At Arbor we adopt the agile development principles outlined in Scrum.  As a result of this we perform monthly releases. Aiming for little and often, allowing clients to get access to new features as soon as possible.

Here we outline the features, refinement and fixes delivered in recent release cycles.

2017.7 (July 2017)

Refinements:

  • Order Management System

    • You can now switch between Order Types (e.g. market order, limit order) after submitting a trade.

  • Reconciliation

    • You can now see funds at a group level in the Reconciliation Tab, as we have introduced a ‘tree structure’ to this tab

    • When you select the ‘Use Current’ box, it will now no longer include the current business day data – it will only provide reconciliation data for any day that is ‘current business day -1’.

  • Trade Query

    • The Trade Query page has been updated, and can now be customised to apply filters for: Fund Name, Custodian, Account Number, Pricing Ccy, Product Type.

Bugs:

  • Product Pricing

    • Prices with invalid date formats will no longer be loaded into the system. Previously, they were selecting the current business date prices by default.

2017.6 (June 2017)

New features:

  • Product type (CFDs)- System now supports cross currency CFDs using triangulation method and internet rate feed method i.e. using base currency, pricing , settlement currency.
  • Execution Reporting- Now execution reporting page will display more position information, merging some functions with the position reporting page.

Refinements:

  • Trade Entry – Option expiration- refinement have been made on option closeout on expiration for inferred cash flow.
  • Product type (Bond’s) – Floating rate bond logic extended with more features that can be reset after every coupon payment (frequency) of the bond.

Bugs:

  • Order Entry- Locate controls will be visible only for Equities and CFD’s.

2017.5 (May 2017)

New features:

  • Trade Entry – “Clone” feature has been introduced in Arbor Trade Entry, enabling the user to replicate the data from the fields and post a new entry. It works on all the versions i.e. new, amend and cancel.
  • Pricing- Forward FX rates can now be entered in Product Pricing.

Refinements:

  • Pricing- Search tab has been introduced on product pricing page so user can easily access the prices for the required products.
  • OMS- FX products such as Spots and Forwards can now be traded via FIX with Bloomberg.
  • CFD Reset Job- CFD Reset job has further been configured per currency.
  • Trade Import- New checks have been introduced for the trade import i.e. in the case of currency trades, product id shouldn’t include “CURNCY” as a suffix.

2017.4 (April 2017)

New features:

  • Risk and Return – Back testing in VaR is added to validate VaR numbers by comparing the VaR values with daily Pnl numbers.
  • Fees – Rounding and decimal feature added to Extended Fees, the amount will automatically rounded to two decimal places or as configured.

Refinements:

  • Performance – Yearly turnover ratio is added in Portfolio Summary page.
  • Corporate Actions – Our automatic dividend loading process has been enhanced to allow dividends to be loaded prior to ex-date, giving users a view of upcoming dividends and other corporate actions.
  • Position Reporting – New feature has been added to show aggregate positions when fund group is selected (User Configurable).

Bugs:

  • Position Reporting – Issue with duplicate pricing has been fixed, now once the product is deleted all the associated prices in the pricing history will be deleted.
  • Transactions – System will give pop up if the buy transaction is entered to close short positions.

2017.3 (March 2017)

New features:

  • Allocation rules – Automatically adjust splits for buy to cover trades when closing out (Configurable).
  • Allocation rules – Quick change settings to allow rapid enable/disable settings, when working different orders with different allocations.

Refinements:

  • Trade reconciliation – New columns added for enriched reconciliation.
  • Holiday calendar – New features added to the open source feed, keeping the calendar up to date on holidays across all the exchanges and regions.
  • Scheduled Fees – Stepped fees allow multiple fee values depending on the NAV ranges.

Bugs:

  • Portfolio Summary – Sorting issue by only PnL has been fixed, it can be sorted by any column now.
  • Fees – Rounding up of SEC fees to two decimal places, no longer configurable.

2017.2 (Febuary 2017)

New features:

  • Stress Testing for VaR including the three methods commonly required by investors: Historical scenario, sensitivity analysis and hypothetical scenarios.
  • Fund denominator and Fund Price ID are now available on the Position Reporting and Portfolio Summary pages.
  • We have a new search box on the Position Reporting, thus making it a lot easier for the user to search anything on the page.

