Charles River Development (Charles River), a front- and middle-office investment software solutions provider, today announced that Principal Financial Group Mexico, one of Mexico's largest banking groups, has completed a multi-phased rollout of the Charles River Investment Management System (Charles River IMS) across its Principal Afore (pensions) and Principal Fondos de Inversion (mutual fund and asset management) divisions in Monterrey and Mexico City.
Principal was the first Charles River client in Mexico to implement Charles River IMS. The project is part of Principal's initiative to ensure business growth by automating manual processes and offering more sophisticated investment strategies for investors and retirees.
Phase One of the project, completed in 2008, automated Principal's compliance monitoring of domestic equity and fixed income instruments. This final phase provides Principal AFORE and Principal Fondos de Inversion users with automated portfolio management, trading and compliance monitoring for local and international asset classes on a single-consolidated platform. Charles River's implementation experts also built seamless interfaces with Principal's proprietary mutual fund accounting system and third-party pension accounting system, Soluciones. In the near future, Principal plans to support more derivative instruments, including credit and interest rate swaps.
During the rollout, Principal was instrumental in advising Charles River on Mexico's unique requirements and workflows. Charles River IMS supports Mexican fixed income instruments, including corporate and government Bonos, CETES and UDIBONOS. Users can also manage collateral for Mexican repo transactions, including interest rate calculations.
"To stay ahead of Mexico's evolving regulations for mutual fund and pension portfolios, we required an integrated platform that could streamline workflows and support complex investment instruments," said Alejandro Echegorri, chief financial officer, Principal Financial Group. "With Charles River IMS, we have a truly global system that enhances our competitiveness in the region. Our traders, portfolio managers and compliance officers can now trade and monitor all asset classes, including specialized debt for local, global and emerging markets. Further, we have eliminated our dependence on spreadsheets and reduced our risk throughout the trade process."
"Charles River provides asset managers in Mexico and worldwide with the technical infrastructure to support new asset classes and increased trade volumes for future growth," said Spiros Giannaros, vice president-sales, Americas, Charles River Development. "The system makes it easy to analyze portfolios and implement changes in real-time. Users also have an end-to-end audit trail to validate compliance throughout the trade lifecycle."
Charles River IMS' advanced functionality helps Principal comply with Mexican regulations. For example, Principal AFORES can meet CONSAR (Comision Nacional del Sistema de Ahoro para el Retiro) pre-trade reporting requirements for derivatives. Principal Fondos de Inversion can adhere to CNBV (Comision Nacional Bancaria y de Valores) asset allocation rules limiting mutual fund exposure to issuers. Charles River IMS has pre-built compliance libraries containing over 1,700 regulatory and general example rules across 35 regulatory bodies of 20 countries.
Charles River supports five buy-side client firms in Mexico, and serves over a dozen firms across Brazil, Chile, and Panama.