In August 2022, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued its Dear CEO letter setting out its Alternatives Supervisory Strategy. This letter touched on several issues that are at the core of our mission here at the SBAI, including risk management, culture and responsible investment.
In this article, we discuss some of the points raised by the FCA and where we can be helpful to firms reviewing their processes and controls following on from this letter.
Diversity metrics are a great tool for institutional allocators to both understand and benchmark the diversity of their portfolios, but over reliance on this type of measurement may mean we are losing track of what we are really trying to measure – promotion of culture diversity within the industry. In this article, we discuss how allocators can look beyond the metrics.
There is much debate in the alternative investment industry about the role of short selling in responsible investment in general and specifically in net zero frameworks. In this thought piece we discuss the importance of short selling in the transition to a low carbon environment and suggest how it should be accounted for in net zero frameworks.
Russian sanctions and market volatility mean it is important for managers to maintain high standards and for allocators to ask the right questions. In this thought piece we demonstrate how the SBAI Alternative Investment Standards can help.
In response to the negative coverage for hedge funds following the GameStop short squeeze, we highlight the importance of short selling and note that public disclosures could potentially have a negative impact on market integrity.