Financial Services Ireland

EY Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey 2017

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EYs 11th annual Hedge Fund and Investor Survey found that hedge fund managers are actively seeking innovative ways to improve operational efficiency and grow their asset base, as pressure on margins shows no signs of abating.

Robotics. Big data. Artificial intelligence. Blockchain. Just five short years ago, many would say even more recently – few would have uttered any of these words in the same breath as “hedge fund.” Whether viewed as innovation or evolution, the hedge fund industry has joined with the vast majority of the world in acknowledging the advent of, and the need to embrace, these business-altering technologies.

Technology-driven disruption is changing financial services organizations enterprise wide. Today, it’s not about having a digital strategy — it’s about defining your business strategy in a digital world. Disruptive innovation will touch every aspect of our lives.

It is the future of business, and the world. The accelerated pace at which everything is changing means that the industry has to look at things differently and think in new ways. The industry must ask:

  • How do we ensure we exist tomorrow?
  • How do we streamline and automate our operations?
  • How do we come up with new ideas and modernize our business model?

The industry must become more agile, to anticipate and manage shifting investor demands, embrace convergence across asset classes and seize opportunities as they present themselves both within traditional financial services and beyond.

Some of the key observations from the survey are:

  • Managers continue to grapple with changing investor demands and competition from other alternative asset classes
  • Investors look for managers to innovate the front office to generate more alpha
  • Managers are looking to alleviate continued margin pressures by investing in technology to innovate their operating models
  • Technology advancements and increased competition for talent are leading to a shift in talent management priorities

Read the survey to learn the full details or get in touch to learn more.

Thought Leaders

Lisa Kealy

Financial Services Markets Leader

Dean Phillips

FS Partner, Wealth & Asset Management