Steven A. Cohens new firm will stop collecting employees best trading ideas for a central investment pool and rewarding them with a special bonus, a practice that the U.S. government said created wrong incentives at his former hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors LP.
There are no jurisdictional walls when it comes to the damaging effects of net asset value errors. This realization and the global collaboration taking place to address it are creating the new, global standard for "best practice" with or without the existence of domestic or foreign regulatory policy.
As the pace of cyberattacks increases, asset managers are taking a hard look at their cyber insurance coverage to make sure that it will cover them should they become a target.
Changes in the industry confront asset managers on several fronts. Michael Rawson, an analyst covering passive strategies on Morningstar's manager research team, shares his expectations on the outcomes these industry shifts will bring.
Transparency, regulation, a changing clientele and products and new security threats - as industry heads gather in Boston this week for the annual FundForum USA conference, attendees say they are looking to their peers to compare practices and seek advice and solutions to challenges facing asset managers.
While IT budgets at buy-side firms have not fully recovered from the cutbacks of the Great Recession, front-office demands keep growing in quantity, complexity and required speed of response.
During the crisis of 2008, service providers faced an environment in which they saw their clients' assets decline sharply.
Executives at mutual fund companies, asset management companies and support providers rated client reporting--which included any reporting that is created for the purpose of distribution to clients--as their top challenge followed closely by risk management in Money Management Executive's third annual Operations Survey.
Fund sponsors have long debated the relative merits of building, buying or outsourcing fund administration technology. As sponsors face more and more data-driven demands from regulators and investors, there is increased pressure to adopt new efficient technologies for fund administration process such as expense payments and budgeting, regulatory reporting and financial reporting. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the "build, buy or outsource" question a mix of cost pressures, resources, reporting requirements and technological advances have tipped the balance in favor of "buy" and "outsource."
These are stressful times for the mutual fund industry. An obvious statement, but one authored by a colleague ten years ago. Even more interesting is that the trends cited then are the same concerns that we hear from clients today. So what has changed?