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Download Comprehensive Report on Unlisted Closed-End Funds

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UMB Fund Services recently partnered with FUSE Research Network‡ to release a comprehensive report on unlisted closed-end funds (CEFs), including interval and tender-offer funds. The research was conducted by FUSE Research Network.

While unlisted closed-end funds are not a new concept in the registered marketplace, they have gained steady interest in recent years as a viable option to support the growing demand for non-correlated returns.

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At UMB, we have been servicing funds in this space for nearly 20 years, but there has not been comprehensive research on these products until now. We are excited to offer this research to help inform not only our current clients, but also other managers looking at product development opportunities.

Specific elements of the study include number of funds, product features, market overview, product and pricing structures and future outlook.

Key Findings:

  • As of the first quarter 2017, there were 109 unlisted CEFs available for purchase by investors regardless of accreditation status, with total assets under management (AUM) of approximately $41.7 billion.
  • 40 percent of the assets under management belong to the five largest funds in the space.
  • The size of the unlisted CEF market has grown steadily since 2014. Assets have grown at a six percent compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 1Q 2017.

Download a copy of the report,‡ An Opportunity to Differentiate with Unlisted Closed-End Funds.

Visit our website, and follow us on LinkedIn‡ to stay informed of the latest trends in fund administration.

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Tony Fischer is president of UMB Fund Services. He is responsible for providing overall organizational leadership with a particular focus on strategic development, fiscal management, client service and business development. In this role, he is focused on achieving operational excellence while innovating products and services that will enable continued growth for both UMB Fund Services and its clients. Tony also serves on the boards of UMB Fund Services, Prairie Capital Management, and each of the funds on the Registered Fund Solutions platform.



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Here are eight reasons to revisit your estate plan

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With changing tax laws, regulations and life circumstances, estate plans can easily outdate themselves. As such, they should be viewed as fluid documents, rather than an unchanging concrete plan.

While a thorough assessment of an estate plan is encouraged yearly, these eight items should be kept top of mind when considering if it’s time for a refresh.

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  1. Have Tax Laws Changed?

In 2001, Congress passed sweeping tax legislation that began the process to dramatically shift the landscape of estate planning. Unfortunately, many people still have estate plans that were created before these changes were enacted. The result? Higher exemption amounts may unintentionally affect married couples relying on traditional marital-non-marital trusts.

  1. Have Marital Laws Been Updated?

In 2013, a court case opened the door for federal recognition of same-sex marriage. In 2015, the recognition of same-sex marriage became mandatory across all 50 states offering new planning opportunities for these couples.

  1. Is the Family Dynamic Different?

Much can happen over time in a person’s life. Marriage, divorce, new kids, loved ones passing away or becoming responsible for an individual with special needs. Any change in circumstance is an ideal opportunity to revisit an estate plan—especially when a person needs to be removed from a plan because of either death or divorce.

  1. Has There Been a Move?

Moving can impact tax rates, tax types, probate laws and potentially available trust laws. In addition, some states are community property states, while others are not. The expansion of decanting—amending an irrevocable trust by pouring it into a new trust document—has allowed for a revisitation on some of these issues, even in irrevocable trusts set up in years past.

  1. Are Beneficiary Designations Balanced?

Beneficiary designations are typically used to make certain probate assets non-probate. They must be reviewed periodically to make sure they are in harmony with the overall estate plan. In addition, while state law may correct an estate plan in the event of divorce or marriage, it might not update, for example, an individual retirement account (IRAs) beneficiary designation.

  1. Is the Financial Picture Current?

An individual’s portfolio makeup is dynamic and changes over time. The addition of real estate or a business to a portfolio, for example, means making certain a trustee, durable power of attorney or a personal representative knows and is empowered to carry out wishes regarding succession or sale.

  1. Have Charitable Intentions Changed?

Is there desire to add a charitable gift or a new cause to the plan? Have already noted charities changed identity or split up? Are charitable beneficiaries properly identified? Now is the time to make those designations to ensure wishes are fulfilled.

  1. Has Due Diligence Been Done?

Review estate plans to make sure current wishes are being met, all aspects are properly funded, unique assets have been property titled, and any necessary changes have been made.

