Direxion Funds Goes Live with SunGard’s Protegent Social Media Surveillance Solution
Direxion Funds, a provider of alternative strategy mutual funds and exchange traded funds, is now using SunGard’s Protegent solution to monitor its staff’s use of social media. SunGard’s Protegent helps the firm by allowing its employees to take advantage of the opportunities offered by social media platforms while still complying with regulations such as FINRA notice 10-06.
Direxion Funds is using Protegent to help monitor and moderate its employees’ activity on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as their own websites. The firm will also use the solution to check for policy and Lexicon violations.
Andy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer at Direxion Funds said, “SunGard’s Protegent solution for social media surveillance offers an intuitive user interface, flexible features and easy implementation. Our compliance officers have greater confidence in allowing our employees to participate on social media. Protegent helps them monitor that activity and protect the firm from regulatory breaches and reputational risk.”
Steve Sabin, chief operating officer of SunGard’s Protegent business unit, said, “Social media platforms offer financial advisors a way to reach a new audience and interact with existing clients in a different way. SunGard’s Protegent solution helps firms like Direxion Funds take advantage of these opportunities while maintaining oversight of their employees’ activity on these channels.”
Direxion Funds and Direxion Shares, managed by Rafferty Asset Management, LLC, offer leveraged index funds, ETFs and alternative-class fund products for investment advisors and sophisticated investors who seek to effectively manage risk and return in both bull and bear markets. Founded in 1997, the company has approximately $7 billion in assets under management as of 9/30/12. The company’s business model is built on continuous product innovation, exceptional customer service and a commitment to building strategic relationships with distribution partners. For more information, please visit www.direxionfunds.com or www.direxionshares.com.
About SunGard’s Protegent
SunGard’s Protegent is a suite of solutions that help automate financial institutions’ compliance processes. It helps give financial institutions transparency into their data while helping them to enforce and document their compliance policies and procedures. Protegent’s solutions cover social media review, personal trading oversight, market abuse, Reg NMS, Order Audit Trail System (OATS), and transaction supervision and surveillance review. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com/protegent.
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