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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

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increased, operations teams are looking for new ways to streamline the invoice validation process and shift from the outdated, manual nature of Excel spreadsheets.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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Employee Spotlight: Bret Bange and Jason Davenport

Our employee spotlight this week, includes two great men. This year has been one of innovation, achievement, and exciting growth here at Delta Data. Some of our notable accomplishments in 2018 include the launch of new products such as FundBlast and our Proprietary Product Manager, recognition as a TAG Top 40 Innovative Tech company, and a NICSA Nova award win for Innovation in Technology. 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

Delta Data Launches Proprietary Product Manager

New digital portal significantly eases operational strain associated with creating and managing proprietary products

The Launch of a Proprietary Product Manager

COLUMBUS, Ga., September 18, 2018 – Delta Data, a leading provider of software and data management solutions for the mutual fund industry, today announced the launch of its Proprietary Product Manager (PPM), a tool that supports the construction, trade execution and administration of proprietary funds for trust companies, record keepers, insurance companies and broker-dealers. 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

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

Delta Data and FundBlast System Featured in Recent Article

Fund Communication is Ready for an Upgrade

Tech innovation is necessary to cut the industry’s ties with legacy software, FundBlast System.

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.

 

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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

Delta Data Named a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company

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

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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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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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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