Electra Settlements — Communicating the match status of an allocation back to an OMS

December 02, 2016

A Boston-based investment advisor (10 million AUM) focused on fixed income trading wanted to report the final trade status back to their OMS once they’ve matched locally with their brokers using the Electra Settlements matching module.  They placed a call to our helpdesk asking for help.

Our helpdesk assisted the client in selecting the appropriate options in Electra Settlements to automatically generate a trade status/update file in any OMS proprietary format on an intra-day or EOD basis.

Sample data elements used for a trade status message sent back to the OMS:

  1. Trade Reference
  2. Trade Date
  3. Settlement Date
  4. Settlement Amount
  5. Match Status

Problem solved!

(Tish Wang, Product Analyst — Electra Settlements)

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Taking a bow for the Triple Crown!

November 17, 2016

Electra Information Systems Wins Best Reconciliation Platform/Service in the Buy-side Technology Awards 2016

Electra is closing 2016 with another win! Adjudicated by industry experts, the much lauded Buy-side Technology Awards are no cakewalk to victory. Winning this year’s Best Buy-side Reconciliation Platform/Service Award is as much an honor as it is a rededication for Electra to stay at the forefront and continue in our mission to bring a transformative reconciliation solution to today’s marketplace via state-of-the-art features, creative partnerships and above all, client feedback.

With this third and final win in hand, Electra Reconciliation has swept the industry’s Triple Crown series in 2016. Now, our sights are set on getting ahead of new challenges in 2017. Stay tuned!

(AmyClare Gutowsky, Senior Marketing Analyst)

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Electra Data+ — Security IDs for US vs Foreign Securities

October 21, 2016

A client that trades both US and foreign securities was having difficulties with their matching of security IDs.  Most of their global custodians were providing a separate field for each type of security ID, but their primary security ids usually defaulted to either a CUSIP or an internal security ID.  In response, we set up rules for client’s files to default the primary security ID to CUSIP for US securities and SEDOL or ISIN for foreign securities, allowing client to have a higher original match rate when reconciling the bank holdings vs. the their own client holdings.

(Andy Gnibus, Manager of Data Services)

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Electra Data — Continuous Monitoring of Data Downloads in Electra File Transfer

October 06, 2016

Electra File Transfer is a utility included free with Electra Data and Electra Data+.  It makes it easy for you to receive your daily files. Installed locally at your site, this utility is something for which competitors charge thousands of dollars. Take a look at the features/benefits of the product, below, and a screenshot of the warning you would see if our system discovers you have a network problem:

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Electra Reconciliation — Digital Dashboard

September 16, 2016

A client recently spoke about the challenges of managing the daily exceptions across a large operational team.  Who is working on what? What is the status of the breaks in question?  And who is signing off on their work were the top concerns of the director of operations.

The Electra consulting team addressed each item by simulating a user accessing the real time dashboard that highlighted the number of breaks across all accounts, the status, and who in her management group was responsible for approving the day’s work.  In addition to the dashboard, ad-hoc reports on specific types of breaks can be generate by the end-user giving them added flexibility to mine for the specific information required to resolve a break.  All this can be achieved using the Electra Reconciliation software in real time.  No static reports need to be generated.

The dashboard feature resonated with not only senior management but with the reconcilers themselves.  Having a central digital repository of reconciliation information without reverting to spreadsheets or printouts would allow the operations team to streamline and expedite their daily work exponentially.

(Paul Chung, VP of Client Services)

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Electra Elated to Welcome Paul Chung as Vice President of Client Services

August 26, 2016

Here at Electra, we are thrilled to have Paul Chung on our team in the inaugural role of Vice President of Client Services. Years of constant client growth and expansion in the application of our products and services, have created the undeniable need for Paul – an accomplished industry expert who will fully embrace Electra’s dedication to a superlative client experience. He comes to us with much welcomed zeal and fresh ideas for the future of Electra’s clients.
Expect a blog entry from Paul soon!

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Electra Reconciliation – The Beauty of Customized Filters

August 05, 2016

The use of filters serve as helpful tools for the data reconciliation process as it allows for data conditioning before the reconciliation step begins. There are wide ranges of data filtering techniques that aid in the refining of data sets. In Electra Reconciliation, administrators have access to the table browser, which displays the table and column names along with data type, length and a brief description of the tables within the database. By cross referencing this table to the workspace, users can use the underlying logic to better customize filters to meet their specifications.

(Steve Delgado, Senior Application Engineer)

Table browser w/ underlying elements for holdings table:

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Two is better than one!

July 15, 2016

Electra Wins Best Reconciliation Management Provider in Waters Rankings 2016

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Electra Data+ — New files for TLM

July 01, 2016

A new client that uses TLM for reconciliation asked us to develop files to load into the latest version of TLM.  Our current group of clients that use TLM have us convert files into SWIFT MT535 and MT950 messages in order to load into TLM.  For this latest version of TLM, we developed 3 new pipe delimited files per TLM’s requirements.  This was the first time we developed a transaction file that also contained the opening and closing balances on every transaction record.

(Andy Gnibus, Manager of Data Services)

New TLM Files

SOT – Security Transactions
SOP – Security Positions
SOC – Cash Transactions and Cash balances

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Electra Billing — Integration Equals Benefits

June 12, 2016

A New York City-based Institutional Manager using Electra Data to feed audited market data values from their custodians into Electra Billing is realizing the benefits that the integration these products can bring.  The automated loading of reconciled/audited market values is decreasing the time needed to invoice clients, and reducing manual steps at the same time.  Additionally, Electra Billing’s message notification alerts clients as the market value data is loaded. The client reports that this real-time communication from Electra Billing is vital to the timely execution of their billing cycle.

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Tammy L. Johnson, Globeflex Capital L.P.
We’ve now been a client for over 11 years and the relationship remains strong. Electra keeps us well informed, continuously innovating and adding functionality. Electra provides information on the latest versions which allows us to take advantage of the latest enhancements as our business requirements change and evolve.
Tammy L. Johnson, Globeflex Capital L.P.

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