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Reflections on 2016: Key developments shaping the global hedge fund industry
Reflections on 2016: Key developments shaping the global hedge fund industry

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:28

After a turbulent and unpredictable 2016, the team at Hedgeweek are pleased to showcase the talents of those in the hedge fund industry with its second iteration of the Editors' Picks report. We feel it is important to celebrate, at the turn of the year, the efforts of those striving to make a difference - either as portfolio managers, technology providers, administrators or auditors - and as you will find in the pages of this report, there is a great deal to celebrate in our industry; one that remains as vibrant and vital as ever.

The 'Reflections on 2016: Key developments shaping the global hedge fund industry' special report comprises 17 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Reflections on 2016: Key developments shaping the global hedge fund industry

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:33

As William Samuel Johnson, one of the US founding fathers once said: “He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”  »

Mike Asher, RFA

RFA’s Multi-Cloud platform offers the best of both worlds

Mon, 26/09/2016 - 10:45

Richard Fleischman & Associates Inc (RFA) has launched the RFA Multi-Cloud platform to enable RFA clients to more efficiently scale up and scale down their cloud platform requirements in line with their business needs. And, importantly, in full compliance with regulation.  »

Todd Moyer

Data management is Mount Everest challenge

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:54

"One of the things we see across our organisation is that data management is becoming a much bigger priority and focus among asset managers," asserts Todd Moyer (pictured), Executive Vice President of Global Business Development, Confluence. "The complexities related both to institutional investor reporting and regulatory reporting are making data management a significant challenge. With Form-PF alone, managers might be looking at 30 to 35 different data sources across a dozen systems in order to meet the transparency requirements." »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Behind the scenes at Invast Global

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:26

Interview with James Alexander & Nick Briscoe – Invast Global is a premium, multi-asset prime services brokerage serving the needs of hedge funds, retail brokerages, high frequency trading firms and sophisticated clients. The company provides access to industry-leading OTC FX and Commodities liquidity, along with synthetic DMA access to over 30 global stock and futures exchanges. The Invast Global PurePrime facility, with optimised liquidity streams and connectivity options is designed specifically to meet the needs of small and mid-sized trading firms. »

Andrew Frost

Institutional investors support external ManCos

Tue, 08/03/2016 - 12:57

Lawson Conner operates a specialist fund manager platform providing FCA license coverage as well as compliance and regulatory oversight on behalf of alternative fund managers. Over the last few years, the firm has seen a dramatic shift to ManCo structures as new managers, and, more importantly, institutional investors, appreciate the virtues of using an outsourced AIFM solution. By working with an established AIFM platform, emerging managers can focus on producing returns and managing their trading strategy.  »

Cameron Lilja

Upside potential in US stock buyback programs

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 08:40

A new white paper by Nasdaq Global Information Services reveals that US companies that engage in stock buybacks generally outperform the market on an annualised basis and also experience lower volatility; the Holy Grail of investing.  »

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Financial budgeting: One chance to succeed

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:37

Planning a hedge fund launch is a serious business. People need to decide whether they are truly ready, both financially and mentally, and be confident in their investment strategy. This may sound trite but all too often start-ups rush to get a hedge fund in place without clearly thinking everything through.  »

Frank Napolitani

ODD considerations for start-up managers

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:49

Operational due diligence or "ODD" are arguably three of the most important words for any start-up manager hopeful of attracting new investors. Such is the level of expectation among institutional investors today that even if the manager only has USD20-30m in AUM and outsources the CFO function, operationally they still must look and act like a serious outfit.  »

Ane Storie, DMS Governance

DMS helps overcome regulatory fatigue

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:47

DMS Governance specialises in providing global fund governance with the firm best regarded for the provision of offshore independent directors in the Cayman Islands. The second core business line is its UCITS and AIFMD management company and platform based in Dublin and Luxembourg.  »

Scott Price, Maitland

Maitland grows North America business

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:53

Maitland is one of the industry's largest independent hedge fund administrators with USD280 billion in AuA. With more than 1,300 employees across 16 offices globally, Maitland is more than a fund administrator. It is a global advisory group, with its roots as an innovative law firm in Luxembourg in 1976 offering cross-border structuring solutions to corporates and some of the world's wealthiest families.  »

Alan Picone, Duff & Phelps

Evidencing risk management within the investment strategy is music to institutions’ ears

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 11:21

Risk management has mutated under AIFMD, causing risk managers to become more involved in the portfolio management process from an ex ante risk perspective. As investors become more educated on the risk function, managers who can demonstrate an independent, robust risk management environment have the potential to improve their capital raising capabilities. »

Tony Fischer, UMB Fund Services

Registered private funds offer greater leeway

Thu, 06/10/2016 - 10:58

Much is made of '40 Act alternative mutual funds but with their myriad investment restrictions and daily liquidity provisions, the lesser-known registered private fund could be a more compelling proposition for hedge fund managers. »

Vladimir Rabotka

Cybersecurity a top priority

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 23:02

By Vladimir Rabotka (pictured), Castle Hall Alternatives - Cybersecurity has rapidly become one of the most discussed issues in the alternative asset management industry. Regulators have provided multiple warnings around the need for investment managers to protect their businesses from cybersecurity risks. In response, both industry groups and tech consultants have published advice to help asset managers implement cybersecurity protections. »

Suryanshu Mishra

Understanding the role of the depositary

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:26

There are a number of important considerations for a fund manager, especially a start-up, when it comes to selecting an onshore depositary to an onshore AIF. But before these are explored, it is perhaps worthwhile explaining exactly what the role of the depositary is under AIFMD, given that alternative fund managers have never had to use one before. »

Jean-Florent Richard, BNP Paribas Securities SErvices

Ready for the RAIFolution

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:03

The recently introduced Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) is compelling to fund managers because although it is not subject to direct supervisory authority from the CSSF, it is still a fully AIFMD-compliant product, benefiting from the European passport for marketing to professional investors in Europe.  »

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