"The Loop" 2Q17

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Ashland Partners provides timely updates on the latest events, webinars, compliance, and industry issues. Follow us on our blog, LinkedIn, and Twitter to receive notifications when new information is released.




Complimentary Lunch N' Learn
New York | April 25 & 26
Please join Ashland Partners for a complimentary luncheon as we discuss industry updates and hot topics that have shaped the industry over the last year, including Cyber Security, Vendor Due Diligence, Surprise Custody Examinations, and Performance Presentation. More Information >>

Make A Difference: Wisconsin Conference
Milwaukee | April 27
Recognized as the Midwest’s premier event for cutting-edge investment thinking, the Make A Difference – Wisconsin Investment Conference is modeled after Wall Street Week and the popular Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York. Ashland Partners is proud to be a community sponsor at this year's event. More Information >>

AUG National Members Meeting
Nashville | April 27 & 28
Join Ashland Partners at the third annual National Members Meeting in Nashville. This event will include special presentations from guest speakers, general information sessions, as well as AUG's esteemed breakout sessions that will cover relevant industry topics. More Information >>

Panel Discussion: The Future of GIPS® 
The Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) are an ethical framework for the calculation and presentation of the investment performance history of an investment management firm.  This program will discuss the benefits to firms claiming compliance with the standards including marketing and operational best practices. The panel will discuss practical solutions to common challenges and insight into the future of GIPS. 

Denver | May 4
Chicago | May 9

Ashland Partners Educational Conference
This practical 2-day course is designed to give a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of performance measurement, ranging from basic return calculation, benchmarks, risk-adjusted performance measurement, and attribution techniques to the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS).

Boston | May 17-19 (Advanced Course Available)
Denver | September 18-19
Atlanta | November 13-14

NYSSA 2017 GIPS Forum
New York | May 17
This event will provide a forum in New York to discuss the most recent developments in the GIPS standards and share views on the challenges and opportunities of their implementation. The Forum will feature GIPS experts from the CFA Institute, GIPS committees, asset owners and asset management firms and will rely on the active participation of the attendees for an exchange of ideas and to identify solutions for current implementation questions. More Information >>


Invitations to register will be sent 2 weeks prior to the webinar. If you are not on our mailing list, please contact our Client Relations Group for more information.

Private Equity Provisions for GIPS
April 18  // 11am-11:30am PT (2pm-2:30pm ET)
Presented by Matthew Deatherage
Please join Ashland Partners for the final presentation of the three part series on alternative investments and their applicability in the market place. This webinar will explain typical private equity investments and how they are handled within the GIPS Standards. The presentation will cover various topics which include specific provisions in the GIPS Standards, marketing and performance considerations, as well as tips for achieving compliance with private equity investments. In addition, the presentation will go over the most common misconceptions and best practices about maintaining a firm's GIPS compliance with private equity investments.  Register Now >>


2017 GIPS Compliance Form Now Available
Ashland Partners summarizes important information about the GIPS firm notification requirement. Read More >>

Clarification on Custody and SLOA Arrangements
On February 21, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management released a new no-action letter in relation to custody and standing letters of authorization (“SLOA”). Read More >>

New GIPS Guidance to Change Marketing Practices, Increase GIPS Requirements
Most firms familiar with the GIPS standards will also have familiarity with the term supplemental information. What you may not know is that there are proposed changes to supplemental information guidance that will impact every firm claiming compliance. Read More >>


Barclays Point Transition to Bloomberg: 1-Year Countdown
Bloomberg has recently described its plans for moving Barclays Point into the Bloomberg PORT environment. For the first time since the deal was announced, these descriptions have given Point users a reasonably clear view into the future and a basis for planning how to deal with these significant changes. Read More >>

Books and Records for Portability
The first half of 2016 saw a record number of M&A transactions with Registered Investment Advisors – according to a study done by Financial Advisor Magazine. Read More >>

Can Someone Pick Your Lock?
In recent years, the SEC has started to ask firms if they are performing regular vulnerability and/or penetration tests. This has caused confusion in the investment advisory industry, stemming from the fact that computer professionals have different definitions of what constitutes a vulnerability or a penetration test.  Read More >>

Cyber Security Expectations Continue to Increase for CSA Registrants
On 27 September 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued a notice stating that they “expect Market Participants to take steps to protect themselves against cyber threats.” But what does this mean for you? Read More >>

Danger on the "Internet of Things"
A recent attack within the “Internet of Things” (IOT) made me think about a commonality between me and Bill Gates. When Bill Gates built his house more than 25 years ago, he incorporated very sophisticated technologies into each room. Visitors to his house were encoded into a computer system and the system automatically adjusted the lights, temperature, and music in each room to the tastes of the occupants. Read More >>


Alternative Investments & GIPS
Presented by Joel Bernardin, CFA, CIPM & James Sanzone, CIPM
Recorded Webinar
In the first of a three-part series on Alternative Investments and their applicability in the market place, this webinar explains typical Alternative Investments and how they are handled within the GIPS Standards. The presentation covers various topics including specific provisions in the GIPS Standards, marketing and performance considerations, as well as tips for achieving compliance with Alternative Investments.

Real Estate & GIPS
Presented by Phil Fijal, CIPM
Recorded Webinar
In the second of the three-part series, this webinar explains typical Real Estate Investments and how they are handled within the GIPS Standards.