Reviewing an estate plan may seem like a daunting task, but it’s one that is necessary to ensure the plan is used to its greatest potential. With the partnership of your trusted team of legal, tax and financial advisors, an updated estate plan is the best way to ensure wishes are clearly stated and carried out when needed.

Interested in learning more about our Private Wealth Management division? See what we mean when we say, “Your story. Our focus.

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This article originally ran in AZ Big Media Magazine‡ on September 1, 2017

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Ms. Teson is a Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Management’s Senior Legal Counsel at UMB Bank. She is responsible for managing Private Wealth Management’s Legal, Fiduciary Tax and Real Estate and Unique Asset teams. She joined UMB in 1992 and has been a licensed attorney for 32 years. She is also a Certified Financial Planner.



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September Outlook by the Numbers

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Do you have questions on the housing market, labor market and interest rates? Check out UMB Investment Management team’s September 2017 Outlook by the Numbers for a quick snapshot on these and other economic drivers.

Also, be sure to review the following videos, articles and interviews for more market and wealth management information…

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*Missouri Farmer Lower crop prices and smaller profits in farming are impacting other industries.

*The Business Journals Tips to help employees become more financially secure.‡

*CNBC (video): Avoid the Political Distractions

*Ingram’s Magazine: Gray Expectations

*Colorado Biz Magazine: How to Stay Cool as Markets Heat Up

Interested in learning more about our Private Wealth Management division? See what we mean when we say, “Your story. Our focus.

Follow UMB‡ on LinkedIn to stay informed of the latest economic trends.

When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.


UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Focused on Service

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We believe customers deserve a relationship with their financial partner that isn’t just transactional—a relationship built on integrity and trust. We strive to deliver the unparalleled customer experience every day to our customers and to each other. See how president of Nebraska Region Joel Falk describes this approach in the below video.

Visit umb.com to learn how we can help you and your business.

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Monthly Media Update – August

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CNBC discusses the impact of the political drama in Washington on the markets with our CIO, UMB’s Texas team talks about its expansion into Fort Worth’s iconic 777 building, our healthcare services CEO shares tips for employers to help employees be more financially secure, and why our personal banking president thinks each generation should have a retirement plan as distinct as their taste in pop culture are a few media coverage highlights from August.

Stay informed on industry trends and noteworthy company news by visiting our UMB in the News section on umb.com, which is updated weekly for timely viewing.

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Private Equity Embraces Outsourcing

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UMB Fund Services Vice President of Business Development Camille Clemons comments on the rise of outsourcing by private equity firms and the diversifying investor base in this video. She explores the complexities of the PE environment and discusses what fund administrators can offer to PE firms.

Interested in gaining more insights from thought leaders at UMB Fund Services‡? Read previous articles about:

You can also check out our News and Insights section and follow us on LinkedIn‡ to stay informed of the latest trends in fund administration.

When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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August Outlook by the Numbers

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Do you have questions on the housing market, labor market and interest rates? Check out UMB Investment Management team’s August 2017 Outlook by the Numbers for a quick snapshot on these and other economic drivers.

Also, be sure to review the following videos, articles and interviews for more market and wealth management information…

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*Bloomberg Radio with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz (audio): UMB’s Mathews: People Conflated Trump Bump With Earnings Rally ‡

*CNBC (video): Tech leadership names will likely rotate

*BloombergMaybe ETFs Aren’t the Reason You Can’t Find Any Stocks to Buy

*CNBC (video): Avoid the Political Distractions

*Ingram’s Magazine: Gray Expectations

*Colorado Biz Magazine: How to Stay Cool as Markets Heat Up

Interested in learning more about our Private Wealth Management division? See what we mean when we say, “Your story. Our focus.

Follow UMB‡ on LinkedIn to stay informed of the latest economic trends.

When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.


UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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10 Inspirational Quotes from our Women Leaders

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Banking and Financial Services has long been thought of as a male-dominated industry. At UMB, we’re focused on changing that perception, recognizing that many of our accomplishments as a company have been spearheaded by women.

One way UMB does this is through our Women’s Business Resource Group (BRG). This group is comprised of both men and women and works to elevate and empower women in our workplace. Recently, we asked members of the Women’s BRG to share some quotes from female leaders who inspire them.

