SOURCE: Investor Analytics

Investor Analytics

May 09, 2013 11:05 ET

Hedge Fund Managers Advised to Increase Risk

Risk Summit Finds Risk and Portfolio Managers Now Co-Pilots

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) -  The inaugural 2013 Risk Summit, co-sponsored by Investor Analytics LLC (IA) and Rothstein Kass, drew more than 115 attendees from asset allocators and managers alike for a thought-provoking panel of financial experts discussing how to achieve "The Alpha in Risk" coupled with a sweeping economic outlook from Richard Hoey, Chief Economist of BNY Mellon and The Dreyfus Corporation. 

Chief among the Risk Summit findings is that risk managers are at times advising portfolio managers to take more risk, which -- especially in the aftermath of large market events and subsequent de-risking -- marks a milestone in the industry's move toward the integration of risk and return management.

Summit panel moderator Tatiana Segal, Head of Risk Management for Skybridge Capital, kicked off the discussion by asking experts Benjamin Dunn, Head of the Risk Management Consulting Practice for Alpha Theory, Katherine Macleod, Risk Analyst at Senator Investments, and John McClenahan, Head of Risk Management for Calamos Investments, to define how risk management is now used to make better decisions -- and why? Ms. Macleod opened with the comment that: "If you aren't measuring alpha or drivers of alpha, you are bound to be leaving it on the table."

Mr. Dunn and Mr. McClenahan held that it's imperative to integrate risk management into the decision-making process to generate alpha and enhance returns. "We are in business to take risk," said Mr. Dunn, emphasizing that "while it's acceptable to take risk and experience a loss, it's completely unacceptable to take losses on risk you could have measured but didn't."

Mr. McClenahan added that alpha-generating opportunities present themselves when the risk process identifies situations where the market and the portfolio manager have differing views. Panelists agreed that the long-overdue convergence of risk management and the investment decision-making process has been, in part, driven by the demand for transparency.

"Investors are more sophisticated and well-versed in the uses of risk," said Mr. Dunn. This opens the door for creating a common dialogue to talk about the process for integrating risk analysis with trading decisions -- position sizing, entrance and exit timing, and loss limits, for example. 

Keynote speaker Richard Hoey concluded the 2013 Risk Summit with his compelling outlook for the global economy, noting that -- as with past market events -- what one party sees as a risk, another views as an opportunity.

The high interest in the Risk Summit reflects the appetite for risk management thought leadership, and Investor Analytics will post highlights from the Summit to its website at

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Investor Analytics LLC (IA) has been helping financial professionals make better risk decisions since 1999. Through our trusted risk analytic partnerships, IA manages more than $380 billion in assets under analysis. With offices in New York, Boston and London, IA's clients include global hedge funds, fund of funds, pension funds, money market funds, prime brokers, endowments and foundations with investments in every conceivable asset class. IA's comprehensive suite of services -- including risk aggregation, positions-based and returns-based analyses, dynamic stress testing, historical and what-if scenarios -- provides managers and investors with the most transparent view of portfolio risk from every possible angle.

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