What the FICCA? 7 tips for reading a service organization control report

Speaking at NICSA’s General Membership Meeting in Boston on September 11 -- in a session moderated by Eaton Vance’s Eileen Storz-Salino -- Suzanne Nersessian and Stephanie Roche of Deloitte provided an overview of the control reports used in the fund industry, including the Financial Intermediary Controls and Compliance Assessment prepared by firms providing omnibus recordkeeping services.

Alts Ops | The 80s called — They want their processes back!

At the recent NICSA GMM, one session was devoted to the operational implications of alternatives. The panel, comprised of representatives of DST Systems, ALPS Fund Services, Franklin Square Capital Partners and BNY Mellon, focused on transfer agency operations and the challenges brought by alternatives investments.

5 tips for attracting and retaining millennials

Brave, confident and ambitious, workers from the Millennial generation will make up 75 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2025. When will we come to grips with this shift? Are we ready for the generational shift in leadership that’s ahead?

Demographics | The movie

There are those — including an influential group of economists — who say that “Demographics is destiny.” And nowhere does that seem more true than in the U.S.

NICSA Committee Spotlight | Retirement Committee

The small, but passionate, group of volunteers of the NICSA Retirement Committee is the focus of this quarter’s NICSA Committee Spotlight!

Led by co-chairs Allan Browns, Waddell & Reed Services Company and Perri Williams, Invesco, the goal of the NICSA Retirement Committee is to share information and best practices related to the operation of retirement plans and accounts within the fund industry.

Guest Blog | Asset Managment Industry Trends

This blog post is written by a guest contributor for the NICSA News blog. The rise of global ‘Megatrends’ I have been fortunate to work with great clients through interesting times in the Asset Management industry over the last 20 plus years; however, the change we are experiencing in the most recent of those years has been at a rate I don’t think anyone could have anticipated.

NICSA Industry News Digest | October 2014

Here’s our recap of the stories that mattered to operations professionals in the investment industry last month.

Staying connected with fund shareholders | 5 must-haves for staying in touch

Read as representatives from Georgeson, Prudential and UPRR explained, speaking on a panel at NICSA’s General Membership Meeting, that a successful program for keeping shareholder property from becoming lost must have these 5 components.

Morningstar: What Drives Alternatives Funds Ratings?

How does Morningstar’s rating process work? How are funds categorized? With the advent of liquid alternatives funds, the answers have become more complex. At the NICSA General Membership Meeting earlier this month, Josh Charlson, head of alternatives fund analysis for Morningstar, gave attendees a peek under Morningstar’s hood.

Hot or Not? | 8 issues that keep compliance pros up at night

At NICSA’s General Membership Meeting, held in Boston on September 11-12, representatives from Janus Capital Group, State Street and the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission compared notes about what’s hot -- and what’s not -- on their agendas. Here are the 8 issues that they collectively agreed were top priorities:

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