FUND PERFORMANCE

Larger hedge funds dominate industry landscape, as 2020 proves to be the “year of outsourcing”

Larger hedge funds dominate industry landscape, as 2020 proves to be the “year of outsourcing”

The biggest hedge fund firms topped performance charts and drew the most investor capital over the course of last year, with 2020 proving “the year of outsourcing” for a range of middle office functions, as the industry demonstrated its value to investor portfolios, according to new analysis by Citco.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Key considerations for hedge fund succession planning – Part II: Leadership transition involves a maze of complexity

Key considerations for hedge fund succession planning – Part II: Leadership transition involves a maze of complexity

The transition of leadership in the private world of hedge funds is incomparable to corporate America, requiring both a deft touch and significant forward planning. The founders of successful hedge funds will have invested years, often decades, building the business in their image. When it comes time to handing over the keys to someone else, it can be a hugely emotional affair so picking the right leadership has to be approached very carefully.

INNOVATION

‘Twitterisation’: How social media is reshaping asset management firms' business models

‘Twitterisation’: How social media is reshaping asset management firms' business models

Social media networks are now “critical communications channels and sources of real-time data” for investment managers, presenting myriad opportunities – and potentially huge risks – to firms, and dramatically reshaping the way they trade portfolios, build investment ideas and communicate with clients, according to a major new study by SEI.

INNOVATION

WHITE PAPER – Twitterisation 2.0: The Exponential Pull of Innovation

WHITE PAPER – Twitterisation 2.0: The Exponential Pull of Innovation

In 2016, SEI issued a paper on what it saw as five major innovations that were causing disruptions both within and outside of their respective industries. The company has revisited those themes – Watsonisation, Googlisation, Amazonisation, Uberisation and Twitterisation – to provide an up-to-date picture of the innovations occurring in our industry today. Over the next few months SEI will share its findings and recent developments for each theme. Next up: Twitterisation…

COMMENT

GameStop: In defence of short selling

GameStop: In defence of short selling

By Barry Norris, CEO and fund manager, Argonaut Capital – The meteoric rise of GameStop’s stock – which is seen by professional investors as having a business model appropriate for a bygone age – has been widely celebrated as a kind of “peasants’ revolt” of retail investors against the self-styled “masters of the universe” hedge fund suits.