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Jul 2, 2020

SS&C’s Event Center Services: planning for post-pandemic operations

As companies consider planning for orders being lifted and operations to resume, assessing the projects and tasks that were pushed to the back-burner is becoming a priority. As those items are defined, deciding how to navigate the backlog is the next step. Do you use in-house resources who are already working hard to get back to business as usual? Is now the time to consider outsourcing those projects to a group that specializes in managing these types of events?

Jul 1, 2020

The role of efficient contact tracing in 2020 and beyond

According to a recent article in The Guardian, “As soon as a vaccine is approved, it’s going to be needed in vast quantities. In a best-case scenario, mass manufacture probably won’t arrive before 2021 – and many of the organisations in the Covid-19 vaccine race simply don’t have the necessary production capacity.”

Jun 29, 2020

Engage investors with SS&C's InvestorVision portal

An investor portal is not optional in today’s market; a proprietary portal is now an essential component of every general partner’s (GPs) communication toolset. Over the last several years, there has been a move toward greater transparency in the private equity (PE) industry, and savvy GPs are using investor portals to meet this demand and enable dissemination of important information to their limited partners (LPs). As the financial industry adjusts to a new virtual work-from-home environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GPs with an existing investor portal are finding it easier to meet the challenges of engaging with their investors.  

Jun 26, 2020

DOL finalizes rule for alternative safe harbor methods for disclosure through electronic media

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued final regulations providing two new safe harbors for retirement plans to furnish required disclosures by email or other electronic means to participants and beneficiaries. The first new safe harbor follows a Notice and Access framework, whereas the second alternative safe harbor utilizes a direct e-mail model for delivery of ERISA required documents.

Jun 26, 2020

Managing credit risk during a global pandemic—key considerations and best practices

Following up from the SS&C Algorithmics Webinar “Managing Credit Risk During a Global Pandemic – Key Considerations and Best Practices” held on May 20th, we wanted to share some of the interesting insights gained from our audience poll of three topics relevant to the webinar discussion.  In terms of COVID-19 recovery expectations, participants overall appeared to lean more towards conservative presumptions with respect to the expected course of the recovery, with 92%believing that a prolonged “U,” delayed “L” or broken “W” shaped recovery would ensue, with only 8%believing that a swift “V” shaped recovery would prevail. Perhaps this reflects the more sobering realities of the severe impacts the economic shutdown has had on global output and employment, and expected levels of bad debt and credit losses likely to accrue to existing bank balance sheets.

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 23, 2020

Women in technology: advice for women in STEM

SS&C recently participated in a panel hosted by the Kansas City Business Journal to discuss women in technology. In an environment where women hold only 5% of leadership positions in the tech sector and only 25% of all computing jobs, many women cite lack of mentors, gender bias, pay inequity and lack of growth as the top barriers in the industry.

Jun 22, 2020

Four ways real-time benefit supports value-based care

In a post-COVID world, it will be more important than ever for health plans to embrace a value-based care transformation that helps to achieve the quadruple aim (1. cost control, 2. improved clinical outcomes, 3. member satisfaction, 4. provider satisfaction). Health IT is at the heart of this transformation, but transformative technologies and systems such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and interoperability are still catching up with value-based goals and aspirations. 

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