NICSA Connect Newsletter : March 2018
On March 2, NICSA concluded its 2018 Strategic Leadership Forum, where over 350 executives from across the global asset management spectrum—including fund complexes, broker dealers, and professional service providers—converged in Miami, Florida to share insights on evolving business models within the financial industry. Stay tuned for key takeaways, including blog coverage, podcasts and more! READ PRESS RELEASE: NICSA 2018 Strategic Leadership Forum Highlights Distribution, Product Trends  
NICSA announced the winners of its 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards. Volunteers were honored at the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in Miami, Florida. READ PRESS RELEASE: NICSA Honors Volunteers of the Year at 2018 Strategic Leadership Forum

NICSA announced the release of their 2018 Transfer Agent Compliance Guide. The guide provides NICSA members with a comprehensive, educational resource of current compliance updates and standards as they relate to the transfer agent function within the asset management industry.  READ PRESS RELEASE: NICSA Offers Industry Guide for Transfer Agent Compliance Standards 
Roadshow | Raising Capital in Europe & Beyond
ALFI - A NICSA Industry Partner
April 17, Networking; April 18, Seminar | NYC 
Open to all NICSA Members: ALFI offers the opportunity to explore how to approach setting up and marketing funds in the EU and how current geopolitical considerations, such as Brexit and US tax reform, may impact business strategies. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to participate in a focused discussion on alternative investments in the presence of HE Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister of Finance. 
NICSA's 2018 West Coast Regional Event 
Networking & Cocktails 
June 5, Los Angeles | June 6, San Francisco 
Meet NICSA President Jim Fitzpatrick, engage with fellow NICSA members, bring a colleague! 
Make new connections while increasing your involvement in the asset management community and learn how to leverage NICSA resources. 
More information coming soon. 
President's Award Spotlight
Showcasing Passion for Service within the Asset Management Industry
Each year, NICSA's President honors individuals that have provided distinguished service to the Association. These individuals have provided effective leadership as Board members or committee chairs, or have otherwise dedicated their time, talent and expertise toward the betterment of NICSA. 
The 2018 President's Award winners were recognized at an awards reception at the NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in Miami. 
A list of the 2018 President's Award winners follows:
Anne Hebard, DST Systems
Larry Fahey, Eaton Vance
Lynette Turner, BNY Mellon

NICSA members continue to generate valuable insight and stimulating discussions on the future of the wealth management industry.  Here’s a look at our top picks for the month:
Broadridge: The Active/Passive Scorecard—A Directors Guide

“As passive funds grow in popularity, active funds still offer many benefits. For comparison, Broadridge has developed a comprehensive scorecard to provide directors with a detailed overview of performance and trends across both active and passive funds.” READ WHITE PAPER

Citisoft:  2018 Outlook—Setting the Stage for Transformation

“Digitalization will fundamentally change operations, regulatory whiplash will continue, purpose-built front office technology will improve, and largescale transformation projects will dominate budgets. Read on for more of the big trends we’re watching in asset management technology and operations in 2018.” READ WHITE PAPER

HSBC:  The Rise of Alternatives

“An in-depth look at the rise of alternative investments, with a focus on its drivers, its effects and the opportunities and risks it poses for investors, asset managers and asset servicers. …”   READ WHITE PAPER

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A look back at NICSA’s recent educational programming: 
Navigating the World of ESG Investing: Webinar Replay | Slides 
“Investors are increasingly considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their decision-making processes, making fund-level transparency vital …” 
Advancing Counterparty Communications in the Mutual Fund Industry: Webinar Replay | Slides 
“When it comes to enhanced counterparty communication within the funds industry today, the technology’s here — but is the mutual fund industry leveraging it efficiently? …”  
Mutual Fund Modernization:   Webinar Replay | Slides
"...many firms view the fund modernization reporting requirements as a strategic opportunity to reconsider their operating models, including data sourcing, maintenance strategies, reporting, advanced analytic capabilities and enhanced oversight strategies...." 
We appreciate the insightful questions during our webinar programs. For a review of some of the questions addressed by our expert panels, see the below Q&A document:

Chinese Capital Markets 
Got ten minutes? Hear quick, on-the-go insights on critical business planning in the world of asset management.  It’s this simple: (1) Visit iTunes on your mobile device; (2) search “NICSAtalk”; and (3) subscribe.

New Episodes:  

Chinese Market Index Inclusion | New Dynamics in European Distribution 
NICSA Transfer Agent Compliance Guide
The 2018 Transfer Agent Compliance Guide is here! An industry standard not to be missed, this reference guide is an essential tool for building awareness and facilitating a definitive understanding of fundamental TA compliance regulations. Special thanks to the NICSA TA Committee who championed this effort, as well as our partners and sponsors Reed Smith and Donnelly Financial Solutions.

Hard copy reference guides are available to NICSA members for $250 each - any additional copies will be sold at a discounted rate. Click here to place your order. If you would like to purchase more than one or have any questions, please contact Jordan DeBettencourt at 
Complimentary access to a digital version of the NICSA Transfer Agent Compliance Guide will be made available later this year via the NICSA member portal.
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