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Moving Towards a Model-Driven World: Fund Roundtable Recap

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

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Automation is Key in Getting Fee Management Right

Intermediary fees make up a significant amount of a mutual fund company’s annual expenses, with some totaling as high as 40%. Maintaining such a major part of a Profit & Loss Statement isn’t something firms take lightly, so as the complexity and volume of the fees have increased, operations teams are looking for new ways to streamline the invoice validation process and shift from the outdated, manual nature of Excel spreadsheets. Read more

Unlocking Value of Mutual Fund Intermediary Transparency in 2019

Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) certainly had a lot on their plates in 2018 – from MiFID II and GDPR to considerations around the DOL Fiduciary Rule and Liquidity Rule, there have been many pieces of regulation that have captured their attention and pushed them to implement new operational and technological structures to comply. I had the opportunity to share some of my thoughts from Delta Data’s perspective with Ignites for a recent article. The following is a summary of some of those thoughts, which centered on the importance of transparency data in intermediary distribution of Mutual Funds. Read more

New Year: Improve Your Counterparty Relationships

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to think about strategies to make 2019 your best year yet. Solutions that just “got the job done” in the past year do not cut it anymore as firms and industry professionals are looking to innovate and optimize existing processes. If you’re a fund company brainstorming ways to bring your business to the next level in 2019, we have a New Year’s Resolution to add to your list: improve counterparty relationships and communications. Read more

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Financial Industry Trends: Reflections from our 2018 Client Conference

Every year, we have the privilege of bringing our clients together to talk about industry trends and discuss our latest product updates. It’s hands down the most instructive three days for us at Delta Data. They help us draw our innovation roadmap and keep our efforts focused on solving their problems rather than chasing the buzzwords in the headlines. I may be the CEO of Delta Data, but I’m proud to say that our clients truly guide the direction of our company. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more

15 Years Since Market Timing Scandal

2018 marks the 15th year since the mutual fund industry was rocked by the worst scandal in its history: the market timing scandal. It was in September of 2003 when New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed a complaint against the hedge fund Canary Capital Partners — charging they had engaged in “late trading” in collusion with a mutual fund in order to market time their trading in the fund. This was quickly followed by more charges by the New York AG as well as the SEC charging numerous mutual fund companies with allowing market timing in their funds. This scandal became a black eye for an industry that had a fairly strong track record of avoiding scandal. Read more

President Signs Executive Order on Strengthening Retirement Security

On August 31, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Strengthening Retirement Security in America. This EO directs the US Department of Labor and the Treasury to consider issuing regulations and guidance that would (1) make it easier for businesses to offer association retirement plans, also known as multiple employment plans (MEP), (2) improve the effectiveness of and reduce costs of furnishing required plan notices and disclosures, to include broader use of electronic delivery, and (3) update life expectancy and distribution period tables for purposes of required minimum distributions. 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

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

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

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A 35-Year-Old Company with a Start-Up Culture

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.

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ETFs

Are Active ETFs a Threat to Mutual Funds?

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

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“Embrace the Complexity”: Fund Product Innovation Calls for Holistic Approach

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

ACATS

How to Streamline ACATs for Bank Trusts and Keep Customers’ Best Interest in Mind

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

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If CITs Have The Highest Growth Opportunity Then Why Aren’t We Investing In Tech?

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

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More Tech Spend Equals More Profit…Right?

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.

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ICI GMM

Delta Data to Attend and Exhibit at ICI General Membership Meeting

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.

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NICSA

How to Stay Ahead of the Change: Takeaways from NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum 2019

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.

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Delta Data to Speak at NICSA’s 2019 Strategic Leadership Forum

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