Quick Take | The Brave New World of Asset Management

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “‘The Dissolving Boundaries: Passive Strategies Achieve Explosive Growth, Alternatives Become Core and ETFs Mature | Forecast: Clouds Making Way for Blue Sky,” representatives from session sponsor PwC talked about the outlook for the asset management industry. Here’s the quick take from that session.

ABLE Accounts and More | What’s New in the NICSA TA Guide

The NICSA Transfer Agent Compliance Guide has just been updated. Here's what's new.

Quick Take | Financial Advisers Integrate Active and Passive

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “Advisor Insight: Trends and Segmentation Strategies for Growth,” representatives from Cogent, Principal Funds, Strategic Insight and session sponsor Broadridge talked about trends in adviser sales of mutual funds. Here’s the quick take from that session.

Quick Take | Responding to the Growth in Liquid Alternatives

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “Liquid Alternatives: Time for Investor Education and Risk Awareness,” representatives from DST Systems and session sponsor State Street talked about the growth of liquid alternatives funds. Here’s the quick take from that session.

Europe 101 | New resource from ALFI and NICSA

U.S. asset managers are often baffled by securities rulemaking in the European Union. This new presentation from NICSA and Luxembourg fund industry association ALFI provides a brief introduction to the process -- and how it differs from the U.S. regulatory process.

Financial Times Feature | Actively managed exchange traded funds

This Financial Times featured article makes the argument that companies and their executives put too much emphasis on short-term performance (profitability) and not enough on making the investments and decisions necessary to create and sustain long-term growth.

Quick Take | 4 Keys to Effective Oversight Programs

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “End to End Oversight: From Board to Back Office,” representatives from Harding Loevner, Carne Global Financial Services and session sponsor Northern Trust talked about how collaboration is key to oversight programs that span multiple products and jurisdictions. Here’s the quick take from that session.

National Retirement Planning Week® 2015 | What’s new with retirement planning?

This post was written with the help of Robert O’Brien of NICSA’s Retirement Committee. About a third of US small businesses don’t offer any type of retirement plan and over half of private-sector workers lack a 401(k) plan option.

Quick Take | The Intersection of Lost Property and Omnibus

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “‘Who’s in Control? -- The New Escheatment Challenges Surfacing Between Mutual Funds and Brokers,” representatives from four financial services firms and session sponsor Keane talked about escheatment in an omnibus environment. Here’s the quick take from that session.

Quick Take | Facing Down the Fund Industry’s Revenue vs. Cost Dilemma

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “‘Modernized Operations -- The Next Wave of Efficiency,” representatives from Deloitte, UMB Fund Services and session sponsor SunGard talked about changes in the fund industry operating model. Here’s the quick take from that session.

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