How MiFID II Could Change Front Office Workflows

How MiFID II Could Change Front Office Workflows

Retooling your Order Management System may be one requirement that you won’t be able to overlook if MiFID II applies to your firm.

From decision support, to trade execution, to reporting and the long-term retention of records – the impact on order flows spans the entire trade life cycle. In this short video, Jane Stabile walks through a basic fixed income flow and highlights just a few of the areas where MiFID II can create obstacles.

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Will You Be MiFID II Compliant? Publish, Report or Perish

Will You Be MiFID II Compliant? Publish, Report or Perish

There has been a great deal of confusion over trade publication and transaction reporting, and there are several differences between the two. Read more to watch an overview of Trade Publication vs. Transaction Reporting presented by Jon Gold.

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Will You Be MifID II Compliant? Impact on Non-EU Asset Managers

Will You Be MifID II Compliant? Impact on Non-EU Asset Managers

There is a misconception that if your firm is a US asset manager, then you don’t need to worry about MiFID II, when in reality you do. Even if your firm doesn’t have a physical presence in the EU, there may be components of the rule that are still applicable to your client mix or your asset classes.

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Will You Be MiFID II Compliant? Five Areas of Focus

Will You Be MiFID II Compliant? Five Areas of Focus

Slow down! That was the number one request that IMP heard after our webinar, MiFID II: US Asset Managers Brace for Impact.

IMP heard you, loud and clear. As a result, we’re rolling out a slower, more detailed video series to help you to either prepare for the January 3rd deadline, or educate yourself on the basics of what this massive directive entails.

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MiFID Who? Three Immediate Areas Where Non-EU Compliance Teams Need to Pay Attention

MiFID Who? Three Immediate Areas Where Non-EU Compliance Teams Need to Pay Attention

If you’re in compliance, specifically with a Non-EU asset management firm, you may be prepared to sit back and enjoy the show that MiFID II has produced among those firms servicing clients in the European Union. It can be hard enough to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of regulations at home, never mind keep an eye on what goes on across the pond.

However, don’t get too comfortable just yet. With refinements being released as recently as July, MiFID II seems to always have something new in store. Compliance professionals need to understand the changes taking place in the front, middle and back office as well as the potential impact to the systems that support them. To some firms, this has meant strengthening the role of the compliance officer in anticipation of increased regulatory scrutiny.

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The Rise of MiFID II: Does it Apply to You?

The Rise of MiFID II: Does it Apply to You?

If you work for a US Investment Management firm, and are celebrating the notion that MiFID II won’t apply to you, it’s time to take off the party hats, and give this directive a second glance. MiFID II may just apply to you after all. This series, authored by IMP Consulting, will walk you through the highlights of the directive, and help to guide you in identifying how your firm may be impacted.*

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You Can Get There From Here - Navigating Your Next Project Quest

You Can Get There From Here - Navigating Your Next Project Quest

So, you’re planning a project that has major consequences for your organization. It’s part of a larger initiative, so there are dependencies on its completion, and everyone is competing for budget and resources.

Perhaps one of the product vendors provided a “high-level” project plan on Excel. It has 1,800 rows.  You’ve spent some time integrating it into the overall project plan, but it is still only telling you part of what you need to know.

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Out of Options for This Self-dealing PM

Out of Options for This Self-dealing PM

Last week, it was reported that a portfolio manager for a major asset manager has agreed to plead guilty to defrauding investors in closed-end funds for which he executed option trades. One major newspaper described this as an “option scheme”. However, it may also be viewed as a scheme that was best effected by using options. There is a difference.

Bernard Madoff was well known for his “split strike conversion” strategies. Here, a complex option strategy obscured how the investments actually performed. Defendant Kevin Amell is alleged to have merely engaged in self-dealing, using trades which were most effectively executed to his advantage because of the structure of listed option markets.

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Putting the Agile Into Practice: IMP's Thoughts on the 12 Principles

Putting the Agile Into Practice: IMP's Thoughts on the 12 Principles

All methodologies work if you are dedicated. With Agile, the focus is often on its mechanical and operational components (daily stand-ups, sprints, etc.). What frequently falls short is the implementation of its greatest doctrines. Here, we’ve analyzed “Agile’s 12 Principles” to help you decide if the Agile Method is right for your project.

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Make the Best Compliance Solution CLEAR

Make the Best Compliance Solution CLEAR

Voting ends one week from today! Any one in the financial industry is eligible to be heard. Cast you ballot for IMP Consulting by visiting the FTF News Awards voting page and scrolling down to #6. What could be a better way to spend 5 minutes of a snowy Spring day at the end of March?

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Trade Compliance Video Series - "Country of Risk" may not mean what you think

Trade Compliance Video Series - "Country of Risk" may not mean what you think

When it comes to the Country of Risk, how can an American firm based in Florida cause a compliance alert for Canada? This strange alert makes no sense to the PM, but there is a common reason as to why it can happen. 

In this week's edition of Trade Compliance from the Portfolio Manager’s Perspective, our PM, Jon Gold, shows how a disagreement between the modeling system and the compliance system causes an unexpected violation. 

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Trade Compliance Video Series – Cross-trading: What NOT to do

Trade Compliance Video Series – Cross-trading: What NOT to do

Cross-trading can be treacherous to navigate from a trade compliance perspective. It's no wonder that many firms don't allow it. You have to be very careful in the way that you set up an automated cross-trading rule, because a poorly coded rule can generate hundreds false violations, and cause the SEC to ask why your firm has so many overrides.

