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Audit Trails and Transparency in Pricing: Overcoming Spreadsheet Limitations

Traditionally, funds have employed spreadsheet-based methodologies for pricing and valuation of assets, a practice full of challenges, especially when it comes to establishing robust audit trails and ensuring transparency and compliance. This blog sheds light on the transformative journey from spreadsheet limitations to an advanced Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution, specifically focusing on how this shift elevates audit trails and transparency in the asset pricing process.

The Spreadsheet Predicament

Historically, spreadsheets have been the backbone of asset pricing processes. However, as the complexity of portfolios has surged, the limitations of manual spreadsheet methods have become increasingly apparent, notably in the realms of audit trials and transparency.

  1. Manual Processes and Error Risks:

Spreadsheet-based approaches often entail manual handling of data, introducing a substantial risk of errors. As pricing and valuation involve a lot of data points, any miscalculation or oversight can compromise the integrity of the entire process.

  1. Lack of Comprehensive Audit Trails:

One significant limitation when depending on spreadsheets is the lack of a thorough audit trail. Managing changes, comprehending the decision-making process, and ensuring compliance become intricate tasks without a well-defined and structured audit trail.

  1. Limited Transparency:

Transparency is not only crucial for investor confidence but also a major requirement for regulatory compliance. Spreadsheets, however, often lack the mechanisms required for clear, transparent documentation of the pricing process, exposing funds to potential challenges.


Solution Unveiled: Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution

Enter the Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution- an advanced platform that not only addresses the pitfalls of spreadsheet-centric approaches but also revolutionizes the way funds approach audit trails and transparency in the pricing process. The transition from spreadsheets to the Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution brings forth a plethora of benefits:

  1. Robust Audit Trails:

Unlike traditional spreadsheets, the Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution introduces robust audit trails. Every pricing decision, alteration, or challenge is meticulously logged, offering a comprehensive and transparent history of the entire asset pricing journey.

  1. Impeccable Compliance Documentation:

Regulatory compliance is non-negotiable in the financial landscape. The solution ensures impeccable documentation of every pricing decision, providing funds with a solid foundation to navigate regulatory scrutiny effortlessly. Which not only takes a load off the funds but also makes a difference in the eyes of both investors and regulators.

  1. Real-time Visibility:

Unlike spreadsheets, where changes might go unnoticed, the solution provides real-time visibility into the pricing process. Stakeholders can track alterations, challenges, and decisions as they happen, fostering a transparent and accountable environment.

  1. Enhanced Investor Confidence:

Investors demand transparency. The Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution instills confidence by providing investors with a transparent view of how their assets and portfolios are priced, reinforcing trust and credibility.

  1. 100% Audit Readiness With Regulatory Bodies:

Each step of the pricing and valuation process is documented, offering stakeholders a clear understanding of how prices are determined and validated. This transparency is invaluable for both internal stakeholders and external regulators.

  1. Automated Precision:

At the core of this solution lies the automation of pricing and valuation processes. By eliminating manual interventions, the solution minimizes the risk of errors, ensuring a higher degree of precision in determining asset prices. This alongside all the benefits and features discussed above make it a one stop solution for all the pricing needs of a fund.



As funds strive for excellence in asset pricing, the shift from spreadsheet limitations to the Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution emerges as a defining moment. The emphasis on robust audit trails and transparency not only addresses historical challenges but sets a new standard for precision and accountability in the asset pricing and valuation process. With every pricing decision documented, errors minimized, and compliance assured, funds and asset managers can confidently streamline asset pricing, laying the groundwork for a structured process where transparency is not just a requirement but a strategic advantage.


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Pricing and Valuation Automation Solution

This solution provides pricing and valuation automation, connecting funds to leading pricing data vendors and brokers. It also provides a flexible, configurable pricing engine that caters to any pricing process. IVP’s solution is designed to automate and streamline the pricing and valuation process, which traditionally involves time-consuming tasks like data collection, rules application, and pricing tests, efficiently retrieving data from vendors and brokers, applying waterfall pricing rules, and ensuring that prices meet threshold checks. This includes handling highly illiquid securities and those from exotic asset classes.

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