Delays Aren’t What They Used to Be

Why the Form N-PORT Temporary Rule Is All Hat and No Cattle

Pretty much from the day the SEC finalized its reporting modernization rules, the industry has lobbied for something to ease the burden of readiness and processing – a delay, an extended monthly due date, a reduction in frequency – and often cybersecurity was the justification for those readiness and processing asks. The requests were met […]

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Beyond Compliance: Outlook for 2018

As we begin 2018, I am reminded of the remarkable evolution that has taken place in the fund servicing industry in the decade following the market downturn. It’s hard to imagine the pre-crisis era when static human disclosures and documents were considered good enough for regulators. The post-crisis shift in focus from investor protection to […]

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Best of 2017 — The Year of Change

Whether it is shaking up old habits, adopting new groundbreaking technology or moving offices, this year’s mantra seemed to have been ‘out with the old, in with the new’. Take a look back at Confluence’s top three blogs of the year and consider how change impacted your world as well. 1.  Culture Change in Fund Administration—Time […]

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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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