RiskTech Forum

Friends First Select InvestGRC™ from Financial Risk Solutions

Posted: 7 July 2017  |  Source: FRS


Financial Risk Solutions (FRS), a Dublin-based provider of unit-linked investment administration and compliance oversight software, is pleased to announce that Friends First, one of Ireland’s leading life assurance companies, has selected its InvestGRC™ (Governance, Risk & Compliance) software to produce Key Information Documents (KIDs), a central requirement of the upcoming Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (“PRIIPs“) regulation.

PRIIPs Regulation:

PRIIPs regulation will take effect in January 2018 and will ensure that PRIIPs manufacturers prepare a Key Information Document for each PRIIP that they produce and publish each KID on their company website.

KIDs will be more than a regulatory requirement to provide additional documents – they will be a key component of point-of-sales illustration material and must be provided in good time (before the consumer is bound by any financial decision) and must clearly outline;

Friends First: Ahead of the Industry:

In selecting the InvestGRC™ solution, Friends First is demonstrating industry-leading preparedness for PRIIPs regulation, as well as deepening an existing relationship with Financial Risk Solutions which already supplies Friends First with InvestPro™, an investment administaration software solution.

The compilation of KIDs is extremely complex for PRIIPs manufacturers. Once compiled each KID requires quarterly updates based on the previous five years’ unit prices and current positions holding data. The KID also needs to demonstrate a range of performance scenarios showing possible returns. For Friends First this means that the InvestGRC™ solution will be generating in excess of 200 KIDs each quarter.

Shane Quinn, Commercial Product Director at Friends First commented on the decision to choose InvestGRC™:

“Following a competitive tendering process we are delighted to choose the FRS InvestGRC™ software to generate our KIDs and view this important legislative change as an opportunity to showcase our strong investment products.”.

Frank Carr, Chief Marketing Officer at FRS commented:

“It is a testament to the quality of our software, thought leadership and the relationship between our two companies that Friends First have again chosen FRS to provide their software solution. InvestGRC™ (Governance, Risk & Compliance) is an award-winning solution and we look forward to our continuing relationship with Friends First.”*

*FRS is Tech Vendor of the Year: GRC in the 2016 Risk.net Buyside Awards for its Governance, Risk and Compliance software suite, InvestGRC™. http://www.risk.net/asset-management/2478740/grc-technology-provider-year-financial-risk-solutions