Cryptocurrencies and the digital asset ecosystem continue to move towards a mainstream institutional marketplace, with the number of institutional participants either already allocating or planning to allocate to the nascent asset class imminently.
Getting technology infrastructure correct on day one – and avoiding cutting corners despite budgetary pressures – is vital for start-up and emerging hedge funds, and staff with coding and tech backgrounds offer a “big step forward” during the initial launch period.
Despite the changing environment and challenges that Covid-19 has presented to operational and investor due diligence processes, sophisticated allocators still demand a “high level” of compliance and institutional infrastructure, according to Jenny Kim DeSmyter (pictured), Managing Director, Sales Strategy, SS&C Eze.
Problem solvers: How Brevan Howard spin-out quant platform SIGTech is building a “data refinery” for hedge funds and asset managers
Spun out from Brevan Howard Asset Management in 2019, SIGTech is a London-based fintech company providing what founder and CEO Bin Ren (pictured) describes as a “next generation quant platform”.
Argentium Digital Asset Management, a London-based cryptocurrency hedge fund founded by ex-JP Morgan and Credit Suisse manager Paul Frost-Smith, has committed to a carbon-neutral investment approach.
Hedge funds are stacking up gains this year as shuttered economies continue to unlock, with the industry navigating volatility and inflation to score its best January-to-May performance in two-and-a-half decades.
Hedge funds that trade emerging markets advanced almost 6 per cent in the first four months of the year, with China, India and Middle East specialist managers leading the pack, as gains from regional equities and cryptocurrencies drove profits in early 2021.
“Dysfunctional governance”: Activist hedge fund CIAM attacks French reinsurer SCOR’s succession plans
CIAM, the London- and Paris-based activist hedge fund, has launched a fierce attack on reinsurance firm SCOR SE’s corporate governance and management succession plans, and is calling for shareholders to vote against the re-election of chairman Denis Kessler and board directors and to oppose proposed remuneration policies at the company’s AGM later this month.
“Pandora’s box has opened”: Oil hedge funds target price shocks after Engine No. 1’s ExxonMobil triumph
The recent spate of victories by sustainability-focused shareholder activists against oil giants could spark renewed price volatility, heralding outsized opportunities for hedge funds betting on energy markets.
In light of the recent scandals resulting from mispriced assets, and the broader impact of Covid-19 on the global economy, the need for accurate financial and valuation reporting in private markets – where the underlying assets are largely illiquid and hard to value – is a germane issue for investors.
Well-known hedge fund bear Russell Clark is questioning how valuable bitcoin is under the stock-to-flow model, a framework traditionally used for precious metals such as gold and platinum, in light of recent sharp price volatility.
Investor caution over current inflation risks will see volatility remain at elevated levels, in turn offering rich investment opportunities for vol arbitrage trades, according to Dominicé & Co Asset Management, whose long-running flagship strategy continues to ride high this year.
Investor demand for data transparency is set to drive hedge fund firms’ operating costs up by more than 8 per cent over the next five years, hedge fund chief financial officers are predicting.
Emerging hedge funds must tread with caution in the face of increasingly complex operational infrastructure as their businesses gather pace and raise assets, speakers at Hedgeweek’s fourth annual HedgeweekLIVE North America Emerging Managers Summit said on Wednesday.
Digital assets’ disruptive potential could herald a seismic shift in markets, with crypto hedge funds bringing bumper returns uncorrelated to other asset classes – but investors remain wary of the patchwork of ad-hoc rules and regulations covering the sector.
Brummer & Partners, the long-running Swedish multi-strategy hedge fund firm, has named four new partners and is preparing to add two new sector-specialist long/short equity strategies to its flagship Brummer Multi-Strategy vehicle.
In this podcast, Alex Botte (pictured), CFA, CAIA, Client Solutions Research at Two Sigma and Venn, discusses what impact Covid-19 has had on the way risk is perceived, modelled, and ultimately managed within investor portfolios. And how next generation AI tools are helping to generate fresh insights on how factor risks are understood. During the discussion, Alex provides some examples of how Venn thinks about managing inflation risk exposures, crypto asset risk exposures, and what the latest developments are on translating ESG considerations into risk factor decomposition.
Uncorrelated returns with the potential for disruption and decentralisation: How crypto assets are changing the considerations for alternative investments
“As an investment case, bitcoin is very early stage and offers big potential, as its long-term correlation is low compared to traditional asset classes.” In the following article Michael Zbinden, CIO, and Dr Hartmut Neff (pictured, above left with Zbinden), Portfolio Manager, with the Crypto Finance Group, offer an introduction to the considerations around investing in crypto assets.
Cryptocurrencies continue to face considerable counterparty and exchange risk, which threatens to turn away larger institutional investors from the market – and industry participants say more should be done to bridge the infrastructure gap between digital and traditional assets.
Decentralisation of cryptocurrencies is helping curb systemic risk amid the ongoing digital asset price volatility, Anthony Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, told Hedgeweek on Thursday.
Man Group’s chief investment officer Sandy Rattray (pictured) is retiring from his role at the London-based publicly-traded global asset management and hedge fund group.
Few sectors have endured such colossal price swings and asset volatility in recent weeks as cryptocurrencies, but speakers at the inaugural DigitalAssetsLIVE summit on Thursday said evolving market infrastructure, growing product selection, and positive investment performance continue to drive digital assets’ institutionalisation, drawing more capital allocators into this once frontier market.