As an institutional asset owner, this scenario may be nauseatingly familiar: several days have passed since the end of the quarter, and you still haven’t received the quarterly follow up from all of your investment managers. In fact, you expect all of your investment managers to send you regular monthly check-in correspondence, and every month, this one is late. How are you supposed to adhere to your institution’s compliance policies or review key performance portfolio indicators?
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By Alaina Barron
Two years ago, a group of women at Backstop created an internal “Women in Technology” group as part of our employee-facing diversity and inclusion programming efforts. As a member of what we affectionately call “WIT,” I can tell you that I have personally derived a great deal of benefit from this. In addition to the psychological reassurance of knowing that Backstop supports diversity and inclusion, I also love having the opportunity to take a deep-dive into the most interesting and relevant topics of the day for women and gender minorities.
In the long list of deliverables you are tasked with as an alternative investment firm, updating your browser may not rank very high. But it should – otherwise, you are providing a blueprint to hackers on how to get into your systems and steal your data.
Investment management is ultimately about relationships. Asset owners and asset managers build trust with each other over time by telling the truth, honoring their commitments, and communicating frequently. In other words, by developing a relationship. Whether you’re an asset owner or asset manager, the enterprise software systems you use to keep track of your relationships must keep an accurate record of the past.