Tag Archives: Outsourcing

12/11/2012

New research published earlier this month, titled The Changing Shape of Outsourcing, shows that a typical mid-size investment management firm could employ 16% fewer operational staff (operations, technology and support staff) if they outsourced their investment operations. Increasing business complexity …

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23/10/2012

Middle-office outsourcing services have been available for well over a decade. What began with a goal to offload inefficient, unreliable and expensive processes to a third party has evolved into a complex and long-term partnership that has become an integral …

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17/04/2012

The weight of the global financial crisis and economic downturn of the past few years forced investment firms to operate under tight budget constraints and reduced resources, while continuing to run business as usual. Firms focused their efforts on containing …

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11/01/2012

A “black swan event” is an often over-used term in markets but the potential break-up of the Eurozone seems to fit this description nicely. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who first coined the phrase, defined a black swan event as follows: 1. …

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08/11/2011

Since the introduction of compulsory superannuation in 1992, Australia has developed a sophisticated and growing investment industry. The current market size is around $1.23tn and continues to grow. Over the last decade, the number of firms that provide investment advice, investment management, …

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24/07/2010

The global financial crisis of 2008 – 2009 fundamentally changed the dynamic for the investment management business: Operating margins for investment management firms had fallen to an all-time low. Regulators introduced ever more onerous and wide-ranging requirements. Much of the …

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18/05/2010

In the aftermath of the recent financial crisis, the continued growth in Over The Counter (OTC) derivatives volumes has highlighted the need to guard against the systemic risks (eg the risk of a default of one firm spreading through the …

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24/01/2010

Transparency is a word that seems to be on everybody’s mind. It seems that someone somewhere is always calling for greater transparency to be provided. We have had the scandal of MPs’ expenses, concerns about bank charges, and reservations expressed …

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11/11/2009

The investment management industry has wrestled with the problems posed by the ever-growing demand for data. This growth is fuelled by a number of factors including an increase in trading of new instrument types, the impact of regulatory changes, and …

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08/01/2009

Fund managers have devoted a lot more attention to counterparty risk in the past 12 months. The reasons for this are all too  apparent; the liquidity crisis led to the collapse of several organisations  including Bear Stearns, Northern Rock, HBOS …

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