On April 1, 2017, ACOLIN merged its IT, data and web support activities in a newly founded subsidiary: the ACOLIN InfoTech AG. This marked a major step towards getting involved in shaping the digital change in the fund industry at the sharp end. The new subsidiary will provide ACOLIN customers with various new and future-oriented services in the field of international fund distribution.
The step taken by ACOLIN's management is grounded in the conviction that the process of international fund distribution is not sufficiently efficient yet. For asset managers with an international alignment, access to investors is becoming increasingly difficult, more complex and more expensive. New regulations – e.g. MiFID II in the EU or the forthcoming FIDLEG in Switzerland – usually bring about new obstacles for international sales. While target investors are still able to choose from a broad range of products, the latter is getting more and more narrow the tighter the tangle of regulations becomes. Through the active use of new web-based and digital technologies, ACOLIN aims to counteract this trend and provide its partners with fast and direct access to professional customers.
To this end, ACOLIN InfoTech AG plans to cooperate closely with existing and new technology providers on the one hand and with their customers on the other. While the international fund industry’s main focus lies on operational consolidation, ACOLIN is reducing sales barriers and strengthening the direct information flow between fund providers and investors.
Thanks to the new services, asset managers will benefit from significantly reduced distribution costs and thereby continue to sell their products internationally to different groups of investors. Investors can in turn enjoy better and more transparent information, lower product costs and still a wide product range.