Technology continues to infiltrate every aspect of global business. Not a day goes by where the impact of platforms like Amazon, Facebook etc, isn’t felt by those in the asset management industry. The fact is, investor habits are rapidly changing and the way they choose to invest is beginning to mirror the way they use technology to support all other aspects of their lives, from shopping online to algorithms providing recommendations, personally curated to them, on Netflix.
Applying a bottom-up approach to regulatory compliance will help firms achieve consistency in reporting
In mid-March, we published the first of a two-part article series with SEI Investment Manager Services on how a top-down, bottom-up solution can go some way towards helping fund managers grapple with regulatory compliance demands as efficiently as possible.
Global regulatory compliance – RegTech isn’t a panacea but provides critical tools in the right hands
Global regulation has developed like a slow growing but increasingly powerful storm system over the last five years. And whereas big wave surfers welcome such conditions thanks to the epic waves it produces, there are, it could be argued, precious few C-suite executives relishing the equivalent regulatory waves being cast ashore.
Following on from the GP survey it produced earlier this year, SEI once again partnered with Preqin, this time to garner the views of investors to understand how they approaching alternative asset investing.
As investment managers juggle a variety of priorities in order to continue to evolve their business model, trying to balance where to spend operating budget on internal resources versus outsourcing has become a critical consideration. In many ways, the advances in technology and the sheer number of outsourcing providers in the marketplace have given COOs of investment firms much more choice for consideration.
As popular as the alternative investments industry remains, attracting and retaining investors at a time when asset classes are converging means that managers need to constantly think about how best to differentiate themselves.
For non-US fund managers wishing to tap into the US retirement marketplace, setting up a Collective Investment Trust (CIT) could be an attractive proposition, given the growth of defined contribution (DC) assets. Thanks to their ease of set-up, speed to market, and share class flexibility, CITs are enjoying a renaissance period.
Attend almost any financial industry event today and the chances are a panel discussion will refer to blockchain and the transformation opportunities it could afford the industry. It has become a buzzword, a term that one has to pretend to understand and nod sagely whenever it comes up in conversation. If you don't understand blockchain, you're not in the club, cast aside as a technological Luddite.
Increasingly, the search for alpha is pushing asset managers into the furthest corners of financial markets. New asset classes, new instruments and new geographies are conspiring to place huge pressure on pre-existing operating models as managers struggle to cope with the volume of investment data. Whereas previously the front office operated independently from the middle and back office, all three are converging to handle the data management task.
The life of the Chief Compliance Officer is not getting any easier with respect to the many regulatory and compliance demands placed on today’s alternative fund management community.