Chief Technology Officer Ronan Brennan visited the popular TSAM conference in Boston last month – in this series of five blogs he outlines some of the key issues he discussed with attendees. The firms with the best and most pro-active cyber defences are often the worst responders if their defences are actually breached. Why so?…

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Chief Technology Officer Ronan Brennan visited the popular TSAM conference in Boston this month where he chaired the regulation and compliance stream – in this series of five blogs he outlines some of the key issues he discussed with attendees. It’s clear to me that firms that have adopted a strategic approach in their response…

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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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At this moment in time, most “40 Act” managers in the US should have an active and very high profile SEC Reporting Modernization program. Someone, somewhere in each firm should be under a lot of pressure to make the right decisions to ensure their firm is not exposed in a very public fashion come July…

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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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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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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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