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Are You Ready to Make Bank Debt Your Business?

By Scott Alintoff | 1/27/2015
COO, VPM,
SunGard's asset management business
Hedge funds must carefully review the people and processes, operations and expertise that bank debt demands before investing in this powerful but challenging asset class.

Improving Data Collection & Data Dissemination Within Central Banks

1/23/2015
Now that central banks are tasked with the microeconomic oversight of regional banks as well macroeconomic policy, they need to increase their focus on collecting the right data and then turning it into actionable insights using business intelligence.

The Three Rs of 2015: Breaking Down Risk Roadblocks

1/19/2015
2015 is set to be anything but dull as far as risk and regulation are concerned. Basel and Dodd-Frank will continue to keep banks busy, and purse strings will draw ever tighter as regulation consumes even more budget in the area of risk IT. As risk managers continue to battle the regulatory burden, this situation has become an all-encompassing norm that defines the function of risk as we know it today. But how will it continue to evolve this year? The dawn of the new year provides us with an opportunity to explore the game changing risk and regulatory trends that are set to impact the industry this year.   There are three major risk roadblocks that the industry needs to attack in full force this year to ensure not only regulatory compliance but robust performance and profitability.

Boutique Asset Managers Act Big, Remain Nimble & Grow Cautiously for Success

By Paul Compton | 1/15/2015
head of strategy,
SunGard's asset management business
Boutique investment managers have to be cognizant of the challenges that scale can create in their ability to enter and exit positions. Making big plays in single markets can require firms to trade in large blocks, potentially increasing their market impact, whether buying or selling. The negative effect this has on trading costs can be put in the shade if the firm is unable to exit positions in volatile conditions. In markets that have stringent ownership limits, low levels of liquidity and limited access to the latest trading tools – and many of the ASEAN markets are on this spectrum – such a risk is a real possibility.

Make Decisions that Drive Performance

By Jonathan Broch | 1/15/2015
head of pre-sales and product strategy, private equity solutions,
SunGard's asset management business
For private equity general partners and limited partners, decisions drive performance on many levels, with one good choice often taking care of many others. One of the most important decisions with such broad-reaching effects is a firm’s technological infrastructure.

Is Collateral Management a Front-Office Function?

By Ted Allen | 1/14/2015
vice president, collateral management,
SunGard's capital markets business
With the regulatory pressure to clear as much OTC business as possible and the increased focus on increased amounts of capital and margin, it isn’t surprising that the collateral management function is far more visible in all organizations. So is collateral management (CM) now a front-office function?

Investors See Competitive Advantage in Boutique Asset Managers

By Paul Compton | 1/14/2015
head of strategy,
SunGard's asset management business
For boutique asset managers, who typically have fewer resources than their larger peers, the inability to track rapidly changing rules creates risk, and that in turn can put barriers up around where they invest.

SEPA - Did we solve a payments problem that no longer exists?

By Andrew Owens | 1/14/2015
senior vice president of enterprise payments,
SunGard's corporate liquidity business
Through its underlying Ripple protocol could virtual currencies like Bitcoin achieve the same payments harmonization and efficiency benefits as SEPA was originally designed to achieve?

Are Risk Managers Playing the Wrong Game?

1/13/2015
When it comes to gaining insight into the financial markets, risk managers have a whole arsenal of Nobel prize-winning methodologies and pricing models at their disposal. Intrinsic to these theories is the concept of volatilities and correlation: the statistical measure of how market factors move in relation to one another. But correlation only works properly when the markets are functioning normally – and in a crisis, they do anything but.

Does Cheap Oil Spell the End of Hedging for Consumers?

1/13/2015
The precipitous drop in crude has industries that consume oil rethinking their hedging strategies. Firms no longer can afford to operate basic hedging programs if they want to safeguard against future profitability and performance in uncertain market conditions.
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