ATLANTA (February 21, 2018) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced Delta Data as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at The Summit 2018 on March 20th and 21st, 2018, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Read more
Tech Shop to B-Ds: We Can Eliminate Risk, 21K Fund E-Mails
By Bradley Saacks February 8, 2018
By Delta Data’s estimates, the typical broker-dealer sifts through more than 21,000 e-mails every year, piecing together information about changes to funds ranging from portfolio manager retirements to breakpoint tweaks.
The Columbus, Ga.-based back-office systems shop says its new FundBlast system can eliminate that manual work — and the errors it can cause — by serving as a portal between mutual fund providers, their transfer agents and their distribution partners more efficiently. The result, the company says, will cut operational and compliance costs on both sides of the distribution equation.
In part three of our series looking at the world of mutual fund changes and how they’re communicated, we look toward the future. To recap, funds and distributors have been frustrated with the fund event communication process since the beginning. The main issue is that manual processes, lack of standardization, and massive amounts of irrelevant data confuse both the funds and the distributors – and leads to errors, audit issues, and fines. Read more
New digital portal aims to revolutionize how mutual fund changes are communicated.
February 7, 2018, Columbus, Ga. — Delta Data, a leading provider of software and data management solutions for the mutual fund industry, today announced the launch of FundBlast™, a transformational digital portal for communicating mutual fund changes in real time.
Developed to seamlessly facilitate the notification and processing of fund events such as new products, mergers, liquidations, accounting changes, and trade rule updates, FundBlast serves all parties involved in the fund actions lifecycle. This includes fund companies, distribution partners (broker-dealers) and fund service providers such as transfer agents, fund accountants, and record keepers. Read more
Over the past two years, the industry has seen a growing trend of platform rationalization across the board for broker-dealers, with several in the top tier seeking to offer advice as part of their value proposition, similar to what the end investor receives. The supermarket approach of the early 2000s was expensive to maintain, and research coverage was relegated to a small list of preferred mutual fund products. Read more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … unless you’re an intermediary in charge of processing mutual fund dividends. December is a high-volume month, with an onslaught of dividends that have to be posted in a timely fashion. Years ago when most fund accounts were held fully disclosed on the fund company’s TA system, dividends were a non-event. But the move to omnibus accounts and the growth of 401k plans now requires the intermediary to calculate the amount of each shareholder’s dividend and get it posted to their account the evening of ex-date. Read more
For some people, taking a sales meeting is on par with going to the dentist — they’ll avoid it at all costs. Avoiding the dentist due to an unreasonable fear will eventually come back to haunt you, just like skipping an informative sales call could mean missing out on the latest industry technology — ultimately impacting your business. Read more
There have been multiple developments suggesting that Rule 22e-4 (“the liquidity rule”) is likely to be significantly watered down or, at least, delayed. Earlier this month, ICI sent a letter to the SEC urging the regulator to delay the compliance date by a year to ensure firms are well prepared. This postponement would appear to be in the industry’s best interest, given that a recent survey of 220 CCOs across the industry revealed that 90% of them were less than halfway through preparations to comply with the rule. Read more
As we highlighted in our last post, corporate actions play a crucial role in the day-to-day management of mutual funds as well as the Broker-Dealers, Bank Trusts and Record Keepers that distribute them.
Once the corporate action blast email is sent out and received by distributors, a multi-step process, chock full of obstacles and risk begins. Deciphering what’s being communicated and if/how it effects your enterprise is rarely a simple task. We’ve listened to our distribution clients — and here’s what we’re hearing about the current state of corporate action blast communications. Read more
The House finally released a draft of their tax reform plan, and for right now, it looks like they will be leaving 401(k) contributions alone. Back in April, I wrote about how the Trump administration was looking at changing the deductibility of 401(k) deferrals as a way to fund their projected reduction in tax revenue. The administration was thinking about changing 401(k) contributions from being tax-deferred to being after-tax Roth style contributions. Their five-year projection indicated this would save up to 583 billion dollars over the next 5 years. Read more
Delta Data recently attended NICSA’s 2017 General Membership Meeting in Boston to gain a deeper understanding of what’s driving innovation in the financial services industry. The day passed quickly with keynotes, panel discussions, and roundtables with industry experts, and we gleaned some interesting insights into what the future of financial services may hold.
If you missed the conference but want more information on how to utilize technology to improve your business, we put together three major takeaways from our time in Boston. Read more
The relationship between mutual fund companies and technology vendors has changed dramatically in the last decade. Fund shops over this time have collectively decided that the amount of due diligence and associated costs of working with dozens of vendors was too burdensome, and frankly not worth the risk involved.
Fund companies began evaluating their existing roster of vendors to determine which ones had the broader breadth of capabilities, and deepening relationships with those firms that would best help them navigate the regulatory landscape while driving innovation. This process has been accelerated in recent years by mounting regulatory reporting obligations and increased investor demand for transparency. Read more