    Refinements:

  • Simultaneous real time market data feeds supported, with Product Master providing the extended configuration.
  • A new field has been introduced on the Broker Setup page called ‘Underlyer Type’ for setting up the basis for commissions.

   Bugs:

  • The ‘Reports’ tab fits to screens with reduced resolution.
  • Cash positions are now displayed on the Tax Lots page.

2017.1 (January 2017)

New features:

  • Portfolio Turnover now on the Portfolio Summary page in order to show the trading activity compared to the NAV of the fund.
  • APM is now capable of making redemptions configurable on T and T+1, thus adopting the GIPS standards.
  • Multiple real time market data providers configurable to different feeds in real time.

    Refinements:

  • Risk Free Rate in the Fund Details page to define multiple risk free rates for performance statistics.
  • We have improved the speed of the Order Reporting page significantly.
  • Users can now populate the Corporate Actions page via an Excel sheet.

   Bugs:

  • Now the allocation rule setup works fine in case of book or strategy selection.
  • Amendment of allocation rule works fine now.

2016.12 (December 2016)

New features:

  • Multiple risk free rate for performance statistics – Now users can calculate ratios based on different risk free rates to compare performance statistics.
  • Rebalancing the portfolio based on % exposure of a book.

    Refinements:

  • Multiple benchmarks can now be loaded for portfolio rebalancing.
  • Introduction of “Option Symbology” – an efficient and effective way to load Option products into the system.
  • Execution Reporting page reports more detailed fill history.
  • Addition of fractional shares column in Product Master for EQ and CFD corporate actions with various rounding options.

   Bugs:

  • Performance of the Position Reporting page has been increased.
  • Rounding up of “SEC fees”.

2016.11 (November 2016)

New features:

  • Performance statistics now include:
  • Skewness  / Volatility skew
  • Kurtosis  / Excess Kurtosis
  • Semi Variance
  • Gain & Loss (period, variance and ratio)
  • Correlation Coefficient of determination R2
  • Jensen’ s Alpha
  • Fund Beta

    Refinements:

  • Addition of report entitlement in Entitlement Setup page.
  • New customisable columns in Portfolio Summary page.
  • Automation of more corporate actions.

   Bugs:

  • Improvement in performance in Trade Query tab.
  • Reduction in time to load Reports tab.

2016.10 (October 2016)

New features:

  • New Risk Attributor for your risk needs – Introduction of performance ratios i.e. sharpe, sortino and treynor along with beta calculations.
  • Complex corporate actions loading from external feeds.
  • Automation of Option setup. For ease of use and reduced market data charges.

    Refinements:

  • Improvements to the Position Valuation History tab with the additional of a range of configurable columns, allowing the user to see more valuation information for a particular position.
  • Configurable decimal places for columns in Position Reporting page.
  • 2 new columns have also been added ‘Price Change’ and ‘Price Change (Day)’

   Bugs:

  • Issue with exporting to Excel where some data was shown as characters instead of  numbers has now been fixed.

2016.9 (September 2016)

New features:

  • Reporting enrichment with dynamically configurable data feeds to extend reporting input with client specific feeds.
  • Manual order aggregation has been added, where all the completed orders can be converted into one aggregate order using average weighted price.

    Refinements:

  • Refinements to Trade Query and Order Entry – users can filter the products using Product ID, CUSIP, ISIN, RIC and SEDOL in Trade Query.
  • Now Record Type is also a filterable property (Client/Market) and it is now part of predefined properties.
  • OMS API now allows for block orders.

   Bugs:

  • Portfolio Summary issue where multiple months option is selected and end of the month is same as current month and then the year is always the current year has been fixed now.

2016.8 (August 2016)

New features:

  • Introduction of reorganization in corporate actions in our system through split logic i.e. keeping parent and child position.
  • New columns with Greek values introduced to Redi interface.
  • Financing from custodian files, like stock loan has been added.

