Liquidity risk in managed funds has been a prominent and increasing concern of regulators globally, particularly in the past two years, in the wake of some high-profile liquidity events. The New Zealand Financial Market Authority (FMA), following a familiar trend we’ve seen recently from many regulators, has published a liquidity risk management report.
Last month it was great to see a number of key liquidity developments finally enter into force, including: ESMA’s new guidelines on liquidity stress testing in UCITS and AIFs, The FCA’s new rules for certain open-ended funds investing in inherently illiquid assets; and Article 37 MMF Reporting for both Q1 and Q2.
The big month of liquidity finally arrived where we saw a number of liquidity developments come to fruition at the end of the month, including: ESMA’s new guidelines on liquidity…
The 30 September compliance deadline is fast approaching for a number of liquidity developments. Including: ESMA’s new guidelines on liquidity stress testing in UCITS and AIFs. The FCA’s new rules for certain open-ended funds investing in inherently illiquid assets. FCA and Bank of England survey to review the liquidity mismatch in open ended funds Article 37 MMF Reporting for both Q1 and Q2.
As discussed in previous blogs, later this year new FCA rules for open-ended funds investing in inherently illiquid assets enters into force. The new rules concern non-UCITS retail schemes (NURS) that invest in inherently illiquid assets. Although the new rules are relevant to anyone with an interest in open-ended investment funds that are likely to hold illiquid assets, here we will be focusing on the enhanced oversight of depositaries.
Fund liquidity problems witnessed in 2019 with Woodford and H2O Asset Management brought liquidity back into the spotlight. Since then, the focus hasn’t really faded on the issue of liquidity, and if anything, has intensified with the COVID-19 pandemic causing market volatility resulting in several more fund suspensions.
Although 2020 has already seen a number of initiatives intended to address liquidity risk, there are still more to come, with September due to be a particular busy month for risk management professionals.
Fund liquidity, like a mirage in the desert, can disappear in an instant if not monitored and managed correctly. Events throughout this year have brought fund liquidity to the forefront – as we approach the end of 2019, it is clear we haven’t seen the last of liquidity risk in the headlines.