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Dec 15, 2020

Key considerations for evaluating shadow services options

How does an alternative manager benefit from shadow services? Shadow accounting is when a manager directs or performs in-house accounting books and records to reconcile or shadow the books and records maintained by a third-party administrator. A manager performs these tasks for a variety of reasons—they may be required to by fund documents, or they want control and fast access to investment results, or they believe that they have a higher level of expertise in the strategies behind their business than the record keepers.

Dec 7, 2020

Understanding and adhering to Un-cleared Margin Rules (UMR)

Is your firm in scope for UMR? SS&C’s whitepaper, OTC Derivatives Workflow for Un-cleared Margin Rules in the EU and US, provides a simple flow chart to help you determine whether your firm is in scope, and for which phase.

Nov 23, 2020

Investor Services....are we SWIFT enough?

Interest in investor SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) processing is typically inclined towards mutual funds. The alternative assets and hedge fund space is often seen as more complex and harder to support with automated services and messaging templates are usually not standardized when dealing with transfer agents. In recent years, an increase in institutional investment funds and large custodian banks entering the hedge market has slowly nudged the industry towards realizing the benefit of standardization of SWIFT messaging, as it can be key to opening up distribution in newer global markets.

Nov 12, 2020

SS&C Leading Fund Administrator in Asia-Pacific-Focused for Private Capital Funds

Preqin has named SS&C GlobeOp the #1 fund administrator by number of known Asia-Pacific-focused private capital funds serviced. In the wake of continued growth in the region over the past three years, the rankings recognize the most active service providers supporting the private capital industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nov 11, 2020

Survey: New digital tools needed to engage superannuation fund members

SS&C recently conducted a Superannuation Stealth Survey to measure members’ perceptions of digital tools and communication channels. Our research found that there is a huge opportunity for Australian superannuation funds to deliver more engaging communications and gain a competitive advantage in retention through new technology.

Oct 21, 2020

Hold my data, please! Managing your Real Assets data in the age of COVID-19

This summer, I attended the 2020 NCREIF Virtual Summer Conference, and aside from COVID-19, the second most popular topic raised in every session was data management.  Panelists from some of the largest investment firms in the Real Assets industry were lamenting how their jobs had shifted in recent months, almost completely away from investment management and towards data management. 

Oct 2, 2020

Open ended funds: changes and opportunities—what are we learning in this market correction?

In the last decade, the popularity of open ended funds has grown. We have seen many of our real assets clients launch such funds in recent years. One of the attributes investors appreciate is the diversity of property types. However, in recent years, we’ve seen the Internet of Things have an impact on various property types. The transition to online shopping, for example, has had an obvious effect on the retail sector.

Sep 30, 2020

Data resiliency during transformative markets: maintaining strong valuation processes when data dries up

Market participants fear the unknown. Yet, in an era of truly unprecedented market turmoil and subsequent government intervention, it is more difficult than ever to predict even basic economic metrics in an effort to project a ballpark figure for global GDP in 2020. However, investors recognize that volatility leads to opportunity with new fund launches continuing in 2020, despite the volatility. Just in the first half of 2020, there have been 85 different SPAC filings, 139 Private Equity closings raising $41B, and 95 new Hedge Fund launches.

 
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