    Refinements:

  • Addition of new features in broker and order reporting page like grouping, filtering, collapsing and saving of the view.
  • Addition of broker field in the manual order page so a user can select different broker for each fill.

   Bugs:

  • Issue with too many decimal places after the quantity in the post trade allocation page has been fixed now.

2016.7 (July 2016)

New features:

  • New corporate action types to deal with spin offs and restructuring of companies such as mergers.
  • Locate configuration can now be set at fund, broker or custodian level along with detailed refinement on how to handle exceptions.
  • Ability for one client to have multiple 2 way OMS FIX sessions.

    Refinements:

  • Treeview display configuration in the revaluation page.
  • Ability to group in Order Reporting, by all available columns. Users will also see totals and filters when a grouping property is in place.

   Bugs:

  • Automated trade imports now validate books and strategies, which was an issue previously.

2016.6 (June 2016)

New features:

  • Execution Reporting tab which allows users to view each order broken down by fill.
  • Automated client and market side trades, for clients using the sell side application.
  • Product Pricing page can now calculate margin requirement values by using the market exposure values.

    Refinements:

  • Ability to group in Portfolio Summary, by all available columns. Users will also see totals and filters when a grouping property is in place.
  • Compliance rule page enhanced to set threshold groups for limits.

   Bugs:

  • Issue with allocated orders where the quantity was rounded when the order was part filled has been fixed now

2016.5 (May 2016)

New features:

  • Capacity to pull a live price from the internet price feed into the Order Entry window for placing orders.
  • Stepped commissions – the ability to set different rates of commission based on price, principle or quantity.
  • New dynamic window for post trade allocations.

    Refinements:

  • More corporate action types available via batch job, such as splits, reverse splits and rights issues.
  • Product Master FTP import function as been extended to allow convertible bonds and futures.

   Bugs:

  • Issue within the Reports tab where negative numbers were saved as text fields instead of numbers has been fixed now.

2016.4 (April 2016)

New features:

  • Introduction of VaR report for clients wishing to use APM for calculating risk.
  • Compliance engine has been improved to allow a sub grouping, enabling even more granular rules.

    Refinements:

  • Ability to split forward positions in reconciliation so both sides can be viewed clearly.
  • Addition of 6 more optional groupings for products.
  • Multiple OMS refinements.

  Bugs:

  • Issue with the side panel in Order Entry not updating when changing fund has been rectified.

2016.3 (March 2016)

New features:

  • New product type – Invoices.
  • Client specific trade validation routines can be dynamically added to support esoteric business requirements.
  • User interface for “Easy to Borrow” stocks, and pending “Locates”.

    Refinements:

  • Ability to set up ISOs for accounts, and a pop up to warn if we are using the wrong account for that ISO.
  • Configuration to refine exposure report. Users can exclude, at fund level, certain product types from exposure calculations.
  • Automated batch jobs for periodic resets of future positions.

  Bugs:

  • Issue where trades done via a trade import were automatically confirmed has been fixed now, so if confirmations are switched on all automated trades will have to be confirmed.

2016.2 (February 2016)

New features:

  • Three way reconciliation including historical position reconciliation and case management with comments.
  • Availability to pull historic prices for equities using the existing internet price feeds.

    Refinements:

  • Consistency across board for the FX rates that are used for cross currency EQ positions.
  • Quantity in Order Entry tickets is now split into Current Quantity and Working Quantity, to distinguish between open orders and completed trades.

   Bugs:

  • Issue within OMS where orders based on quantity or % Exp of NAV would use the current quantity of CFD and EQ positions combined has now been fixed, so they are treated as separate quantities.

2016.1 (January 2016)

New features:

  • Release of web based report generation portal.
  • Streamlined upgrade process and automation of local installations.

   Refinements:

  • Extension to subscription/redemption interface providing a more automated workflow.
  • Cash contributions in the Portfolio Summary section have been split out to increase granularity.

  Bugs:

  • Issue within OMS where editing a comment was updating all previous versions is now fixed.

2015.12 (December 2015)

New features:

  • Weighting policies for allocations in Order Entry can now be used; they will work with and without allocation rules.
  • Compliance rules now have the option to check all combinations of a set of groups.
  • Order Entry will now warn you if you are entering an order in a product which you already have a working order in.

