Buy Side Investment Risk Management Part 1: A Survey of Business Priorities, Risk Hotspots, and Operational Alpha Opportunities

Digital technology enablement could augment alpha generation for active managers and stem the erosion against the tidal wave of passive investing.

This report explores a future-oriented view of how investment business priorities and risk dynamics in the buy side universe are expected to play out in the short-term to mid-term horizon based on recent Celent survey insights and data. The report also highlights their implications on investment and risk functions and technologies, and how firms should respond to these developments.

As active managers search for returns and value-added alpha within a dynamic market besieged by low interest rates, buy side firms face pressures from increased regulatory compliance and transparency requirements, structural market changes, the influx of digital technologies, and continual shifts in investor buying behaviour, product preferences, and performance/costs perceptions.

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Cubillas Dingis aResearch Director with Celents Securities and Investments Practice