The alternative asset management industry has grown steadily since the recession, with global AUM predicted to reach US$15.3 trillion by 2020. This growth has been coupled with a comparable increase in regulatory burden and competitive pressure. Automation is a popular strategy for addressing both of these challenges simultaneously. Replacing manual processes improves overall efficiency, enabling funds to devote more time and energy to alpha generation. Automation also reduces the risk of error. These benefits are driving the automation of reconciliation and the management of security, reference, and portfolio data.
Pricing remains a notable exception. While pricing portfolio positions is integral to the end of month valuation used to calculate the net asset value (NAV), most large funds still perform these critical calculations with customized spreadsheets. In this white paper, we explore why this is the case, why the conventional approach contains hidden risks, and how funds can increase automation, reduce risk, and improve controls in a strategic way.
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