  Refinements:

  • Accrued interest calculations amended to account for weekends.
  • Users have the option to set decimal places on top line exposure figures.

 Bugs:

  • Issue with cross currency CFD market value based on rounding of FX rate is now fixed.

2015.11 (November 2015)

New features:

  • Introduction of loans as a product type.
  • New columns introduced for calculating benchmark using anniversary rates.
  • Multiple OMS sessions for clients using secondary providers for different product types.

  Refinements:

  • Exchange column added in Position Reporting.
  • Addition of one-click button to clear out text boxes in Trade Query and Product Master.

 Bugs:

  • Issue with collapsed groupings reopening when app refreshes is now fixed.

2015.10 (October 2015)

New features:

  • New innovative subscription/redemption interface for easier share class management.
  • Search by the various comment fields in Trade Query.
  • The ability to group by benchmark status in Position Reporting (Action, Warning, In Line).

  Refinements:

  • Enhancements to the Tax Lots page for new merging and sorting options.
  • Cash types split in Portfolio Summary to give a clear breakdown of the “cash contributions” figure.
  • More confirmation pop up boxes added to Order Entry to avoid human error.

 Bugs:

  • Issue with bulk cancellations on manual orders now fixed.
  • Bonds can now be set up with equal issue dates and accrual dates.

2015.9 (September 2015)

New features:

  • Benchmark maintenance interface for custom benchmarks.
  • Handling Instructions can be configured by broker.
  • Order Entry tab and keyboard shortcuts introduced for faster entry.

  Refinements:

  • Adjustable price feeds have the option to start appreciating or depreciating on a weekend.
  • Trade Query page now showing totals for CSA commissions, using rates specific for the trade date.
  • More cross currency commission configuration options.
  • More rounding options for partially filled allocations.

 Bugs:

  • Cancelling allocated orders when they are only partially filled now respects the allocation rule instead of processing as one trade.
  • Can now export missing FX rates to Excel (previously only prices could be exported).

2015.8 (August 2015)

New features:

  • Portfolio rebalancing page can now be done using benchmark values. Allowing the user to decide on warning and/or action tolerance levels, and monitor exposure real time against benchmarks.
  • OMS API running as a web service.
  • Position count shown in position reporting. Split by long/short.

 Refinements:

  • Corporate actions page revamp – new design and corporate action types.
  • UI enhancements on many of our pages.

 Bugs:

  • Issue with amending orders within blocks is now fixed.

2015.7 (July 2015)

New features:

  • Users can now share and clone their customised views in Position Reporting.
  • Arbor standard reporting pack now available to all clients in the Reports tab.
  • Settle date preferences can be set by exchange.

Refinements:

  • System wide UI enhancements.
  • Liquidity calculations using absolute values.
  • Pre loading FX rates for currencies that are not held in the portfolio automatically, for faster cash level P&L.

Bugs:

  • Issue that some users have with filtering by account in the Tax Lots page is fixed.

2015.6 (June 2015)

New features:

  • User defined price sources based on daily and monthly logic.
  • Compliance rules to support more parameters.
  • New Standard Report pack for daily and monthly reporting.

Refinements:

  • Streamlined batch processes for greater efficiency.
  • Products to be uploaded into Product Master directly via FTP.
  • Contract level rates id for FX trades.

Bugs:

  • Automated Trade Import to support “Other Charges” for trades.
  • Position Reconciliation tab to support Export to Excel

 

2015.5 (May 2015)

New Features:

  • Cross currency  FX trades will triangulate for greater accuracy  for intraday transactions
  • Further liquidity data available for enhanced liquidity analysis.
  • Cross currency cash transfers interface now available.

Refinement:

  • Pending items are now configurable in Cash Activity and balances
  • OMS  import can now support user-defined symbols.
  • Order Reporting supports aggregated view in grouping.
  • Historic amendments in transaction reporting have configurable confirmation steps.

Bug:

  • Multiple management/performance/administration fees can be entered for the same month.
  • Commissions to Base FX column sorting is now resolved.

