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The NED is expanding its coverage of risk in response to growing geopolitical and market uncertainty. It will be focusing upon possible geopolitical and macro-economic threats to funds each month.

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If we are moving into a more turbulent era what else, if anything, should fund boards be doing to prepare for what might lie ahead? Given that every fund is different it follows that the risks that they face are not the same either.

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The NED has conducted what it believes is the first ever survey on the governance of risk in the fund industry.

It decided to undertake this research study in light of the war in Ukraine, and the threat that it poses geopolitical stability. The recent market turbulence was another reason for conducting the survey.

The fieldwork for the survey was from early April to mid-May.

To read more on this story, see the May issue of The NED.

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The crypto crash has raised questions about the governance of funds that specialise in digital assets. It has also raised questions about the structure and regulation of the fast moving and embryonic industry developing around digital assets.

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At the time of writing the Nasdaq is down 28% on the year to date and the S&P 500 is down 19%. There is a significant correction going on equity markets - especially in the tech sector (where a lot of ESG ETFs are invested).

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