Buy-Side Fund and Investment Accounting: Overlooked but Not Forgotten

Oversight and risk controls over outsourced arrangements are the main theme for the 2020s for firms with such arrangements.

London, 5 March 2020 – Investment and fund accounting are often overlooked functions that span the middle and back operations of global buy-side firms and, as such, are commonly outsourced, to some degree, to third-party providers. However, outsourcing does not remove the liability of firms, which means technology or additional services are required in-house, and investment firms will continue to be directly impacted by technology innovation that can offer efficiency gains or improvements to straight-through processing for investment accounting.

This report—the first in a two-part series that highlights the most salient trends within the investment and fund accounting operations at buy-side institutions—examines the various operating models, organizational changes, the role of technology, and most common challenges faced by end users, and provides a brief overview of the third-party vendor space. It is based on Aite Group interviews with 32 global buy-side firms and fund administrators conducted between August 2019 and January 2020.

This 39-page Impact Report contains 16 figures and one table. Clients of Aite Group’s Institutional Securities & Investments service can download this report, the corresponding charts, and the Executive Impact Deck.

This report mentions Amundi, BNY Mellon, BlackRock Solutions, Bloomberg, Bridge Water Associates, Broadridge, Brown Brothers Harriman, Calypso, Clearwater Analytics, Eagle, Enfusion, FIS, Fund Link Partners, Guggenheim Investments, J.P. Morgan, Jump Technology, Linedata, Milestone Group, Murex, Nomura Research Institute, Northern Trust, NeoXam, Numerix, Pacific Fund Systems, Profile Software, QuickBooks, SimCorp, Standard & Poor’s, Société Générale Securities Services, SS&C Eze, SS&C Advent, State Street, Temenos Multifonds, Woodford Investment Management, and XNET.

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