The 'Hedge Funds & Derivatives Risk 2015' special report comprises seven separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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How to make risk management more strategic

How to make risk management more strategic

One aspect to operational risk, which can have a meaningful impact on performance, not to mention the integrity of the manager, is valuations. According to Deutsche Bank's Global Prime Finance group's third annual Operational Due Diligence Survey, asset valuation is in sharp focus for 38 per cent of investors surveyed. Unilaterally, respondents said they would review a fund's valuation policy during their ODD review whilst 78 per cent stated they would verify the valuation procedure during the on-site review. 

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ODD comes under the microscope

ODD comes under the microscope

Operational Due Diligence (ODD) has become increasingly important across the alternative investment industry and more resources and attention are being placed on this function. This was one of the main findings from a session on ODD at the recent Global Alternative Investment Management (GAIM) Ops Conference in the Cayman Islands.

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A new view into hedge fund operational risk

A new view into hedge fund operational risk

By Chris Kundro, Wells Fargo Global Fund Services – There are many professionals, both internal and external to a fund manager, who play an important role in controlling a fund's operational infrastructure and mitigating a fund's operational risk. COOs, CFOs, and CCOs manage the functions necessary to support a hedge fund, while fund directors, auditors, and operational risk analysts ensure that a hedge fund's infrastructure is sound and secure.

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A fully hosted and customisable risk solution

A fully hosted and customisable risk solution

The RiskAPI service, developed by PortfolioScience, is a fully hosted and customisable risk solution that integrates seamlessly with existing applications and programming frameworks to generate risk calculations for multi-asset, multi-currency portfolios and individual positions. It is available as both an Enterprise software API and an Excel Add-In.

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Delivering real-time risk that reflects the speed of the market

Delivering real-time risk that reflects the speed of the market

The markets have experienced significant volatility in the last few months. China's decision to devalue its currency, the collapse of commodity prices and the uncertainty caused by global quantitative easing have all caused significant disruption to financial markets. In August, all three major equity indices in the US suffered their biggest losses since 2011.