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.
How “omnipresent” client conferencing is a game-changer for hedge fund manager-investor relationships
The increased frequency of client communications during the pandemic has been a “game-changer” for the hedge fund manager-allocator dynamic, according to speakers on the fundraising and investor relations panel at this year’s hedgeweekLIVE Technology Summit.
This year’s hedgeweekLIVE Technology Summit opened with an in-depth examination of future trends in hedge fund technology, with panellists exploring how managers are ramping up their use of natural language processing, AI and machine learning tools, and improving efficiency as data consumption grows and skillsets evolve.
ESG-focused funds have rightly been receiving a lot of attention over the last 12 months or more, as institutional investors continue to analyse the impact their portfolios are having on the planet, and society at large.
Event driven strategies topped the hedge fund performance chart during the first three months of the year, as the industry drew some USD9 billion in new capital in Q1 and saw trading volumes surge, new analysis by hedge fund asset administrator Citco shows.
Brummer & Partners’ flagship multi-strategy fund has slipped into the red so far in May according to mid-month estimates, with a sharp dispersion in returns across its underlying equity, macro and trend-following strategies – but the long-running Stockholm-based vehicle remains in positive territory year-to-date.