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All investors and firms managing money or providing investment advice are subject to investment performance risk, which stems from the performance of an investment portfolio or investment product being substandard or perceived to be substandard. This is irrespective of whether an investor is managing one’s own investments or has delegated discretionary authority to an investment manager. This presentation begins by addressing the evaluation of investment performance risk from the perspective of an investor and that of an asset manager and how the consequences of substandard investment performance are different for the investor and for the asset manager.

Investment performance being substandard or being perceived as substandard can be the result of a variety of factors. An understanding of these factors that can negatively impact the performance of an investment portfolio or investment product is very crucial to analyze the risks. These negative impacts can be in terms of an absolute return objective or a relative return objective, which is the key to managing investment performance risk. There are various different types of investment manager/client relationships and this presentation reviews the nature of investment performance risk in the context of the different types of investment manager/client relationships.

 An investment performance risk follows with an evaluation of the risk/return management thought process and then addresses a number of the primary causes of investment performance risk in a discretionary investor/investment manager relationship. With respect to leverage, while recognizing the potential value of leverage to portfolio management, it also recognizes leverage to be one of the more significant potential causes of performance risk. The presentation will provide a detailed review of leverage in terms of understanding its identification and the many means by which leverage can be introduced to a portfolio.

Continuing with a review of an investor/investment manager relationship, the presentation next provides a detailed examination of the conditions in a relationship that can contribute to investment performance risk. Lastly, the presentation concludes with an in-depth examinations of “best practices” to be employed, both by investor and the investment manager in establishing a client mandate, portfolio composition, performance benchmarks, use of leverage and guidelines as well as “best practices” that are specific to the investment manager with respect to portfolio management and administration considerations.


To provide an in-depth understanding of the investment performance risk and an examination that addresses:
How it may exist?

  • The type of risk consequences that can result from actual or perceived substandard investment performance
  • How actual or perceived substandard investment performance can manifest itself?
  • Management practices that eliminate or modify the occurrence of investment performance risk issues 
  • To serve as a basis for constructing or re-evaluating investment management policies and procedures


  • Provides the investor and the investment manager with an in-depth understanding of investment performance risk 
  • How to address investment risks?
  • Avoid and eradicate numerous client complaints and settlements with proper management practices 
  • Address valid investment performances
  • Understand the nature of investment performance risk and examine the factors that can generate a poor investment performance 
  • Recognize the perception of poor performance and the management practices to be employed that address these factors
  • Places the performance of a portfolio or investment product in proper perspective
  • This presentation should be beneficial to anyone functioning as an investor, managing investment portfolios, creating investment product, introducing portfolio management services or investment product to investors, having risk management oversight of investment activities and senior management responsibilities of business with investment activities


  • Understanding Investment Performance Risk and its management
  • Provide a conceptual framework for addressing the nature of investment performance risk
  • Placing investment performance in a proper perspective 
  • Consequences of Investment Performance  Risk
  • Identifying the manner by investment performance that can produce a variety of risk manifestations
  • Elements and conditions impacting Investment Performance
  • Review the nature of investment management and investor relationships
  • Review of the investment factors that can negatively impact investment performance
  • Review the understanding of a targeted investment performance
  • Investment Performance Management “Best Practices”
  • Display a variety of investment management practices that address the effective mitigation of investment performance risk


This webinar will provide valuable assistance to the following: 

  • Investors 
  • Managers of an investment management business 
  • Investment managers
  • Creators of investment product
  • Client relationship managers
  • Risk management within an investment management business
  • Compliance within an investment management business
  • Auditing of investment management businesses
  • Regulatory oversight of investment management businesses
  • Educational programs at the University level


Robert Geary is the founder of Greenwich Risk Management Advisory Services "LLC" and services as the principal consultant on many of the firm's consultancy mandates.
Robert has been a banking and finance industry professional for 43 years with 34 years serving in a variety of senior Treasury, financial market, asset management and risk management roles at JP Morgan Chase & Co. For the last 6 years of his career with JP Morgan Chase, Robert had undertaken risk management oversight roles that have included Head of Market, Credit and Operational Risk Management for Chase Asset Management and being Managing Director of Fiduciary Risk Management for the Corporation. During Robert's career he has served on the Board of Directors of Chase Manhattan Overseas Banking Corporation as well as having served on numerous senior committees. Prior to joining Chase, he held positions at Chemical Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation and National Bank of North America.
Robert holds a BA degree in Economics from Pace University and did graduate studies in finance at New York University Graduate School of Business. He is a Past President of the New York Athletic Club and iscurrently a member of the Executive Advisory Board of St. John's University Department of Accounting and Taxation.

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