THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: White Papers + More
We regularly produce white papers, case studies and more to communicate our perspectives on industry “hot topics” such as fund audit fees, intermediary fee payments, intermediary oversight, data governance and the like.
Intermediary fees have been the subject of intense industry and regulatory scrutiny for several years, including SEC reviews around ‘Distribution in Guise’ and 2016 Department of Labor rules (which are still in flux) governing fiduciary obligations by brokers/RIAs. This white paper examines how we structure our comparison of Intermediary Fees and considers how these fees are changing over time. Learn more ➤
Our Audit Fee Survey methodology reflects evolving industry trends and invaluable participant input -- ensuring that survey results are meaningful to investment managers in a changing world. Learn more ➤
While securities lending has slowly been making a comeback since the 2007-8 turndown, the opportunities in the marketplace have shifted. This white paper leverages Barrington's extensive experience in the securities lending arena to examine recent changes and how firms might consider entering (or re-entering) this altered landscape. Learn more ➤
US mutual fund companies are not required to report transfer agency costs in a specific format or structure, other than breaking out any category with 5% or more of expenses; consequently, there may be differences between a fund firm’s internally generated expense data and the data reported by third parties. However, many fund companies report their costs so that the costs will be picked up correctly. This white paper, based on recent Barrington research, examines how 24 firms manage this issue. Learn more ➤
Barrington pioneered the benchmarking of audit fees for investment firms; we recently conducted the first-ever such survey for the Canadian mutual fund industry. Fund companies and the Audit Committees of Boards of Trustees particularly recognize the worth of such benchmarking in comparing their audit costs to the industry. This white paper discusses our recent research, which covered approximately 75% of mutual fund assets under management in Canada. Learn more ➤