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Continued growth and Global expansion – AlphaCert enters UK

Off the back of its growth strategy, AlphaCert, the NZ fintech start-up which provides an enterprise data platform for the investment management industry, is expanding into UK with a new footprint in London.

Our London base will enable us to provide a global support model for our customers and look to promote our product further into the UK, Europe, US, and Middle Eastern markets.

Super fund mergers: getting control of the data integration issues

Superannuation fund mergers continue to dominate discussion within the industry. VicSuper and First State Super have announced that they will merge on July 1 creating one of the country’s largest super funds – over $125 billion and 1.1 million members. QSuper and Sunsuper are also in talks, with the potential merger likely to create Australia’s largest superannuation fund with more than $195 billion for 1.5 million members.

Bringing data to life with visualisation and analytics

Massive amounts of data are now part of our lives, and certainly a key factor when it comes to investment management. Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist said it best: “Between the dawn of civilization and 2003, we only created five exabytes; now we’re creating that amount every two days. In 2020, that figure is predicted …

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2019 ASFA Conference wrap up: the heat is on underperforming funds and their trustees

Firstly, the 2019 ASFA Conference was a great event and as an exhibitor, we were delighted in the number of people that stopped by for a chat to understand a bit more about us and what we do. We met several great contacts and we’re already looking forward to the next one which will be …

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Investment managers data

A story of 3 little pigs: how investment managers can build brick houses of data management

You know the story of the Three Little Pigs: one builds a house of straw, the second constructs his out of sticks, and the smartest little pig builds a solid brick house. Not surprisingly, the brick house is the only one to withstand the huffing and puffing of the Big Bad Wolf. We probably don’t …

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The ESG factor: how can investment managers effectively source and integrate these metrics

Investors are under growing pressure to factor Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) into their investment decisions, requiring a broad and complex set of metrics. As ESG reporting continues to evolve, what can investment managers do to respond? What is ESG and why is it growing in prominence? Increasingly three central factors that make up the …

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Why reporting is simply a nut you have to crack in investment management

How can you make it easier? Reporting is an increasingly critical issue in the investment management sector, particularly given the still-evolving implications of the Australian Royal Commission. Whatever the requirements that emerge, it’s clear that investment management firms will need to pay heed to the Commission’s desire for the sector to improve the quality of …

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Mitigating spreadsheet risk in investment management

According to a global expert on the subject, businesses are being left behind when it comes to data analytics, which means they’re missing out on growth opportunities and struggling with compliance issues. In this article, BDO’s Global Head of Audit and Accounting emphasises that local companies need to: ‘’ . . . get ahead of …

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