Factbook News

How Did Funds Perform in September?

October 6, 2020

On average all assets classes produced positive return in September, according to our monthly heatmap. In a sharp turnaround from August, money market funds generated the best results during the month - up on average 2.2%, according to Morningstar Direct data. And having a closer look at the different subsectors within the category, USD Money Market funds performed particularly well, up an average of 3.5% in the month. Also in the same bright green...

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Important message from Factbook – Business Continuity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020

Factbook continues to operate business as usual. All our services and solution systems and platforms are up and running. Our people are practising social distancing in line with advices and instruction from the government and its health advisers. In these quite remarkable and unprecedented times our highest priorities are keeping our staff safe and ensuring our continued ability to serve our clients. We began implementing social distancing measures two weeks ago; initially with curtailed, and...

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Factbook to sponsor TSAM London 2020, on 10 March

January 29, 2020

Factbook, a specialist provider of fund reporting, marketing and data management solutions to the investment community will be exhibiting at TSAM London 2020. With the ever increasing pressure to do more with less, the Factbook Solutions Suite™ helps individuals and departments deliver timely and consistent automated reports in a budget squeezed and regulated world. Be it Client Reports, Fund Factsheets, RFI automation, Pitchbooks, Data Management or Data Feeds, Factbook will be on hand at our...

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What price freedom? Asset managers, vendors and autonomy

December 17, 2019

In these days where one of the main subjects for debate is the theme of ‘taking back control’, a question that recently struck me is just what should be the level of dependence between a software vendor and an asset management firm? Should the goal for every buy-side firm be to take control of any software deployment from the outset, with the objective of being entirely self-sufficient in as short a period of...

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Client reporting and the short road to anarchy

May 23, 2019

      A topic that attracts much discussion in technology circles – and one of the early questions that we, as vendors, are often posed by prospective clients - is: ‘Which development methodology do you follow?’ The two most popular approaches - ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Agile’ - are well-known, mature practices. Waterfall follows a linear approach to software development. With waterfall, the vendor will analyse, design, build and test before delivering the entire system. Some firms believe that...

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Employing your ‘sixth sense’ in systems selection

January 4, 2019

  In the asset management world, there are many factors involved in the systems selection process and most of these have been well documented by procurement experts around the globe. At a basic level, the decision between an enterprise or best-of breed approach to technology needs to be addressed, followed by a review of the functionality on offer from the various relevant vendors. Some considerations, however, transcend all approaches and these are often overlooked...

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Five situations when you should request a Proof of Concept

November 23, 2018

  Any major IT project on behalf of an asset management firm is fraught with risk. Client, market, jurisdictional, regulatory and technological changes can all derail a perfectly planned technology roll-out in asset management and the IT highway is literally strewn with abandoned, over-budget and overdue systems failures. One way of mitigating that risk is the Proof of Concept (PoC). A PoC is a limited-scale deployment of a software system within an...

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Factbook to attend TSAM Boston 2018, on November 15

October 29, 2018

Factbook, a specialist provider of fund reporting, marketing and data management solutions to the investment community will be exhibiting at TSAM Boston 2018. With the ever increasing pressure to do more with less, the Factbook Solutions Suite™ helps individuals and departments deliver timely and consistent automated reports in a budget squeezed and regulated world. Be it Client Reports, Fund Factsheets, RFI automation, Pitchbooks, Data Management or Data Feeds, Factbook will be on hand at our...

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Factbook applauds OMGI on winning award for best fund factsheets.

September 28, 2018

Factbook, the investment reporting specialist, extends its congratulations to Old Mutual Global Investors (OMGI) on the asset manager’s triumph at the Citywire Selector service awards. OMGI was nominated in no less than nine of the 22 categories and won the ‘Best factsheet’ provider award. In Citywire’s words: ‘High service standards are increasingly a differentiating factor for asset managers and deemed essential by fund selectors when building partnerships with third party fund groups.’ The...

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Mitigating the risk of your client reporting implementation

September 10, 2018

There are a number of perils for any vendor going into a client reporting project on behalf of an asset management firm. One such problem area is what some in the industry call ‘data interfacing’ – handling data from external sources such as benchmark data vendors, third party administrators, other vendor systems (e.g. risk or performance applications) or various inhouse systems. There are three key reasons why this issue of interfacing with data sources is...

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