- Contractual settlement
- Income collection & redemptions
- Corporate Actions
- Tax reclaim
- Proxy voting
- Institutional Risk Management
- Transition management
- Compliance monitoring
- Asset rebalancing
- Passive duration overlay
- Performance measurement
- Return calculation and attribution analysis
- Liability index and strategic risk
- Regulatory reporting
- Securities Lending
- Added value
- Investment accounting
- Asset Pooling (Pension Pooling Vehicle)
- Administration of Defined Contribution Schemes
- Treasury services
KAS BANK offers custody, clearing and settlement services across the globe. Most importantly, we have established direct connections to all the major European markets and to NYSE, Dubai and Hong Kong. KAS BANK is a European custodian with global reach. We strive continuously to expand our network, to offer our clients an efficient, cost-effective service that meets all their investment requirements.
We reconcile all external securities positions with our own records, ensuring that your assets benefit from maximum protection.
Our capability covers the administration of more complex alternative investments, such as hedge funds, derivatives and structured vehicles.
Institutional Risk Management
With a view of the entire fund, KAS BANK is ideally placed to assess each stage of the investment process, monitor your exposure to risk and provide detailed analysis of your returns. Furthermore, as a neutral specialist, KAS BANK is uniquely able to monitor asset manager activity, free of conflicting business interests.
KAS BANK’s integrated platform and direct connections to the global securities infrastructure allow us to mitigate operational and investment risks. We will also oversee timely and accurate reporting to regulators and supervisory institutions.
KAS BANK offers fully bespoke, consolidated cash management and FX solutions, that link seamlessly with our comprehensive custody and settlement services. Our KAS TT treasury tool will enable you to regulate your cash flows and effortlessly execute FX spot, forward and swap transactions.
The experienced staff on our trading desks is always on hand to assist you in executing FX transactions, financing debit balances and ensuring that any surplus generates maximum interest.
KAS Web is our secure, flexible internet portal for exchanging real-time information on all your cash and securities accounts at KAS BANK.
KAS Web’s key features include:
||Real-time account information, available 24/7|
||A fully customisable interface|
||Comprehensive management information|
||State-of-the-art security |
||An extensive reporting capability|
KAS BANK offers a contractual settlement service in all the major markets, guaranteeing that trades will settle on the contracted date. Advantages of contractual settlement:
||Guaranteed settlement date for cash transfer|
||Lower cost and greater controll of your account balances|
||Timely conclusion of FX-contracts reduces your exposure to foreign exchange risk|
Income collection & redemptions
The efficient, accurate and timely collection of income accruing from your investments is a core element of our custody service.
||Notification of all dividend and coupon payments and bond redemptions|
||Monitoring and reports of outstanding income|
||Verification and cross-checking of information from multiple sources|
||Online monitoring of payment status|
||Contractual income service in the all the major markets|
KAS BANK processes corporate actions in all markets. We will ensure that you receive pertinent information as soon as it becomes available, and will warn you immediately should you be required to make a decision, or in the event that we have not received an instruction. You will be able to follow the status of relevant corporate actions at all times, and can set up continuous instructions for optimum efficiency.
KAS BANK will relieve you of laborious and protracted tax exemption and reclaim procedures, reducing the burden on your time and resources. Wherever possible, we will provide relief at source.
A dedicated tax reclaim department will operate on your behalf, with country specialists continuously monitoring all relevant tax and treaty documentation. You will be kept fully abreast of developments in the tax arena, and will be advised of the status of each reclamation in our monthly reports.
KAS BANK is almost unique in offering contractual tax reclamation in the major continental European markets. In these markets, KAS BANK will take responsibility for recovering tax and you will be guaranteed to receive the net dividend and recoverable tax on the due date.
Our proxy voting service allows you to vote globally, on all shareholders’ meetings.
Online access to our proxy voting service provides
||Details of future shareholder meetings and information relating to past events|
||Capacity to exercise varied voting preferences |
||Insight into restrictions and guidelines in each market|
||Detailed updates of proxy voting news |
||Reminders in the event that a voting instruction is not received|
||Real-time status overviews and comprehensive voting archive|
||Overview of changes in share positions|
||Electronic voting capability in all countries in which we keep securities on your behalf|
KAS BANK’s transition arrangements are designed to achieve seamless migration and optimal continuity of service for our new clients. Each transition is individually project-managed by a specialist team. As with all our services, the process will be tailored to meet your specific requirements, according to the complexity of your portfolio. This approach enables you to make changes to the composition of your portfolio during the transition process.
We offer a comprehensive compliance and governance monitoring service that enables us to supervise post-trade, pre-settlement breaches of stipulated investment guidelines and notify clients and/or their investment managers. This service is available at both the individual portfolio and total fund level, and follows naturally from the clearing of settlements undertaken by KAS BANK.
