Issues Archive»FundsTech Spring 2021

Nicholas_PrattThis month marks the one-year anniversary of a worldwide move to working from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. For this issue, we asked people to highlight the critical factors of the past 12 months and the priorities for the year ahead.

DIY_technologyHigher software literacy has seen a growth in ‘shadow IT’ development by employees outside of IT departments. This is recognised as a growing risk, finds Nicholas Pratt.

Social_distancingMarkus H Ruetimann argues that the pandemic has highlighted the asset management industry’s need to rejuvenate itself.

Working_from_homeOne year on from a global move to home working, FundsTech asked the industry’s leading figures what 2020 meant for them and their hopes for the year ahead.

BitcoinAs the price of bitcoin continues to rise, some fund managers are becoming more involved while others continue to shun the cryptocurrency. Nicholas Pratt explores both sides of the argument.

Specialist_fund_admin_roundtable_Feb_2021Our expert panel looks at how the specialist fund admin industry is handling issues such as technology and cyber crime, discusses the threat of global competition and lays out an agenda for the year. Chaired by Alex Rolandi.

LumberjackA not-for-profit industry ‘utility’ has demonstrated it can slash data management costs related to MiFID II. Alex Rolandi speaks to those involved, asking about the project’s future – and where the cost reductions are made.

GoodnessA wealth of reporting requirements designed to bring more transparency to ESG funds could end up limiting performance, finds Nicholas Pratt.

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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.

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.

Tokenisation: The incredible potential of tokenisation

Tokenisation offers a new generation of investors access to a wide range of asset classes. But a lack of analysts is one reason why the market may not be ready for the possibilities, finds Nicholas Pratt.

Cryptocurrencies: Crypto funds face long wait for regulatory approval

While crypto currencies forge onwards, access for investors who prefer to invest through regulated vehicles remains muted. A wait-and-see stance by regulators lies at the centre of this, finds Nicholas Pratt.

Artificial Intelligence: For explainable AI, look in the white box

The rise in AI investing parallels A growing need to understand how computers make decisions, writes Lynn Strongin Dodds.

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