Risk management is no longer a check-box exercise – it’s vital to constructing portfolios, hedging unwanted exposures and satisfying demands from regulators and investors. Unfortunately, most investment management firms are struggling to get a clear view of their data because of the limitations of antiquated risk systems. This leaves risk managers flying blind.
There’s a better way. Modern risk managers should have the power to analyze their portfolio and performance data from every angle, top down or bottom up, with consistent analytics from the front-to-back office. That’s why we are launching RISK 360, our best practices to help risk managers gain a complete picture of their risk-return profile and translate it into actionable insight.
For many years, a trend in technology was “Everything-as-a-Service,” as firms outsourced the technology and its management to save on costs. However, as solutions become more complicated, users have to continually go back to their vendors whenever they want to incorporate new datasets, change their analytics, or adjust their technology stack.
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As financial institutions are considering cloud technology for their risk management systems, they are presented with two very different approaches: cloud-hosted and cloud-native. However, only one of these approaches will allow risk managers to get the most out of their system.
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The world of risk is changing. Risk management was once a tick-box risk exercise but is now placed at the center of an asset manager’s investment process. Investment performance without risk management is like speeding without a seatbelt – something most would regard as unthinkable.
A risk management solution is analogous to an enterprise GPS system. In the short term, it tracks current position, next steps, and any immediate dangers. In the medium-term, continual progress checks alert the driver to immediate hazards. And in the long-term, a risk GPS system provides an overview of the quickest, shortest, cheapest route to reach desired objectives.
Good reporting, like investigative journalism, should unearth the true influence of a portfolio’s unique exposures and tell that story in a way that conveys a total knowledge of its sources and reveals actionable insights for decision-making.
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What are the key trends in regulatory reporting? How to best handle new complex requirements that ask for a significant amount of risk calculations? What does an ideal reporting workflow look like?
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Despite the hard lessons of the past global financial crisis, most institutions continue to rely on what are fundamentally pre-crisis risk management products and practices, built on 1990s legacy technology. Why?
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