The Innovation & Transformation Edition  

Around 44% of the world’s population is at least partially vaccinated now, and as we overcome the setback caused by the delta variant, the market seems optimistic on the back of the US Federal Reserve’s talk of tapering asset purchases to remove the monetary stimulus as the economy recovers.

Our clients across asset management, investment banking, private equity, lending and consulting continue to leverage our extensive domain expertise and bespoke technology to improve their bottom lines and operational efficiency. We expanded our Commercial Lending services by launching our Retail Lending Services to support commercial and retail banks in the loan origination, processing, underwriting, closing, and post-closing space. In addition, Acuity was awarded the Best Outsourcing Service Provider to Capital Markets in 2021 Waters Rankings. I thank our clients for voting for us.

As we step into the fourth quarter, we have put together our perspective on what to look forward to over the remainder of the year. We trust our research and thought leadership will continue to help in your innovation and transformation journey.

Gyanendra N Pati, Director, Global Head of Marketing

  Waters Rankings winners are determined exclusively by votes from members of the global capital markets community, reflecting how financial technology professionals view vendors, consultancies and service providers.  

  Acuity launches Retail and Consumer Mortgage Services for banks

  In focus  
Acuity’s Annual Survey of ESG Investors and Advisors 2021 – Key preferences and market trends   TrendBook: The consulting bioscope uncovering business trends 2021
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We conducted a survey of around 100 ESG investors and investment advisors, representing an estimated USD12tn in assets under management, to get their perspective on six ESG factors. Download the report to know more about key preferences and market trends.

  SPACs have become a notable trend in the IPO world amid the pandemic. What is driving the increase in SPACs? What are the challenges they pose? What does the future hold for them?

  Private Equity Survey 2021

  Exclusive and Original Insights from Acuity  
  We feature six of our recent trending articles below.  
Gauge corporate performance by analysing earnings calls using NLP   Understanding SPACs – a guide to navigating SPACs
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Read the blog to understand how an NLP algorithm can extract text from transcript reports and perform the required analysis in a matter of seconds.

  Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have now become the most preferred way for management and sponsors to take companies public. This white paper provides insight on the SPAC process, timelines, challenges and transaction structures.

The growing popularity of NAV-based lending in these challenging times   Democratisation of alternative assets using tokenisation
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Read here for a complete analysis of how credit managers can provide granular insight at the macro level and help banks’ credit risk teams identify potential risks in lending.

  Read here to know more about the process of tokenisation and how it helps democratise alternative assets.
US taxable muni bonds gaining prominence over US tax-exempt muni bonds   The FICO Resilience Index – a new tool to assess creditworthiness
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What are taxable/tax-exempt muni bonds, and why do municipal/local authorities issue them? Read here to understand why demand for taxable muni bonds is increasing.

  It is always good to be aware of what a lender looks at when reviewing your credit application. Read here to know more about the FICO Resilience Index.

  Trending solutions and digital applications  
  We continue to enhance our Business Excellence and Automation Tools (BEAT) applications and managed solutions suite to help your analysts and operational teams significantly improve turnaround times, accuracy and quality.  
FolioSure: Portfolio monitoring for private equity and venture capital   Edge: Award-winning platform to manage end-to-end consultant database (CDB) updates   CovenantPulse: Bespoke covenant monitoring and validation services
A fully customisable advanced managed solution for PE/VC portfolio monitoring. Achieve 30-40% cost savings and 50% shorter turnaround time for portfolio monitoring and LP reporting.

  Flexible and customisable managed solution to efficiently manage entire database upload workflow, i.e., manage raw data and update clean data in a timely and accurate manner.

  CovenantPulse as a managed service provides in-depth understanding of covenant performance, delivers early warning signals of deteriorating covenant quality, and generates advanced covenant analytics.

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  In the news  
BBC: Calculating the P&L of hybrid work   The DESK: Business alpha – the confidence trick to liquidity   Reuters: Emerging market corporate bond sales scale record high this year
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Private Equity News: Net asset value financing set to shake up private equity exits   BAI Banking Strategies:Offshoring and centralizing to transform the front office   The Street: Chip-Sector Investing: To Stock Pick or Not to Stock Pick?
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