SunGard will help FocusShares achieve straight-through processing to help optimize its trading processes, maximize efficiency and minimize transaction costs. FocusShares will use SunGardâs APTâs risk management tools to help it closely track the fundsâ underlying indexes. Once the portfolios are constructed, Asset Arena Investment Management will process the trade outputs in real-time, helping ensure appropriate compliance and enabling active portfolio and position management.
SunGardâs APT is an award-winning risk management, portfolio construction and optimization solution. SunGardâs Asset Arena Investment Management supports lifecycle management for investment decision making, order processing and compliance monitoring. The combined solution will provide FocusSharesâ ETF business with an integrated workflow and straight-through portfolio optimization and order management solution.
Focus Morningstar ETFs began trading March 30, 2011 on NYSE Arca and are the first investment products sponsored by FocusShares since being acquired in June 2010 by Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., the parent holding company of Scottrade, Inc.
Kris Wallace, head of portfolio management and product development at FocusShares, said, âSunGardâs end-to-end solution spanning various parts of the portfolio, compliance and risk management value chain will be absolutely essential in helping us run our ETF business. While our initial offering focuses on U.S.-listed equities, SunGard provides us with a scalable solution that will help us expand our product offerings in the future.â
Martin Boyd, president of SunGardâs asset management business, said, âETFs are rapidly gaining popularity as a flexible, cost-effective vehicle for diversified investing. SunGard has invested in this growing area with integrated solutions that help consolidate risk and portfolio management and help promote growth and efficiency in the ETF market.â