The Future of the Fund Management Business

By: AssetEntitlement

The future of the fund management market requires companies, clients and regulators to learn and understand from the impact and influence of the global financial crisis. This market goes on to cope with ways to best serve customers while instantaneously declining operational costs and improving profit margins. In an uncertain world, the fund managers must remain ever-cognizant of perils and compliance/regulatory issues. They must continue to maintain long-term profitability for clients in an on-demand, instant feedback environment.


It is foreseen that there will be higher supervision and regulations face managers in the coming years. Regulated European funds must transact with narrowing enforcement and more rules from the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) leading from the global financial crisis beginning in 2008. Describing financial products, e.g. money market funds, or depositaries' role in fund management, is a crucial part of the target of the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities Directive (UCITS IV)initially brought forward in 2008-2009 (before many firms felt the full force of the financial meltdown). Moreover, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFM) adds new rules to formerly loose or non-regulated managers.


New procedures are established on fund managers' conduct brings ethics concerns into attention. Conflicts of interest; the "key information document (KID);" and utility of safe methods utilized to convey customer information are prescribed. Like for example, the KID addresses how to find out investor fitness for particular funds' risks and/or costs.

On-the-spot Investigations

The method in which the regulatory investigators may use and demand verification of data is outlined by UCITS. In some situations, the demand to discuss lengthy communications is shortened by the need for immediate information from fund managers.
Pooling customer assets (relating to the merging of funds and master-feeder structures) must be completed by sticking to other new rules that concentrates on the customer's preservation of capital.

United States and EU Asset Segregation

Lehman Brothers' disintegration and Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, proved important differences in regulations between Europe and the United States. Separating assets or properties in order to protect the customer was not necessary in the European Union prior to UCITS. History validates that isolating customer assets does not always protect them.

The U.S.

Passage of the Dodd-Frank Act has placed U.S. managers on alert. Compliance professionals remain a vital asset to the fund management company or business. To meet the requirements or a changing regulatory environment needs investment in technology, infrastructure and operational systems. Audits and the unknown frequency of these events, requires fund managers to plan and formulate for the full range of possibilities. Procedures, valuation of assets and documentation must be kept up to date at all times.

The Future

Fund managers in refined financial markets across the world must familiarize to a constantly changing regulatory and compliance environment. International managers must instantaneously address the needs of local and home markets.
Good fund management is important to giving an investment portfolio that is suitably expanded to lessen investment risk, as well as stable and resourceful enough to maximize the returns accomplished.

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