Investment Technology

Investment operations - 3 "must-read" papers

In recent weeks, Investment Operations surveys and reports have ranked amongst our most popular back office. Here are some of the best:

1. Operational challenges facing investment managers in 2015 (Swift)

This 25 page report examines the effect of regulation on asset management organisations, including outsourcing risks, corporate actions, and issues surrounding fund distribution, the processing of trades and the management of collateral. The document draws from a survey of investment operations directors and those responsible for fund distribution at upper scale fund managers.

2. Global Asset Management Survey - Technology and Fund Operations (Sungard)

Popular survey from Sungard on investment technology and software in the back office.

3. Hedge fund administration: The quest for profitable growth (PwC)

An excellent 20 page survey from PwC looking in detail at HF administration. The hedge fund administration landscape is rapidly changing; over the last 10 years the value of funds administered by third parties has increased from around 50% to around 80%. This report identifies and explores four trends which will shape the HFA industry in the years to come; namely regulatory reporting, convergence of traditional and alternative platforms, cost pressures, and a continuation of outsourcing. The survey covers such functions as investment accounting, tax issues, financial reports, and servicing of investors.