2015.4 (April 2015)

New Features:

  • Users can enter customisable Bloomberg functions which can be shown as columns in Position Reporting.
  • Post-trade compliance allows users to combine groups against NAV.

Refinement:

  • Users can now cancel individual orders that have been booked as a block in our Order Manager system.
  • The user can define the number of decimal places they would like to see for FX Rates in Position Reporting and Trade Entry.
  • The user interface of our Broker Setup page has been improved to be more user friendly and intuitive.

Bug Fixes :

  • We have reinstated the commission base value column in Trade Query.
  • Trade Entry now picks up the underlyer’s account instead of the default account when adding accruals in Position Reporting.

2015.3 (March 2015)

New Features:

  • User-specified position reporting views can now be saved with specific groupings, column configurations, and modes. These views can be named by the user and will have their own separate tab that the can be directly accessed without going to position reporting.
  • Fund-level stop loss and target values can now be added on top of position-level values.
  • “Tax Lots” page with easy-to-use flexible groupings and views to simplify analyzing complex tax lot information.

Refinement:

  • Displaying “% Net Exposure” and % Gross Exposure” of NAV in the top line of position reporting.
  • “% Share Price Movement” column added to position reporting.

Bug:

  • Error message occurs when target price and stop loss price are greater than/less than order price.
  • In trade entry, multiple accounts can now be seen within the same fund when amending historic trades.

2015.2 (February 2015)

New Features:

  • New product type Private Placement added.
  • User defined columns and formulas can be added to position reporting page.
  • Adjustable automated price feed which allows user to put in scheduled depreciation/appreciation.

Refinement:

  • Extended fee configuration interface to allow dependant fees and transactions to be automated.
  • Column aggregation for MV/Current Price/ Quantity when grouped by tickers is now available.
  • Stop Loss and Target Price values added to Trade Query page.

Bug:

  • Trades with a price of 0 will not be loaded in the pricing history page.
  • Decimal places of commissions shown as rounded value can now be configurable.
  • Missing historic FX rates will be shown in the error message box.

2015.1 (January 2015)

New Features:

  • Stop Loss/target price properties for Trades/ Orders and relative reporting on positions .
  • Users can adjust prices for depreciation/appreciation using different methods.
  • CSA commission’s elements are available with automatic calculation using defined schedules.
  • Loading user defined Bloomberg  values (eg Beta) in position reporting page.
  • Yahoo internet price feed will automatically refresh and load with extended columns such as Shares outstanding or Daily Trading Volume.

Refinement:

  • Additional levels of grouping available in position reporting.
  • Custom sorting of classifications in position reporting.
  • Trade Query page to include Order ID option in ‘Group By’  and Product Description to be searchable.
  • Additional columns added to realised positions.

Bug:

  • Holidays for the next 12 months will be loaded from the Date selected from the drop down instead of fund year start date.
  • Trade entry page distortion being sorted.

3.27.11 (December 2014)

New Features:

  • We have added two new columns to position reporting, namely; % Exposure of NAV and % Exposure of GAV.
  • A column search field has been added to all configuration tabs. This allows the user to more easily select the columns they wish to view.
  • We have implemented a tick box which allows you to view or hide flat positions, in position reporting.

Refinements:

  • Cash netting is now available at the fund level.
  • We have streamlined our Order Management System so that the custodian and account fields automatically update when the fund is selected.

Bug Fixes:

  • Performance Attribution is now calculated using Net P&L, to account for dividends.

3.27.9 (October 2014)

New Features:

  • Holiday calendar can now be loaded seamlessly from open source (free) repositories, with extensive market coverage.
  • Flexible ‘Flag’ property associated to transactions to be in Trade Query/Reporting to suit bespoke reporting and management.
  • FX Rate precedence order adopted across multiple inputs (price feed, custodian, manual entry, internet).

Refinements:

  • Entitlement groups used for simplified large scale deployments.
  • Additional options in Order Management under the ‘Order Based On’ heading.
  • Tax rates can now support brokers that operate on either agency or principal flows.

Bugs:

  • Order ID values for allocated and manual trades follow the same sequence.
  • Manual orders in Order Manager can now be run in parallel whilst FIX is running.

