By George Ralph (pictured), RFA - 2017 is as good a time as any to be starting a new alternative investment firm, certainly better than it would have been a decade ago, but there are some key areas of focus that start-ups should be on top of. Here are some thoughts on how to help set your start-up to be successful:
Technology & software solutions
By George Ralph (pictured), RFA Financial Cloud and Technology Services – It’s a widely held misconception that heavily regulated industries are the least agile, and the slowest to innovate. In the financial services sector particularly, there is a tendency to see compliance and responsibility as a barrier to success, when they should be seen as the essential foundation.
By George Ralph (pictured), RFA Financial Cloud and Technology Services – The global financial crisis and subsequent recession happened almost a decade ago, but their legacy goes on and on, with more stringent regulations and bigger fines every year.
By George Ralph (pictured), RFA Financial Cloud and Technology Services – In RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report, of 1002 respondents from companies of all sizes, primarily located in the US, UK and Europe, 95 per cent of respondents were using the cloud in some way during 2017. Of these, 89 per cent are using public clouds (22 per cent exclusively), 72 per cent are using private clouds (only 5 per cent exclusively) and 67 per cent are using a hybrid of the two.
Waymark Tech, a provider of regulatory intelligence software, has launched a new AI-powered tool that automatically identifies regulatory crossovers and conflicts between incoming regulations, such as MiFID II, GDPR, and PRIIPS.
MiFID II aims to increase the accountability and transparency of the financial services industry and represents the latest in a long line of regulatory developments since the '08 global financial crash.
Colt Technologies is a private telecoms company owned by Fidelity. It delivers secure, on-demand services designed to meet the stringent requirements and speed of the financial markets. Among the more than 400 capital markets firms it supports worldwide includes 18 of the 25 largest global banks and 13 European central banks. With both sell-side and buy-side firms looking for reliable access to market data under MiFID II, having the requisite market infrastructure in place is a potentially daunting task.
One of the most significant forces of change in the global alternatives industry over the last five to ten years has been the plethora of technological advances. Never has Moore's Law, which argues that the processing power of computers doubles every two years, been more evident. This has come at a time when the gravitational pull of market regulation has stretched fund managers to breaking point, not just operationally but from a cost of compliance perspective.
Apex Fund Services has partnered with DataGuidance to enhance the group’s data protection and data privacy programme.
Peachtree Hotel Group and its affiliate Stonehill Strategic Capital have chosen the SS&C Precision LM commercial loan system to improve the scale, efficiency and versatility of Stonehill’s hotel lending business.