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Munder was previously using two separate portfolio accounting systems, one for fixed-income reporting and one for portfolio accounting. The firm decided to look for a new integrated portfolio management solution with strong accounting capabilities for its fixed-income portfolios, which included mortgage-backed securities, in addition to traditional corporate and government instruments.
Munder turned to Advent, and once all its portfolio management and reporting had migrated onto APX, the company saw major efficiency gains almost immediately.
Judy Weipert, manager of investment operations, said: Because we’re now on one system, we don’t have to worry about interfacing or manually keeping up more than one accounting system, which is a tremendous improvement for us. Our previous system could take up to 30 seconds just to post one trade of one security in one account. When we imported trade files from our trading system, it took hours with 1,000 trades. In APX, we have had files of 50,000 transactions that post in 30 or 40 minutes max. The difference is night and day.
In addition to APX, Munder uses Advent Revenue Center® for billing and revenue management, Advent Custodial Data (ACD) for managing and reconciling portfolio information, Advent Corporate Actions® (ACA) for customised, position-level corporate action reports and Rex® for reconciliation management.
Ms Weipert said: APX has changed the whole reporting process for Munder. Our fixed-income managers were able to reduce staff and still get reports out more quickly than when they had more staff. They’ve also been able to take on more accounts with special reporting requirements, because APX is so much more efficient, accurate and timely.
Michele Holton, director of product marketing at Advent, said: Advent works in collaboration with its customers to provide solutions that help support and meet their business objectives. APX met Munder’s requirements for more streamlined, accurate and timely accounting and reporting across a full breadth of fixed-income instruments, and their input made the product even stronger.
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