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Meeting the Data Challenge of AIFMD

The Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD) came into effect in 2013. Most financial institutions within its scope, particularly hedge funds and firms that service those funds, have since completed the majority of work required to meet their obligations under the regulation, but some thorny data management issues remain. Hedge funds are challenged by the…

Tracking bonds for Solvency II’s Matching Adjustment

How are you tracking bonds that are eligible for Solvency II’s Matching Adjustment (MA)? With the January 2016 deadline looming, insurance companies and the asset managers that service them need to be able to identify eligible assets in their portfolio. But there’s no single list, rather a set of criteria to be followed, resulting in…

Solvency II How Insurers, Asset Managers and Asset Servicers are Meeting the Data Challenge

The EU’s Solvency II regulation is due to come into effect in January 2016. Aimed at ensuring the insurance industry fully understands the risks associated with its investments, the regulation places great emphasis on access to highly granular valuations and risk information. For most insurers, this is the first time they have been required to…

IFRS & AIFMD – Managing the Pricing and Transparency Paradigm

The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) present the market with a broad and complex range of obligations. In many cases these are the first set of common obligations that will impact Fund Managers, Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, Fund Administrators & Custodians all at the same time! Going…

Getting Ahead in Fund Pricing

Faced with greater regulatory scrutiny, increasing workloads, more sophisticated client requirements and continued pressure on costs, fund administrators are heavily challenged to improve their operational efficiency across alternative and traditional funds to keep service quality levels high. With fund managers looking again to create new products, fund administrators are in a unique position to act…

Valuing High-Yield Corporate Credit in the New Regulatory Environment

The 2013 regulatory environment is putting increased pressure on valuations for speculative-grade corporate credit, namely high-yield bonds, leveraged loans and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). Not only is the final price under greater scrutiny, financial firms will now be required to defend their methodologies on harder-to-price securities. With transparency having become the new regulatory buzzword, pricing…