The world’s first production blockchain ecosystem for the asset management industry launched by FNZ
LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 30, 2019 / FNZ has partnered with a consortium of global fund managers, including Aberdeen Standard, Equity Trustees Fund Services, Kames Capital, Legg Mason and Merian Global Investors to launch the world’s first production blockchain-powered market infrastructure for asset management.
The FNZ solution, ‘FNZ ChainLink’, leverages blockchain technology to replace the thousands of copies of transaction and holdings that plague the managed funds industry, with a single, secure, verifiable source of ‘the truth’, universally accessible by all parties. This vastly reduces cost, complexity and risk in back-office operations, that is ultimately borne by retail investors.
“The global fund industry today relies on a plethora of peer-to-peer connections between investors, managers and platforms to effect basic fund activities such as trading, settlement, transfers, distributions and reconciliations,” observes Phil Goffin, head of innovation at FNZ. “None of these transactions are synchronised in real-time. Everyone has a different view of ‘the truth’, that often persists for days and months, leading to errors and exceptions, high back-office costs and risk for all participants.”
FNZ ChainLink uniquely creates the main legal register for the fund and all associated transactions directly into blockchain, making it simultaneously accessible to platforms, managers, transfer agents, fund accountants and custodians. It eliminates the effort of reconciliations, enables real-time “delivery vs payment” settlement of trades and real-time fund transfers.
FNZ ChainLink went into production in March 2019, initially with funds from Equity Trustees, Host Capital and Tutman distributed via the Aviva UK IFA and D2C platforms. After a month of flawless operation, FNZ is now working to extend FNZ ChainLink across a wide range of UK investment platforms and asset managers.
“In initially bringing this to market, particularly in the early stages of production operation, we have worked with FNZ-powered platforms and those asset managers for whom FNZ is the Transfer Agent,” commented Phil Goffin. “However, FNZ ChainLink is an open-market solution, based on open-source Hyperledger Fabric. We are working with a number of transfer agents, asset managers and platforms that aren’t FNZ-powered to ensure the benefits are shared by the whole industry.”
Adrian Durham, FNZ CEO and founder commented: “FNZ processes on average, half a billion pounds sterling in mutual fund orders every day in the UK, and over a billion pounds on peak trading days. We are committed to lowering cost and risk, not just for FNZ, but for the entire industry. We also plan to evolve the nature of managed funds themselves, enabling innovation in how asset managers deliver solutions for retail investors.”
FNZ is a global FinTech firm, transforming the way financial institutions serve their wealth management customers. It partners with banks, insurers and asset managers to help consumers better achieve their financial goals.
FNZ’s technology, transaction and custody services enable their clients to provide best-in-class wealth management solutions to financial advisers, end-investors and the workplace that are efficient, flexible, transparent and scalable, supporting market, demographic and regulatory trends worldwide.
Today, FNZ is responsible for over £330 billion in assets under administration (AuA) held by around 7 million customers of some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including Standard Life Aberdeen, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Vanguard, Generali, Quilter, Santander, Aviva, Zurich, UOB, UBS, Findex and BNZ.
In total, FNZ partners with over 60 financial institutions globally and employs over 1,500 in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Basingstoke, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Brno.
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SOURCE: FNZ UK Ltd
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