Striving for STP - Spotlight: Corporate Actions Automation

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7 June 2005


Boston, MA, USA June 7, 2005

Celent presents a case study analyzing how a top ten mutual fund complex undertook a bold initiative to achieve greater STP within select areas of its middle and back office operations, focusing on the automation of corporate actions.

In a new report, Striving for STPSpotlight: Corporate Actions Automation, Celent examines the challenges that firms face with respect to corporate actions, and provides an example of how one firm successfully implemented a vendor solution to help streamline the otherwise manually intensive process of corporate actions processing and reconciliation.

The initiative involved a thorough review of the Companys current technology architecture, and the development of a project plan to:

  • move to a more streamlined, flexible IT structure in order to improve operational efficiencies, and
  • accommodate growth and change in the years ahead.

After extensive testing of various vendor solutions, the Company chose SmartStream Technologies TLM Corporate Actions solution.

In terms of implementation strategy, the Company decided to take a phased approach to corporate actions automation, focusing first on areas where it had internal controlthe data capture, cleansing and scrubbing process to produce a "golden copy" or master record of an action. Additional phases focused on automating the voluntary elections process and entitlement calculations, reconciliation with custodians, and posting to downstream record keeping systems. Since automating corporate actions automation, the Company has enjoyed numerous benefits, including:

enjoyed numerous benefits, including:
  • Improved quality of corporate actions information
  • Greater staff productivity
  • Lower error rates
  • Improved visibility into exceptions

"The Companys decision to automate processes and rationalize its technology in the quest for STP is indicative of a move among large US asset management firms," states Octavio Marenzi, co-author of the report. "Firms believe that increased STP integration will lead to greater operational efficiencies and reduce costs, thereby generating a positive ROI."

This report details the process by which the Company undertook its STP and corporate actions initiatives. In addition, the final section of the report provides some tips and worksheets to help financial institutions who are considering STP and corporate action automation projects.

The 27-page report contains 3 tables and 8 figures. A table of contents is available online.

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