3.27.8 (September 2014)

New Features:

  • Displaying multiple funds, each with their own strategies.
  • Confirmation options to attach to broker set up.
  • OMS – Multiple fund NAVs reflected with multiple fund’s orders.
  • OMS – Extended User Default Settings.

Refinements:

  • Groups for entitlements.
  • SFTP authentication using’ Key with a ‘passphrase’.

Bug Fix:

  • OMS – Enter negative % of NAV in OMS entry page.

3.27.7 (August 2014)

New Features:

  • Extended Transaction Fees
    • To cover even more ‘complex’ fee structures including different schedules, currencies and rates.
  • Additional data in Position Reporting page:
    • Finance Rates: Detailed  by position to give more information on drill down.
    • Realized PL:  To breakout periodic realized detail separately to the usual performance attribution detail.

Refinement:

  • Futures batch processing to support more closeout options.
  • Aggregation by custodian on the position reporting page is now configurable.
  • Historical view of declined orders  in Order Reporting.

Bug Fix:

  • Empty automated reports are not sent.
  • Reconciliations automated feed into Product Master corrected for Fixed Income.
  • Multiple expiry dates for the same product supported.

 3.27.6 (July 2014)

New Features:

  • Trade send file can be attached to email.
  • Two new columns in Position Reporting page:

%(Base) of Group NAV
% exp of Group NAV

  • Help button functionality has been extended.
  • OMS default settings.
  •  Two new columns added to Broker setup page.

Refinement:

  • Trade Query Product ID search refinement
  • Dividend processing can bypass quantity check.
  • Trade Corporate actions for Fund group.

Bug Fix:

  • Transaction fees can be visible in TQ and TE.
  • Corporate action processing improvement.
  • Cash Trades can be sent to Administrator.

 3.27.5 (June 2014)

New Features:

  • Trade allocation between different funds, accounts, strategies and books.
  • Trade allocation setup page.
  • Order execution via FTP and Email.
  • Flexible format CSV for order import.

Refinement:

  • Fund group trade file send.
  • Accrual at fund level.
  • Splitting non base FWDs.
  • Optional warning in trade allocation.
  • Aggregating orders in OMS.

Bug Fix:

  • Updating expiry date in Product Master, updates expiry date for open positions.
  • FFWD close out not using fixing rate.
  • Applying dividends for short positions.
  • Warning  in compliance is now recognised as ‘Passed’.

3.27.4 (May 2014)

New Features:

  • New design, with new controls for Individual Position Reporting page.
  • Randomize allocation option for partly filled orders.

Refinement:

  • Compliance performance improved.
  • Extended allocation rule options in the OMS.
  • Trading Units used in OMS and Trade Entry.
  • Trading Units to be managed in Product Master.

Bug Fix:

  • Custom classification groups not displayed correctly in product master if not set correctly.
  • Position Performance Reports issue
  • Date format issue on partial fills
  • Buy / Sell page from OMS has buttons cropped for certain resolutions

 3.27.3 (April 2014)

New Features:

  • Client contact details interface. To track client details by fund. Useful for funds with many clients, or clients with many funds.
  • Centralized configuration component for faster deployment and better support across larger organizations.

Refinement:

  • Group by % value for compliance rules supported for more groups.
  • Predefined transaction queries can now be entitled.

Bug Fix:

  • Historic Dividend feed bug fix to prevent incorrectly dated dividends being processed.
  • Default fund settings to use the entitlements engine, to speed up load time.

 3.27.2  (March 2014)

New Features:

  • Positional Spot introduced.
  • Non Deliverable Forward now introduced.
  • More options on ticket fee processing to cover the multitude of choices. Which can be included and excluded from the parent transaction.
  • Fund level financing.

Refinement:

  • Transaction query by Sedol/Isin/Cusip.
  • End of Day aggregation now supports allocations.
  • Extended  logic for Non Deliverable forwards and more fixing rate options.
  • Faster historic position calculation .

Bug Fix:

  • Accruals included in historic revaluation.
  • OMS tabbing and processing on manual fill entry.

 

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