How Semper Augustus Investments Ensures Regulatory Compliance

With 120 clients and $200 million in assets under management, Semper Augustus Investments must comply with several financial services regulations.

Ensure a Fair Representation of Investment Results

Semper Augustus uses CompositeBuilder, which is integrated with the PortfolioCenter portfolio accounting system, to manage investment portfolios. The firm developed a 25-step process with Laserfiche Forms that was modeled after the CompositeBuilder user manual to ensure fair representation of calculations and provide full disclosure of investment results. The Laserfiche Forms-powered process serves as a detailed checklist and instruction manual for Semper Augustus employees.
One form corresponds to each step and contains the following information:

  • The purpose of the step.
  • Instructions on how to perform the work.
  • Screenshots of any settings the user may need to configure in CompositeBuilder to run the report.
  • A comment box.

Here is an example:

Existing Account Form
Existing Account Form

In each step, there is at least one supporting report generated from the portfolio accounting system that is reviewed by the user and uploaded to the form.

Portfolio View Screen
Portfolio View Screen

Once the form is submitted, the user is prompted to move to the next step in the process by filling out the next form.

Throughout the process, other members within the firm receive the status update through automated email notifications, so that everyone is in the loop on work status. Here is what the whole Laserfiche Forms business process looks like:

Composite Builder Process
Composite Builder Process

As the steps are completed, each form is saved in its own folder in Laserfiche with the appropriate template applied. This process ensures that documentation is retained at each step in the process.

Composite Builder Template
Composite Builder Template
Composite Builder Folder View
Composite Builder Folder View

The last several forms in the process are used to capture all documents provided to the verifier (an auditor), such as a new client’s custodial statement or investment application. Those documents are also uploaded using Laserfiche Forms in order to maintain a record of audited items.

Once the last form is submitted, Laserfiche Workflow strips the screenshots and compiles all of the forms and uploaded reports into one complete voucher package. A single voucher package can have as many as 4,000 pages.

Import and Distribute Financial Statements

Semper Augustus Investments uses Laserfiche Workflow to categorize and distribute financial reports. Every month, a third-party accountant sends ten financial reports for the firm’s pooled investment vehicle with one report containing 70 individual investor statements. Before Laserfiche, these reports had to be printed, sorted, collated and distributed by hand.

Now, emailed reports are saved into a network folder and imported into Laserfiche with Laserfiche Import Agent. The accountant prints the client’s account number in white font in the upper right corner of each statement. The white color of the font makes the number invisible to clients but visible to Laserfiche Workflow through an OCR text string. Laserfiche Workflow:

  • Uses the Pattern Matching activity to extract the account number from the statement.
  • Splits the large document into 70 individual client statements.
  • Looks up the client’s information in the firm’s Junxure CRM system with the Query Data activity to populate metadata.
  • Routes each statement into the appropriate client folder.

Here is what a section of this workflow looks like:

Composite Builder Workflow
Composite Builder Workflow
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