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  1. “It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” –Jackie Joyner-Kersee, athlete
    Submitted by Carla Green, VP/Line Finance Manager, St. Louis, MO
  2. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
    –Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM
    Submitted by Shelly Nischbach, EVP/Director of Strategic Programs-Personal Banking, Town and Country, MO
  3. “What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” – Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
    Submitted by Vicky Hales, VP/Branch Manager III, Denver, CO
  4. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” –Gina Carey, musical artist
    Submitted by Leigh Adams, VP/Senior Marketing Manager, Kansas City, MO
  5. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady
    Submitted by LaTasha Jacobs, Branch Manager, Lawrence, KS
  6. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
    -Michelle Obama, former First Lady
    Submitted by Christine Graham, Trust Attorney II, Kansas City, MO
  7. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” –Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operation Officer of Facebook
    Submitted by Kristin Highfill, AVP/Branch Manager, Springfield, MO
  8. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you failed by default.” –J.K. Rowling, author
    Submitted by Maryna Marmilava, Fund Accountant III-Alt Investments, Chadds Ford, PA
  9. “Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders…they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role; always about the goal.” –Lisa Haisha, founder of The Soul Blazing Institute
    Submitted by Kelly Radford, AVP/Branch Manager, Springfield, MO
  10. “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” –G.D. Anderson, author
    Submitted by Jessica Kraintz, Transaction Specialist II, Denver CO

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Are We Facing an Ag Crisis Like the 1980s?

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Our agribusiness team has been working with clients in this industry for more than 100 years. So, when we heard rumblings of a potential ag crisis like the one we faced in the 1980s, we wanted to share our insights and research with customers.

Turns out, our customers weren’t the only ones interested in this news. You can read more below for our thoughts or check out some recent media coverage on NPR’s Marketplace, the ABA Banking Journal and Missouri Farmer Today. One thing is certain: Today’s current agriculture climate is a challenge, but comparing it to the 1980’s farm crisis would be a mistake. Let’s take a walk back through history for a refresher.

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The 1980’s farm crisis was born out of the early 1970’s grain boom. Demand for nearly all grains took off in the early ‘70s as several international crops failed and geopolitical conditions made U.S. grain much more valuable.

By 1973, real farm income had reached a record high of $92.1 billion (nationally), nearly double what it was just three years earlier. Exports of U.S. agriculture products grew dramatically in the 1970s as rising incomes and liquidity in developing nations created strong demand.

In 1970, exports contributed only $6.7 billion or 11 percent of the grain produced in the U.S. By 1979, this number had jumped to $31.9 billion and was more than 22 percent of the grain raised in the U.S. that year.

Things were going so well for the American farmer that even Robert Bergland, U.S. ag secretary at the time, commented in 1980 that, “The era of chronic overproduction… is over.”

The equation that followed was simple:

  • Higher grain prices + more available credit = much higher land prices.

The boom eventually went bust, in perhaps one of the most difficult periods in the history of American agriculture. In 1981, there was only one ag bank failure among the 10 bank failures in the U.S.; by 1985, things had become so difficult that the 62 ag bank failures that year accounted for more than half of the bank failures in the U.S.

It may be unbelievable to read this today, but the prime rate averaged 15.3 percent in 1980. Higher interest rates almost automatically drove land prices down by the inherently lower value of the earnings that the land produced. If an investor could receive 13 percent on a CD in the bank, why consider purchasing farm land?

Also, export demand fell precipitously as the U.S. dollar strengthened considerably. In 1981, U.S. ag exports totaled $44 billion and then fell dramatically to $26 billion in 1986. Land values increased every single year from 1970 through 1981, but gross income per acre actually had several year-to-year decreases. Astonishingly, when land prices finally peaked in 1981, returns on investment for corn and soybeans were only one third of what they had been in 1973. Land was a laggard in terms of decline but eventually succumbed to the industry downturn.

Without question, the greatest assailant on the agriculture sector in the mid-1980s farm crisis, was the skyrocketing interest rate situation that devastated cash flows, credit availability and asset values. By comparison, today’s prime rate has been stalled at or below 4 percent for the better part of a decade. Clearly, interest rates are much more favorable for the farm sector today than in the crisis of the 1980s. This is the single greatest and most important difference between the two environments.

