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Asset managers struggle with scaleability

Investment managers still have scaleability issues in their performance departments. This is despite increasing investment in new systems over the past few years, according to a new Performance & Risk Survey conducted by Investit, the investment management consultancy.

This article appears courtesy of Global Investor.

By Claire Milhench

Performance teams also continue to lag front office product developments, especially when reporting on the growing use of derivatives used by portfolio managers. However, managers are recognising the importance of their performance functions – many teams expect further investment in systems and resources over the next 12 months.

Investit surveyed the performance teams of major investment management companies and third party administrators as part of its annual Performance & Risk Survey. The survey looks at performance and risk systems, performance roles and remuneration and future trends - and allows investment management companies to benchmark their performance functions against peers. This year, 19 investment management companies participated. But only one of the third party administrators wanted to take part – despite investment managers' growing interest in outsourcing performance functions.

Over the past five years, the number of major system implementations in performance departments has grown considerably – 74% of survey participants initiated a systems implementation in the past two years. These implementations have not all gone smoothly. Performance teams have become more conservative when estimating implementation timescales and yet Investit's research found 40% of performance system implementations failed to complete on time.


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