August 2015

Thomas Murray IDS Newsletter

Thomas Murray IDS is pleased to send you its August newsletter with links to the top stories that we have reported on as part of our on-going surveillance of issues of relevance to asset owners, fund managers, and their key service providers. We endeavour to make these stories succinct, relevant and informative for our readership and would welcome any comments or suggestions to help us improve content and format. This month we have included a short survey about the newsletter, which we hope you will be able to complete.

Why financial market infrastructures matter to institutional investors

In the world of capital markets, the public spotlight has predominantly fallen on pre-trade and trade analysis. The media focusses its attention on the price of shares, the movement of currencies, the possibility of changes to interest rates and the fundamentals of markets, as well as corporate news.

Two SEC commissioners demand a new rulebook for transfer agents

In a little noticed regulatory intervention, two commissioners at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the United States last month overruled a staff plan to issue a concept paper on a revision of the rules governing transfer agents – in favour of acting more promptly.

How to cut back office costs with technology instead of outsourcing

Never was it more important for small, medium-sized and emerging fund managers to take technology seriously. With management fees under downward pressure, and both regulators and investors squeezing what can be charged to the fund, running every aspect of a small business efficiently can make the difference between success and failure.

Improving market practice in foreign exchange

Henry Wilkes discusses the importance of agreeing a single code of conduct globally, time stamps and what transparency means in the context of foreign exchange.


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