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Fall 2018 Newsletter

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4 Key Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

Although not new, cloud computing has gained traction across all industries over the last several years due to its proven cost benefits and improved data security. Security in particular was a significant concern that had hindered early adoption by asset managers and other financial professionals handling sensitive financial information.

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The Wild West of Cryptocurrency

Like the gold rush of the mid-19th century that lured prospectors far and wide to California, cryptocurrency mania has taken hold globally. While not yet sparking a rush among mainstream investors, this burgeoning asset class is generating enormous interest that early entrants hope will yield a pot of gold.

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Client Quote of the Quarter

“We can drill down through complex structures and nested entities to see actual net worth — something that was not possible with spreadsheets.

David Bloom
Senior Wealth Advisor, TFO Phoenix

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Partnering With PCR

FundCount is pleased to announce its recent partnership with PCR, which enables clients to access data aggregated from more than 400 custodians using FundCount software. Seamless integration with PCR for consolidated data across the full range of liquid and illiquid assets streamlines accounting and provides accurate, detailed information for reporting.

FundCount’s Mike Slemmer recently participated on a panel at PCR’s 3rd Annual Client Conference. The panel centered on the challenges family offices have in making productive use of their data across various systems and purposes. “We came away impressed by the passion and dedication PCR has for ensuring that ’no asset is left behind’ in aggregating all investment activity from custodians, brokers and managers of illiquids such as P/E and hedge funds,” said Mike.

FC Connect provides you with all FundCount options for integrating data from any investment institution. Our ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) Data Importer is a great way to import any type of data, and we’ve built links to custodians for years. But there are many reasons we are excited about our new relationship with PCR, which provides:

  • Several thousand existing interfaces with custodians, brokers, P/E and hedge fund managers — greatly reducing the time to get new institutions up and running
  • The ability to “electrify” the PDFs and other hard-copy statements that are still the standard with alternative managers — eliminating lost time through manual re-keying
  • Instant resolution to data transfer and integration problems — PCR has a team dedicated to ensuring codes between institution and system align, and when a custodian changes a file format, to ensure that this is captured on the receiving end.

To learn more about how the PCR-FundCount interface can help you, contact Client Support at support@fundcount.com or call Mike Slemmer at 617-586-3365.

Product News

FundCount continues to enrich its software to meet the growing needs of our clients. The development team has been hard at work these last few months putting the finishing touches on new products and enhanced functionality for FundCount software. We are excited to introduce the following:

FC A/P — adds new accounts payable and cash management functionality to FundCount’s general ledger. It includes check writing and electronic bill payment, flexible vendor and invoice management, customizable expense allocation templates, and the ability to track multiple accounts for a single vendor. Read the press release for more details.

FC Hosted — a comprehensive service that offers full hosting, implementation and support of FundCount through Digital Edge, a leader in managed cloud solutions and a FundCount partner. FC Hosted offers superior service and support at a fraction of the cost of on-premises technology. Click here for the solution sheet.

FC Managed — a flexible service that can be tailored to the specific requirements of your firm. It is an appropriate option for clients that wish to operate FundCount themselves but require varying levels of support for systems and application-level servers. Click here to learn more.

FundCount at FOX

FundCount was once again a sponsor at the Family Office Exchange’s (FOX) largest annual conference, the Fall Enterprise Forum. With its theme of “Preparing for the Unexpected” many sessions focused on family preparedness — both for opportunities and risk. Sessions such as “Global Risks and Your Risk Management Strategy” and “Is Data the New Alpha?” emphasized the theme.

In “Managing the Unexpected Using an Opportunity and Risk Framework” FOX presented its research on managing opportunities and risks in the family enterprise. Offices that embrace change, are open minded, employ creative managers and have responsive, flexible systems and processes will be well-positioned to handle disruption. The session addressed “the family view, the business view, the financial view, and the philanthropic view of the family enterprise” and offered a formal opportunity and risk management oversight process.

The research did not cover operational or systemic suggestions for managing unexpected risk, another critical component that should be incorporated into a family office’s risk roadmap.

At the FundCount booth, many single and multi-family offices dropped by to say how they’re now on QuickBooks and Excel or an array of siloed systems. They know how inefficient, unsecure and unmanageable operations and information are — and thus how risk is heightened and opportunities lost. Thankfully, FundCount provides a solid first step toward “preparing for the unexpected.”

Awards and Accolades

FundCount is pleased to be a finalist in the following awards:

  • WealthBriefing GCC Awards — Shortlisted for Client Accounting and Client Communications. Winners will be announced November 7, 2018.
  • WealthBriefing Swiss Awards — Shortlisted for Client Communications and Client Reporting. Winners will be announced February 7, 2019.

Growing by Referrals

Your opinion counts! Thank you to all our clients who took time to review FundCount on Capterra, an online directory of service providers. We appreciate your business and the trust you have put in FundCount.

FundCount continues to grow by word of mouth but also relies on the internet to reach an even broader audience. Reviews on Capterra help us immensely. If you have not yet reviewed FundCount on Capterra but would like to do so, click here.

About Fundcount

Founded in 1999, FundCount provides integrated accounting and investment analysis software that improves operational efficiency and delivers immediate, actionable intelligence to clients around the globe. Today, over 120 hedge funds, single and multi-family offices, fund administrators and private equity firms worldwide with assets totaling more than US $125 billion rely on FundCount for accurate, timely information and flexible reporting. FundCount supports its growing client base from the company’s U.S. headquarters and four additional international locations.

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