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 takes a look at actively-managed exchange-traded funds -- with a focus on a new type of fund from Eaton Vance that has recently received SEC approval. This new fund type, branded as NextShares™, will be launched in the second half of this year.

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.

NICSA IQ | How to Succeed with Big Data and More

How to Use Big Data Chuck Gallant of BNY Mellon outlines 5 foundations for success with Big Data.   Bell Tolls for Active Management? Not so fast, says this FT op-ed, which likens misvaluation to street crime and active managers to beat cops.

Quick Take | 5 Tips for Making Data Drive Distribution

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “Harnessing Data and Technology to Propel Your Distribution Efforts to New Levels of Effectiveness,” representatives from Acceleration Partners and session sponsor Celera System talked about the intersection of data and fund distribution. Here’s the quick take from that session.

7 Behind-The-Scenes Initiatives That Will Make the Financial Markets More Transparent, Efficient

The conversation at the DTCC Client Forum 2015 discussed the value of behind-the-scenes initiatives in increasing market transparency and efficiency, focusing on 7 projects that are currently under way.

Quick Take | Blame It on Kansas: The History of Blue Sky

At the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in February, in a breakout session on “Forecast: Clouds Making Way for Blue Sky,” representatives from American Beacon Advisors, Deloitte & Touche, the Investment Company Institute, Putnam Investments and session sponsor Boston Financial Data Services talked about how asset managers can ensure efficient, cost-effective and compliant Blue Sky administration. Here’s the quick take from that session.

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