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Fund managers need to be smarter to understand profitability and cost equation

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Research and consulting firm Celent said fund management firms need to be smarter in understanding and triangulating the drivers of the profitability and cost equation.

In the report Risk Management Outlook 2014: Trends, Tensions and Transformations in the Value Chain, Celent said that beyond current efforts, firms would need to focus on enhancing both strategic and operational levers to mitigate the potentially corrosive effects from the structural changes. In this regard, opportunities and threats in the financial services industry are inextricably tied to risk practices and technology infrastructure. Strategic investments in driving cultural, operational, and technology changes will be key determinants to successful execution.

"The outlook can be attractive if firms play their cards right, but detrimental if response initiatives are not executed cohesively," says Cubillas Ding, Research Director with Celent's Securities & Investments Group and author of the report. "Looking forward, we anticipate tougher choices and heavier lifting."

Point-based risk and regulatory optimization efforts will need to go beyond one-off project efforts. Efforts must transition to a state where coordinated optimization across the ecosystem's chain of acti......................

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