Fund Communication is Ready for an Upgrade
Tech innovation necessary to cut industry’s ties with legacy software.
The industry’s move to an email-based system has been the only minor update to the blast fax infrastructure in the last 30 years with regards to communicating fund changes and events. The mutual fund industry is rooted in a complex data set and has embraced its own way of processing data.
Fund companies currently send thousands of emails to their distributors. Recipients of these emails must parse through each one to determine if the communication is even relevant. In the case that an email is pertinent, that firm must then figure out the appropriate changes to process and move it downstream in their organization. It is a time-consuming process that relies heavily on manual intervention, making it riddled with risk.
COLUMBUS, GA (February 27, 2018) – Delta Data has announced its participation as a presenter and sponsor at NICSA’s Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF), to be held February 28 – March 2 at the Doral in Miami, FL. Read more
ATLANTA (February 21, 2018) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced Delta Data as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at The Summit 2018 on March 20th and 21st, 2018, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Read more
Tech Shop to B-Ds: We Can Eliminate Risk, 21K Fund E-Mails
By Bradley Saacks February 8, 2018
By Delta Data’s estimates, the typical broker-dealer sifts through more than 21,000 e-mails every year, piecing together information about changes to funds ranging from portfolio manager retirements to breakpoint tweaks.
The Columbus, Ga.-based back-office systems shop says its new FundBlast system can eliminate that manual work — and the errors it can cause — by serving as a portal between mutual fund providers, their transfer agents and their distribution partners more efficiently. The result, the company says, will cut operational and compliance costs on both sides of the distribution equation.
New digital portal aims to revolutionize how mutual fund changes are communicated.
February 7, 2018, Columbus, Ga. — Delta Data, a leading provider of software and data management solutions for the mutual fund industry, today announced the launch of FundBlast™, a transformational digital portal for communicating mutual fund changes in real time.
Developed to seamlessly facilitate the notification and processing of fund events such as new products, mergers, liquidations, accounting changes, and trade rule updates, FundBlast serves all parties involved in the fund actions lifecycle. This includes fund companies, distribution partners (broker-dealers) and fund service providers such as transfer agents, fund accountants, and record keepers. Read more
Delta Data is pleased to announce that David Riley, Vice President, Client Success Management, has been chosen to serve as a member on NICSA’s Technology and Innovation Committee. He joins the 19 other existing committee members who were appointed by the Committee Chairpersons in consultation with the NICSA President and nomination by a current Board or Committee member. Read more
The long awaited result of the SEC’s distribution in guise sweeps hit today; you can find the link here. Many of the points covered were expected, and most of the requirements for compliance identified are currently supported by the Oversight platform Delta Data actually developed in anticipation of this guidance. Here is the overarching theme in this news: the 12b1 plan represents the only funds that can be used for distribution expense, and anything that promotes sales in any way, whether direct or indirect, must be allocated as an expense to the advisor and/or other relevant service providers, not the fund. Fees related to distribution in excess of the 12b1 plan must be allocated to the advisor and/or other relevant service providers.
SEC Cranks Up Probe Into Fund Firms’ Fees
Inquiry centers on whether money managers are properly disclosing additional costs to investors
By Kirsten Grind
July 16, 2015 6:54 p.m. ET
U.S. securities regulators are examining whether mutual-fund managers are dipping more deeply than allowed into their investors’ money to compensate the brokerages that distribute their products, according to people familiar with the matter.
OppenheimerFunds, Franklin Templeton and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. are among more than a dozen fund firms that have been reviewed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which began a broad sweep of how companies sell their products about two years ago, these people said. In recent weeks the SEC’s examination unit referred some of these firms to its enforcement division, these people said. It isn’t known if the SEC will take action against any money managers. Read more