New blog from Managing Director Conor Smyth The perils of “end-to-end” solutions to SEC Reporting Modernization that don’t actually go from end-to-end One of the common idioms here in the US that my European colleagues may not be familiar with is “soup to nuts”, meaning from beginning to end. As I sat down to write…

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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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The themes from 2016 carry through; cloud, business continuity and cyber risk are still centre stage. Expect IT and infrastructure discussions to focus on how firms will leverage the growing cloud vendor community, how business continuity planning can be improved vis-à-vis regulatory focus in this area and increasing awareness that cyber threats demand serious attention…

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Like taxes and death, the rise of regulation is unavoidable.  Unlike death and taxes, though, it appears there could be delays and dilution of regulation – yet again we are faced with an indefinite future. In the US preparation activity is focussed on the liquidity management rule, swing pricing and the data modernization reporting changes…

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Money Fund Reform – finalization of Round two is upon us In July of 2014, the SEC announced new money market fund reforms. These reforms were introduced to strengthen the money fund industry and improve money fund resilience during periods of market stress and high volatility. In September of 2008, the Reserve Primary fund broke…

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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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