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Aug 11, 2022

AI and Robotics: Cutting Through the Hype

AI is not a new technology—it’s been gaining momentum for decades. But now, AI technologies are transforming business processes, with even the Australian Government set to invest $53.8 million to establish a National AI Centre within the CSIRO.

Aug 4, 2022

How Digital Transformation Leads to Operational Transformation

In our "Why You May Be Wrong About Digital Transformation" blog, we challenged how many in the Australian superannuation industry incorrectly use the term digital transformation. In practice, most are only engaged in digital evolution. Digital evolution is about upgrading your digital business capabilities in stages as opposed to a complete overhaul, but it is an unsustainable, fragmented approach. When you truly transform—when you bring digital to your core and connect the entire ecosystem—you not only future-proof your technology but you open up the ability to reimagine and reconfigure your entire operating model.

Aug 4, 2022

Achieving Greater Efficiency Through Middle-Office Optimization

Middle-office operations are critical to your business, but often bogged down by manual processes, paper documents, and human error. Artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformation, intelligent automation, and other next-generation technologies help address these challenges. There are a variety of ways to improve middle-office efficiency and accuracy, such as through outsourcing or hosting services. SS&C is hosting a selection of free webinars related to middle-office operations.

Aug 3, 2022

The Breakaway Broker Trend Hits Asia, Enabled Through Technology

A global trend has arrived in Asia, in which brokers are pivoting toward wealth management services, or advisors from those wirehouses are launching their own wealth management firms.  The “breakaway broker” phenomenon isn’t exclusive to Asia and has been happening for a while in spots around the globe, but the trend is popping up more now in the region.   

Aug 2, 2022

NCQA Adds ECDS Measures to Public Reporting for MY2022 and MY2023

Beginning in 2015, NCQA began enhancing the HEDIS® measurement set to focus on a new reporting framework for measures derived from Electronic Clinical Data Systems (ECDS). 

Aug 1, 2022

Long-Duration Contracts Targeted Improvements and Impact for Insurers

In August 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2018-12, Financial Services—Insurance (Topic 944), often referred to as long-duration contracts targeted improvements (LDTI).

Jul 29, 2022

Valuation of Asian Spread Options and How to Measure Them

Mark-to-market pricing of financial instruments plays an important role in managing risk. Asset managers and other industry practitioners depend on accurate valuations of financial instruments to assess the impact of risk factor changes on their portfolios. But the ability to accurately calculate exposures is challenged by highly dynamic, frequently fluctuating markets. Market standard valuation techniques such as Monte Carlo aren’t always efficient for such assets. Certain derivative instruments, such as Asian spread options, are a case in point. These instruments require a more robust valuation approach.

Jul 28, 2022

The Current State of AI in Asset Management

The transformative impact of artificial intelligence has been touted by asset management industry experts for several years now, and use-cases are starting to roll in. While not a sudden revolution, AI is being applied successfully across a variety of functions, with the front office being the most deeply embedded in asset management. While starting with customer-facing functions is a natural choice when implementing AI, middle and back-office are starting to catch up.

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