Issues Archive»FundTech Winter 2020

Nicholas_PrattThis issue contains a full review of our inaugural FundTech Awards which took place earlier this year. While the event was held remotely rather than in person, the fact that it was held at all is testament to the rising influence of technology in the asset management market.

Around_the_worldNicholas Pratt talks to First Sentier Investors’ Kerry McCormack about the challenges of migrating a multinational firm on to a new global platform in the middle of a pandemic.

artificial intelligenceWhen it comes to companies and talent, an overriding issue for France is to keep hold of its homegrown fintechs and deter them from drifting overseas. Nicholas Pratt looks at how this is done.

DigitalizationDWS’s stake in Arabesque showed how asset management is moving towards AI-powered investing. Alex Rolandi talks to Arabesque and other AI players, such as Aberdeen Standard Investments, about heading for tomorrow’s world.

FundTech_Winter_2020_roundtableOur panellists revisit the subject of data and review the progress made in terms of standards, timeliness, quality and technology.

Virtual_realityNicholas Pratt hears from transfer agents about why they are unfairly held up as an example of the industry’s inefficiency.

TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP – ASSET MANAGEMENT
Winner – Kerry McCormack, global head of IT, First Sentier Investors

Winner_Kerry_McCormackKerry McCormack has not let a global pandemic distract her in a year of hugely impressive achievements.


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Winner – Factset

Winner_FactsetFor this award, the judges were looking for a firm that has demonstrated a commitment to diversity on a number of levels with particular focus on technology.

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Cryptocurrencies: Solving crypto’s sustainability problem

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have a huge carbon footprint but, as Nicholas Pratt discovers, environmentally friendly alternatives exist.

Roundtable: The digital transformation opportunity

The funds industry is looking at adopting new types of technology, from automation to ESG reporting, blockchain and tokenisation. A FundsTech roundtable in March explored how these will revolutionise the sector.

Proxy voting: Making every vote count

With stewardship more important than ever and digital technology to the fore, surely it is time to solve the problem of proxy voting? Nicholas Pratt investigates.

Interview: Rise of the robo-adviser

FundsTech talks to Nutmeg’s CTO, Matt Gatrell, about the role of technology in its online offering.

Regulation: Panel calls for simplicity in ESG reporting

The industry accepts the need for more rigour in ESG fund reporting, but the work will be pointless if investors don’t understand the end result. Nicholas Pratt reports.

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