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Improving Efficiency In the Reconciliation Investigation Process

29th July 2019

The reconciliation process can become cumbersome when an exception is identified, and the investigation process begins. It is at this moment when different data sources need to be accessed to troubleshoot a break and determine the root cause of an exception. The time and effort taken to open different applications and web pages, sort through the... read more
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Four Reasons Why Hedge Funds Should Shadow Their Fund Administrator

29th July 2019

One of the most important responsibilities of the fund administrator is to calculate the fund net asset valuation (NAV). After speaking with several operations professionals across the hedge fund space, we identified four main reasons why an investment manager should shadow their service provider or fund administrator; pricing issues, staffing... read more
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How Firms Can Rise Above the SEC’s Issues with Advisory Fee Billing

29th July 2019

It has been about a year since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a risk alert that “Most Frequent Advisory Fee and Expense Compliance Issues Identified in Examinations of Investment Advisers.” Such inappropriate fee billing and expense practices may violate the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the rules implementing it,... read more
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Six Huge Risks Investment Managers Take When Using Spreadsheets for Fee Billing

29th July 2019

In the investment management world, financial services teams, CFOs and operations teams often use spreadsheets for client fee calculation and billing. While the endless formulas, worksheet linking, and cross-tab capabilities may make spreadsheets a good choice at first, firms will quickly realize the complexity and risk they end up creating. Here... read more
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Guide | Corporate Payments | 5 Steps to Secure and Reliable Payment Processes

5th July 2019

Company: BELLIN
This guide outlines the 5 steps towards secure and reliable payments processes. It gives you clear, best-practice guidance on how to achieve standardized workflows throughout your group as well as secure payment structures and introduces the BELLIN tm5 system: your key to a successful payments project. read more

Our Analysis of Orphaned funds in Europe

26th June 2019

Company: Morningstar
Funds lying dormant, with tiny assets, are a disservice to investors. The extent to which these “orphaned funds” are prevalent in Europe comes to the fore in our new research paper. Read here: https://www.morningstar.com/en-uk/lp/orphaned-funds? read more

Liquid Alternative Funds: A Challenging Landscape

26th June 2019

Company: Morningstar
Open-ended alternative funds, or liquid alts, are one of the European cross-border market’s biggest growth stories of the last decade: Liquid funds using hedge fund-type strategies generated tenfold asset growth in that time. But our recent study shows that this rapid growth hasn’t yet given way to maturity. Find out more:... read more

Should you go active in Europe equity funds?

26th June 2019

Company: Morningstar
We explored this question in our recent study, which analysed the performance of funds across the 12 Europe-Equity Morningstar Categories that span the market-cap and style spectrum. Read here: https://www.morningstar.com/en-uk/lp/european-equity read more

Morningstar’s ‘Fund Family 100’ European Study

26th June 2019

Company: Morningstar
In this report, we compare the largest 100 fund families by assets under management through an assessment of their funds available for sale across Europe. We show each firm's rank in this list of 100 for those data points that can be ranked. Download here: https://www.morningstar.com/lp/guided-tour-european-etf-marketplace read more

Morningstar's Guided Tour of the European ETF Marketplace

26th June 2019

Company: Morningstar
In this publication, we analyse the latest trends in the European exchange-traded fund marketplace and cover aspects such as asset growth, product proliferation, regulation and investment stewardship. Download here: https://www.morningstar.com/lp/guided-tour-european-etf-marketplace read more