Hedge funds recorded heavy losses during the COVID-19 crisis, but many have been able to rebound. Joe Parsons asks, how have prime broker’s cap intro teams helped managers to raise capital for new fund launches during lockdown? And how has the lockdown stimulated the digitalisation of cap intro?
The uncertainty around the future impact of COVID-19, along with turbulent stock markets, has provided multiple challenges in valuations for alternative assets; however, industry advice is to believe in the models that have worked in the past.
With COVID-19 rattling markets, Charles Gubert explores how well diversified alternative asset management strategies have fared during this period.
Liquidity concerns and valuation difficulties stemming from the COVID-19 crisis have had an impact on some real-estate funds, as some face tough times ahead.
The launch of semi-transparent, actively-managed ETFs in the US, represents a new dawn for fund administrators and custodians as they take on more business from asset managers. What are their expectations for these new ETF products and there uptake? And what will this mean for the active/passive divide?
Investment strategies incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors outperformed during recent market turbulence, but what changes are in-store post-pandemic as the concept continues to mature?
Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered, among others, have integrated their securities services divisions with other parts of the wider bank to target new cross-selling opportunities. What are the benefits of such a move? Asks Joe Parsons.
Custodians and outsourcing providers answer the call when asset managers and owners need them most.
How has the enforced change in working environments brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic affected the functioning of corporate actions and company meetings? In the first of a two-part analysis, Richard Schwartz explores the scope of the challenge that issuers and their service providers are facing.
As environmental, social and governance factors become ingrained on investment decisions, a landmark move by a Japanese pension fund has sparked an industry-wide debate over sustainability and securities lending.
Custodian banks are losing talent to FinTechs, digital asset firms and more flexible start-up cultures at an alarming rate. Jonathan Watkins explores whether this should be a worry for the world’s largest financial organisations and what they are doing to reverse the trend?
The global pandemic is likely to cause a spike in outsourcing and according to custodians the biggest trend so far has been towards their outsourced trading services.
Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore have recently introduced new corporate fund structures designed to be internationally competitive and to encourage asset managers to domicile investment funds in Asia-Pacific. But what are their chances of taking on UCITS?
Industry experts believe the UK may decide not to adopt one of the most controversial aspects of the new settlement regulation post-Brexit.
In the fund administration world, the big are getting bigger, meaning the largest players have more assets, technology investment and economies of scale, so is there still a role to play for the boutique provider?