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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.

Dec 20, 2021

To Win the Platform Placement Game, Figure Out What Distributors Need

It goes without saying that product performance is central to the success of any asset management firm. However, performance is only one part of the story. To stay relevant, asset managers also need to ensure that they are staying on top of product trends—and, most importantly, delivering products that their clients want and need. Platform placements are a key component of this process, and in order to get products onto distributor platforms, firms need an in-depth understanding of distributors’ needs and criteria.

Nov 8, 2021

The recipe for success: Partnering with the right transfer agent

The asset management industry is in a constant state of change. As managers endeavor to retain and grow existing investors and attract new assets, they face new and growing competitive threats. In this complex environment, managers will need to retain elite providers who are well positioned and equipped to help them succeed. This is especially true in the transfer agent space. Partnering with the right transfer agent can offer asset managers a meaningful strategic advantage.

Oct 28, 2021

Are you partnered with the right transfer agent for your needs?

Transfer agents are evolving to meet changing marketplace challenges and demands and are rapidly becoming more than just a recordkeeper. With the accelerating pace of technology innovation, leading asset managers are partnering with their transfer agent as a strategic element of their growth strategy. Transfer agents already help asset managers improve distribution, deliver superior investor and advisor experiences, and gain greater insights into data.

Jul 30, 2021

Five things that advisors want from model portfolio providers

Nearly 8 in 10 financial advisors use model portfolios according to our recent survey of financial advisors, conducted in association with Horsesmouth. Of those that use model portfolios, 75% do so because using model portfolios helps them to provide better service to their customers or because using models gives them more time to build their businesses and interact with clients. For asset managers who provide models, this contingent of advisors is important. They represent nearly 71% of assets among advisor practices that use models.

Apr 9, 2021

The changing face of advice: how financial advisors are evolving

The expectations and scope of financial advice have evolved considerably over the past 10 years. Meanwhile, growing wealth and slow growth in the number of financial advisors in the industry represent increasing opportunities for existing and new financial advisors to grow their practices. As a result, what advisors are looking for from their asset management partners continues to change.

Mar 15, 2021

Is your firm returning to the office? Insights & practical ideas for success

Dogs barking, kids fighting in the background, phones ringing while you’re on video conference calls, the joy of getting booted unexpectedly from a Zoom call in the middle of speaking. Life happens when working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work dynamics have certainly shifted from a year ago, and they’ll shift again as companies return to the office. The transition begs a host of questions and considerations for returning. What will working in the office look like? Who will come back? How can companies best support the transition to a post-pandemic workforce? How should leaders prepare?

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.


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