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Answering the FCA's Dear CEO Letter on Outsourcing with Some Practical Steps

By Kulvinder Gill,
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

FCA Logo source reutersLast week, the Eze Castle Integration London team along with industry experts from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Investment Management Association (IMA), HSBC, and Simmons & Simmons got together to address the FCA’s “Dear CEO” letter on outsourcing, which was issued to CEO’s of asset management firms back in December 2012.

In the “Dear CEO” letter, the FCA identified that the asset management industry outsources a number of activities to service providers and the FCA’s major concern was if a service provider was to face financial distress or serve operational disruption, the UK asset managers would not be able to perform regulated activities.  

Our panel of experts gathered together to discuss the letter in more detail and what practical steps asset managers should adopt, including reviewing contingency plans to ensure managers are minimising risk and have a continuity strategy in place.  Let’s take a closer look at what was discussed.     

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Regulation  Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Outsourcing 



Reflecting on What We're Thankful For This Thanksgiving

By Emma Howie,
Monday, November 25th, 2013

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and like always, we are reflecting on what we are truly greatful for. This year, we thought we’d ask some of our Boston employees what they’re thankful for this holiday season.

View our slideshow below to see their answers!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Finding Your One-Stop Shop: The Benefits of Choosing an All-Inclusive IT Provider

By Emma Howie,
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

As hedge funds continue to grow and prosper, the need for a “one-stop shop” IT Finding Your One Stop Shop IT Provider
provider is becoming increasingly necessary. As a fund manager, your job is demanding enough; therefore, finding one company that can hone in on your technology needs and quickly provide solutions is a smart investment, as well as a good relief. Here are a few of the main benefits firms can realize in working with a single, all-inclusive IT provider.

Categorized under: Outsourcing  Launching A Hedge Fund 



Three Ways Your Cloud Provider Can De-Stress Your Life

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

As a hedge fund or investment management firm, you’re juggling a lot. Hedging bets, pitching investors, running day-to-day operations – there’s a lot on your plate. That’s why working with an experienced cloud services provider can offer benefits beyond just infrastructure.

Let’s take a look at three different ways your cloud services provider can de-stress your busy life and provide you with much needed value.

Moving to the cloud benefits1. Free up your space.

One of the beauties of a cloud computing environment is the near elimination of physical hardware and equipment on-site at your office. When managing your own server room or Communications (Comm.) room, you are responsible for housing a variety of equipment such as servers, UPS units, networking equipment and cables, spare parts, etc. Not to mention you need the real estate for it all. And don’t forget – much of this equipment runs on a three-year refresh cycle, which means you’ll have to upgrade everything in the near future.
 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing 



Putting BCP on Your Holiday To-Do List

By Lisa Smith,
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

We all have “to-do lists,” and we all have our own way of managing how and what gets done. Having BCP on my to-do list is easy; this is what I think about every day and all day. But not everyone has the same responsibility. However, business continuity is like health insurance; it needs to be active. We all need it, but it’s not something we think about every day.Putting BCP on Your To Do List

Disruptions can occur at any time and without warning, which is why we should always be thinking about what we need and how we would respond during a disaster. Let’s not forget the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004 during the holiday season. Thousands of foreign tourists were in Thailand during that disaster, and many were unaware of the risks within the area, evacuation routes and how to receive assistance.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning 



Starting a Hedge Fund in 2014? Here are some key considerations

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Starting a hedge fund is an intensive task and there are many aspects of the business that a portfolio manager must consider.  Expectations are higher than ever, and investors want to see that new hedge fund startups are taking the right precautions and steps to ensure that both the investment strategy and business operations are sound. 

There are a wealth of considerations to review before starting a new hedge fund, and truth be told, most of these points are just as important to keep in mind if you are an established fund. Take a look and you’ll notice these best practices apply to more than just new launches.

 

Categorized under: Launching A Hedge Fund  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Outsourcing 



Cybersecurity Insurance Evolving to Protect Businesses From Increasing Threats

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Last month, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said the most significant threat we face as a nation is cybersecurity. That’s a pretty jarring statement given the threats our country faces in terms of terrorism and war, for instance. But the reality is, cyber networks have become the gateway for risks both on the global terrorism front as well as within our internal circles at our places of business.Security Headlines
 
With watchful eyes geared towards security threats, interest in cybersecurity insurance continues to rise. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce have identified cybersecurity insurance as a viable opportunity to thwart the effects of security breaches and attacks by:

  • Promoting widespread adoption of preventative measures;
  • Encouraging the implementation of best practices by basing premiums on an insured’s level of self-protection; and
  • Limiting the losses that companies face following a cyber-attack.

Categorized under: Security  Hedge Fund Operations  Trends We're Seeing 



Why Hedge Fund Data Center Selection Processes Matter

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Data center facilities are at the heart of any cloud offering and, as such, are getting more scrutiny as hedge funds evaluate who the right cloud provider is for them.

Earlier this year we created a pretty infograpic that mapped what firms should look for in a colocation facility. Remember this?Hedge Fund Colocation Evauation Map

Since not everyone loves infograpics, we decided to spell out what we look for in a colocation facility. Our due diligence is extensive, but here are some of the high points.

Ownership, Operation & Support: Eze Castle Integration seeks a colocation facility that is owned and operated by a reputable organization with vast industry knowledge and experience. Additionally, the personnel and client support must be of the highest quality in order to ensure that all Eze Castle colocation clients receive the best service and support possible.
 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Outsourcing  Videos And Infographics 



While Your Traders Watch Twitter, Is Your Fund Still Compliant?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy HalloweenFirst and foremost, Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, I’m going to share a trick and a treat about the world of social media and investment firms.

First the trick.

Did you hear the story about how shares of bankrupt Tweeter soared when Twitter announced its IPO?  If not, here goes. According to WallStreetInsanity, on October 4, 2013, “shares in bankrupt TWTR Inc. (OTC: TWTRQ) were up over 1500 percent as the company’s stock soared from $0.0 to $0.15 on extremely heavy volume. Seems some people thought the consumer electronics retailer was Twitter.”

This story demonstrates that traders are monitoring social media outlets for investment ideas even if they are not personally participating. It also shows that many of those folks buying TWTRQ didn’t quite understand how an IPO works or what Twitter will be valued at (certainly not pennies), but we’ll ignore that fact for the sake of this article.

Categorized under: Communications  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



Opalesque Radio: Answering Fund Operational Challenges

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Eze Castle on the RadioThis week Opalesque Radio featured an interview with Bob Guilbert, managing director here at Eze Castle Integration, on addressing operational challenges facing hedge funds with cloud solutions.

The 9:30-minute podcast covers a range of topics. You can listen to the full podcast HERE, just jump to the sub-features that interest you most below.

Play Opalesque Interview with Bob Guilbert


 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Launching A Hedge Fund  Disaster Recovery  Eze Castle Milestones  Hedge Fund Operations  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



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