Two of the most highly regulated industries are finance and insurance. Not only are companies in these industries audited by state and federal agencies, these industries are also under pressure to maintain very high standards when it comes to accounting and financial reporting. Investors, stakeholders, and clients need to be assured they can trust the company that is overseeing their money. It is not only important to have a quality general ledger system, it is also critical that you have a back end system to properly manage the operational aspects as well. Read on to find out about accounting software and ERP solutions designed with the finance and insurance business in mind.
Over the past decade, a lot has changed in the financial industry. Restrictions have been placed on financial institutions and many have folded due to improper financial management. With the right financial software, your institution can properly manage the finances for each legal entity, each branch office, create the budget plans and forecast your revenues. An auditable solution will help you properly track all finances with audit trails showing transactions, reversing transactions, and user actions.
A close second to the accounting software for financial institutions is the back office software which can be broken into two main segments: deposit software and loan management. Banks rely on deposits to make loans. They rely on interest income from the loans to operate and expand, so having these two systems closely related is very important.
Deposit software is designed to track customer deposit accounts (checking, savings, bank IRA’s, etc.), as well as tracking of transactional data and interest awarded to the customer. This system is also known as a “Core Banking” system as it is the core to the operations of the institution.
Loan management is designed to track loans from application to lien release. Create an application, underwrite the loan, approve, collect signatures and fund the loan. Institutions may choose to sell the loan and the servicing of the loan, sell the loan and keep the servicing or keep the loan on their own books and keep the servicing. Whichever way is chosen, the software will help manage the transactions. For those institutions keeping servicing, the loan management software will send invoices, track payments, manage spread of payments (principal, interest, escrow, fees, etc). Manage the loan until it is paid in full and process a lien release.
There are few core banking systems available in the market, however, there are dozens of accounting solutions that are used in many different financial institutions. The difficult part is finding the right solution to meet your specific needs which is where we can help.
In addition to the added scrutiny placed on the financial institutions, a larger microscope has been placed on “Wall Street” or those firms that manage investments for others.
The right software will not only help manage the finances for the organization but will also have the operational functionality allowing the organization to:
In addition to keeping up the finances for the organization, broker dealer software helps to track broker commissions, licenses, and performance.
Broker-dealers need to maintain two sets of books: a general ledger and securities records, which makes it all that more important that a strong financial system is in place.
As with financial institutions, the insurance industry is ever changing with more regulations increasing the importance on proper financial management. Management of multiple entities, management of policies (including collection of premiums and payment on claims), prospecting new clients and offering more and better products to existing clients, are all important aspects of an industry specific solution.
Insurance agents and brokers are often the face insurance companies and while they do not actually manage the policies from an operational standpoint, agents do create the policies and need to track commissions in addition to management of their own firms finances. Insurance brokers also need strong customer management tools to track current and prospective contact information, to reach out to customers with specific needs and perform general follow up. The best solutions will have the accounting functionality that interfaces with CRM allowing the firm to manage all aspects of the business.
In such a highly regulated industry, you want to make sure you are properly tracking your finances. Whether you are looking for a complete ERP system or specific functionality to augment existing software, through a brief phone call, our software specialists will look to better understand your business and software needs to help you locate the most relevant solutions for your requirements. Get started today!