Blog Entries from 04/2013
Next week – Tuesday, May 7 through Friday, May 10 to be exact – one of the largest annual gatherings of investment management professionals will be taking place at the beautiful Bellagio Las Vegas. The SALT Conference will feature over 100 expert speakers participating in 36 panel discussions, individual speeches and breakout seminars throughout the four-day event. The focus of this year’s conference is on macro-economic trends, the political environment and opportunities for alternative investment firms within the context of the global economy.
As in past years, the SALT Conference is sure to be a who’s who of industry professionals. Past keynote speakers have included such notable names as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Mitt Romney, Colin Powell and Tony Blair. Who is on the docket to speak this year? What will the specific discussions and hot topics be? Following are some highlights we’re looking forward to at next week’s event.
We hope you're enjoying this week full of videos here on the Hedge IT blog! On Tuesday, we shared footage from our friends at Zerto featuring our vice president of client technology, Steve Schoener, who spoke about cloud disaster recovery during a recent webinar.
Today, we're excited to share with our readers a video spotlighting Eze Castle Integration that was produced by the team at Channel Partners Online. Recently, the group honored Eze with its Channel Partners 360° Award, which celebrates excellence in innovation, technology solutions and customer satisfaction.
Check out the video they created about our team, solutions and services. And, of course, a special thanks goes out to Channel Partners Online for their fantastic work!
Last week, Zerto (a provider of virtual replication technology) invited Eze Castle's Steve Schoener to discuss trends in cloud disaster recovery with a focus on replication. During the webinar Steve and Jennifer Gill (product marketing at Zerto) discussed different DR approaches, namely virtual replication, that can help companies:
Reduce hardware and networking costs
Increase the benefits of virtualization
Support aggressive service levels with RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes
Leverage a simple product or a simple service for simple disaster recovery
You can check out the entire discussion below.
Categorized under: Disaster Recovery
In the wake of the 2008 financial credit crisis, investment firms have recognized the need for more robust liquidity risk management tools and procedures. However, due to shifting regulations and detailed fund and investment structures, fund of funds, private equity firms, hedge funds, and institutional investors continue to grapple with liquidity management and reporting within their investment portfolios. The following is a high level overview of both the liquidity risk challenges facing firms today, and the ways in which some fund managers are overcoming these challenges.
What is liquidity risk, and how does it affect funds?
Liquidity is the extent to which an asset or security can be bought or sold in the market, while not impacting the asset’s price. The concept of liquidity is comprised of illiquid assets, which are the result of liquidity risk and cannot be instantly sold due to value uncertainty and lack of a market. Liquidity risk refers to the concept that an asset or security cannot be traded at the rate necessary to achieve returns and bypass losses. In the last several years, worldwide economic challenges including rising liquidity costs, a more uncertain market and lower levels of market assurance have contributed to the liquidity management challenges facing funds. Liquidity risk’s ability to negatively impact and compound other types of risk, such as credit risk, also has far reaching consequences for the financial markets. These consequences make it even more imperative for firms to get a handle on their liquidity risk management practices.
In the wake of the horrible tragedy that unfolded at yesterday's Boston Marathon, we'd like to express our deepest sympathies to the victims and everyone who was affected. We're keeping the great city of Boston in our hearts and thoughts, and we stand with you during this difficult time.
To honor those who lost their lives, those who were injured and those who are mourning for loved ones, we have compiled a photo collage depicting just a few of the many instances of heroism, support and unity that were on display in Boston and around the world during and after the attacks.
Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing
Yesterday, we hosted a webinar on business continuity best practices, featuring Eze Castle Integration’s own business continuity experts: Lisa Smith, a Certified Business Continuity Planner and Manager of Business Continuity and Data Privacy, and Katharine Washburn, Business Continuity and Data Privacy Coordinator. The presentation covered everything from developing business continuity best practices to ensuring that a company’s employees are personally prepared. Read on for a quick recap of everything covered during the event.
Business Continuity Planning
Although many companies recognize the importance of crafting an effective business continuity plan, few actually feel that they have prepared one adequately. According to Continuity Compliance, while 70% of businesses have created a robust business continuity and emergency response plan, only 25% have also accounted for human resiliency. Furthermore, a recent survey commissioned by the Ad Council found that only 17% of the 60% of Americans that feel preparation for natural or man-made disasters is essential consider themselves to be very prepared for an emergency situation.
VMware, the original virtualization company, is continuing to evolve as virtualization technology heads towards the commodity department. The company’s newest push is around the concept of End-User Computing.
With its end-user computing products and strategy, VMware is aiming to give IT the tools and means to transform “siloed desktops, applications, and data into centrally managed IT services, delivered to end-users securely, on the device of their choice.” This means allowing IT to centrally set policies, encrypt data, ensure corporate governance is followed and do much more on all devices a user may use.
In honor of the mobile phone turning 40 years old this week, today’s post is on the BlackBerry Z10. (BTW: did you know the first mobile phone weighed 2.5 pounds and took 10 hours to charge?!)
Back to the topic at hand. In January, when the BlackBerry Z10 was just officially unveiled, we took a look at the bells and whistles available on the device (Read: BlackBerry’s Reinvention: A look at BlackBerry Z10). And now that the BlackBerry Z10 is available in over 35 countries, by all accounts it is just what the company needs if they have any hope of taking back market share from iPhone and Android makers.
As part of its promotional push, BlackBerry is even letting iPhone and Android users test drive the new operating system by pointing their mobile browsers to BlackBerry.com/glimpse.
Historically, financial services firms have not been the most active group in the social media sphere. In a 2011 survey of hedge fund managers conducted by MHP Communications, only 1% of firms were active participants on Twitter, and none of the managers surveyed were active on Facebook. More recently, however, the tides have begun to change. Following Goldman Sachs’ entrance into the Twitterverse in May 2012, investment management firms and their employees have started to increase their social media participation. With this growing trend comes the added layer of social media compliance with industry legislation.
The Legal Perspective
According to the SEC’s Rule 17a-4(b), registered investment advisers and broker-dealers should archive all business communications on social media for a minimum of three years. As the frequency of discovery audits continues to rise, firms should ensure these communications are easily searchable and can be recovered quickly in the event of an SEC inquiry.