Calastone offers look-through for distribution data

Calastone, a provider of financial services related technology, has launched Data Services, a solution it says tackles the demands that will be made of fund providers by Mifid II, particularly in the area of being able to meet transparency requirements on distribution.

Calastone notes that the Directive will require fund providers to “have full transparency into where their products are being sold.”

However, understanding precisely where funds are being held within global distribution channels and markets requires a new type of data processing capability. Providers will need to aggregate information from potentially thousands of sources accessed in different data formats. They will also need to be in a position to analyse the data and generate reports, Calastone said.

Rob Swan, managing director, Calastone Data Services, said: “Many fund management firms are not prepared for the scope and volume of work required to simply achieve look-through of their product distribution, a task that involves the consolidation of data across thousands of administrators, distributors and advisors. We anticipate that aspects of the upcoming Mifid II regulation will require fund managers to add a market overlay to monitor the full distribution chain effectively. The scale of this task should not be underestimated. The recent one-year delay of the regulation must not be seen as an opportunity to defer the project, but rather as time to ensure compliance with their regulatory obligations.”


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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