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New SaaS-based Budgeting Application from Confluence Helps UCITS Managers Optimize Revenue Potential
Unity NXT™ Budgeting automates fixed TER oversight, improves efficiency and accuracy

February 17, 2014

Fund companies across Europe are increasingly adopting a fixed ratio on operational charges, which is a component of the total expense ratio (TER), to increase investor confidence that the costs of funds are fixed and will not be higher than stated and also to simplify accrual management. However, managing fixed TER expenses in multiple currencies across multiple share classes is nearly impossible with the manual, error-prone spreadsheets that many back offices still use.

Confluence today announces Unity NXT Budgeting, a new SaaS-enabled automated solution that enables UCITS managers to manage their fund expenses and protect profitability margins through greater control and transparency, reduce the cumulative hours spent on fixed ratio expense oversight, and increase accuracy through the elimination of error-prone spreadsheets.

"With Unity NXT Budgeting, fund managers can now reap the benefits of a fixed operation charge ratio without struggling through the pain of a spreadsheet-based expense management solution," said Skip Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Confluence. "Now for the first time, fund managers can make highly informed product decisions about which fund and share class offerings can optimize revenue potential."

"Unity NXT Budgeting allows managers to allocate expenses fairly across multiple currencies and share classes, something that was nearly impossible to do accurately with spreadsheets," said Melvin Jayawardana, European Market Manager for Confluence. "Managers now have an automated solution that will eliminate manual back office processes and provide transparency and governance around expense management."

Unity NXT Budgeting enables fund managers to:

• Automatically collect net assets, foreign exchange rates, and bulk invoice payment activity using a secure environment – including checking for missing data.
• Allocate payment activity to appropriate instruments.
• Create fund-level budgets in multiple currencies and project and allocate future expenses.
• Feel confident that the set ratio will cover expenses and more accurately evaluate profitability.
• Calculate, forecast and monitor margin data.

"The time has come to exchange complex, confusing, and error-prone methods for an automated, controlled and accurate alternative," Smith said.

To learn more about Unity NXT Budgeting, contact Confluence by email at info@confluence.com or call +1 412 802 8632.

About Confluence

As a proven leader delivering an innovative platform to put the data first in asset management, Confluence is leading the DataTech evolution for post-trade reporting. We focus on getting the data right, then reusing it across multiple regulatory, financial, statutory, performance and investor communications deliverables for speed, efficiency and control. Eight of the top 10 global service providers license Confluence products and eight of the top 10 global asset managers have business processes automated through Confluence. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Confluence serves the international fund industry with locations in Brussels, Ho Chi Minh City, London and Luxembourg.

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