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Risk management (2) - regulation imposes requirements regardless of cost and benefit

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Ed Gouldstone
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

In this two-part article, experts in risk management practice or solution discuss the current status quo of risk management within the hedge fund industry. (Part 1 is here.)

In this article, we examine the implications of the ongoing regulatory demands, real time data as a risk management solution, operational risk, and whether more risk management demands will stifle the hedge fund industry or on the contrary, create opportunities.

Regulatory concerns and costs

Giuseppe Ballocchi, a Geneva-based financier and an expert in risk management practice, believes that in light of the regulatory developments, more time and money will be spent on risk management.

"Headcounts have, to my knowledge, gone up dramatically in the last five, six, seven years in terms of risk control and also compliance," he said. "There will be more and more expenditure, and all of that is not necessarily good, because in the end it creates cost. As for every activity, there needs to be a cost benefit analysis, but regulation seems to be imposing requirements regardless of cost and benefit."

Service providers are seeing a growth in the number of clients asking for tools and services for risk and compliance, Ed Gouldston......................

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