NICSA 2018 General Membership Meeting

NICSA's 2018 GMM Tackles Best Practices in the Asset Management Industry

Boston, MA, October 11, 2018 - NICSA announces the commencement of its General Membership Meeting, taking place October 11th and 12th Boston. Executives representing a diverse cross section of the asset management industry have convened to share best practice development and implementation across myriad business lines and applications. Key business themes targeted at the conference include data analytics, Next Gen product and distribution models, tech-inspired client experiences, and diversity.

Over twelve hours of educational content delivered by more than 50 industry speakers, as well as a variety of networking opportunities, is taking place over the two day conference. The event kicked off Thursday morning with Perspectives from the C-Suite, where senior executives from industry innovators RBC Funds, State Street Global Advisors, and Eaton Vance explored tactical business planning and discussed the global trends that are directly impacting their businesses. Also headlining the conference is J.P. Morgan’s Chief Global Strategist, David Kelly. Dr. Kelly is scheduled to provide an engaging discussion Friday morning of the evolving climate in Washington and the potential impact to the financial industry and related regulations.

NICSA will close the GMM with a diversity panel chaired by Dan Houlihan, Chairman of the NICSA Board of Directors and Head of Northern Trust Asset Servicing, Americas. The session will focus on NICSA’s new initiative to launch the North American chapter of the Diversity Project. The goal is to align professionals across the industry to take action to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture within the asset management industry. Jim Fitzpatrick, President of NICSA, on the GMM: “Collaboration among a diverse group of industry participants can significantly impact the development and execution of effective business solutions. We’re looking forward to fostering a wide array of compelling discussions that aim to further advance the industry we all serve.”

Dan Houlihan added: “The program that NICSA planned for its 2018 GMM, including the important work being done with the Diversity Project, is critical to accelerating progress toward a more sustainable industry. We’re very pleased with the level of engagement we’re seeing from all facets of the asset management industry as we tackle the themes most important to 2019 business planning.”


key highlights from the conference

Executive Session: Perspectives from the C-Suite
Bob Mulhall, Partner, Wealth and Asset Management, EY, led a panel of seasoned executives from RBC Global Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors, and Eaton Vance through the discussion, which focused on data analytics, technology and investment strategies.

Capital Markets Class
Dr. David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team at J.P. Morgan, led the general session. "We are now in the 10thyear of an economic expansion," he said. "This is the second-longest expansion of all the economic expansions since the American Civil War. If this expansion makes it to next summer, it will be the longest American expansion ever."

Join the Diversity Movement
NICSA members closed out NICSA's 2018 General Membership Meeting with an intellectually honest discussion about the challenges and realities of diversity and inclusion within the industry. Dan Houlihan, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Fund Services, North America, Northern Trust, moderated the panel, which included forward-thinking representatives from Confluence, Fidelity, and Northern Trust.

Digitize Me: The Evolving Client Experience

NICSA members learned about technological trends poised to transform the asset management landscape and how they can enhance the client experience during the 2018 General Membership Meeting. Chuck Gallant, Managing Director at BNY Mellon, moderated the panel, which featured experts from BlackRock, DTCC, and Northern Trust.

Data Analytics: The Value of Business Intelligence Reporting

Firms across the asset management industry are increasingly focused on transforming into customer-centric, data-driven organizations. NICSA members discussed this movement and gained a deeper understanding of trends in business intelligence during a breakout session at the 2018 GMM.

Fraud Alert: Current Trends & Prevention Techniques

The latest technological innovations are bringing enhanced customer experiences to financial organizations, but with those milestones come new cybersecurity threats. As protecting firms and clients becomes a growing and evolving concern, it’s more important than ever to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals.

Advisor Feedback: Success Strategies From Top Producers

“There’s no better way to up your game than to listen to your clients,” said Mary Kralis Hoppe, CIMA, Senior Vice President, Field Sales, US Global Wealth Management at PIMCO Investments, during a panel on advisor feedback during the NICSA GMM last month.

Protecting the Franchise: Managing Risk in the Global Economy 

NICSA members learned strategies for surviving and thriving in uncertainty during a session on the topic at last month’s General Membership Meeting.

Be sure to bookmark our blog page as full coverage from the event will be posted in the coming days.


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NICSAtalk: Live from gmm!

Find out what’s top of mind for some of our featured speakers as they come away from dynamic panel discussions at NICSA GMM. (1) Visit iTunes on your mobile device; (2) search “NICSAtalk”; and (3) subscribe.
Live From GMM! Leveraging Data Analytics
DST Systems’ Lead Data Science Manager Lyndsay Noble on the restructuring of operating models based on data analytics
Live From GMM! Building Better Advisor Relationships
PIMCO's Mary Hoppe on what asset managers can do to build better business relationships with the industry's top advisors.
Live From GMM! 30e-3 Action Plans for Asset Managers
Swatika Rajaram, Vice President, Regulatory Products at Broadridge on the impact the new rule will have on asset managers, and the immediate action steps they should be considering now.         



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