‘Liquidity is a coward,’ an old saying goes, ‘it only exists when you don’t need it.’ That may sound like a quaint quote, but the ramifications of liquidity suddenly disappearing in markets have been all too evident over the past few decades.
More recently, the high-profile Woodford saga, as well as the suspension of a number of other UK funds, have fuelled fears that another liquidity crisis is brewing. With markets in a state of flux, now seems an apt time to consider the liquidity management of investment funds – and how these funds are likely hold up over the coming months.
So, what’s changed since the Woodford fallout? Have the post-GFC regulations formed a major buyside bubble and reduced liquidity? Are existing regulations strong enough to protect investors – and particularly retail? And what are the implications of the upcoming liquidity stress tests?
Many of these questions and more will be answered when AQMetrics participates in a live debate next Tuesday at TSAM London. The panel will bring together Darell Miller, Head of Sales at AQMetrics, and Tim Wickens, Global Head of Funds Credit at Lloyds Banking Group, two experts in the field. The 30 minute debate is set to start at 3pm.
The Summit for Asset Management is for leaders from the back and middle office of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking asset management firms globally. More details on the event, including how to attend, can be found here: https://www.tsamlondon.com/. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
On this topic, AQMetrics is releasing a whitepaper next week that looks at fund liquidity, the upcoming ESMA stress test, and the likely implementation considerations.
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