the amount of each shareholder’s dividend and get it posted to their account the evening of ex-date. Read more

3 Reasons Why You Should Take a Sales Meeting

For some people, taking a sales meeting is on par with going to the dentist — they’ll avoid it at all costs. Avoiding the dentist due to an unreasonable fear will eventually come back to haunt you, just like skipping an informative sales call could mean missing out on the latest industry technology — ultimately impacting your business. Read more

The Best Plan for a Potential Liquidity Rule Delay? Plan for No Delay

There have been multiple developments suggesting that Rule 22e-4 (“the liquidity rule”) is likely to be significantly watered down or, at least, delayed. Earlier this month, ICI sent a letter to the SEC urging the regulator to delay the compliance date by a year to ensure firms are well prepared. This postponement would appear to be in the industry’s best interest, given that a recent survey of 220 CCOs across the industry revealed that 90% of them were less than halfway through preparations to comply with the rule. Read more