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Jul 13, 2020

Evolving & ever-changing ETFs – an AP’s perspective: the in-flows and out-flows of ETFs with Dave Nadig

Despite COVID-19 and unrest around the globe, this year has finally seen semi-transparent active ETF launches from American Century’s ActiveShares to Fidelity’s Active ETFs. Although there is uncertainty of what each day, week or month will look like in the new normal, one thing is for sure, the interest for gaining more knowledge about semi-transparent active ETFs is growing. Following the SS&C ALPS webinar on the subject, we sat down with ETF Trends’, Director of Research, Dave Nadig, to get an authorized participants’ (AP) perspective around the flows for these new models.

Jul 7, 2020

Evolving & ever-changing ETFs—considerations from an asset manager’s point of view

Asset managers are fortunate to have a number of fund structures to choose from to launch their various strategies, either within active or passive constructs. As ETFs have gained in popularity with investors for their low cost, tax-efficient, transparent and tradeable structures, asset managers have increasingly concentrated on the ETF wrapper for their new product launches. While the basic blocking and tackling of ETF management is very similar to other fund structures, managing a product that simultaneously trades on a listed exchange presents many new challenges for asset managers that may require additional expertise.

Jun 24, 2020

Performance measurement for private equities

Recent volatility in markets worldwide is a timely reminder of the benefits of diversification in an investment portfolio.  Since 2000, investment in private equity (PE) has significantly increased and provided investors greater diversification across growth assets. Over this time, private equity’s net asset value rose more than sevenfold globally, and PE-backed companies more than doubled to over 8,000 just in the USA, while the total number of publicly owned companies saw a modest decline. The increased usage of PE as an asset class across pension schemes, sovereign funds and wealth investors has created a need to provide analysis that accurately captures the investment performance of both the general and limited partners, across which fund expenses and distributions are allocated.

Jun 19, 2020

Solving alternatives: tackling the operations dilemma head on

To hear more about SS&C’s vision for the future state of alternative investment operations, watch out short video.

Jun 19, 2020

The business case for client & performance reporting change

Client and performance reporting is central to a manager’s ability to compete and differentiate; investment performance and quality of service are consistently ranked at the top of plan sponsors’ wish lists. However, these two functions are less automated and scalable than other less-differentiating functions. Adox Research data shows that a majority of firms struggle to exceed automation levels of at least 60% for these mission-critical activities, which clearly leaves value on the table in terms of automation headroom. If firms were able to reach 90% or higher automation rates, costs would go down, but more importantly, the risk of errors and customer dissatisfaction would be reduced.

Jun 10, 2020

Solving paper in operational use cases with AWD & Vidado

As every operations manager knows, paper can bring even the most finely-tuned workflow to a screeching halt. Despite decades of “paperless” pushes, insurance, healthcare and financial services companies are still heavily dependent on paper-based workflows. Everything from new applications to claim forms still generate significant amounts of incoming paper, requiring special rules and routing. These additional steps add time, introduce a greater potential for errors, and increase the risk of security breaches – which means more manual work for the operations department and a reduction in straight-through processing metrics.

May 29, 2020

The silver lining of a crisis: defining and accelerating digital transformations

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, asset managers have done an excellent job of adjusting their service and communication response—in both strategy and execution—even if some scrambling has been involved.

In speaking with executives, following press coverage and observing third party communications, we have spent significant time thinking about our clients working through “digital transformations.” Although this pandemic brings more pressure, the timing enables firms to strategize and tactically plan their digital transformations.

May 19, 2020

Value for today’s wealth managers via comprehensive cloud-based solution

COVID-19 highlights the importance of the internet, cloud computing, and remote or mobile technologies that keep us connected, informed and productive. For wealth managers, these modern tools allow them to serve clients and run their businesses. Still, the extent of their firm’s effectiveness relies heavily on its technology partner’s range of capabilities beyond remote and digital access.

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