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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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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increased, operations teams are looking for new ways to streamline the invoice validation process and shift from the outdated, manual nature of Excel spreadsheets.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

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Why Unplanned Market Closures Put a Strain on Distributor Operations

Unexpected market closures, like the one we experienced recently for the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush, put the mutual fund industry in a precarious position. And while they don’t occur very often, when they do — it puts operations teams under serious strain, especially on the distribution side. 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

Mutual Fund Sub-Advisor Oversight Requires a Data-Centric Approach

The relationship between a mutual fund company and its mutual fund sub-advisor is an important one. These trusted partners are relied upon for their expertise in managing strategies and products critical to the success of a fund company. 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

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

Why Manual Intermediary Oversight is No Longer Cutting It

Oversight is a hot topic in the mutual fund asset management industry. With the SEC stepping up its monitoring and enforcement of fund distribution and fee allocation, third-party due diligence has to be rigorously documented. As a result, it’s become critical to use technology to manage your distribution networks. It’s the only way to make the allocation of services provided to each investor truly transparent. This matters because manual oversight involves mismanaged data and simple human error that can have long-lasting consequences for your brand. Read more

Help with Business Continuity Planning for Asset Managers

Ignites recently published an article “Shops Zero In on Fund Pricing Risk Management” about a Deloitte survey that examined what Fund shops are spending time on — keeping their folks up at night.  A breakout star this year is business continuity planning (BCP) of their key third party service providers. This topic is near and dear to Delta Data, given we thrive on being an integral part of our client’s execution of their business model. Our view on this subject is to embrace transparency for our clients to understand how we approach the critical need of service delivery. More importantly, we have some thoughts on how to best execute the oversight of the supply chain of services our clients have come to rely on to execute their business. Read more