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OK, I’ll admit it — I’m an iPad junkie. It arrived only last week, but I already can’t live without it. It has transformed travel — no more hauling around a heavy laptop or resigning myself to a 2-inch screen and typing with my thumbs.

Ready, set. . . exercise. Preparing for the next crisis.

Crisis management and business continuity planning became priorities for NICSA member firms in Kansas City this week as tornadoes moved through their area. We’re relieved that everyone is safe.

How much risk is too much risk? Hear more on June 3rd in NYC.

Everyone who works in the fund industry knows that there’s a trade-off between risk and return. You’ll earn only a modest return on your money market account, but it’s not likely that you’ll watch your account balance go down — unless you use your check writing privileges, of course.

Balanced funds vs. target date funds: the discussion continues

Bob Pozen and Theresa Hamacher argue that balanced funds make more sense than target date funds for retirement investing. Read their column, “Why balanced funds are better,” in the FT today here (registration required).

Tips for striking the right balance in investment ops

The mandate for today’s investment operations teams has 3 components: Operate efficiently and Provide a high level of client service and Provide 24/7 coverage around the globe. Speakers at NICSA’s third Investment Operations Seminar, held yesterday in Boston, talked about how they strike the right balance among these often competing objectives.

Deciphering Eurospeak

If the “Globalisation of fund regulation” panel at the International Bar Association’s 22nd Annual Conference on the Globalisation of Investment Funds yesterday drove one thing home, it’s that the European regulatory system is complex.

Growing interest in NewCITS

“Are you seeing convergence between regulated mutual funds and hedge funds?” was the question I posed to a panel of top fund industry executives from BNY Mellon, Brandes, Ernst & Young, John Hancock and Wells Fargo.

12b-1 R.I.P.?

The SEC has announced that it will turn its attention back to 12b-1 reform this summer. That’s a grave disappointment to many in the industry who hoped that the 12b-2 proposal would die of neglect — with its most visible proponent, Buddy Donahue, now back in the private sector and with the Commission distracted by the avalanche of Dodd-Frank rulemakings.

Bob and Theresa go to Washington

Bob Pozen and I will be at the ICI General Membership meeting tomorrow, Thursday May 5th, signing copies of our new book, The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed. We’ll be on the Event Stage in the Exhibit Hall from 4:45 pm to 7 pm during the evening reception.

Investment operations: a critical link

An investment operation area deals with a high level of complexity on a daily basis — arguably more complexity than any other area in a fund management company. It provides a critical link between the front office and the back office and interacts regularly with all the service providers to a fund, from the transfer agent to the pricing services, from the independent auditor to the prime broker.

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