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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?

Asia’s funds arms race

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?

Is there still a place for the boutique fund administrator?

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?