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increased, operations teams are looking for new ways to streamline the invoice validation process and shift from the outdated, manual nature of Excel spreadsheets.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
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
Certified Public Accountant who has over 20 years of experience in mutual fund distribution services, acting as both a consultant and software solutions architect in Retirement Plan Services, Trust Services and Insurance Services. He also currently serves on the joint ICI-SIFMA committee charged with providing recommendations to shorten the ACATS settlement cycle.
The phrase, “knowledge is power,” takes on a special meaning when a paucity of knowledge leads to potential issues that leave a company fumbling around in a dark room, looking for a black cat, only to be saved when someone turns the lights back on. When Mutual Funds companies’ clients started moving away from trading in fully disclosed accounts to consolidated omnibus accounts, they lost their ability to monitor their fund trade activity. Compliance with prospectus defined rules became impossible to monitor and data became the black cat in the black room. However, due to market demand for more than summarized trade activity, transparency has reemerged within omnibus accounts. How this happened, who it impacted and what has been done to remediate the problem is the focus of this week’s journey into the fund industry’s Twilight Zone. Read more
L. Burton Keller was a principal founder of the company in 1985 and currently focuses on strategic initiatives for the company. Mr. Keller is a former member of the Bank, Trust and Retirement Advisory Committee of the Investment Company Institute. He has served on numerous committees and task force groups with the ICI over the last 17 years including Co-chair of the Dividend Distribution Task Force.