SS&C Deliver 2017 Announcement Roundup

By Jen Molgano and Kendall Reischl

High Angle View Of River Amidst Modern Buildings In City

Back from our annual conference, SS&C Deliver, we’re excited and energized after seeing our clients, engaging in sessions and panels, and enjoying the ‘Windy City’.   We shared several big announcements during our time in Chicago. Read on in case you missed them. Continue reading

SS&C’s CORE reporting to help with the challenges of new SEC Modernization requirements

By Richard Clark

As the main regulator of the investment management industry, the SEC continues to identify opportunities to modernize and enhance the reporting and disclosure of information by registered investment companies. Along these lines, the SEC recently voted to adopt changes which modernize the current reporting regime to address the risks in the asset management industry, improve the quality of the data provided to investors and help the SEC collect and analyze data more efficiently. According to the SEC estimates, there are approximately 12,000 funds that will be affected by the new SEC modernization rules. The first of these new reports will be due July 30, 2018.

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To diminish information gap, FCA changes AIFMD (Reporting) Instrument 2017

By Uma Sheth & Justin Meagher

On 25 January, 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made several changes to their handbook. One such change was to CP 16/17 – Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (reporting) Instrument 2017.  The change to this instrument closes a significant information gap between the activities and risks incurred by alternative investment fund managers who have a broad presence in the UK.

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SEC and the accredited investors

By Michael Loo

During the Practicing Law Institute’s SEC Speaks in 2016 conference, SEC acting chairman Michael Piwowar shared his thoughts on how the SEC should remove the distinction between accredited and non-accredited investors. Accredited investors can invest in private securities not registered with financial authorities. Under SEC Rule 401 of Regulation D, some of the requirements to be an accredited investor include having an income of $200,000 or having a net worth of $1 million (excluding the primary residence). This naturally targets the alternative investment space, such as hedge funds and private equity funds. Should the distinction between accredited and non-accredited cease to exist, alternative investment managers could have a larger pool of viable investors to tap into.

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Leveraging predictive models: The right approach for your institution?

By Lauren Smith

Predictive models will have a direct impact on an institution’s ability to support the CECL estimate. Given this, institutions should thoroughly evaluate the costs and benefits of using a modeled versus a non-modeled approach. Predictive models require significant investment, including upfront development and validation as well as ongoing maintenance. However, the benefits of leveraging predictive models include a streamlined reserving process and greater transparency into a potentially volatile estimate.

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AIFMD II: What should we expect? – Part 2

By Alastair Hewitt

European policymakers have to deal with Brexit and its implications, and this naturally supersedes AIFMD II. It is believed that an AIFMD market study (due to report mid-2018) has already been put out for tender by the European Commission (EC). This would delay any AIFMD II proceedings.

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AIFMD II: What should we expect? – Part 1

By Alastair Hewitt

The European Commission will begin to review AIFMD in July, 2017. Managers want some policies eliminated, especially remuneration limits for material risk takers aimed at alternative fund managers (AIFMs). Since this is a politically sensitive subject, it is unlikely to change.

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A successful CECL implementation begins with a holistic approach

By Lauren Smith

The Current Expected Credit Loss accounting standard (CECL) replaces the incurred loss model with a lifetime expected credit loss estimate, which will result in significant changes to financial institutions’ reserving process. Many industry experts consider CECL to be the biggest change to bank accounting ever. Is your institution prepared for the change, or do your current systems and processes fall short? A successful transition will include a holistic approach, but how will your institution get there?

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Private capital versus the banks

By Kamran Anwar

U.S. mid-market corporates regularly solicit funds from capital markets to help finance their operations. In Europe, most mid-market firms still obtain their financing from banks, but this is changing.

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The leaders within your ranks

By Adam Hall

Building a culture of effective leadership is not easy, and involves a multi-pronged approach. Hosting a leadership seminar once or twice a year is not enough to guarantee success.  To attain long-term success, you need to weave in the search for great leaders throughout the fabric of your organization.

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