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The welcome return of in-person events: Out and about with Deep Pool
Digitally-enabled remote working and client interactions have been a saviour for so many industries, organisations and individuals over the past two years. And hopefully they will bring long-term benefits, enabling more flexible approaches to working and living that would have been inconceivable pre-pandemic. Still, there’s nothing quite like getting out and meeting people face-to-face once […]
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Today’s transfer agency mantra: Automate, automate, automate
Here’s the problem: while all the interactions in our personal and professional lives are becoming ever more digitalised and automated, fund administration remains beset by manual, often paper-based processes. From banking apps and TV streaming to online shopping and food delivery, seamless, on-demand services are becoming the norm. Investors – especially as digital native Millennials […]
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Transforming fund administration: What NTAS can do for you
First the good news for fund administrators: the funds industry is expanding. European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) figures show net assets of UCITS and alternative investment funds rose 16.7% through 2021 to reach €21.9 trillion by year-end. Total assets under management in Europe topped €31 trillion. Almost a quarter of the investment portfolios […]
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Redesigning the fund onboarding experience
Redesigning the fund onboarding experience: The case for digital automation The benefits of intelligent digital onboarding are manifold: improved customer experience and engagement, internal operating efficiencies, enhanced risk control, happier employees and strengthened regulatory compliance. Clients, investment managers, fund administrators and regulators all agree digital automation is the way to go. Yet the funds industry […]
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Transfer agency solutions for a multi-asset class world
We live in an increasingly multi-asset class world. Unfortunately, fund administrators’ traditional technology infrastructures do not. Transfer agency, accounting and reporting systems were typically developed to support the specific needs of what had been segregated markets, creating specialist software for mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity and real estate. But the investment landscape has changed. […]
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FATCA /CRS reporting best practices
5-point guide to FATCA/CRS compliance The 12th anniversary of when the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law has just rolled around. Not that many financial institutions will be celebrating. FATCA and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) it spawned are proving potent weapons in jurisdictions’ war against tax evasion. But the reporting obligations […]
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Fund administration system migrations: The keys to success
Investors are more committed than ever to their alternative investment programmes, notes Preqin’s latest Global Alternatives report. Drawn by the diversification and return benefits on offer, Preqin expects private capital, hedge fund and other alternative assets to soar from $13.32tn at the end of 2021 to $23.21tn by 2026. Such strong growth trends will be […]
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Firms’ AML capabilities are under pressure
Tougher new beneficial owner rules add pressure on firms’ AML capabilities Financial institutions’ beneficial ownership screening capabilities face heightened scrutiny following the launch of new global transparency rules. In early March, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the world’s anti-money laundering watchdog, agreed tougher rules on beneficial ownership to prevent criminals using anonymised corporate structures […]
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Are your AML capabilities really up to scratch?
Robust anti-money laundering (AML) and knowing your customer (KYC) capabilities have never been more important, nor the risks from lapses greater. While global campaigns to crack down on money laundering and terrorism financing have been gathering pace for years, authorities’ focus is only set to intensify in the current climate. All financial institutions – from […]
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SWIFT steps towards automating transfer agency
Full end-to-end process automation remains an elusive goal for the global fund administration industry. SWIFT messaging standardisation is a big part of the solution. Look at what SWIFT has done for the global banking system. The organisation was founded in 1973 to create a common international financial messaging language to facilitate communication about cross-border payments […]
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Lessons from the Great Resignation: A playbook for better fund administrator resourcing.
The Covid-inspired “Great Resignation” may be a short-term response to an extraordinary, temporary situation, but it has long-term implications for the fund administration sector and the wider financial services world. People quit their jobs at a record rate last year. In most cases, especially in Europe, the Great Resignation has been more transference than exodus, […]
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Future of transfer agency: Do blockchains and crypto funds pose an existential threat?
As investor interest in crypto funds and assets accelerates, transfer agents face an existential challenge: how to support both the on- and off-chain worlds and remain relevant. Bitcoin’s launch in 2009 introduced a new paradigm into the financial sector – the idea that assets can be represented on a distributed ledger, potentially disintermediating some of […]
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EU Guidelines Spark Investment Fund Performance Fee Confusion
Regulatory ambiguity is bad news for fund administrators. Unfortunately, the European Securities and Markets Authority’s latest guidelines on performance fees for UCITS and certain retail AIFs has left market participants facing precisely that. The ESMA guidelines, which took effect last year, aim to ensure the performance fees investment managers charge are equitable for every investor, […]
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AML digital transformation roadmap: How to get to automated best practices
As we discussed in our previous blog, automating AML controls is the only way to properly combat money laundering risks and ensure firms can meet their regulatory responsibilities. But undertaking that digital transformation – to get firms from where they are (often reliant on fragmented technologies and complex manual steps) to where they need to […]
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