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Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Will Swing Pricing Be DOA?

The SEC, as part of their initiative around the new liquidity rule, has given the green light for funds to implement Swing Pricing. For those not familiar with the Swing Pricing concept, basically it allows a fund to bump up or down their end of day NAV to help cover their increased transactional costs when market volatility causes higher than normal purchases or redemptions. It will be voluntary for a fund company if they want to implement Swing Pricing. Funds are prohibited from implementing it until November 19, 2018, in order to give those funds that do not have experience with Swing Pricing time to implement needed system changes. Swing Pricing is popular in Europe and those funds with a presence in Europe would perhaps have an advantage in being able to implement earlier than other funds, hence the delayed date.

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Burton Keller
L. Burton Keller was a principal founder of the company in 1985 and currently focuses on strategic initiatives for the company. Mr. Keller also serves as company representative to the DTCC and is an active member of the Bank, Trust and Retirement Advisory Committee of the Investment Company Institute.
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For Mutual Fund Distributors, RegTech Is Now A Question of Survival

Whatever happens to the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, the mutual fund industry is moving into a “fiduciary era.” For one thing, investment advisors hope to capitalize on investors’ heightened awareness of the role of a fiduciary. For another, the backlog of regulatory change that must be implemented is large and there are many processes in place that were implemented with time to market not efficiency of execution that need to be addressed.

Besides demanding ever-greater levels of transparency, regulators are also beginning to turn their attention to RegTech, to ensure investment firms have the systems to manage compliance workloads. As we look ahead to a future dominated by financial technology, it’s becoming clear that when it comes to data management, only the fittest will survive. Read more

Whitfield Athey
Whitfield Athey is CEO of Delta Data Software. His role at Delta Data is focused on growth of the product base, satisfaction of clients and scalability of the organization.
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DOL Fiduciary Rule Change – That Ship Sailed Months Ago

Friday’s bill on the House floor to delay the DOL fiduciary rule may result in a 24-month delay of pending arduous legislation. The largest providers of services to investors in our industry set sail for the April 10th destination months ago. In our blog just after the election we noted that anything less than immediate clear guidance would allow for structural and maybe irreversible changes to go forward in our industry. I am not aware of any large platform that has a ‘Plan B’ whereby a coordinated roll-back exists.

The deadlines outlined in the initial rule were so tight that the companies affected only had time to prepare a “plan to comply.” I believe the DOL’s rule will be delayed, but this will actually increase the expense of doing business for the industry. Read more

Whitfield Athey
Whitfield Athey is CEO of Delta Data Software. His role at Delta Data is focused on growth of the product base, satisfaction of clients and scalability of the organization.

DOL Fiduciary Rule and Impact on Advisors & Product Selection

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DOL Fiduciary Rule and Impact on Advisors & Product Selection

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The DOL is requiring Brokers to act in the best interest of the client. What is the most effective and efficient way to do this with product selection?

How do you devise controls to manage the universe of securities that advisors choose from?

What are the product attributes you want your financial advisors to focus on?

In this webinar, we discuss how to leverage technology to satisfy the Advisor’s legal obligations and learn to:

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Delta Data Staff
Our staff writers work with Delta Data executives and industry experts to bring you news, trends and insight on the mutual funds industry, particularly issues, regulation, and technology in regard to fund oversight and distribution. Delta Data provides the back-end solutions that companies use to process billions of dollars of transactions and stay ahead of the change™.
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SEC Guidance Paper is a Heads Up for Potential Avalanche of Filings

In light of the upcoming DOL Rule, the SEC recently issued guidance to funds on disclosure issues and certain procedural requirements with offering variations in fund sales loads and new share classes. The SEC IM Guidance Update appears to be an attempt by the SEC to not only provide needed guidance to funds, but to also to alleviate for SEC staff what could become an avalanche of new filings. Read more

Burton Keller
L. Burton Keller was a principal founder of the company in 1985 and currently focuses on strategic initiatives for the company. Mr. Keller also serves as company representative to the DTCC and is an active member of the Bank, Trust and Retirement Advisory Committee of the Investment Company Institute.