In this week's edition of Trade Compliance from the Portfolio Manager’s Perspective, our PM, Jon Gold, shows us what NOT to do when creating cross-trading rules.

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Trade Compliance Video Series - See The Cause of Hundreds of Violations

Trade Compliance Video Series - See The Cause of Hundreds of Violations

This week, we’ll look at how one word caused hundreds of daily violations for a very frustrated PM, and walk through the simple fix that cut the risk of increased SEC scrutiny.

For more information on how your compliance team can update your trade OMS compliance rule library, contact Michael Toomey or visit www.impconsults.com/CLEAR.

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Trade Compliance Video Series – Watch the First 2 Videos Now!

Trade Compliance Video Series – Watch the First 2 Videos Now!

Portfolio Managers and Traders frequently complain about the Automated Trading Compliance System. For Compliance teams, it’s as equally frustrating. When the rules were written, the PMs signed off on all of the rules for their funds.  Why isn’t this working?    

This video training series looks at real trade compliance experiences from the PM/Trader’s desk, and gives compliance teams a glimpse into why some rules aren’t working. It also discusses options for compliance teams to implement changes that will support a unified and seamless trading workflow.

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Heat-mapping Skill Sets – Creating high-performance teams for investment management projects (Full Transcript)

Heat-mapping Skill Sets – Creating high-performance teams for investment management projects (Full Transcript)

When it comes to OMS and Compliance systems upgrades, do firms typically have all of the right resources within their walls?

JS: Typically, no, because firms don’t do that every year. It’s something that they do every few years, so it’s unusual for them to have all the right staff on board at that time.

When these projects take off, how many of them involve initial analysis of the assigned team members, current skillsets as well as their ability and readiness to actually work on the project right now?

JS: It’s something that firms typically don’t do. Often times, they don’t know when they are going to get the budget. It can be somewhat fluid. The piece missing most is a dispassionate look at what they really need for the project. What often happens is that the firm will look around and see who is available and then just put those people on the project because they are available, rather than saying, “what does this project need,” and evaluating the people that they have on the team.

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Using Agile for Vendor Implementations: Good idea or bad? (Part 1)

Using Agile for Vendor Implementations: Good idea or bad? (Part 1)

Has this happened to you? Your firm decided to use the Agile methodology for the implementation of a vendor product, like your trade order management system (OMS). You’ve obviously heard of Agile before, and perhaps even worked on a team using it, yet you still find yourself engaged in the proverbial Google search to learn more about it.  Your gut tells you it just doesn’t fit right with projects having little to do with development. In your search, you get lost with the numerous flavors of Agile from ones that use Post-It notes for requirements, to no written requirements at all. You ask yourself “If Agile is for development projects,  why are we using this for an implementation?” Well, you are certainly not alone.

Why are more and more firms leveraging Agile you ask? The advantage of Agile lies in its twelve fundamental principles that were agreed upon at the turn of the century.  While these principles are noble in their cause, the reality is, not all projects align perfectly with them.  In addition, as the interpretation of Agile has expanded over the years, many of these core principles have lost their punch with the day-to-day mechanical operations of running an Agile team taking priority.

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Best of IMP’s Blog for 2016

Best of IMP’s Blog for 2016

If you made it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, you may have kicked off 2017 by asking (or singing) the traditional first question of the year, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”

That answer may be a resounding “yes” for most of 2016’s news, events, politics and even celebrity deaths (from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher) – but for IMP’s blog, we think that there are ten top posts worth remembering in the coming year.

In the countdown to the most popular, the top 10 posts of 2016 are as follows:

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If You’re Sticking with PORT – Don’t Just Sit There!

If You’re Sticking with PORT – Don’t Just Sit There!

It’s the first day after the cut-off for the POINT transition, and you are just settling down at your desk with the Wall Street Journal and a cup of hot coffee. You log in to your beloved performance system, expecting everything to look the same as the day before, and…surprise! You dropped the ball on the POINT to PORT transition.

Rewind back to January 2017. What could you have done differently?

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This Old Performance System – Visualizing the Gaps in Your POINT Transition Roadmap

This Old Performance System – Visualizing the Gaps in Your POINT Transition Roadmap

This Old House magazine closes every edition with a featured house in dire need of renovation. Typically, the homes are of historical relevance and have existed firmly in place for 100+ years. For those who can visualize how to transform the house beyond its former glory, the opportunity may seem like a dream come true. However, for those who have experienced the less glamorous side of restoration - such as upgrading the systems that drive the house including electrical, mechanical, heating and plumbing- the opportunity to transition can be overwhelming.   

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The Trade Order Management (OMS) Crossroad: Which way do we turn?

The Trade Order Management (OMS) Crossroad: Which way do we turn?

In today’s markets, many small to mid-sized asset managers are realizing substantial growth for the first time in over a decade. They are finding themselves at a crossroad, facing a decision on the direction they should turn for a long-term cost effective Trade Order Management (OMS) solution. With the abundance of choices nowadays from Application Service Provider (ASP) models, SaaS (Software-As-A-Service) models, and traditional self-hosting models, the cost versus value debate has become more complex and extremely difficult to dissect. The ultimate question is:

“Should we invest more in outsourcing our software and technology support (while reducing staff, sacrificing customization, and potentially functionality), or should we own the software and technology support?

The debate is similar to the lease versus own argument for an automobile. This article will help you identify if you are in this position and identify 3 key questions you can ask yourself to navigate you to the next phase.  

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