NEWS

Intu short bets set to pay off for hedge funds as debt-laden retail operator calls in administrators

Intu short bets set to pay off for hedge funds as debt-laden retail operator calls in administrators

A number of hedge fund short-sellers look set to gain from troubled shopping centre operator Intu Properties’ fall from grace, with shares in the London-based real estate investment trust sliding again on Friday (26 June) following news that the debt-laden firm is due to enter administration.

NEWS

Short-sellers increase bets against Wirecard as hedge funds eye bigger pay-off from crisis-hit company’s demise

Short-sellers increase bets against Wirecard as hedge funds eye bigger pay-off from crisis-hit company’s demise

Hedge funds are holding off from closing their short positions in crisis-hit e-payments firm Wirecard AG - with some even increasing their bets – in expectation that its share price will tumble yet again, boosting short sellers’ returns even further.

SURVEY

Hedge funds face sweeping changes to remote working and office space, as firms review footprint

Hedge funds face sweeping changes to remote working and office space, as firms review footprint

Most US hedge funds and other alternative managers expect to return to work before year-end, but a majority predict sweeping changes to work-from-home policies and office layouts, with close to a third of New York-based managers mulling a reduction in office space, a deep-dive industry study by Seward & Kissel has found.

Coronavirus

World’s largest cap intro event goes live as top allocators and managers come together for Funds4Food Covid-19 fundraiser

World’s largest cap intro event goes live as top allocators and managers come together for Funds4Food Covid-19 fundraiser

The largest capital introduction event in history has gone live today (15 June) with the launch of Funds4Food, a two-week network of virtual one-on-one meetings between alternative asset managers and leading allocators that is raising funds to aid relief efforts for victims of Covid-19.

MANAGER INSIGHTS

“A waiting game”: Why veteran volatility hedge fund 36 South embraces uncertainty

“A waiting game”: Why veteran volatility hedge fund 36 South embraces uncertainty

The current market uncertainty and value discrepancy offers the biggest opportunity in volatility-based trading in a generation, according to Jerry Haworth (pictured), the chief investment officer of London-based 36 South Capital Advisors, who is preparing a new fund to capitalise on further volatility shocks up ahead.

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ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Shift to private capital continues as investors thirst for returns

Shift to private capital continues as investors thirst for returns

As global investment markets became more efficient and persistent low interest rates saw returns dry up, institutional investors have been turning to alternative assets in their efforts to generate performance. Since traditional hedge fund investments have often not fully lived up to their promises in the past decade, managers in the space are looking to offer access to other alternative assets, such as private capital, in their attempts to fulfil investors’ needs.