In investment management, the demand for specialized and customized strategies is growing. And by throwing digitalization into the mix, the landscape for investment products gets more and more diverse. Actively Managed Certificates (AMCs) are a fast, flexible, and cost-effective vehicle to provide access to dynamic investment strategies.
Due to their complex process, AMCs are prone to operational risks when managed manually. For meeting the demand of frequent rebalancings, smaller products and customized reporting including a perfect audit trail, Bank Julius Baer and vestr identified the need for automation. As a large financial institution, Bank Julius Baer opted to work with vestr instead of building an in-house solution. vestr introduced digitalization and scalability into a maturing market of AMCs for the Bank.
During the lifecycle management of AMCs, predominantly three parties are concerned: issuer, investor and portfolio manager. In the case of AMCs, the buy-side collects money from their customer and invests it in dynamically adjusted portfolios, aka AMCs, that are designed according to the customer’s preferences. The sell-side institutions, who issue these AMCs, were historically large institutions. Now, with digital solutions available, even smaller banks and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) providers enter the space.
In this white paper, Bank Julius Baer and vestr demonstrate the successful collaboration between a large financial institution and a Fintech startup. With the common goal of digitizing the active investment management industry, the partners went on this journey together. With an agile project approach, they pre-defined milestones for the solution blueprint and design, as well as the implementation concept. The technical integration was an iterative process between the technology and product teams at Bank Julius Baer and vestr, which led to unexpected insights. For instance, several tasks of the trading desks at the Bank were redefined or changed thanks to the introduction of automation into their workflow.
In short, issuers of dynamically adjusted portfolios have the opportunity to go digital. The new workflow of managing AMCs fully digitally will enable issuers to remain compliant and offer more customizable solutions to their clients. At the same time, external asset managers will equally benefit from the standardized lifecycle management of AMCs to augment their active investment strategies.
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