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May 24, 2022

Is Your Firm Too Reliant on Spreadsheets?

While automation has gained more and more speed in recent years, many asset management firms continue to rely on spreadsheets for at least some of their operations. This spreadsheet dependence is often born through workarounds that are created when the normal IT channels aren’t able to meet needed deadlines. Spreadsheets can be perfectly functional tools, but their integration into daily processes can quickly become a problem by moving data away from core systems and introducing manual steps. These manual steps slow down the process and reduce efficiency, in addition to introducing greater potential for errors.

May 20, 2022

DeFi Compliance: The Future is Now!

Crypto went from obscurity to mainstream, encompassing traditional ones such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, to an expanded regulatory ecosystem of stablecoins, such as Tether and digital currencies, in which regulators globally are putting in place a regulatory structure—albeit not as fast, coherently, and innovation-friendly as some market participants would like. The much-entrenched crypto skepticism has yielded to crypto acceptance, whether from FOMO, greed, or YOLO; the reality is that cryptos—in one form (hopefully comprehensively regulated) or another—appear to be a growing asset class in the financial-investing ecosystem. That is the easy part; now begins the journey of navigating the thicket of regulations and regulatory actions that will surely follow from a variety of regulators.

May 18, 2022

Challenges & Future Developments for LIBOR Transition for ALM

In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, manipulation attempts by LIBOR panel banks, false reporting, and declining liquidity in interbank funding markets generated doubt in LIBOR benchmark rates, and ultimately led to plans for their replacement with more reliable benchmarks. Without backing by underlying transactions, LIBOR depended more on expert judgment than quantifying true bank funding cost, and huge volumes of derivatives and cash products referencing it was a concern. Alarmed regulators established new benchmark regulation (BMR), and alternative reference rates (ARR) or risk-free rates (RFR) that comply with the BMR were developed and recommended by national working groups of several jurisdictions.

May 13, 2022

Q1 Signals Driving the Outlook for 2022

In our latest installment of SS&C Dialogues, we sat down with industry experts to explore the 2022 outlook in banking, financial services and insurance, based on the event of Q1.

May 12, 2022

Webinar Recap: Digital Assets and NFTs in Asset Management

With the total value of the market for digital assets approaching $2 trillion, it is natural and unsurprising that many investors are asking if digital assets should play a role in their portfolios. To answer that question though, we must first step back and ask how we determine which assets belong in a portfolio in the first place.

May 12, 2022

Designing the New Workplace Model

Fundamental changes to working patterns, work models and employee engagement brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are not going away. They’ve been embraced by many within the financial services industry, and for good reason. Employees benefit from greater flexibility, improved satisfaction and higher morale. Employers benefit from greater employee retention, increased loyalty and access to a wider talent pool.

May 11, 2022

How Tokenization Could Accelerate the Personalization of Investing

Tokenization could have effects far more profound than lower transaction costs, improved price discovery, added liquidity and a broadening of the investor base for funds. In this blog, we explore how tokenization could also facilitate investment combinations tailored precisely to the needs, wants and values of the individual investor.

May 11, 2022

The Foundations of Good ESG Governance and Policy

Momentum behind ESG investing continues to grow. Firms who develop a solid approach to incorporating ESG policies at both the firm and the fund level will have a competitive advantage over their peers.

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