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Cybersecurity, the cloud and Covid-19: Facing the challenges head-on

Cybersecurity, the cloud and Covid-19: Facing the challenges head-on

By George Ralph (pictured), Managing Director, RFA – The coronavirus pandemic has brought considerable challenges to the way hedge funds and asset management firms do business, with far-reaching consequences for cybersecurity, data safety and business communications. The need for fully flexible working around the pandemic continues to change. Collaboration tools have been key to successful working environments as staff need to work in the same way and securely, regardless of location. 

COMMENT

How Covid-19 shocks revealed machine-based hedge funds’ “Achilles’ heel”

How Covid-19 shocks revealed machine-based hedge funds’ “Achilles’ heel”

This year’s Covid-19 stock market upheaval has revealed an “Achilles’ heel” in quantitative hedge fund models that use traditional factors such as momentum and value, as machine-based strategies have struggled against “unique new drivers of stock returns that don’t fit the academic models”, says Man FRM.

SHORT-SELLING

UK hedge fund Argonaut takes aim at AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and warns against “silver bullet” recovery

UK hedge fund Argonaut takes aim at AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and warns against “silver bullet” recovery

The recent stock market “exuberance” sparked off by breakthroughs in Covid-19 vaccine trials may give way to disappointment next year, says Argonaut Capital CEO and CIO Barry Norris, who continues to build short positions in a number of drug companies, including AstraZeneca, amid continued uncertainty over efficacy and dosage in its trial process.