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By the year 2020 – just 12 years post the 2008 financial crisis – enterprise risk management will look remarkably different, says Lance Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Software. Because of rapid advances in trading technology, structural changes in the marketplace and...
The convergence of alternative strategies and mutual fund requirements means that innovative technology solutions must be devised that can bridge the gap. Major service providers can use the strengths of their platforms, while others are developing specific applications for the ’40 Act space.
For more than 20 years, Imagine Software has built risk management systems for major banks, brokerage houses, hedge funds, funds of funds, and pension funds. “We are a cross-asset firm, and we do everything from equity, fixed income, currencies and commodities to all forms and flavors of derivatives,” says Imagine’s Scott Sherman.
Global Custodian Interview: Scott Sherman, Global Head of Sales and Business Development, Imagine Software
In July, Rothschild and Larch Lane jointly launched a liquid alternative fund, and in doing so, the hedge fund rms selected a customized risk and compliance platform from Imagine. Scott Sherman, a founding partner of Imagine and global head of sales and business development, explains how the technology necessary for these vehicles differs from that needed for “traditional” hedge funds.
Liquid alternatives continue their rise in popularity, as two more hedge fund firms, Larch Lane and Rothschild Asset Management, have entered this space. The two firms partnered to act as a joint advisor to the Rothschild Larch Lane Alternatives Fund, which began publicly trading in July.
Bloomberg’s Enterprise Solutions has launched a partner program, connecting its applications to over 125 financial software providers.
Last week, Imagine Software announced it was expanding its Imagine Financial Platform (IFP) and App Marketplace with the launch of Imagine Risk Services. Officials say this latest rollout will provide users with greater customization for portfolio management and risk analysis.
Anthony says that while new reporting guidelines and technologies will help firms to make the business case to move away from spreadsheets in favor of automated systems, investors will hold the most sway in making this a reality.
Microsoft Excel spreadsheets will continue to be widely used at asset management firms for the foreseeable future. But new regulations, technological advancements, and risk management concerns are leading buy-side firms to examine ways to lessen their dependencies on these ubiquitous, manual solutions. By Anthony Malakian