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Peer power

Earlier this year four of North America’s largest pension funds set up a new association aimed at encouraging beneficial owners to take up peer-to-peer securities lending activities. Joe Parsons asks whether it is finally time for peer-to-peer trading to take off.

Business as unusual

Working remotely, digital relationship building, online conferences, e-signatures, automated processes, new cyber threats and a shift to the cloud are just some of the features of a new normal which combines the old world with our current reality in a hybrid-style model.

What’s in a label?

White label solutions have re-emerged as a trend for global custodians to offer their technology and global custody product to local banks. What is fuelling the white label custody model and is their potential for it to expand across securities services?

March madness – the month that changed everything

Global Custodian takes an in-depth look into the month that changed the world, how hedge funds and prime brokers responded to the economic crisis that ensued, and what will be the ‘new normal’ for the HF-PB relationship?

Hedge funds face new virtual reality to raising capital

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?

Valuing alternative assets during COVID-19 

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.

Here come the hybrids

With COVID-19 rattling markets, Charles Gubert explores how well diversified alternative asset management strategies have fared during this period.

Real estate liquidity risk

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.

Semi-transparent ETFs break down barriers for active asset managers

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?

ESG proves its worth; now it is time to evolve

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?

Stronger together

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.

Lean on us

Custodians and outsourcing providers answer the call when asset managers and owners need them most.

Storing up trouble?

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.

How ESG-friendly is securities lending?

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.

Why I left my job at a custodian bank

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?