New blog from Business Development Executive Kate Horgan. AAAAGH! That’s the frightened response we expect asset management company executives to make when they are hit by yet another set of rules – and within the industry, it is universally accepted that increased regulation is here to stay. Unfortunately, the compliance department is increasingly being perceived…

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  There are three reasons sub-advisors need to catch up fast on N-PORT: Someone else’s regulation has become YOUR problem We’ve come across this issue many times over the past few years but it’s becoming more noticeable that whatever the direction of regulation, no matter who the intended target, there are plenty of companies indirectly…

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  Between MiFID II in Europe and the upcoming SEC financial reporting modernization rules in the US (which includes the monthly Form N-PORT and annual Form N-CEN), most fund management firms are in the midst of a regulatory maelstrom. At the same time it never ceases to amaze me how often you meet the laissez-faire…

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Beware the technology vendor that is peddling a silver bullet for data quality. Investing in good data quality management software does not always deliver the desired data quality targets. Without doubt there is a correlation between the firms that have good quality data and those that have invested heavily in good technology, but this correlation…

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I like to use the metaphor of data and oil a lot. The analogies are many – for example mechanical engines need clean oil to function efficiently, the sales engine in an asset management firm i.e. the distribution function also needs clean data to function efficiently. If you feed the distribution function with erroneous poor…

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The prevalence of data silos in a firm is a direct link to the level of data debt being built within the firm’s data architecture. Good data architecture and design naturally leads to low levels of data debt. Data debt can be thought of as the outstanding work that needs to be done before the…

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The “broken window theory” argues that residential areas with broken windows will suffer a higher level of serious crime than neighbourhoods without.  The theory, put forward initially by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, states that keeping urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism. The social theory was adopted…

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I had the opportunity last quarter to spend a lot of time on my soapbox and listening to senior executives sharing their strategic views on success. In March at our breakfast briefing in NYC I listened to our four panellists share their views on the challenges of supporting the distribution function in asset management with…

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I have spoken many times about the concept of DQD (Data Quality Denial) and about how pervasive a problem it is, and even more difficult to root out. The problem, as I see it, starts where you have technology business owners that are somewhat disconnected from the realities of how and why the business is…

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