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FR Risk Management is an investment consulting service that provides client-focused due diligence, alternative investment product recommendations, educational tools, and quarterly updates. Using our proprietary risk analysis techniques, we prepare investment committee reports and risk disclosure forms to guide asset allocation decisions in the alternative investment industry.
FR Risk Management’s experts help clients identify their risk profile and then suggest alternative investments that align with that profile. We also act as an industry advocate, discussing concerns with sponsors and, when possible, encouraging changes in product terms. We foster longstanding relationships with both sponsors and financial services clients, providing ongoing due diligence support in the ever-changing market and regulatory environment.
FR Risk Management: How It Works
After signing an engagement letter, we meet to review the firm’s risk profile, current practices, and alternative investment platform and point out if any current products appear inconsistent with the firm’s objectives.
After completing the initial review, FR Risk Management performs due diligence on products that meet the firm’s risk profile and may enhance their alternative investment platform.
Once a firm approves a product, FR Risk Management provides ongoing risk disclosures and analysis on the public non-traded programs to satisfy a client’s regulatory compliance obligations and to monitor fluctuations in product risks. To learn more about FR Risk Management’s custom investment consulting services, contact Gail@FactRight.com.
Recent Blogs from FactRight
- Due Diligence Considerations: the Continuum from Conflicts of Interest to Alignment of Interestsby Julie Olsen on February 22, 2023 at 6:39 pm
Alternative investments programs involve many conflicts of interest, and offering documents often have an entire risk disclosure section dedicated to this issue. But not all conflicts are the same and vary by product and sponsor. Assessing conflicts really come down to two central questions:
- Lapses in Due Diligence and the Collapse of FTX: How Could so Many Have Missed so Much?by Jeff.B@factright.com (Jeff Baumgartner) on December 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm
By now, you may be generally familiar with the recent collapse of FTX, and some of the reasons for its failures are obvious. But by examining FTX side-by-side with perhaps the most infamous investment fraud ever perpetrated, we can discover some keys as to why lapses in due diligence may never be a thing of the past. These two epic failures bear little factual resemblance to one another at first glance, but this post will look more closely at the more transcendent lessons they hold.
- All Preferred Shares Not Created Equal – Why FactRight Incorporates Scenario Analysis in our Analysis of Preferred Securitiesby firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin Kirkeby) on November 30, 2022 at 9:21 pm
It should come as no surprise that the old investment adage about getting what you pay for holds true for preferred stock, too. Despite often being pitched as a bond alternative, especially lately, there are multiple factors beyond dividend yield to consider. Among the features, an investor needs to understand are the liquidity provisions, dividend policy, and preferred shareholder rights. Sponsors tend to get irritable when FactRight stress tests their pro forma model or highlights weak investor protections, dismissing the concerns as implicating scenarios highly unlikely to ever occur. However, sometimes the unlikely or improbable does occur. This post will focus on a real scenario involving several preferred securities that underscores the need for due diligence in these areas.
- Evaluating Alternative Investments - Is Chasing Yield Really Worth It?by email@example.com (Gail Schneck) on August 25, 2021 at 4:59 pm
In today’s low interest rate environment, the search for yield is driving an increasing number of investment decisions. However, higher yield options are somewhat limited in more liquid investments, such as rated bonds or stabilized stocks or mutual funds, causing investors to seek out other avenues to achieve their income goals. Alternative investments are increasingly filling this need in today’s portfolio construction. However, such products are often selected based on quoted yield without taking into account the underlying risk-return tradeoff. The alternative investment industry may have lost track of appropriate compensation for the risk investors are assuming since stated yield often sells itself.
- Top Five Attributes of a Successful Alternative Investment Sponsorby firstname.lastname@example.org (Kemp H. Hanley) on June 23, 2021 at 5:07 pm
During my tenure at FactRight, we have conducted operational due diligence on more than 150 alternative investment sponsors. Some have been very large, some very small, and many in between. I consider myself very fortunate because I enjoy the work. I enjoy getting to know the people, learning about their experience, about their investment process and how they envision growing their business. Some of the due diligence process is inevitably tedious, and to a certain degree repetitive, but ultimately no two companies are alike and that is what makes it always interesting.
- Private Placement Due Diligence: Your Guide to 506(b) vs. 506(c)by Kate@FactRight.com (Kate Stephany) on May 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm
If you are thinking about putting an investor in a private placement one of the first questions you should ask is:
- What's in FINRA's 2021 Examination and Risk Monitoring Program Report That Could Impact Your Firm's Private Placement Offerings?by email@example.com (Lynn Lawson) on April 28, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Lynn Lawson, Esq. is the founder of Advertising Regulatory Consulting, LLC, which provides advertising and marketing guidance to broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, product sponsors, and financial services industry associations. Prior to starting Advertising Regulatory Consulting, Ms. Lawson served as a manager in FINRA’s Advertising Regulation Department for 22 years. Ms. Lawson has advised product sponsors that FactRight has covered, and given her experience at FINRA, we believe she can be a valuable regulatory resource for product sponsors and wealth managers who are distributing alternative investments.
- Key Due Diligence Considerations for UPREIT Exit Transactions for 1031 DST Programsby firstname.lastname@example.org (Brandon Raatikka) on April 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Many sponsors of DST programs are including section 721 UPREIT options in their potential exit strategies. Several factors are likely contributing to this evolution.
- Can UPREITs Allow You To Avoid Paying Capital Gains Tax Indefinitely?by email@example.com (Gail Schneck) on February 18, 2021 at 7:06 pm
FactRight is seeing a trend in non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that are seeking to diversify their funding sources by offering 1031 exchange investment opportunities with the potential to be UPREITed into the sponsoring REIT at some later date. The UPREIT transaction would be done under section 721 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides for continued tax deferral of the original capital gains. These investment opportunities provide a significant opportunity to the right investors, and long as they understand the ramifications of such investments. Let’s look at the main considerations for determining whether investing in a DST program with an UPREIT option is appropriate for your client.
- At The Center Of It All: The Pro Forma Modelby firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin Kirkeby) on February 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm
As far as true confessions go, this is rather lightweight: I love spreadsheets and financial models. There’s something about the designing, linking and debugging that is satisfying, even after several decades. There are always new analytic approaches and different formulas, not to mention Excel updates that add even more features.