Operational resource centre

Welcome to the investment operations content channel sponsored by SEI. Here you will find frequently updated features on operational issues for asset managers globally, with a focus on private equity, real estate and hedge fund managers.

Currently celebrating our 50th anniversary having been founded in 1968, SEI became a US public company in 1981 and is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol SEIC. With our corporate headquarters based in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a significant presence in London and Dublin, our 3700 employees serve asset managers, institutional investors and financial institutions around the globe.
To help investment managers compete and succeed in an environment of escalating challenges, risks and complexity, SEI Investment Manager Services division provides the sophisticated operating capabilities and services needed to optimise their business performance across key product structures, asset classes and domiciles. Alternative and traditional asset managers worldwide currently entrust over USD1 trillion in assets with us.

Ross Ellis

SEI identifies five key trends in disruptive technology - No1: Watsonisation

Mon, 19/09/2016 - 14:46

In the first of a five-part series, SEI discusses the impact of five disruptive technologies and how they can be applied to the financial industry. The first of these five trends relates to IBM Watson, and the power of cognitive computing.  »

Jim Smigiel

Changing the optics of portfolio risk

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:52

One of the biggest issues with risk when it comes to investing is that investors will invariably think about it in binary terms; what is the level of risk? Is it too high or too low? Of greater import, however, is understanding the composition of risk.  »

Giles Travers, SEI

Assessing the best AIFMD Management Company options

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:59

Navigating the increased regulatory requirements of AIFMD has been a costly and resource-intensive exercise for many investment managers over the past few years. Now that the dust has settled on AIFMD, fund managers need to decide on, and implement, the most efficient operating models that allow them to manage assets and raise new capital.  »

Jim Cass, SEI

LPs want PE managers to improve the level of reporting transparency

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 13:41

Private equity managers are finding that increased demands for transparency from their LPs are requiring them to change their mindset, especially when it comes to sharing information on how assets are valued.  »

Giles Travers, SEI

SEI’s evolve to adapt paper highlights nine key operational issues facing managers

Tue, 18/08/2015 - 20:09

The business of asset management has grown exponentially more complex over the last decade. As system technology and data management improves, managers are devising ever-new investment strategies to find that elusive source of alpha.  »

Joseph Henkel, SEI

Big data: How data warehouses are streamlining bespoke LP reporting for PE managers

Wed, 15/07/2015 - 13:05

To help overcome the increased reporting burden faced by private equity managers, SEI has developed an automated end-client reporting capability. It comes at a time when global PE firms are having to adapt to regulation in the form of AIFMD and Annex IV reporting, not to mention a desire by LPs to derive greater transparency from their PE allocations.  »

Philip Masterson, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Investment Manager Services at SEI in London

How EU managers can crack the US regulated fund market

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 10:49

According to a survey released by Deutsche Bank in September 2014, ‘From Alternatives to Mainstream Part Two’, total assets managed by ’40 Act mutual funds reached a record high of USD257 billion by end-2013, representing over 60 per cent growth for the year. Through May 2014, that figure had grown a further 18 per cent to over USD300 billion.  »

Giles Travers, SEI

LP Reporting: Increasing requirements and evolving operations

Fri, 19/06/2015 - 11:42

Limited partners are asking for more frequent, transparent reporting from private equity managers and are increasingly assessing a GP’s operations as part of their investment criteria. »

Giles Travers, SEI

Private equity liquidity pool is deepening via secondary market, finds SEI report

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 11:25

By James Williams – Private equity has never been synonymous with the word liquidity when it comes to investing in alternative assets, but a new report by SEI’s Investment Manager Services division suggests that this may be changing.  »

Joseph Henkel, SEI

PERE funds and Annex IV reporting

Fri, 05/06/2015 - 10:45

Demands and nuances of Annex IV reporting across Europe could lead to a steady adoption of an outsourcing model among PERE fund managers. »


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