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Forum Releases Paper on Risk Management Oversight for Fund Directors

The Mutual Fund Directors Forum released an extensive new paper titled Role of the Mutual Fund Director in the Oversight of the Risk Management Function. The paper is designed to provide fund directors with a clear picture of the key concepts and principles relevant to boards as they focus on risk management.

“Risk oversight is a key responsibility for fund boards, yet there are not well-defined duties for directors when it comes to this topic,” said Susan Ferris Wyderko, President and CEO of the Forum. “We wrote this paper with an eye toward shedding more light on how fund boards can establish a foundation for their oversight obligations with respect to risk, and to draw attention to some of the most significant risks that funds face today.”

The paper is divided into three sections: the first lays out a fund director’s duties and role in the risk oversight process; the second provides context to help directors better understand how investment advisers develop and monitor risk management programs; and the third discusses several specific areas of risk, including regulatory risk, valuation risk, cybersecurity risk, reputational risk, risks related to new strategies, and much more.

“As the list of risks facing the investment management industry continues to grow, so too do the responsibilities shouldered by fund boards,” added Carolyn McPhillips, Senior Counsel with the Forum.