Connectivity The EY global distribution review Volume 1, issue 1
Rise of the machines: electronic platform distribution
his issue of Connectivityakl`]Õjklg^ a new EY thought leadership series focused on global funds distribution. Future issues will each concentrate on a different aspect of the complex distribution equation. Connectivity won’t necessarily offer exhaustive answers or comprehensive solutions. But we will seek to raise important points of discussion, highlight key trends in the global distribution of funds, and examine where the industry is headed and how we think leading practices can be implemented.
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Further, a rich landscape of vendors providing an exhaustive range of services, from marketing and compliance to quantitative analytics and data management, has developed extensively in recent years. The crucial function that generally \]Õf]kl`]km[kkgj^Yadmj]g^YfqYkk]l eYfY_]e]flÕjekladdj]eYafk\akljaZmlagf& Whether from a technology standpoint, looking at the rise of electronic platforms, or from a regulatory standpoint, looking at the restructuring of remuneration models and client interaction, fund distribution is undergoing sweeping changes. For the industry, several major challenges, such as the restructuring of the compensation model, must be addressed. O]`gh]qgmÌddÕf\l`YlConnectivity looks at these many challenges, highlights the key issues afngdn]\Yf\hgaflkl`]\aj][lagf^gjÕjeklg take to succeed at distribution globally.
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