Rethinking Product Development

Rethinking Product Development

“With the traditional, actively-managed 40 Act fund gradually losing market share, asset managers need to modernize their product development process to seriously consider emerging trends in retail, or advisor-sold, investment products,” said Loren Fox, Director of Research at Ignites, during a recent #WebinarWednesday session on product development. The discussion, which featured insights from FIS, MFS, and Wells…

The Bottom Line: Exploring the Benefits of Wellness in the Workplace

The Bottom Line: Exploring the Benefits of Wellness in the Workplace

The human element will become a critical asset in the workplace of the future, said David Atkinson, People and Organization Director at PwC, during a recent #WebinarWednesday on  employee wellness. Atkinson moderated the event, which featured a panel of forward-thinking experts from Franklin Templeton Investments, Invesco, and MFS Investment Management. The session allowed attendees to…

Innovation in Sustainable Finance

Innovation in Sustainable Finance

If you’re wondering what effects population growth has had on the environment, take a look at side-by-side photos of Alaska’s Muir Glacier taken in 1914 and 2014. The snapshots provide alarming visual evidence that the dense ice has retreated significantly over the last century. Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility at European Investment Bank, displayed these…

Converting Data Analytics into Business Strategy

Converting Data Analytics into Business Strategy

On Oct. 24, #WebinarWednesday enthusiasts tuned in for part three of a comprehensive discussion on data analytics. The conversation picked up where NICSA’s webinar, “Adding Value with Modeling techniques,” left off. Ryan Dargis, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, set the stage. “Today’s session follows on our earlier data-focused webinars and will concentrate on what…

Trends on the Advisor Landscape

Trends on the Advisor Landscape

Author: NICSA Asset managers gained valuable insight on how to capture advisors’ attention and leave a lasting impression during a recent #WebinarWednesday presentation on the topic. Meredith Lloyd Rice, Vice President at Cogent Reports, Market Strategies International, moderated the session. “I’ll be sharing highlights from two of our syndicated research products: our Advisor Brandscape® and our…

Recognizing Social Engineering: How to Build “Guardians of the Enterprise”

Recognizing Social Engineering:  How to Build “Guardians of the Enterprise”

Author: NICSA One out of every 2,500 calls into financial call centers is a fraud call.1This staggering statistic is part of a growing and evolving trend in the asset management industry. Fraudsters are on the rise, and their methods of exploitation are becoming increasingly sophisticated. “I cannot think of another topic that has captivated our…

MiFID II: Six Months Later

MiFID II: Six Months Later

Author: NICSA It’s been more than half a year since the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) came into effect, and in that time, the legislation has fundamentally reshaped the financial landscape for EU firms, as well as non-EU firms that distribute products via affected intermediaries. “MiFID II has brought enormous complexity to asset…

SEC Fiduciary Rule Proposal – The Finer Points

SEC Fiduciary Rule Proposal – The Finer Points

Author: NICSA On April 18, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 4-1 to propose a package of rules and interpretations intended to enhance the retail investor experience and provide greater transparency regarding investors’ relationships with advisers and broker-dealers. NICSA members took a close look at the proposal during a recent #WebinarWednesday discussion moderated…

Staying Ahead of Sanctions

Staying Ahead of Sanctions

Author: NICSA From OFAC sanctions on Russian oligarchs to the U.S.’s recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, changes in global politics are making regulatory compliance an increasing challenge for firms. According to Sam Sundera, Regional Manager, West Coast Americas at SIX,there are more than 4,500 sanctioned securities listed across all global exchanges with approximately…

GDPR Is Here: Are You Ready?

GDPR Is Here: Are You Ready?

Author: NICSA The General Data Protect Regulation (GDPR), in effect on May 25, has impacted funds, distributors, administrators and depositaries that come in contract with personal data of EU citizens, regardless of where they are based. NICSA members received details about the regulation, industry obligations and other practical guidance during a recent #WebinarWednesday session moderated…

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