The global financial crisis brought risk management to the forefront and highlighted how the absence of an all encompassing risk framework may prove disastrous for asset managers. The market’s behaviour in the crisis showed that existing risk management practices failed when they were needed the most, especially as the risk extended to previously uncorrelated asset classes. Although such Black Swan events may be impossible to predict ex-ante, implementing a comprehensive investment risk framework helps asset managers manage risk for normal times and also be mindful of and aim to be prepared for such extreme events. So what does sound risk management mean for asset managers?
The principles of an effective investment risk management framework are based on the investment objectives and expectations around risk, quantification of those risks, process for managing those risks and oversight on the entire process.
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