The future of financial services is a story of two races: a race to automate for scale and resiliency, and a race to attract the best human capital. Winning strategies recognize that success needs both.
As an outlier in a world of rising interest rates, and as investment behaviour evolves, Japan offers a growing opportunity to Western asset managers eyeing the ¥2,023 trillion* household savings market. BBH’s Japan team shares how they can best access that opportunity.
As the world watches the U.S. market plan for a T+1 cycle for securities settlement, others are assessing similar moves. BBH sets out the main process areas in the securities trade lifecycle that will be impacted by shorter settlement cycles and what you need to do now to prepare.
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has opened a public consultation which seeks to reshape the rules around marketing of Long-Term Asset Funds (LTAFs) to allow access to a wider group of retail investors and pension schemes.
Banks, asset managers and insurers operating in the EU will be subject to new rules intended to boost the security and resiliency of the financial sector. Adrian Whelan maps out what asset managers need to know.
As the investment landscape in Japan continues to evolve, BBH Relationship Manager Tomoko Kenny asks SMTAM's David Semaya how his firm is addressing three global themes and how Western asset managers can enter this market with the help of industry partners.
In September 2022, the final phase of the regulation on posting and collecting collateral as initial margin for OTC derivatives takes effect and will mainly impact the pension fund and traditional asset manager community. Derek Coyle discusses the scope of the sixth and final phase of the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR).
Managers and distributors are increasingly obligated to engage investors on their ESG appetite. Adrian Whelan sets out the MiFID II Sustainability Preferences and other factors that firms should consider.
Ranked among the highest state tax rates in the nation, it is not surprising that many residents of New York and California demand in-state bonds. The key question is whether the benefit of saving some state tax outweighs the better risk-adjusted return potential of a broader national opportunity set?
With the curtailment of trading in Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian securities, fund liquidity is high on asset managers’ agendas. BBH’s Adrian Whelan addresses some of the key questions around use of side-pockets for UCITS funds.
Post-pandemic concerns and the Russia-Ukraine conflict have not deterred investors from flooding into exchange-traded funds. At FundForum, BBH’s Antonette Kleiser shared highlights of our recent Global ETF Investor Survey.
Partnerships between fund managers and third parties in the distribution ecosystem are on the rise. In this four-part audio series, Killian Lonergan shares his insights on the key trends and how to manage the complexities involved.
With new technologies accelerating financial services’ digital transformation, BBH’s Cameron Jack and Janet Du Chenne attended FinovateEurope and report on the fundamental changes since the pandemic and evaluate the roles of incumbents and fintechs in setting the future direction of travel.
Regulations are an inevitable part of any cross-border fund distribution strategy, but the way in which firms adapt to them often dictates whether they help or hinder their European fund distribution models. BBH’s Killian Lonergan looks at three regulatory themes and the approaches that could spell success.
How is an automation crusade in depositary services arming leaders with the tools to reduce complexity and manually intensive processes in alternatives investing? We explore new technologies that are underpinning this efficiency revolution and their potential to transform the industry.
Now in its second edition, this guide by BBH and K&L Gates assesses regulatory, business, and operational considerations for converting a mutual fund to an ETF and presents a case study of a recent switch.
As the U.K. embarks on its post-Brexit regulatory journey, ESG is an area of policymaking where the rules are being framed to be similar but not the same as those of the E.U. These areas of divergence will occupy many asset managers’ minds as they look to compare and contrast rulesets, writes Adrian Whelan.
The U.S. Department of Labor has taken a significant step towards the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in pensions management. BBH’s Adrian Whelan sets out how the proposed rule reverses previous barriers to investment.
In this edition of InFocus, we answer some frequently asked questions related to new rules that certain Cayman entities must comply with in order to meet obligations under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).
Regulators are reviewing how gamification and other tech led sales techniques sit within their Regulation Best Interest framework after the recent Robinhood/GameStop events. Here, we discuss their considerations.
More and more asset managers are reviewing operational functions like Currency Hedging and reassessing how they are managing their programs following some of the highest market volatility in years. Here, we explain some critical aspects for consideration.
Asset Managers face different challenges and have varying experiences and views when evaluating their current FX process/program. Below are some common misperceptions we’ve heard from our clients and prospects as they are about to embark on this review.
A recap of the recent InvestOps Virtual Boardroom 2021 conference, which brought together executives from firms with a wide variety of investment strategies, operating models and assets under management.
We surveyed private and universal banks on their thoughts about how their approach to business has changed due to working remotely and the future going forward. The survey key findings highlight the challenges, the response, and how we all see new ways of working post-pandemic.
We explain some of the top issues likely to ensure Mr. Gensler doesn’t get a whole lot of a “honeymoon period” when he takes his seat at the head of the SEC table. One thing is for certain, he starts his tenure with a full plate.
In the final part of our three part series on fund liquidity, we focus on the recently published report from European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on its study of UCITS liquidity risk management.
Despite certain points of tension across the asset management industry in the lead up to Brexit, overall things have been pretty calm in the wake of the “divorce”. Here, we discuss the latest Memorandum of Understanding and what it could mean for the industry.
Established in 1985, the UCITS fund structure is two years older than Rick Astley’s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Ever since, investors in Europe and beyond have never given up on UCITS. We explain with a selection of the "greatest hits" from UCITS funds.
The recent spate of consolidation in fund platforms in Europe is raising an important question for many asset managers: are they working with the right platform or have they spread themselves too thin?
Following the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of Precidian’s ActiveShares model in May, four proxy-based, semi-transparent ETF structures were given notice of approval by the SEC. The new ETF structures could herald a new era of active ETFs.
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