Making the Business Case: Why Diversity Matters to ESG Investors

As investors become aware of the sustainability and ethical implications of their decision-making processes, the conversation around diversity and inclusion (D&I) has become all the more relevant to asset managers.  Nicsa members had the opportunity to explore the intersection between Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing and D&I at a bonus breakfast sponsored by…

Effective Cost Forecasting and Budgeting in Asset Management

Fund firms want to make the most of advanced technology for cost forecasting and budgeting — and for good reason. By automating the process of budgeting, accruing, and validating fund expenses, firms can increase accuracy, provide more frequent reporting and analytics, and minimize risk, among other benefits. Nicsa members got the scoop on best practices…

EU Priorities for Investment Funds

November 1, 2019 marked the inauguration of Ursula von der Leyen, the 13th president of the European Commission elected by the European Parliament. In the weeks preceding, Nicsa brought together a panel of global regulatory experts for a #WebinarWednesday event on the EU’s priorities for financial services. Gerard Gilsenan, Senior Director, Regulatory and Investor Communications at FundAssist, moderated the discussion, which…

The Reality Behind Buzzwords Series: Blockchain

We’ve all seen the headlines touting blockchain’s industry-disrupting capabilities, but what the asset management industry really needs is a firm understanding of the technology’s practical uses. Experts from Foreside and Citisoft broke through the hype late last month with the latest edition of Nicsa’s webinar-based “Reality Behind Buzzwords Series,” which clearly defined blockchain, its use in cryptocurrency, and the implications…

NICSA Recognizes Innovators in Asset Management at General Membership Meeting

NICSA will be recognizing outstanding leadership in the global asset management industry at its 2019 GMM in Boston this October. The NICSA NOVA award ceremony is one of our most anticipated events, and we very much look forward to recognizing this year’s winners. Nominated by their colleagues within the asset management industry, award winners are…

Industry Leaders Outlook: Product & Marketing Roundtable

It’s no secret that the wealth and asset management industry is facing rapid evolution in terms of product development and marketing trends. As the industry continues to transform, Matt Fronczke, Director, Analytics & Consulting at SS&C Research, says future success lies in the asset manager’s ability to provide personalized investment solutions, which will require a paradigm…

The Intersection of ESG, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence

Earlier this summer, NICSA hosted an outstanding panel on ESG in New York. Previously, in part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed how the panelists described learning about ESG as being akin to “Learning a New Language”, while in part 2, we learned about the ways in which institutional investors are thinking about ESG. …

A Glimpse at the 2019 GMM Speaker Lineup

NICSA’s General Membership Meeting will take place October 17-18, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta in Boston. NICSA is bringing together an impressive line-up of innovative leaders to discuss timely themes facing the global asset management industry and the business response to those issues. Here’s a sneak peek at the firms taking center stage at the…

Understanding Regulation Best Interest

In June, the SEC voted to adopt a package of rules and interpretations designed to increase the quality and transparency of retail investors’ relationships with financial professionals. These directives included the Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) rule, the Form CRS Relationship Summary, and two distinct interpretations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. During a…

Trends in the Advisor Market

Asset managers and distributors are always looking to uncover strategies that strengthen partnerships with financial advisors — and NICSA members had a free opportunity to do so during a #WebinarWednesday event late last month. Meredith Lloyd Rice, Vice President at Cogent Syndicated, a division of Escalent, presented the webinar, in which she shared highlights from the…

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