Special Reports

At Hedgeweek we produce a number of special reports, updated each year to focus on jurisdictional, regulatory, technical and product investment issues in detail. Each report is produced with its own independent editorial and supported with detailed contributions from industry experts.

Please browse the list below to select and read our special reports. Please contact us if you would like to receive a schedule of our special reports or participate in them

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Insurance-linked Securities in Focus 2021

Despite experiencing heavy losses since 2017, insurance-linked securities (ILS), especially catastrophe (cat) bonds, proved resilient through the Covid-19 pandemic, with large institutional investors throwing their weight behind the sector. 

This report details the investor appetite for ILS and how the asset class can support the growth of ESG investing. Although cat bonds have taken up most room, interest is moving beyond this sub-group and investors are building more diversified ILS portfolios. The report also outlines the need for proprietary analysis to actively manage ILS successfully. An understanding of risk is also critical as ILS managers need to make sure their investors know what to expect from this allocation. 


Investor Relations & Capital Raising 2021

Hybrid business practices are coming into play, following successful vaccine roll-outs in many parts of the world, and the financial industry is adjusting to this new reality. Digitisation exercises have accelerated across the hedge fund world, with investor relations (IR) and capital raising teams becoming accustomed to handling their business remotely.  

This report considers the most significant changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and how the manager-investor relationship has developed. It details the way IR teams have tackled communication and capital raising through virtual interaction. The report also further underscores the role technology has to play in this space, now and in the future.  

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IFPR Regulation in Focus 2021

The regulatory environment in the UK is on the cusp of significant change. As the compliance deadline for the Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) looms closer, investment firms need to take action to ensure they meet this target. 

Smaller, previously exempt firms might be the ones to experience the biggest upheaval as they need to account for new risk factors and adjust their capital requirements accordingly. 

However, it's not too late to take action. This report outlines the steps firms can take to prepare for this change and the paths which will support them in this journey. 


Data Management & Analytics in Focus 2021

This report examines a number of different dimensions of data management, science and analysis. It stresses the importance of protecting a firm’s data, both from external attacks and internally grown risks.

The report also outlines the growing use of natural language processing, particularly in the arena of ESG investing. As the effects of the pandemic persist, it also underscores the growing appeal of quantamental investing, which sees fundamental managers and quantitative investors working together to generate better returns for clients.