Another key distinction to understand when comparing the 1980s to the current environment is the recent trends and current expectations regarding

inflation. The consumer price index (CPI) took off in the early 1970s and the Federal Reserve struggled mightily to tame the beast of rampant inflation. Its only real tool to effectively combat inflation turned out to be much higher interest rates. Today’s CPI is completely dissimilar when compared to that of the 1970s and the early 1980s. As long as inflation remains subdued, rates may moderately increase, but will be nothing like the rates seen in the 1980s.

The recent ag economy has shown signs of stress including much lower grain prices, declining values for land and equipment, and modestly increasing interest rates. Lower net farm income, oversupply, and rising rates are akin to both the current environment and the 1980s. On the other hand, significant differences can be pointed to:

  1. A current prime rate of 4 percent is very manageable.
  2. Aggregate farm debt in terms of overall leverage is significantly less than it was on the cusp of the last big down turn.
  3. Federal crop insurance and other support programs have been bolstered over the past 35 years and provide meaningful support.

These similarities should cause all of us involved in agriculture to carefully make decisions and double our efforts in working together to ensure satisfactory outcomes. It is important to remember the history of our industry so we can all try to maneuver the current times and pave a way forward. By really understanding the similarities and differences of the 1980’s farm crisis to the challenges we are facing today, we can better prepare, understand and plan for the road ahead.

Our Agribusiness Division serves all areas of agriculture, including producersprocessors, suppliers and manufacturers of equipment and goods, throughout a 12-state area.

Learn more about what ag means to UMB and see some of our clients in action.

When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.

 


UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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The New Normal: Outsourced Private Equity Administration

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Private equity continues to gain popularity among investors. According to Preqin the number of private equity funds seeking capital hit a record 1,908 funds at the beginning of Q2 2017.(1) We anticipate that number will continue to grow as investors seek alternatives to more traditional equity and fixed income investments. At UMB Fund Services (UMB), we see that demand reflected in our own business.

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A Case for Outsourcing

As more institutional and retail investors take interest in private equity funds, the need for transparency and accountability increases as do the corresponding reporting requirements. This level of reporting requires a great deal of administrative support and experience.

We are seeing an increase in the number of private equity managers who are outsourcing their back office administration to gain efficiencies, reduce risk and meet regulatory and compliance requirements. Given the various demands and complexities that managers face, many find that outsourcing allows them to spend more time focusing on the fund instead of administrative functions.

There are several benefits of outsourcing that managers should consider, including:

  • Gain efficiencies as providing back-office services to complex fund structures and complex investment types are a strength of fund administrators;
  • Reduce risk by benefitting from proven controls, processes and technologies that can be costly and time consuming to implement in their own shops;
  • Meet regulatory requirements by staying ahead of the curve and responding quickly to evolving regulatory pressures;
  • Meet investor demand by satisfying requests for independent fund and investor valuation.

Overall, the greatest benefits of allowing a third-party administrator to manage the administrative functions for a private equity fund are increased efficiency and reduced operational burden.

Partnering for Success

There are still managers that are leery of outsourcing due to the perceived loss of control, lack of understanding about their product by the administrator or the need for transparency Those concerns are best addressed by partnering with an administrator who is willing to take the time to understand your fund and embrace your unique needs.

In making this decision, managers should conduct extensive due diligence to ensure that the administrator is reputable and has proven policies, procedures and controls in place to ensure all aspects of fund administration will be conducted in accordance with the manager’s expectations.

Key Administrative Services

An experienced administrator can provide a wealth of services to private equity managers, including:

Full back office administration

  • Accounting
  • Tax preparation, compliance and reporting
  • Investor servicing
  • Custody services (2)
  • Product launches/conversions via turnkey solutions

Critical to all of this is the technology platform supporting each function – a key differentiator in the administrator space. Private equity funds are each unique and the technology supporting these funds needs to reflect their specific needs. Quality administrators in this space have technology that is customizable and tailored to manager needs while also evolving with the industry demand for electronic data.

Interested to gain more insights from thought leaders at UMB Fund Services‡? Check out our News and Insights section and follow us on LinkedIn‡ to stay informed of the latest trends in fund administration.

1. Preqin Quarterly Update Private Equity & Venture Captial Q1 2017
2. Typically provided by an affiliated bank or broker-dealer.


Jill Calton is senior vice president, Director of Alternative Investment Operations, for UMB Fund Services and provides leadership and oversight to all of the company’s alternative investment client servicing teams.



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