Artificial Intelligence in the Fund Industry:

Why Back-Office Workers Shouldn’t Fear the Future

More often than not when I browse a trade journal or the news these days, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is front and center. AI, robots, and other technologies reminiscent of science fiction, are beginning to take shape in all aspects of our lives. From the automotive industry to Amazon, and now even to the financial services […]

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Getting 30e-3 Wrong Again

Is Rule 30e-3 back? Could we, in the mutual fund industry, actually be poised to move to a (mostly) paperless distribution of shareholder reports? Not so fast, unfortunately. I am sure that we all remember our crazy mixed feelings when the SEC reporting modernization proposal first came out in May 2015: a bold proposal that would require […]

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Happy Birthday, Form N-PORT!

It seems like only yesterday that the SEC finalized the rules for Investment Company Reporting Modernization and the Investment Company Liquidity Risk Management Program, yet in reality that momentous day was about one year ago. While the compliance date is still eight months away, the time between now and the first filing is likely to […]

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Declining ‘Globalization’: Reshoring, Localization and Today’s Politics

Revenue growth projections for offshoring software services and business-process outsourcing (BPO) activities are deteriorating – across the globe. 2017 sales projections for the big players have been reduced multiple times. Industry analysts are downgrading their projections as offshoring firms are continuously battered with increasing headwinds. With the passing of Brexit, the United Kingdom voted for […]

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How RegTech is Creating New Relationships between Global Service Providers and Technology Firms in the Search for Revenue

On a recent flight home after a client meeting, I found myself thinking about what is really motivating global financial services companies in their decision-making around technology and regulatory compliance. In the highly competitive third-party administrator space, I think one of the primary motivators is the fear of revenue loss (really, it’s a motivator for […]

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To Swing or Not to Swing, That is the Question

Swing pricing is coming to the U.S. and the response has been a mixed bag. Discussions around swing pricing started in earnest September 2015, when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a proposal for reforms “designed to enhance effective liquidity risk management by open-end funds.” About a year later, in October 2016, the SEC […]

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Featured Guest Blog: Cloud First, Faster

Businesses are openly embracing the Cloud in 2017. As previously noted in Tom Pfister’s Cloud First post to this blog, businesses are adopting cloud technologies more than ever before. However, many business people are finding the contracting process for adopting cloud services is slower and more complicated than buying installed software. Why are cloud services […]

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