Markets are dynamic, constantly rising and falling in relation to your investment objectives. Therefore, the proportions you have allocated to specific asset classes may over time fall out of sync with your initial intentions. KAS BANK will monitor your investments and, depending on your requirements, rebalance them to ensure that allocations fully comply with your investment guidelines. You can determine the frequency of our intervention, and leave the rest to us.
Passive duration overlay
As part of our Institutional Risk Management (IRM) services, we can monitor the duration of your fixed-income portfolios and calculate any mismatch between your assets and liabilities. KAS BANK can provide a passive overlay structure to minimise this mismatch, in line with the degree to which you wish to hedge your interest rate risk.
Since we do not actively trade or manage assets, we are an ideal partner to measure the performance of your external asset managers. KAS BANK can deliver tailor-made reports on a monthly basis, drawing on a wide range of benchmarks and major indices, ensuring an accurate and impartial reflection of the status of your investments. Based on these valuations, we will calculate returns in accordance with the internationally acknowledged GIPS/AIMR guidelines.
Return calculation and attribution analysis
||Calculation of the return of your internally and externally managed portfolios|
||Aggregation of, and insight into, your entire portfolio|
||Comparison to benchmarks on individual security and total portfolio level|
||Attribution analysis on individual security and total portfolio level. At stock level, we analyse the returns and weights of individual stocks by comparing them to the selected index. We analyse fixed-income values based on curve, duration, sector, bond and currency securities|
||Our reports are designed to complement your investment policy. We will compare our return calculations with those of your internal and external asset managers, ensuring complete accuracy and reliability|
Liability index and strategic risk
In order to ensure that the returns from your investments exceed your liabilities, we can provide a liability index to calculate your obligations. This index comprises:
||A cash flow profile (pension contributions minus pension payments)|
||Conditional indexing (whether or not included in the net pension cash flow profile)|
||Premium loading in conformity with the market (whether or not included in the net cash flow profile|
||The interest term structure|
This liability index is an important tool in determining the pension fund’s strategic risk.
More complex legislation and regulations require increasingly refined control measures. We will take care of the prescribed periodical reports to the supervisory institutions, which will relieve you from considerable administrative efforts and the need to continuously adapt your administrative systems.
KAS BANK has been at the forefront of securities lending since 1983. Our programmes provide a bespoke, flexible service designed to maximise returns and mitigate risk. KAS BANK offers principal and agency lending across 25 major markets worldwide and in most asset classes. Where guaranteed levels of alpha are required, we can manage securities lending auctions. This is a cost-effective way to ensure the best possible returns on your holdings.
Outsourcing investment and financial administration to KAS BANK, entirely or in part, will enable you to focus on your core business.
The benefits of this service include:
||Independent and neutral assessment of each step in the investment process |
||Control of operational and investment risks |
||Administration and valuation of all property titles held both by KAS BANK and third parties |
||Comprehensive support for third party audits|
||Tailor-made reports, delivered at the frequency of your choice, either sent through email or available online.|
||Provision of Net Asset Value calculations|
||Provision of figures for biannual reports |
Asset Pooling (Pension Pooling Vehicle)
We offer pension funds the opportunity to invest in pooled investment funds (Fonds voor Gemene Rekening – Fund for Joint Account). These funds differ in investment category, region, sector, investment type, currency, duration, etc. You will be able to determine your personal investment policy within the collective structure.
The benefits of this service include:
||Preservation of individual identity |
||Cost benefits relating to asset management, administration, custody, ALM-studies and VAT |
||Diversification and risk hedging|
||Substantiation of pension fund governance|
Administration of Defined Contribution Schemes
Defined contribution (DC) schemes require considerable administration, as you must keep track of the number of bought participating interests and movements in an account per participant. Outsourcing this function to KAS BANK will allow you to benefit from the advantages of specialised administration. We will gear the scheme exactly to your requirements, and to those of the fund’s participants.
KAS BANK provides a first-rate FX service distinguished by complete transparency. Our FX desk offers a full foreign exchange trading facility and supports swaps, currency options, repos and sale/buy back trades. Should you require a fully bespoke solution, our Special Products department will be able to oblige.
KAS BANK clients also have access to KAS TT, a browser-based single-bank platform connected directly to KAS BANK’s dealing room. The system offers clients the choice between executing FX deals themselves, or routing them through the KAS BANK trading desk.
Regulate your FX and cash positions in an easy and effective manner. Make your surplus more profitable by using the options for the short (call) and longer term (deposit). Interest-rate swaps, options, repos, special products and complete FX support form a complete package of possibilities. You will either trade through KAS TT yourself or you will contact our Money Market Desk.
KAS Web facilitates rapid instruction for cash transfers, settlements and corporate actions. For optimum speed, you will not be required to re-enter details of recurring counterparties, and may choose the most appropriate authorisation facility to achieve maximum efficiency. (You can separate booker and controller and assign an internal security administrator, for example.)
||real time statements on your cash, securities and derivatives positions|
||settlement status and clearing obligations|
||extensive search function|
||printable statements and graphic management reports|
||sector news and documentation|
||virtual two-year archive|