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Innovation Simplified

In today’s dynamic investment marketplace, economic, demographic and regulatory change is dramatically affecting investor behaviors and expectations. Our solutions have been designed to help you not only keep pace with change, but grow your business along the way. We deliver an unmatched combination of industry experience, technological expertise and service excellence to help you safeguard, process and communicate the critical, high-value information your customers need to manage some of life’s most important business. DST can be the perfect ally for helping you turn knowledge into action by seamlessly connecting meaningful customer information to business growth strategies.

Amid steady advances in technology, an ongoing stream of new product structures and types, and the changing ways in which information is asked for and communicated, you need a partner who understands the importance of staying ahead. We are committed to making continued investments in technology and solutions that will integrate with your strategies to improve customer relationships, achieve operational excellence and respond to regulatory change and industry trends.

Our mission is to help you take advantage of the convergence of today’s trends, transform the way you do business, and turn knowledge into meaningful action to help you shift from “keeping up” to “staying ahead.”


  • By using customer data for more effective product development, operational, and sales and distribution strategies
  • By providing information and experiences to customers when and how they want it
  • By staying focused on the regulatory environment in order to better understand and interpret requirements
  • By providing flexible, cost-effective alternatives for conducting your business

With more than 40 years of commitment to the U.S. financial services industry, we remain dedicated to being a proactive, forward thinking company with a clear focus on:

  • Anticipating the changing needs of our clients
  • Seeking better ways of doing business
  • Attracting, engaging and retaining the best people

DST has a significant position in the markets we serve:

  • We are the largest third-party provider of mutual fund shareholder recordkeeping services in the United States
  • We are one of the leading providers of defined contribution recordkeeping services
  • Vision and Vision Home Office are the most widely used web-based account aggregation sources in the industry
  • We have the second largest subaccounting platform in the business
  • We provide insurance-related services to 23 of the top 25 U.S. life insurance carriers
  • We are one of the largest first-class mailers in the U.S. with the world's largest inkjet systems printer

Founded in 1969 as a division of Kansas City Southern Industries, what is now DST Systems was established to develop an automated recordkeeping system for the mutual fund industry. Today we are the largest provider of third-party shareholder recordkeeping services in the financial services marketplace. The following timeline shows the evolution of our solution development through the years.


  • Data*sys*tance introduces the industry’s first online mutual fund shareholder accounting system.


  • First remote processing servicing provider.


  • Data*sys*tance and State Street form Boston Financial Data Services.


  • Money market fund support.


  • Data*sys*tance officially changes its name to DST Systems, Inc.


  • Automated interface to brokerage systems introduced.


  • Laser printing for confirmations, statements and checks is introduced.


  • Voice response system is introduced.


  • Automated order flow from brokerage firms is established.


  • Winchester Data Center is opened.


  • First automated cash and check reconciliation becomes available.


  • AWD® is introduced as an image enabled work management system.


  • Transfer Agency and Defined Contribution recordkeeping are integrated.
  • International Financial Data Services is formed in the UK to expand service to the European market.


  • FANMail is introduced to provide advisors and broker-dealer back offices transactional and position information.
  • IFDS Canada joins the DST family to offer services to expand services to Canadian markets.


  • Recorded telephone calls are integrated with work management.


  • Internet transaction and account inquiry support are integrated.


  • DST Vision is introduced for use by financial advisors.
  • Same day cash management is introduced.


  • Electronic delivery of prospectuses and statements is provided.
  • Speech recognition functionality is integrated into the core platform.


  • High Speed Data Entry is introduced.


  • Broker subaccounting solution becomes available.


  • Short-term trader tracking is integrated into the core platform.


  • The DST Recovery Center is opened.


  • DST Retirement Solutions is established to meet the needs of defined contribution service providers.


  • ALPS Holdings, Lateral Group, Intellisource Solutions, Subserveo, Newkirk Products and Finix Business Strategies join the DST family
  • DST Brokerage Solutions is established.


  • Vision Professional is introduced to extend value to advisors.
  • Electronic new account opening solution is introduced.

We work with companies in complex, highly-regulated and high volume transactional business environments. All of our clients – product manufacturers and intermediaries -- are in the business of helping people save, protect and grow assets through multiple investment vehicles, including:

  • 403(b) Plans
  • 457 Plans
  • 401(k) retirement savings products
  • Defined contribution retirement plans
  • 529 state College Savings Plans
  • Business Development Corporations
  • Closed-end mutual funds
  • Closed-end interval funds
  • Collective investment trusts
  • Coverdell Education Savings Accounts
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Fund-of-Funds
  • Guaranteed Investment Contracts (GICs)
  • Listed and non-listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)
  • Profit Sharing Plans
  • Managed Futures
  • Money Purchase Plans
  • Mutual Fund Wraps
  • Non-qualified Deferred Comp Plans
  • Retail Hedge Funds
  • Roth IRAs (Commingled, Contributor and Conversion)
  • Simplified Employee Pension IRAs
  • Target Date Funds
  • Traditional IRAs

We take an active approach to integrating best practices, ideas, questions and solutions across our diverse and extensive client base.

Best Practices

We are constantly interacting with some of the best and brightest minds of the industry. With the majority of mutual funds in the industry being on our core system, you are well positioned to leverage the collective experiences and expertise of the industry.


We rely on customer input, industry knowledge, and the ongoing monitoring of the regulatory environment designed to provide the greatest value to you in the form of improved efficiencies, more effective risk management, expanded functionality and management of costs.

Our Associates

Our associate engagement, development and training programs are designed to support your business needs.  It is our priority to ensure sound operational processes through knowledgeable associates who can professionally support the needs of your investors and financial advisors.


We actively interact with the external marketplace and subject-matter experts so that we have a strong view of where the larger industry stands — and where it might be headed.


We are the largest single user of our solutions through our full-service transfer agency operations. Based on this first-hand experience, we can offer your business a wide range of consulting services including implementation of new technology, evaluating workflow and processes, distribution support, customer communications and making recommendations to help improve your business.

We help you drive strategies for planning, innovating, adapting, progressing and growing.

How do we make a difference?

  • We help you maximize the value of every interaction where information, ideas and money are exchanged.
  • We work like you work – as users of our own technology, we provide a unique consultative approach.
  • We take an active approach to integrating best practices, ideas, questions and solutions across our diverse and extensive client base.
  • We are built on a foundation of finding better ways of doing business.
  • We are a proven guardian and protector of valuable information. We help ensure that, as you grow, the protections that support your business grow as well.
  • We remain at the forefront of the regulatory landscape, advocate on behalf of our clients, and keep them informed so that they can better understand and interpret changing requirements and standards.

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