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Peter de Proft, EFAMA

Funds processing automation rates reach new heights


The total automation rate of processed orders of cross-border funds reached 88 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, which represents an increase of 1.3 percentage points (p.p.) compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

That’s according to a new report on the evolution of automation and standardisation rates of fund orders received by transfer agents (TAs) in the cross-border fund centres of Luxembourg and Ireland in 2017 by the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), in collaboration with SWIFT.
 
The total volume of orders processed by the 29 TAs from Ireland and Luxembourg who participated in the survey reached 38.8 million last year.
 
The use of ISO messaging standards rose by 2.1 pp to 55.5 per cent, while the use of manual processes dropped to 12 per cent (-1.3p.) in the same time period.
 
The total automation rate of orders processed by Luxembourg TAs reached 85.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2017 compared to 84.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2016. The ISO automation rate increased from 68.3 per cent in Q4 2016 to 69.8 per cent in Q4 2017, while the use of proprietary ftp decreased from 16.1 per cent in Q4 2016 to 15.6 per cent in Q4 2017.
 
The total automation rate of orders processed by Irish TAs increased to 92.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017, from 90.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016. The ISO automation rate increased by 4.7 p.p. to 32.5 per cent, whereas the adoption of proprietary formats decreased from 62.8 per cent in Q4 2016 to 59.6 per cent in Q4 2017.
 
Peter De Proft (pictured), Director General of EFAMA, says: “The increase in the automation rate of orders of cross-border funds from 75.4 per cent in 2010 to 88 per cent in 2017 highlights the sustained efforts made by fund managers to increase the efficiency of their operations. The use of automation contributes to strengthening the competitiveness of UCITS and its attractiveness to investors, both globally and locally”. 
  
Janice E Chapman, Manager, Investment Funds, Standards, SWIFT, adds: “Today, more than 88 per cent of cross-border funds orders are automated.  In addition to the continuous growth of funds order volumes, it is exciting to see that the automation rates of supporting processes, such as price reporting, cash forecast reporting and funds transfers, are also on the rise. This reconfirms the industry trend towards automation using ISO 20022.”

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